Jan 30, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Jon Merrill (34) skates in warm-ups prior to the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Devils defeated the Stars 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Calder Cup Playoffs: Albany Devils Elimated in 4 Games

Dec 4, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Reid Boucher (15) skates during the first period of his NHL debut at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The St. John’s IceCaps took Game 4 of their matchup against the Albany Devils to move on to the second round of the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs.

The IceCaps received a huge boost from Andrew Gordon‘s hat trick to win the series 3-1.

There were plenty of good things to take away from Albany’s season so far. There were breakouts such as Scott Timmins, Joe Whitney, and Reid Boucher. Keith Kinkaid revived his prospect status with a very solid season.

Jon Merrill scored Albany’s only goal in the 4-1 loss. Eric Gelinas and Harri Pesonen provided the assists. Albany outshot St. John’s 40-33 but Michael Hutchinson posted another great game against Albany to seal their fate.

Other Notables

Keith Kinkaid – 33 shots, 29 saves, 4 GA
Stefan  Matteau – 2 SOG, Slashing in 1st
Mattias Tedenby – -1, 4 SOG
Eric Gelinas – +1, 5 SOG, A
Jon Merrill – G, -1, 4 SOG, Slashing in 2nd

Albany finished the season at 40-23-5-8 and made its first playoff appearance since 2010. Tedenby, Mike Sislo, Kelly Zajac, Merrill, and Stefan Matteau all registered 2 points in their first playoff series.

For Devils fans, the next thing to look forward to is the contract carousels that will start popping up once the Stanley Cup Finals are in the books. St. John’s moves on to play the Norfolk Admirals.

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