The Albany Devils have capitalized on opportunites and fantastic goaltending this past week taking their record from 6-6-0 to 9-6-0. They sit in second in the Northeast Division, 2 points out of first. The Springfield Falcons currently sit atop the division. The Devils sit in a tie for 6th in the Eastern Conference but are only 3 points ahead of the Adirondack Phantoms who sit in 11th place.
The Devils started off their undefeated week with a win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 5-2. You can view the game highlights here courtesy of the Albany Devils Official Site.
The Devils were very offensively sound in this game with six players registering multi-point games (thealbanydevils.com). The first goal included a wonderful play involving Joe Whitney receiving a beautiful feed from Rostislav Olesz to score the game’s first goal. Rod Pelley and Dan Kelly posting goals. Reid Boucher also cashed in during this game.
Raman Hrabarenka, Stefan Matteau, and Harri Pesonen had two assists on the night as the puck was being distributed to a fair amount of players and everyone was chipping in.
Keith Kinkaid stopped 25 shots for the win.
The next game for the Devils would be against the Hartford Wolf Pack. Kinkaid would stop 25 more shots to register his sixth career shutout.
Olesz would connect with Whitney once again as Whitney continues his impressive display in Albany this season. Riley Boychuk scored his first goal as a Devil and Pelley would add an empty-netter to complete the 3-0 victory.
Kelly would add two more assists to his total while Chris McKelvie and Mike Hoeffel also assisted on goals.
The final game this past week would be against the Syracuse Crunch. Rookie Reece Scarlett registered his first career goal on the powerplay to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. It was at the blue line and looked like an odd wrister that went in the net. Boucher and Whitney set up the goal.
Nikita Krucherov snuck behind the defense and scored a beautiful, game-equalizing goal for the Crunch just 24 seconds later.
The game would go into a shootout and Boucher scored on a beautiful fake to give them the lead and eventually a 2-1 shootout win.
There will be an article to come before Albany’s game on Wednesday about a few shining players but one that has to be mentioned immediately is Kinkaid. He has won 5 straight games and stands at 6-1-1 this season with a 1.97 GAA.