Oct. 24, 2014 | Devils at Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, CT – For the second straight weekend, the Albany Devils find themselves in a home-and-home series against a Northeast Division opponent. They went 1-0-0-1 against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers last week and now face the Hartford Wolf Pack Friday at 7 pm at XL Center. The team will faceoff Saturday at 5 pm at Times Union Center.

Albany and Hartford are both off to two of the best starts in the AHL this season. The Devils are 3-0-0-1, while the Wolf Pack are 3-0-1-0.

Mike Sislo and Reid Boucher, who had 23 and 22 goals last season, both registered their first tallies of the year Tuesday. Sislo potted a pair of power-play goals and Boucher scored on a wrister late in the third period. Joe Whitney, who also had 22 goals a year ago, is yet to score. However, the left winger has a team-high five assists.

• After dropping a 1-0 overtime decision against the Hershey Bears Sunday, the Wolf Pack responded with a 5-4 win at the Worcester Sharks Tuesday. Oscar Lindberg, Danny Kristo and rookie Ryan Haggerty lead the team with four points each. Lindberg has three goals and an assist, while Kristo and Haggerty each have a goal and three helpers.

Joe Whitney
4GP, 5A
in 2014-15
Ben Thomson
3GP, 2A
in 2014-15
Oscar Lindberg
4GP, 4PTS
in 2014-15
Ryan Haggerty
4GP, 4PTS
in 2014-15

Wins

3
3

Goals For

16
11

Goals Against

8
9

The Devils and Wolf Pack will meet for the 53rd and 54th time this week. The Devils are 28‐18‐2‐4 all‐time against the Wolf Pack, including a 15‐8‐1‐2 home mark and a 13‐10‐1‐2 road record.

During their last meeting, Scott Wedgewood made 23 saves and Harri Pesonen and Rod Pelley each scored helping the Devils to a 2-0 victory at Times Union Center on Mar. 15, 2014. Albany limited Hartford to four shots after 38 minutes and Wedgewood turned aside 16 shots during the third period for his second career shutout. Pesonen netted the game-winning goal at 7:05 of the second period and Pelley provided insurance at 13:49 of the third. 

After this weekend, the Devils and Wolf Pack will meet at Times Union Center on Nov. 26, Feb. 15, Mar. 22 and Apr. 18. The teams will face off at XL Center on Nov. 5, Dec. 11, Feb. 14, and Apr. 11.

Team GP W L OTL SL PTS PCT
Albany Devils 4 3 0 0 1 7 .875
Hartford Wolf Pack 4 3 0 1 0 7 .875
Team

Notebook: So Far, So Good

ALBANY, NY – After a physical first period against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Tuesday, the Albany Devils took control of the game in the second period when Mike Sislo potted a pair of power-play goals. From there goaltender Keith Kinkaid shut the door and Tim Sestito and Reid Boucher added insurance goals.

After four games, the Devils sit atop the early Eastern Conference standings with this weekend opponent the Hartford Wolf Pack. Both teams have seven points and the Devils got there thanks to their best start in franchise history, going 3-0-0-1.

Since they’ve only played three opponents so far, the Devils are still trying to determine how they matchup with the rest of the 30 teams in the AHL.

“We’re slowly starting to see more teams,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky after Tuesday’s 4-0 win. “It’s the American Hockey League. Some teams have a lot of turnover and coaching changes. We’re trying to get a bar of where we are in the league and also where we need to be.”

After four games, Albany is near the top of the league in several categories. They are third with 4.00 goals per game, eighth with a 2.00 goals-against average and fourth with a 28.6 power-play percentage.

There are still 72 games remaining or 95% of the team’s schedule, but wins at the beginning of the season not only pay dividends at the end of the year, but they build momentum.

“I think we’re happy with a lot of things we’ve done,” Sislo said. “We know it’s early and there are a lot of things we need to clean up and improve upon, but it’s definitely a good start. I think our work ethic is there, our habits are there, and that’s a good foundation to have early in the year, to build off.”

Update

Cam Janssen and Stefan Matteau are both battling upper-body injuries. Janssen left during the first period of Tuesday’s game, while Matteau did not play Saturday or Tuesday. 

Kinkaid on the Verge 

Keith Kinkaid is close to setting a pair of franchise records. His 22-save shutout Tuesday moved him into a first-place tie with Jeff Frazee for career shutouts with 10. Additionally, Kinkaid’s 64 wins rank second behind Frazee’s 65 between 2007-13. 

Timmins on Four Game Streak 

Upon further review, Scott Timmins has been awarded an assist on Paul Thompson’s game-winning, shorthanded goal during Saturday’s 3-2 win against Bridgeport. That assist along with a helper Tuesday extends Timmins point streak to four games. The Devils center began last season on a nine-game streak.

Zajac Suspended

The AHL announced Wednesday that Darcy Zajac has been suspended for one game for his instigating penalty within the final minutes of Tuesday’s third period. He will miss Friday’s game at Hartford. 

Bullying-Pin

Devils Stand Up Against Bullying

ALBANY, NY – The Albany Devils will host their first ever “Bullying Prevention Game” on Saturday, Oct. 25 when they welcome the Hartford Wolf Pack to Times Union Center at 5 pm. The Devils will join forces with the “Be An Ally” partnership between CBS 6, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Neil and Jane Golub and Price Chopper as well as PRO Martial Arts of Colonie.

A commemorative “Devils Against Bullying” pin (pictured) will be available for a minimum $2 donation throughout the game with proceeds benefitting the Anti-Defamation League’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute. PRO Martial Arts of Colonie will host a pregame Anti-Bullying interactive presentation intended for Elementary-age students.

The “Be An Ally” project was created in 2011 by CBS 6 in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League, Neil and Jane Golub and Price Chopper. Together their goal is to inform students, families, educators and the public on what can be done about bullying and cyberbullying. Utilizing the broadcasting power and credibility of CBS 6, the commitment and impetus of Neil and Jane Golub and Price Chopper and the rich informational resources of the ADL, the “Be an Ally” project is a call to action for everyone.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Now the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.

To purchase tickets for the Devils “Bullying Prevention Game” call 518-433-8457 or visit thealbanydevils.com. Additionally, tickets can be purchased during the day of the game at the Times Union Center Box Office.

Harrold

Devils Adjust Radio Schedule

ALBANY, NY – The Albany Devils announced today adjustments to their broadcast schedule on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio. Games on Tuesday, Oct. 21 and Friday, Oct. 24 have been preempted. In lieu of the two games, the Devils outings on Nov. 8 and Nov. 21 will now be carried on “The Team.”

All Devils games are available online for free at ahllive.com.

Celebration

What To Watch For – Oct. 20-26

1

The Albany Devils are gearing up for three games this week, starting Tuesday with a 7 pm outing against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Times Union Center. The team then faces the Hartford Wolf Pack at XL Center at 7 pm Friday and at Times Union Center at 5 pm Saturday.

2

Last weekend, The Devils earned three-out-of-four points during a home-and-home series against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Friday on the road, Albany lost 5-4 in a shootout, but rebounded on Saturday at home with a 3-2 victory.

3

With a 2-0-0-1 record, the Devils are off to the best start in franchise history. The team went 2-1-0-0 during the 2007-08, 2010-11 and 2013-14 season. The franchise’s top mark after four games is 3-1-0-0 by the 2010-11 squad.

4

During Saturday’s game, Paul Thompson netted a pair of goals, including the game-winning goal (shorthanded) with 44 seconds remaining. The right winger is off to the best start by a Devil at the beginning of a season. After three games, he has seven points, including six goals. Matt Halischuk (4g-2a), Nicklas Bergfors (1g-5a) and Jon DiSalvatore (1g-5a) each had six points after three games during the 2008-09 season.

5

Promotions this week include “Dollar Dawg Night” with $1 hot dogs and $1 sodas on Tuesday. Additionally for the midweek game, a special “Happy Hour” will be between 6-7 pm with $2 domestic drafts. On Saturday, the Devils, who have partnered with CBS 6 Albany and the Anti-Defamation League, take a stand against bullying and will ask its fans to take a pledge to prevent bullying.
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