The St. John’s IceCaps took Game 1 on with a crushing last-second goal that will test Albany’s will in this series. In front of 6,572 Albany Devils fans, Ben Chiarot scored the winning goal with just 23.1 seconds remaining in the game.
Albany was in trouble early in the first on Eric O’Dell’s goal that gave the IceCaps the 1-0 lead. St. John’s would take that lead into the first intermission and held it until Joe Whitney registered a PP goal 2:13 into the second.
The game would remain scoreless until the final goal that was the crushing blow for Albany.
Head Coach Rick Kowalsky’s thoughts on the final sequence (courtesy of The Albany Devils):
“A loose rebound just sort of laid there in front of Keith,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “When everybody went to the net, he lost his stick and I don’t know that he ever really recovered. [The play] went to the top; it was a knuckler that kind of handcuffed him. We weren’t able to get in the shooting lane. It’s a tough one.”
Keith Kinkaid played very well, stopping 30 shots in the losing effort. This was Albany’s first Calder Cup game since 2010.
Jon Merrill and Mike Sislo registered the assists on the Joe Whitney goal.
Rod Pelley: 5 SOG, Slashing penalty in 2nd.
Adam Larsson: Holding penalty in 2nd.
Tim Sestito: -1, 4 SOG, Elbowing penalty in 1st.
Joe Whitney had this to say about the game:
“Tonight’s over with,” Whitney said. “We played the game, gave everything we had and it wasn’t enough. We hit the reset button. We’re back at it tomorrow; maybe execute a little more and put a few more pucks into the net.”
The Devils and IceCaps will play game two at the Times Union Center at 7 PM tonight.