The Albany Devils played two games over the weekend and split the 2 game set.
The first game took place in Springfield, Massachusetts at the MassMutual Center as the Devils took on the Springfield Falcons.
Keith Kinkaid came into the game riding a franchise-tying 6 game winning streak but unfortunately saw it snapped in the 5-3 loss. Kinkaid stopped 18 of 22 shots.
Springfield out-shot the Devils 9-4 in the first period and tallied two goals. The second period would initially see Springfield extend that lead to 3-0 only 17 seconds into the period.
3 minutes in, Reid Boucher netted his 7th goal of the season with help from Mike Sislo and Brandon Burlon. Later in the period, Kelly Zajac would net his second goal of the season to bring the game within a goal at 3-2. The goal was assisted by Boucher and Stefan Matteau. Albany out-shot the Falcons 10-4 in the second period.
5 minutes into the third, Springfield would pull away to make the lead 4-2. Tim Sestito would have none of it however as he scored his third of the year with help from Reece Scarlett and Joe Whitney. Springfield would net an empty net goal to seal the game at 5-3.
2,798 at the MassMutual Center saw their team win and make some space in the standings in a battle of the top two teams in the Northeast Division.
The Devils were right back at it the next night facing off against the Adirondack Phantoms. The Devils put forward a dominant performance on offense and defense. They mustered up 5 goals on offense and 31 shots.
Scott Wedgewood started the game, giving Kinkaid a much-deserved night off. He would turn aside 24 of 27 and hang on for the win.
Whitney would open the scoring with his 8th goal of the season which, at the time, was good enough for the team lead. Matteau and Sestito continued to produce offensively with the assists. Mike Hoeffel would net his 3rd goal with an assist by Harri Pensonan to give the Devils a 2-0 lead.
The Phantoms would chip the lead away to 2-1 but the Devils would answer back with two more goals. Boucher would tie the team lead in goals with his 8th goal and Matteau would register his third on the year. K. Zajac, Sestito, and Jon Merrill all registered an assist between the two goals.
After Adirondack brought the game to 4-2, Sestito scored his 4th on the year to make it 5-2. The Phantoms would close the gap to 5-3, but it was too little, too late.
Whitney still leads the team in points with 20 and Sestito’s 3 point game on Saturday has him in 4th on the team with 10 points.
The Devils will play Adirondack at home on Friday and then host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Saturday.