The Albany Devils, the AHL affiliate of the New Jersey Devils, have gotten off to a rough start this season and that continued on Wednesday evening as they fell at home to the Connecticut Whale, the AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers, by a final score of 5-2. Albany is now 1-3 on the season.
Mike Hoeffel opened the scoring for Albany late in the first period with his second goal of the season as Dan Kelly and Matt Anderson added helpers, helping the Devils to a 1-0 lead at the end of one period.
It got ugly after that though, as the Connecticut Whale would score five unanswered goals, including a trio of tallies in the second period. They allowed the first two goals of the third period as well over the course of 2:53. Jacob Josefson (’10-’12) would help with some window dressing 4:31 after the Whale’s fifth goal as he found the back of the net for the third time this season, capping the scoring for a 5-2 Connecticut victory. Mattias Tedenby (’10-’12) and Raman Hrabarenka came through with assists on the goal.
Goaltender Keith Kinkaid made 21 stops and dropped his personal record to 1-2 this year. The Devils are back in action on Friday night when they host the Adirondack Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.