by Kevin Zalaznik // 4.12.2013 // Recap
BINGHAMTON, NY – Albany Devils’ Matt Anderson set a franchise record with his 83rd assist as a Devil, but the milestone was overshadowed by a 5-3 setback against the Binghamton Senators Friday at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. Steve Zalewski and Chris McKelvie provided second period tallies and Eric Gelinas was the beneficiary of Anderson’s record-breaking assist during the third. The Devils now head home for the final four contests of the regular season.
Binghamton established a 2-0 advantage during a five minute span, bridging the first and second periods. Cole Schneider opened the scoring at 17:45 and David Dziurzynski added to Binghamton’s advantage 1:08 after the intermission.
Zalewski’s redirection on a Jay Leach bid at 4:44 of the second sparked the Devils, who pulled even when McKelvie scored shorthanded at 13:53. Eric Gelinas registered the second assist on Zalewski’s goal and Mike Sislo posted the lone helper Albany’s ninth shorthanded tally of the year.
Moments later Eric Gelinas capped the scoring at 13:49. Along with Anderson, McKelvie was also credited with an assist on the play.
Notes & Numbers
– The Devils moved to 29-29-1-12, while the Senators improved to 41-23-1-6.
– With an assist on Eric Gelinas’ sixth goal of the season, Matt Anderson set the franchise record with his 83rd assist in a Devils uniform. The right winger passed Stephen Gionta who registered 82 assists between 2006-13. The helper was also Anderson’s team-leading 30th of the year.
– Steve Zalewski registered his 11th goal of the season and first since Feb. 23 at Binghamton. The tally was his 40th point of the season, giving the Devils center 40-or-more points in four consecutive seasons.
– Chris McKelvie, who registered his third multi-point game, netted his second shorthanded tally and the team’s seventh, which ranks tied for seventh in the AHL.
Goaltenders: Jeff Frazee, Scott Wedgewood
Defensemen: Eric Gelinas, Dan Kelly, Jay Leach, Corbin McPherson, Jon Merrill, Alexander Urbom
Forwards: Matt Anderson, Jean-Sebastien Berube, Reid Boucher, Cam Janssen, Chris McKelvie, Harri Pesonen, Tim Sestito, Mike Sislo, Joe Whitney, David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac, Steve Zalewski
The Devils return to Times Union Center tomorrow for a 5 pm matchup against the Senators. The game is part of “Military Appreciation Night” with free admission to all active and returned military personnel. The event begins at 3 pm with the DLG Wealth Management Block Party.