Dec. 22, 2010

Just a couple days before Christmas, Devil Dawg celebrated his last Christmas Party at the Kidz Korner Afterschool Program in Guilderland. Devil Dawg filled in for his friend Santa Clause and passed around the presents from under the Christmas tree. He even got his own bag of treats and the kids shared their new toys with him during playtime.

Guilderland Kidz Korner is just one of many locations in the area where local elementary school kids can gather afterschool for fun activities and games — sponsored through the YMCA. Devil Dawg is planning many more afterschool appearances at programs throughout the community.

Dec. 29, 2010

Devil Dawg made another Christmas Vacation Week stop at the New York State Museum, as they offered activities throughout the day for children and their families who were looking for an afternoon out during the holiday week. Devil Dawg learned all about his new home of Albany while roaming the Adirondack Hall and looking at all sorts of exhibitions from prehistoric times. He especially liked seeing animals that were even bigger than him! Devil Dawg stopped to do a few different arts and crafts activities along the way while visiting with families who had been out to the previous night’s game verse the Bridgeport Soundtigers.

The New York State Museum is a major research and educational institution that conducts systematic investigations into the geology, biology, anthropology and history of New York. The Museum hosts more than 750,000 visitors each year, making it one of the largest cultural attractions in the state. Devil Dawg plans to return again for February Vacation week, and maybe make a few more afterschool visits as well.


Dec. 29, 2010

December was US Figure Skating National Skate Month and Devil Dawg enjoyed his Christmas Vacation week by stopping by Albany Academy’s Fieldhouse for the Albany Figure Skating Club 2010 Skatefest! Devil Dawg watched as all were given great skating lessons, even enjoying a performance by the area’s most professional of figure skaters. In attendance were the Achilles Synchronized Figure Skating teams, which Devil Dawg took quite a liking to. He plans to return next year for Skatefest 2011 and hopes to be skating by then!

The Achilles Figure Skating Club is a long-standing member of the United States Figure Skating Association who has joined forces with Upstate Skates, a member of the Ice Skating Institute, to create the Albany Figure Skating Club. The Albany Figure Skating club offers all sorts of figure skating programs to local youth in the area, both competitive and educational.



Are you a 20-game season ticket holder? Well, show your STH ID card at the Albany Devils Team Store and receive a 15% discount during the following games:

01/15 vs. Springfield
02/20 vs. Adirondack
03/05 vs. Adirondack
04/02 vs. Charlotte

As a reminder, Devils full season ticket holders receive the special discount throughout the season.

For more information call the Devils Executive Office at (518) 4-Devils.



Tue., Dec. 28 – Devils vs. Bridgeport (L, 3-4 SO)
Fri., Dec. 31 – Devils at Binghamton (W, 5-4)
Sat., Jan. 1 – Devils at Adirondack (L, 1-2)
Sun., Jan. 2 – Devils vs. Syracuse (L, 3-5)

Wed., Jan. 5 – Devils vs. Adirondack (7:00 p.m.)
Fri., Jan. 7 – Devils vs. Charlotte (7:00 p.m.)
Sat., Jan. 8 – Devils vs. Syracuse (7:00 p.m.)

Fans who come to the Wednesday game against Adirondack can purchase a hot dog or a soda for just one dollar as part of “Dollar Dawg Night.” On Friday, Devil Dawg, the most lovable and recognizable mascot in the AHL, celebrates his first birthday with several of this friends, including “NJ” and “Scorch” the New Jersey Devils and Trenton Devils mascots. The first 2,000 kids 12 and under will receive a pack of Devils Logo Bands.

The Devils and Anaconda Sports are giving fans a chance to win a luxury suite. Specific t-shirts will be tossed into the crowd during all home games in January, allowing fans to enter Devil Dawg’s Lucky Square contest for their chance to win.

The past year has been a historical one for the Devils. The team made the playoffs for the first time as the Lowell Devils. The team announced it was relocating to Albany on June 10. Rick Kowalsky was named head coach on Aug. 10 and on Oct. 9 the Devils hosted Adirondack for the first-ever game as the Albany Devils. For the calendar year, the Devils posted a 32-35-1-8 record.

Tuesday, Devils 3 vs. Bridgeport 4 (Shootout)
For the second-straight game the Albany Devils lost in a shootout. This time it came on home ice to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 4-3, in front of 3,822 fans at the Times Union Center. Adam Henrique and Chad Wiseman each had a goal and an assist, but Bridgeport rallied in the shootout, outscoring the Devils, 2-1. Albany never trailed in the game until the final score. Wiseman and David McIntyre built a 2-0 first period lead and Henrique made it 3-2 after back-to-back second period goals by the Sound Tigers. Micheal Haley scored Bridgeport’s third goal at 1:51 of the third.

Friday, Devils 5 at Binghamton 4
Alexander Vasyunov had four points, including the game-winning goal, to lead the Devils to a 5-4 victory at Binghamton. Vasyunov, who had two goals and two assists, had a hand on the team’s final three goals, helping Albany erase a 3-2 deficit. Michael Swift joined Vasyunov with a multi-point effort. Swift had a goal and an assist. Stephen Gionta and Darcy Zajac also scored for the Devils, while Mike McKenna turned away 28 of 32 shots for the victory.

Saturday, Devils 1 at Adirondack 2
Greg Moore scored the game-winning goal with 3:54 remaining in regulation to give the Phantoms a 2-1 victory against the Devils at the Glens Falls Civic Center. His goal came when a bouncing puck deflected off Jeff Frazee’s body and landed in the goal crease where he chipped in his second game-winning goal of the season. Michael Swift scored for Albany on the power play early in the second with assists going to Chad Wiseman and Matt Anderson. Jeff Frazee made 29 saves on 31 shots. At the other end, Brian Stewart made 18 stops on 19 tries.

Sunday, Devils 3 vs. Syracuse 5
The Devils rallied and even had a 5-on-3 power play late, but couldn’t overcome the Syracuse Crunch Sunday at the Times Union Center. Syracuse’s Trevor Smith led his team to a 5-3 victory with four goals, including the game-winner deep into the second. Chad Wiseman, David McIntyre and Michael Swift each scored for Albany. Syracuse’s special teams led the way with two power-play goals and a pair of shorthanded goals.

Mark Fayne was returned on loan from New Jersey on Monday. Fayne appeared in 17 games for New Jersey since being recalled on Nov. 22. He made his NHL debut that same day against the Washington Capitals. During his time in the NHL, the Nashua, N.H. native posted two goals and an assist. This season in the AHL, Fayne has played 16 and registered a goal, three assists and a plus-5 rating.
Michael Swift is tied with Josh Bailey for the longest active point streak in the AHL. Swift has registered at least one point in eight-consecutive contests, including four-straight this past week. During his eight-game run, he has produced six goals and three assists. He has at least one point in 11 of the last 12 outings (8g-4a).
Chad Wiseman and Matt Anderson have pieced together a point streak as well. Wiseman has scored in five straight (2g-4a), while Anderson has points in four straight (0g-4a).
— The Devils power play has been rolling, scoring at least one goal in each of the past five games. During that span the unit has converted on 6-of-23 attempts (26.1%).

Goals: Michael Swift (12)
Assists: Matt Anderson (11), Vladimir Zharkov (11)
Points: Matt Anderson (22)
PIM: Louis Robitaille (93)
+/-: Mark Fayne (+5)
Wins: Jeff Frazee (9)
GAA: Jeff Frazee (2.80)
Save %: Jeff Frazee (.905)
*Currently in New Jersey

Wednesday, Devils vs. Adirondack (7:00 p.m.)
Adirondack is on a three-game winning streak with a 3-2 shootout win against Springfield (Dec. 31), a 2-1 win against Albany (Jan. 1) and a 3-2 shootout victory at Rochester (Jan. 2). For the season, the Phantoms are 10-25-2-0 (22 pts.) and are in eighth place in the East Division. Wednesday’s game will be the fifth of the Time Warner Cable Cup and the series is tied, 2-2. Denis Hamel is Adirondack’s active leader for points (23) and goals (12). He is tied with Danny Syvret with a club-best 11 assists.

Friday, Devils vs. Charlotte (7:00 p.m.)
The Checkers are 7-2-0-1 in their last 10 games and are sitting in second place in the East Division with a 20-11-1-3 (44 pts.) record. Most recently, the team split a pair of games against Binghamton with a 3-0 loss (Jan. 1) and a 4-2 win (Jan. 2). The Checkers are led by Jerome Samson, who has 36 points, including a team-best 18 goals. He is averaging 1.03 points per game. Between the pipes, Mike Murphy and Justin Pogge have shared time. Murphy is 9-6-2 in 18 games, while Pogge is 11-6-1 in 20 outings.

Saturday, Devils vs. Syracuse (7:00 p.m.)
Syracuse is riding a three-game winning streak, which includes a 5-3 win at Albany (Jan. 2). The Crunch are a spot ahead of the Devils in the East Division with a 14-18-1-3 (32 pts.) mark. Trevor Smith leads the team with 27 points, including a team-high 12 goals and 15 assists. Patrick Maroon is second with 18 points with eight goals and 10 assists. The goaltending duo of Jean-Philippe Levasseur and Timo Pielmeier has posted a .907 save percentage. Levasseur is 5-9-2 with a .910 save percentage, while Pielmeier is 9-10-1 with a .903 save percentage.



ALBANY, N.Y. – The Albany Devils had two new faces on the ice for morning skate; Defenseman Mark Fraser has been assigned to Albany for conditioning purposes by the New Jersey Devils, while Jean-Sebastien Berube has been reassigned by New Jersey from Trenton (ECHL) to Albany. The announcement was made by Albany General Manager Chris Lamoriello.

Fraser, 24, began the season in the NHL and played four games. He was placed on the long-term injury reserve on Oct. 28, missing 32 games between Oct. 15 and Dec. 29. The Ottawa, Ontario native has logged 228 career AHL games, posting 44 points with five goals and 39 assists. His last season with the Devils’ top developmental team came in 2008-09 when he played 74 games and had 17 points, including three goals and 14 assists. Last season, Fraser played the entire season in the NHL. He had six points – three goals and three assists – in 61 games. He was selected by the Devils, 84th overall in 2005

Berube, 20, has played 26 games for Trenton, tallying 18 points with eight goals and 10 assists. During last season’s Calder Cup Playoffs, he made his professional debut with Lowell and played in one game. Prior to joining the Devils, the Matane, Quebec native played 232 games during a four-year span for Rouyn-Noranda of the QMJHL. He had 105 points with 54 goals and 51 assists. Berube was drafted by New Jersey, 205th overall in 2008.

The Devils travel to Binghamton tonight for a 6:05 p.m. contest.



ALBANY, NY — When the Albany Devils took to the ice on Thursday morning for their practice, they were down one member. Nick Palmieri was recalled to New Jersey earlier in the day. The second-year pro is making his second stint in the NHL.

Palmieri has produced six goals and five assists in 24 games for Albany this season. He leaves behind a four-game point streak (12/5 – 12/28; missed four games during span). Palmieri, a native of Utica, N.Y., appeared in six games for New Jersey last season, registering an assist.

He was selected 79th overall by the Devils in 2007.



Adam Henrique and Michael Swift each had points in last night’s contest against Bridgeport, extending their point streaks to five games. Henrique has three goals and three assists during his run, while Swift has three goals and two assists.

Oddly enough, both players began their stretches at different times. Henrique began with an assist on Dec. 3 against Hershey and followed with goals at Rochester on Dec. 4 and against Adirondack on Dec. 5. He then missed five games, but returned with an assist at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Dec. 26 and a goal and an assist against Bridgeport yesterday.

Swift’s streak has been more conventional. It began with an assist against Worcester on Dec. 11 and followed with goals at Norfolk on Dec. 17 and 18 and at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Dec. 26. He posted an assist against the Sound Tigers.

Henrique and Swift are tied for second on the active roster for points. Henrique has eight goals and eight assists in 26 games, while Swift has nine goals and seven assists in 30 outings.

Both players will try and make it six-in-a-row with a 6:05 p.m. contest at Binghamton on New Year’s Eve.



Sun., Dec. 26 – Devils at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (L, 4-5 (Shootout))

Tue., Dec. 28 – Devils vs. Bridgeport (7:00 p.m.)
Fri., Dec. 31 – Devils at Binghamton (6:05 p.m.)
Sat., Jan. 1 – Devils at Adirondack (7:00 p.m.)
Sun., Jan. 2 – Devils vs. Syracuse (4:00 p.m.)

All Tickets for the Devils’ game against Bridgeport on Tuesday are $10. Fans can purchase tickets at the Times Union Center Box Office or online by visiting

Sunday, Albany 4 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 5 (Shootout)
The Devils rallied late and took the Penguins to a shootout, but lost 5-4 at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The Devils earned a point towards the standings – the first time they’ve accomplished the feat in 10 tries against the Penguins. Nick Palmieri and Rob Davison helped Albany establish 1-0 and 2-1 leads, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton claimed a 3-2 advantage at 5:18 of the second. Michael Swift evened things and after the Penguins went up, 4-3, Dan Kelly sent the game into OT with his first career goal midway through the third.

Jeff Frazee made 30 saves on 34 shots, but was beat three-out-of-four times in the shootout. Brad Thiessen earned the win with 25 saves, including three in the shootout. Bryan Lerg led the Penguins with a pair of goals.

Vladimir Zharkov was recalled by New Jersey on Monday. Zharkov, who played 40 games in the NHL last season, has appeared in 29 games for Albany. He leads the team for assists (11) and is tied for first for points (18). In his last 12 AHL games, he has produced eight points (3g-5a). If Zharkov plays for New Jersey, he will be the 15th Devil to compete at both the AHL and NHL level this season.
Michael Swift extended is point streak to four games and his goal streak to three games with a tally at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday. During the four-game stretch, Swift has three goals and an assist. He is second on the team with nine goals and third with 15 points.
Chad Wiseman continues to have an impact on the score sheet. In the seven games he has played this season, he has produced five points with a goal and four assists. He leads the team for points-per-game with a 0.71 mark.
— Albany has netted a team-high four goals in 10 games this season, going 6-3-0-1 in those games. Four of those outings have gone to overtime and two were decided in a shootout.
— The Devils are 5-1-0-0 when leading after the two periods, 5-4-0-0 when tied after two and 2-12-0-1 when trailing after two.
— The Devils are one of five teams in the AHL that haven’t suffered an overtime loss. This season, the team is 2-0 in OT and 3-1 in the shootout. Brad Mills scored the game-winning goal at Adirondack on Oct. 16 and Vladimir Zharkov won it at Norfolk on Dec. 17. Both games were 4-3.

Goals: Matt Anderson (11)
Assists: Vladimir Zharkov (11), Tyler Eckford (10)
Points: Matt Anderson, Vladimir Zharkov (18)
PIM: Louis Robitaille (88)
+/-: Matt Anderson (+6)
Wins: Jeff Frazee (9)
GAA: Jeff Frazee (2.84)
Save %: Jeff Frazee (.903)
*Currently in New Jersey

Tuesday, Devils vs. Bridgeport (7:00 p.m.)
The Sound Tigers are coming off a 4-0 loss to Connecticut on Sunday, but are 6-3-0-1 in their last 10 outings. Overall, Bridgeport is in fifth place in the Atlantic Division with a 15-14-1-2 record. The team has struggled on the road, going 3-9-0-2. Rookie Rhett Rakhshani leads the team with 29 points behind 10 goals and 19 assists. He is averaging 0.94 points-per-game.

Friday, Devils at Binghamton (6:05 p.m.)
These two teams are meeting for the third time this season. Albany won, 4-3, at home on Nov. 27, but lost, 5-0, on the road on Dec. 10. The Senators are fifth in the East Division with a 15-13-2-2 record and are coming off a 7-1 victory against Adirondack on Sunday. Corey Locke is second in the AHL with 29 points thanks to 11 goals and 29 assists.

Saturday, Devils at Adirondack (7:00 p.m.)
Round four of the Time Warner Cable Cup series brings in the New Year. The Devils are 2-1 against the Phantoms this season, including a 4-3 win in Atlantic City on Dec. 5. Adirondack, which is last in the East Division with a 6-24-2-0, is under the direction of Joe Paterson, who was named head coach on Dec. 20. The Phantoms are led by rookie Erik Gustafsson’s 26 points – including a team team-high 22 assists.

Sunday, Devils vs. Syracuse (4:00 p.m.)
The Crunch are one point ahead of the Devils in the East Division with an 11-16-1-3 record – good enough for 26 points. In its last outing, Syracuse lost at Rochester, 5-2, on Sunday. The club will play Adirondack, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Hershey and Rochester before meeting Albany for the fourth time this season. Trevor Smith leads the team with 20 points, including seven goals and a team-best 13 assists.



In a travel sense, Vladimir Zharkov couldn’t have picked a worse time to drive from Albany to New Jersey, but when the NHL calls – you do what it takes.

Zharkov was the latest Albany Devil to be recalled to the big league and he joined the Devils during their practice Monday morning despite the snow that has engulfed the east coast.

The Russian, who played 40 games in the NHL last season, has appeared in 29 games for Albany in 2010-11. He leads the team with 11 assists and is tied for first with Matt Anderson with 18 points. In his last 12 AHL games, he has produced eight points (3g-5a).

If Zharkov plays for New Jersey, he will be the 15th Devil to compete at both the AHL and NHL level this season.

Albany hosts Bridgeport on Tuesday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m.



It’s that gift-giving time of the season and in a sense, the Albany Devils are giving back to the New Jersey Devils.  After a brief two-game stretch with Albany, Matthew Corrente is heading back to New Jersey — he was recalled on Monday. Corrente had rejoined Albany after playing 15 for the NHL Devils between mid-October and mid-December. The Mississauga, Ontario native began the season in the AHL and played in the opening night contest on Oct. 9. He was recalled by New Jersey on Oct. 14 and was returned on loan on Dec. 12. Corrente played in both games at Norfolk during the weekend and was a plus-1 with an assist.

Corrente joins Tim Sestito, who was recalled by New Jersey on Dec. 13. Sestito is also making his second stint with the big club. He was also summoned to the NHL after the opening night game, but returned to Albany on Nov. 4.  Sestito has played 12 games for both New Jersey and Albany this season. For the AHL Devils, he has posted two goals and five assists. A line shuffle in New Jersey, has the sixth-year pro centering Ilya Kovalchuck and Mattias Tedenby.

Patrick Davis returned to Albany’s lineup after missing five games. He played both games at Norfolk and registered an assist during Friday’s game. Davis has registered two goals and eight assists in 22 games this season.

Finally, the Devils will enjoy some time off for the Holiday break before traveling to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for a 5:05 p.m. contest on Sunday. The team returns to the Times Union Center on Tuesday, Dec. 28 for a 7:00 outing against Bridgeport. Tickets for that game are only $10.



Fri., Dec. 17 – Devils at Norfolk (W, 4-3 OT)
Sat., Dec. 18 – Devils at Norfolk (L, 1-5)

Sun., Dec. 26 – Devils at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (5:05 pm)

Friday, Albany 4 at Norfolk 3 (Overtime)
Matt Anderson sent the game into overtime and Vladimir Zharkov won it for Albany, 4-3, at Norfolk. Zharkov scored on a rebound with 2:41 remaining in OT to stop a three-game skid. Things looked dim for Albany, which trailed 2-0 early and 3-2 with 2:03 remaining. Anderson netted the tying goal in front, burying a rebound try off a Stephen Gionta shot. Immediately after, the Devils were given a 5-on-3 power-play opportunity that carried into the overtime period. The Admirals successfully killed the disadvantage, but Zharkov found the puck off Norfolk netminder Dustin Tokarski’s pad for his seventh goal of the season. David McIntyre had the original try and was awarded the assist. Michael Swift and Tyler Eckford also had goals for Albany and Gionta and Anderson registered multiple points.

Saturday, Albany 1 Norfolk 5
The Devils couldn’t complete the weekend sweep as they lost to the Admirals, 5-1, Saturday night at the Norfolk Scope Arena. Albany’s Michael Swift scored for the second straight night, but Norfolk, which had two power-play goals and two shorthanded goals, sustained pressure throughout. James Wright had two goals and two assists. The Admirals jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead before Swift extended his point streak to three games at 8:07 of the second. Two more goals by Norfolk late in the second produced the final score.

Matt Anderson leads the team in five offensive categories: points (18), goals (11), plus-minus (+6), points-per-game (0.72) and shots on goal (59). The West Islip, N.Y. native has registered three points (2g-1a) in the last three games and five points (3g-2a) in the last six outings.
Michael Swift is riding a three-game point streak (2g-1a) and a two-game goal streak. In his last 10 outings, he has produced five goals and two assists. Swift is second on the team with eight goals and tied for third with 14 points.
Chad Wiseman continues to have an impact on the score sheet. In the six games he has played this season, he has produced four points with a goal and three assists.
Vladimir Zharkov netted his fourth career game-winning goal with the overtime winner at Norfolk on Friday. The Russian is tied with Tyler Eckford for a team-leading 10 assists. He is also second on the team with 17 points and tied for third with seven goals. He has produced seven points (3g-4a) in his last 11 games.
– Jeff Frazee earned his team-best ninth victory of the season by making 30 saves at Norfolk on Friday. He is 3-2 in his last five starts and 5-3 when coming off a win.

Goals: Matt Anderson (11)
Assists: Tyler Eckford, Vladimir Zharkov (10)
Points: Matt Anderson (18)
PIM: Louis Robitaille (88)
+/-: Matt Anderson (+6)
Wins: Jeff Frazee (9)
GAA: Jeff Frazee (2.79)
Save %: Jeff Frazee (.905)

Sunday, Devils at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (5:05 p.m.)
The Penguins have the best record in the AHL with a 23-7-0-0 (46 pts) mark. They are 7-3-0-0 in their last 10 games and 3-0-0-0 against the Devils this season. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went 2-1-0-0 last week with a pair of wins against Abbotsford (2-1, 5-2) and a loss at Syracuse (3-1). Dustin Jeffrey leads the team and is tied for fourth in the league with 32 points with 14 goals and 18 assists. Twelve points separate him from Brett Sterling, who is second on the team with 20 points with 10 goals and 10 assists.


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