Albany Devils Weekly
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THIS WEEK
The Albany Devils prepare for back-to-back games this weekend when they host the St. John's IceCaps at Times Union Center Friday and travel to the Adirondack Phantoms Saturday. Both games are slated for 7 pm. Entering the week, the Devils are fifth in the Northeast Division and 15th in the Eastern Conference with a 4-7-0-5 record (13 pts.). The IceCaps are third in the Atlantic Division and tied for eighth in the conference with a 9-9-0-1 mark (19 pts.), while the Phantoms are fourth in the Northeast Division and tied for 10th in the conference with a 9-8-0-0 record (18 pts.).
Albany and St. John's are meeting for the third time in two weeks. Albany traveled to St. John's for a pair of games on Nov. 16 and Nov. 17. The IceCaps snuck by with a 4-3 shootout victory during the first outing. However, the Devils responded with a 5-3 win the next night. After Friday's game, the two teams will meet again for the final time on March 27.
The Time Warner Cable Cup continues Saturday between the Devils and Phantoms. Currently, Albany holds a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-12 series between the Northway rivals. The Devils staked a 5-1 win at Times Union Center on Oct. 26, but experienced a 4-0 setback at Glens Falls Civic Center on Nov. 3. In the last meeting, Albany posted a 2-1 win at home on Nov. 10.
The Devils will be active in the community this week. On Tuesday, members of the team will be volunteering at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, while others visit members of the Devils Booster Club. On Wednesday, players will be participating in the Albany Department of Recreation's "Learn to Skate" and "Learn to Play Hockey" programs. Additionally, some players will be skating with the Bethlehem Squirt C Youth Hockey Team.
Friday night at Times Union Center features "SEFCU College Night." With proper identification, college students can purchase a $10 ticket and receive a voucher for $1 hot dog and $1 soda. Additionally, a Happy Hour for all fans 21-and-older is between 6-7 pm with domestic drafts for $2.
- On Sunday against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Adam Henrique netted his fifth goal of the season. He has eight points, including five in as many contests. He ranks fourth on the team for points and second for goals.
- Jacob Josefson is tied for the AHL lead with two shorthanded goals and leads the league with three shorthanded points. His man-down goals came at Worcester on Oct. 20 and against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Sunday. Josefson leads the team with 11 points, including a team-high seven goals. He also ranks tied for second with a plus-5 rating.
- Eric Gelinas made his season debut Sunday against the Penguins. He missed the first 15 games with an upper-body injury, which occurred during training camp. In 2011-12, Gelinas tied for the league lead for goals by a defenseman with 16. His rookie season also included 37 points in a team-high 75 games.
- Joe Whitney, who has appeared in 10 games, has five points in his last eight outings and six points overall. He is tied for second on the team with a plus-5 rating. In 83 career games, he has produced 51 points with 16 goals and 35 assists. Last season, he led Albany with 44 points.
- The Devils currently have five players playing in the ECHL. Alexander Carrier, Bryan Haczyk and Scott Wedgewood are playing for Trenton. Maxime Clermont is with Elmira and Harry Young is with Kalamazoo. Carrier has played four games and is a plus-1 and Haczyk has appeared in 14 outings and has four goals. Young, who played two games with Trenton earlier in the season, has played six games with Kalamazoo, posting an assist. In goal, Wedgewood has played 10 games, posting a 5-4-0 record with a 2.50 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. Clermont has played six games, registering a 2-3-1 mark with a 2.58 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Fri., Nov. 23; Albany 2 at Rochester 5 (Blue Cross Arena)
In their first out-of-conference game of the season, the Devils lost, 5-2, Friday against the Rochester Americans at Blue Cross Arena. Steve Zalewski and Raman Hrabarenka scored for the Devils, but the Americans used a pair of shorthanded goals to propel them to their ninth victory.
Zalewski, netted his first goal of the season. He scored atop the goal crease at 14:44 of the second period to make the score 2-1. Hrabarenka netted his first professional goal with a shot from the point at 7:57 of the third. Rochester's Brian Flynn followed with an empty-net goal at 18:50 to produce the final score and cap his hat trick bid.
Jeff Frazee lost his first game in regulation since Oct. 19. He made 26 saves. At the other end, David Leggio made 33 stops.
1st Period-1, Rochester, Flynn 6 (Pysyk), 6:14. 2, Rochester, Flynn 7 (Foligno, Brennan), 15:23 (PP).
2nd Period-3, Albany, Zalewski 1 (Tedenby, Sestito), 14:44. 4, Rochester, Brennan 8 (Porter, Mancari), 19:36 (SH).
3rd Period-5, Rochester, Brennan 9 (Flynn, Varone), 6:11 (SH). 6, Albany, Hrabarenka 1 (Leach, Wohlberg), 7:57. 7, Rochester, Flynn 8 18:50 (EN).
Shots on Goal-Albany 6-17-12-35. Rochester 13-8-10-31.
Power Play Opportunities-Albany 0 / 5; Rochester 1 / 3.
Goalies-Albany, Frazee 3-2-2 (30 shots-26 saves). Rochester, Leggio 9-5-0 (35 shots-33 saves).
Sat., Nov. 24; Albany 1 vs. Syracuse 4 (Times Union Center)
During the second stop of their three-game weekend, the Devils lost, 4-1, against the Syracuse Crunch Saturday at Times Union Center. Joe Whitney registered his first goal of the season, but the Crunch received goals from Cory Conacher, Tyler Johnson, Alex Killorn and Richard Panik.
Whitney's tally came as the Devils trailed 1-0 early in the second. Syracuse's scoring began with a blast from Conacher at 14:52 of the first. After Whitney's tally, the Crunch took the lead on Johnson's goal at 10:26 and Killorn's tally at 13:04 of the second. Panik concluded the scoring at 8:17 of the third.
Between the pipes, Keith Kinkaid made 21 saves on 25 shots. Syracuse's Riku Helenius posted the victory with 18 stops on 19 attempts.
1st Period-1, Syracuse, Conacher 9 (Taormina, Connolly), 14:52.
2nd Period-2, Albany, Whitney 1 (Henrique), 5:00. 3, Syracuse, Johnson 11 (Panik, Palat), 10:26. 4, Syracuse, Killorn 3 (Johnson, Palat), 13:04.
3rd Period-5, Syracuse, Panik 8 (Johnson), 8:17.
Shots on Goal-Syracuse 4-11-10-25. Albany 6-8-5-19.
Power Play Opportunities-Syracuse 0 / 5; Albany 0 / 3.
Goalies-Syracuse, Helenius 4-2-0 (19 shots-18 saves). Albany, Kinkaid 1-5-3 (25 shots-21 saves).
Sun., Nov. 25; Albany 4 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 5 -- Shootout (Boardwalk Hall)
In the first of four Devils games at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, the Devils and the Wilkes- Barre/Scranton Penguins gave the fans 65 minutes of action followed by a five-round shootout. In the end, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Jayson Megna scored the lone shootout goal, giving his team a 5-4 victory Sunday afternoon.
Mattias Tedenby, Bobby Butler, Adam Henrique and Jacob Josefson each had goals. Butler, who also had an assist, led all Devils scorers with two points. In goal, Keith Kinkaid made 31 saves in his second start in as many nights.
The Penguins received two goals from Tom Kuhnhackl and tallies from Brian Gibbons and Trevor Smith. Both Kuhnhackl and Gibbons added assists to their stat lines. Goaltender Brad Thiessen turned aside 28 shots.
1st Period-1, Albany, Tedenby 3 (Parse, Urbom), 9:32. 2, W-B/Scranton, Kuhnhackl 1 (Gibbons, Samuelsson), 12:53. 3, W-B/Scranton, Gibbons 3 (Kuhnhackl, Megna), 15:35. 4, Albany, Butler 3 (Whitney, Larsson), 16:45 (PP). 5, W-B/Scranton, Smith 5 (Reese, Ferriero), 19:59.
2nd Period-6, Albany, Henrique 5 (Corrente, Butler), 13:16. 3rd Period-7, Albany, Josefson 7 10:22 (SH). 8, W-B/Scranton, Kuhnhackl 2 (Megna, Gibbons), 12:06. OT Period- No Scoring.
Shootout - W-B/Scranton 1 (Thompson NG, Bennett NG, Ferriero NG, Tangradi NG, Megna G), Albany 0 (Tedenby NG, Anderson NG, Whitney NG, Butler NG, Josefson NG). Shots on Goal-W-B/Scranton 17-7-9-2-1-36. Albany 15-12-5-0-0-32.
Power Play Opportunities-W-B/Scranton 0 / 8; Albany 1 / 2.
Goalies-W-B/Scranton, Thiessen 3-2-0 (32 shots-28 saves). Albany, Kinkaid 1-5-3 (35 shots-31 saves).
Adam Henrique - Two game point streak (1g-1a)
Joe Whitney - Two game point streak (1g-1a)
Matt Anderson - 9 games away from 300 career AHL games
Jeff Frazee - 1 shutout away from 10 career AHL shutouts
Adam Henrique - 8 games away from 100 career AHL games
Tim Sestito - 9 games away from 300 career AHL games
Steve Zalewski - 4 points away from 200 career AHL points
Tim Sestito - 100th career AHL point; at RCH (Nov. 23)
Jay Leach - 450th career AHL game; vs. NOR (Nov. 12)
Matt Anderson - 100th career AHL assist; vs. PRO (Apr. 14)
Steve Zalewski - 300th career AHL game; at NOR (Mar. 23)
Darcy Zajac - 100th career AHL game; at SYR (Mar. 9)
Dan Kelly - 100th career AHL game; vs. BRI (Mar. 2) Incredible Moments. Instant Memories.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
Fri., Nov. 30 vs. St. John's Ice Caps (Times Union Center)
The St. John's IceCaps went 2-1-0-1 in four games last week. They split a pair of games with the Hamilton Bulldogs, winning, 3-1, Tuesday and losing, 2-1, Wednesday. They then split games with the Providence Bruins, falling, 3-2, in a shootout Friday and winning, 6-0, Saturday.
The IceCaps are led by Derek Meech with 12 points on three goals and a team-leading nine assists. Alex Burmistrov is second with nine points, including two goals and seven assists.
Sat., Dec. 1 at Adirondack Phantoms (Glens Falls Civic Center)
The Adirondack Phantoms went 3-0-0-0 last week, winning at home against Bridgeport, 5-1, Wednesday, against Norfolk, 2-1, Friday and against Hershey, 3-1, Sunday.
The Phantoms are led by Brayden Schenn, who ranks third in the league with 22 points, including a team-best nine goals and 13 assists. Sean Couturier is second on the team with 15 points on six goals and nine assists.
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