Devils vs. IceCaps: Apr. 26 (7:00 pm)

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After dropping Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 2-1, the Albany Devils return to the ice Saturday for a 7 pm outing against the St. John’s IceCaps. The contest is the final at Times Union Center before the series shifts to Mile One Centre for the remainder of the round.

Tale of the Tape

Power Play

Players To Watch

Jon Merrill/D
2g-8a in 15 GMS

Reid Boucher/LW
22g-16a in 56 GMS

Jerome Samson/RW
27g-29a in 68 GMS

Zach Redmond/D
6g-19a in 40 GMS

Game 1 Notes

Ben Chiarot netted the game-winning goal with just 23.1 seconds remaining, giving the IceCaps a 2-1 win Friday at Times Union Center. The goal came after Joe Whitney tied the score, 1-1, with a power-play marker at 2:13 of the second period. St. John’s Eric O’Dell opened the scoring at 4:29 of the first period.

  • Jon Merrill and Mike Sislo assisted on Whitney’s goal.
  • Keith Kinkaid finished with 30 saves, including 13 in the first period, 10 in the second and seven in the third.
  • Albany allowed more than 30 shots for just the fourth time since Mar. 2. St. John’s owned a 32-26 shot advantage.
  • The Devils went 1-2 on the power play and 4-4 on the penalty kill.
  • Rod Pelley led the Devils and tied a game-high with five shots.

Regular Season Breakdown

St. John’s IceCaps 76 46 23 2 5 99 0.651
Albany Devils 76 40 23 5 8 93 0.612


IceCaps Take Game 1

ALBANY, NY — Ben Chiarot‘s point shot with just 23.1 seconds remaining sailed past Albany Devils netminder Keith Kinkaid, giving the St. John’s IceCaps a 2-1 victory during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

“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.”

The Devils were making their first Calder Cup Playoff appearance since 2010 and 6,572 fans were on hand at Times Union Center. It was the largest postseason crowd in Albany since Game 1 of the 1995 Calder Cup Final.

(VIEW: Complete gamesheet)

St. John’s Eric O’Dell took the audience out of it early, opening the scoring 4:29 of the first period. A Devils miscue in the defensive end led to Jerome Samson finding O’Dell cutting to the net.

In the second, Joe Whitney tied the game with a power-play goal. Jon Merrill and Mike Sislo assisted on the tally, which came from a wrister in the slot at 2:13.

Albany, which averaged 25.4 shots against during the regular season, was outshot 32-26.

“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.”

Kinkaid finished with 30 saves in his Calder Cup Playoffs debut. At the other end, Michael Hutchinson made 25 saves.

“A loss is a loss,” Kinkaid said afterwards. “It could’ve been 7-2 or it could’ve been 2-1. A loss is a loss and you have to move on. It’s best of five for a reason.”

These two teams will meet for Game 2 Saturday at 7 pm at Times Union Center. Fans not in attendance can follow the action online or on mobile devices at


Goaltenders: Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood

Defensemen: Eric Gelinas, Seth Helgeson, Dan Kelly, Adam Larsson, Corbin McPherson, Jon Merrill

Forwards: Reid Boucher, Stefan Matteau, Rod Pelley, Harri Pesonen, Tim Sestito, Mike Sislo, Mattias Tedenby, Scott Timmins, Joe Whitney, David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac, Kelly Zajac



Game 1 | Devils vs. IceCaps Breakdown

Turning Point

Game 1 seemed to be heading into overtime until St. John’s won an offensive-zone battle and Ben Chiarot sent a knuckleball past Keith Kinkaid with just 23.1 seconds remaining in regulation. Before the IceCaps worked the puck to the point, Kinkaid lost his stick, handicapping the Devils netminder.

Tale of the Tape

Power Play

Three Stars

1. Ben Chiarot

2. Michael Hutchinson

3. Joe Whitney

Collision of the Night

Image of the Night


The Devils celebrate Joe Whitney’s second period power-play goal.


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