Heading off the ice Saturday night, Eric Baier’s mind was on the Orlando Solar Bears 6-5 shootout win against the South Carolina Stingrays. Within minutes, his focus shifted to getting to upstate New York for the Albany Devils 3 pm game Sunday at Times Union Center.
Enter Baier into the picture.
“We were playing in Charleston, SC and I got word right after we got off the ice that it was a possibility and I would find out shortly and sure enough,” Baier said after Sunday’s game. “I took a shower, put my suit on, went back to the hotel, got a bite to eat and I was gone the next morning.”
Baier’s plane left Charleston before 8 am and after a stopover in Washington, DC, he arrived at Albany International Airport just after noon. He was inside the Times Union Center by 1 pm.
Luckily, the Devils and Baier have a history. The Rhode Island native played 13 games with Albany during the 2011-12 season.
“Coming into a new environment is a tough thing to do,” he said. “You’re kind of all hyped up, but I think subconsciously I was familiar with the system. We play a very similar system down in Orlando. I have played here before with Coach Kowalsky and some of the guys on the team and I think that has definitely helped out.”
The Devils only dressed five defensemen in their 5-2 win against the Sound Tigers. Four of the blueliners had points and three registered goals. Baier put home a rebound in the second period to make it a 4-1 advantage. The tally was the second of his AHL career.
Since the 2010-11 season, the 26-year-old has appeared in 33 career AHL games, producing three points (2g-1a). He has played 185 career ECHL games and has 60 points (20g-40a).
In what has become a bit of a tradition for the Albany Devils, the team will once again host home games at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. This year’s games will take place on Friday, Nov. 28 and Sunday, Dec. 14 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased as a “series” or as a “single game.”
- Series: $60, $40, $30, $20
- Single Game: $30, $24, $18, $12
Additionally, the Tropicana Casino and Resort is offering a special rate for Devils fans who book online.
- Friday, Nov. 28: Exclusive for $189 – Book Now
- Saturday, Dec. 13: Exclusive for $149 – Book Now
- Sunday, Dec. 14: Exclusive for $55 – Book Now
Puck drop for the Nov. 28 contest is at 7 pm, while start time for Dec. 14 is 3 pm.
|Coming off a 5-2 win Sunday against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Albany Devils are preparing for three home games this week. The team welcomes the Hartford Wolf Pack Wednesday (7 pm) and the Utica Comets Saturday (5 pm) at Times Union Center. The Devils also host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Friday (7 pm) at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.|
|Albany and Hartford enter the week tied for fourth in the Northeast Division and tied for seventh in the Eastern Conference. The Devils are 8-6-1-3 (20 pts.), while the Wolf Pack are 9-7-2-0 (20 pts.). Lehigh Valley is third in the East Division and 12th in the conference at 8-6-2-0 (18 pts.) and Utica is first in the North Division and second in the Western Conference at 12-4-2-0 (26 pts.).|
|All five teams in the Northeast Division have winning records and the Devils will try and pull ahead of the Wolf Pack during Wednesday’ game. Albany is 2-1-0-0 after three games of the 10-game season series between the clubs. During the last five years, the Devils own a 14-6-0-3 record against their divisional rival.|
|Wednesday’s game is “SEFCU College Night” with $10 student tickets. “Happy Hour,” featuring $2 domestic drafts for all adults 21 years or older. Additionally, all fans can take advantage of “Dollar Dawg Night” with $1 hot dogs and sodas.|
|All three of this week’s contests can be seen online or on mobile devices at ahllive.com. Free audio is available on the site and fans can also listen to Wednesday’s outing on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio. Josh Heller will have the call with 10 minute pre- and post-game shows.|