Devil Dawg had quite the birthday celebration! On Friday, Jan. 7 Devil Dawg celebrated his first birthday with his mascot friends that came out out to enjoy the game as the Devils took on the Charlotte Checkers. The group took the ice in the first intermission to play an exciting game of broomball and at the second intermission all fans in attendance sang him a special Happy Birthday as big brother NJ presented him with a cupcake. In attendance were Devil Dawgs much littler friends, the Boys and Girls Club of Albany.
On Saturday, Jan. 8 as the Devils took an exciting victory over the Syracuse Crunch, Devil Dawg had his friend Anthony Gargiula performed on the concourse. The 11-year-old singing sensation took time off from his busy schedule of the Ellen Degeneres Show and the Today Show to stop by the Times Union Center to celebrate with Devil Dawg and fans in attendance.
Then on Sunday, Jan. 9, Devil Dawg visited the Bethlehem YMCA ice rink for their weekly Public Skate. While there, Devil Dawg ran into another birthday party and jumped right in! He took to the ice, on foot, slapping high fives of all those out to skate. After a few lessons, we are hoping Devil Dawg can skate sometime soon!
Tue., Jan. 11 – Devils at Worcester (W, 2-0)
Fri., Jan. 14 – Devils vs. Binghamton (W, 3-2)
Sat., Jan. 15 – Devils vs. Springfield (W, 6-3)
Wed., Jan. 19 – Devils vs. Binghamton (7:00 p.m.)
Fri., Jan. 21 – Devils at Hershey (7:00 p.m.)
Sat., Jan. 22 – Devils at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (7:05 p.m.)
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Tuesday, Devils 2 at Worcester 0
Mike McKenna made 32 stops and Michael Swift netted a pair of goals as the Devils defeated the Worcester Sharks, 2-0, at the DCU Center. McKenna was called on 30 times in the second and third periods. He earned first star of the game honors by posting his eighth career shutout and his first since Feb. 19, 2010 against Manchester (5-0). The Devils’ netminder helped the club kill off all six Sharks’ power plays, including one with less than a minute to play. Swift netted the game winner at 10:47 of the first with an assist going to Chad Wiseman. Swift followed with a shorthanded, empty-net goal in the closing seconds on a clearing attempt by Brad Mills.
Friday, Devils 3 vs. Binghamton 2
Adam Henrique and Jacob Josefson each had two points, but it was Louis Robitaille who netted the game-winning goal to give the Devils a 3-2 victory against the Binghamton Senators at the Times Union Center. The win was the third straight for the Devils. Robitaille scored the winner at 3:39 of the third after Matt Anderson tied the game with 16.9 seconds remaining in the second period. Josefson had the team’s first goal, while Henrique assisted on his and Anderson’s tallies. Mike McKenna logged the win with 27 stops.
Saturday, Devils 6 vs. Springfield 3 In a penalty filled contest, Adam Henrique provided the offensive touch, netting two goals in the Albany Devils 6-3 win against the Springfield Falcons Saturday at the Times Union Center. Henrique scored the team’s third and fourth goals, including the game-winner, as Albany extended its winning streak to a season-long four games. Michael Swift and Brad Mills netted shorthanded goals and Matt Anderson and Alexander Urbom concluded the scoring with goals in the final 1:30.
NOTABLES: – A victory against the Senators on Wednesday would give the Devils five-consecutive wins and tie the franchise record for longest winning streak. The Devils have won five in a row twice in their five year history. The first came during the 2008-09 season between Nov. 21 and Nov. 29, while the second was last season between Nov. 7 and Nov. 14.
— Albany has only allowed one power-play goal in its last six outings, operating at 96.4 percent (27-28). The team is 10-4-0-2 when not surrendering a power-play goal this season.
— Michael Swift and Brad Mills each registered shorthanded goals in the Devils 6-3 win against Springfield on Jan. 15. It marked the second time the Devils scored multiple shorthanded goals in a game. The first was in a 6-4 loss against Rochester on Nov. 6 (Mills and Vladimir Zharkov). The Devils are tied for third in the AHL with eight shorthanded tallies. Individually, Swift has already set the franchise record for shorthanded goals in a season and is tied for third in the league with four.
— Adam Henrique’s two-goal showing against Springfield on Jan. 15 was the team’s seventh multi-goal performance of the season: Matt Anderson (2; Nov. 10), Stephen Gionta (2; Jan. 5), David McIntyre (2; Oct. 9), Michael Swift (2; Nov. 20 and Jan. 11) and Alexander Vasyunov (2; Dec. 31).
— Jeff Frazee (2) and Mike McKenna (1) have combined for three shutouts so far this season. The franchise record for shutouts in a season is four, which was accomplished in 2009-10, 2008-09 and 2006-07. All-time, the Devils have posted 16 shutouts and Frazee is the all-time leader with seven, while McKenna is second with four. This season, Albany is 2-1-0-0 when coming off a shutout win; all-time the team is 8-7-0-1.
— Jacob Josefson returned to the Albany lineup for the first time on Jan. 7since the home-opener on Oct. 9. Josefson was recalled by New Jersey on Oct 14 and made his NHL debut against Colorado on Oct. 15. He was placed on the team’s I.R. on Nov. 4 and missed 30 games (Oct. 19 – Jan. 6). In the five games since arriving, he has a goal and five assists, while the team has posted a 4-1-0-0 mark.
— Adam Henrique posted his fourth and fifth multi-point games of the season, including his first career multi-goal game. He had a pair of assists against Binghamton on Friday and then had two goals, including the game-winner, against Springfield on Saturday. Henrique has 11 points (4g-7a) in the last 11 games and has produced at least one point in 15 of the last 21 contests (8g-12a).
— Alexander Urbom netted his first-career goal against Springfield on Jan. 15, finding an empty net from the far goal line. Urbom was a season-best plus-5 in the 6-3 win.
LEADERS FOR ALBANY: Goals: Michael Swift (16) Assists: Adam Henrique (13) Points: Matt Anderson (27) PIM: Louis Robitaille (135) +/-: Alexander Urbom (+6) Wins: Jeff Frazee (9) GAA: Jeff Frazee (2.77) Save %: Jeff Frazee (.904)
NEXT UP: Wednesday, Devils vs. Binghamton (7:00 p.m.) This will be the second meeting in less than a week between these two teams and the Devils own a 3-1-0-0 record against the Senators this season. Binghamton is fifth in the East Division with a 21-18-2-2 (46 pts.) record and is 6-4-0-0 in its last 10 games. Corey Locke, who returned on loan from Ottawa on Monday, leads the league with 55 points, including 40 assists.
Friday, Devils at Hershey (7:00 p.m.) The Devils will be making their first appearance this year at the Giant Center where the Bears are 11-8-0-1. Hershey sits in fourth place in the East Division with a 23-14-1-2 (49 pts.) record and is 6-2-1-1 in its last 10 outings. Leading scorer Andrew Gordon, who has 18 goals and 18 assists, was recalled from loan by Washington on Sunday. Kyle Greentree is the active points leader with 35 points behind 15 goals and 20 assists.
Saturday, Devils at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (7:05 p.m.) The Penguins have not wavered from the top spot in the league with a 32-9-0-0 (64 pts.) record. They are 8-2-0-0 in their last 10 outings. Dustin Jeffrey leads the team with 41 points with 15 goals and a team-best 26 assists. Between the pipes, Brad Thiessen and John Curry have split time. Thiessen is 18-4-0 with a 2.12 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage, while Curry is 14-5-0 with a 2.31 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.
Be the first, in our inaugural year, to own a piece of Albany Devils history. You’ll have three opportunities to enter-to-win a special raffle for a game-worn Stephen Gionta jersey. During the Devils’ Jan. 15, 19 and 29 games stop by customer service (near section 130) to buy a raffle ticket for $10 or two tickets for $15. Tickets can also be purchased at the Devils’ executive office during normal business hours.
Then on Jan. 29 during the game against Rochester, we’ll announce the lucky winner.
As an additional prize, a second winner will be chosen for a game-used stick signed by the Albany Devils team.
All winners will be featured on our website and facebook page!
ALBANY, N.Y. — Time Warner Cable Sports in Albany has announced its first live, local AHL game package featuring Albany Devils games. The schedule includes two Time Warner Cable Cup match-ups against the Adirondack Phantoms.
The television production partnership is an extension of already comprehensive relationships which include in-game promotions, advertising and sponsorship of the Time Warner Cable Cup. In addition to local games, Time Warner Cable Sports continues to import AHL action from out of the area including the AHL All-Star Game on Monday, Jan. 31st from Hershey, PA.
“Having our games televised to a regional audience was a goal of ours when we moved to Albany this summer,” said Albany Devils Executive Director Chris Ciceri. “We are thrilled to partner with Time Warner Cable, putting Albany Devils hockey into the living rooms of our current and future fans. Time Warner Cable Sports is a well-known, high-quality commodity throughout the state and the perfect vehicle to showcase the exciting hockey action of the American Hockey League.”
“During the long winter months, many of our customers take great pleasure in enjoying the excitement of our great regional hockey teams,” said Time Warner Cable’s Area V.P. of Operations John Quigley. “Through our commitment to quality live and local sports programming, we’re making it even easier for viewers to catch all the action.”
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Albany Devils center Matt Anderson has been selected to the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross. The game, which will pit the Eastern Conference against the Western Conference, will be held at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. on Monday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. The skills competition will take place on Sunday, Jan. 30 at 3 p.m.
Each team comprises 23 players – 12 forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders. AHL fans determined the starting lineups via on-line balloting at theahl.com, while a committee of AHL coaches selected the remainder of the rosters. All 30 AHL teams are represented by at least one All-Star.
The 2011 squads include 31 first-time AHL All-Stars and 11 rookies. Among that group are AHL rookie scoring leader Rhett Rakhshani of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, leading rookie goal-scorer Bobby Butler of the Binghamton Senators, and standout first-year goaltenders Jake Allen of the Peoria Rivermen and Martin Jones of the Manchester Monarchs. A total of 12 former first- and second-round draft picks were also named All-Stars, including Syracuse’s Kyle Palmieri, Springfield’s John Moore and Grand Rapids’ Brendan Smith.
Hershey Bears head coach Mark French and assistant coach Troy Mann will guide the Eastern Conference All-Stars by virtue of the Bears’ 2010 Calder Cup championship. Rookie head coaches John Hynes of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Jared Bednar of the Peoria Rivermen are set to co-coach the Western Conference entry after their teams finished play this past Sunday with the best records in their respective conferences.
Tickets for the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross – which include admission to both the 2011 AHL All-Star Skills Competition at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 30, and the 2011 AHL All-Star Game at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 31 – are nearly sold out. Tickets remain available for the 2011 AHL Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Ceremony (January 31, 11 a.m.) and the Post-Skills Party (January 30, 6 p.m.). Contact the Giant Center box office at (717) 534-3911 for information.
ALBANY, N.Y. – Dave Caruso has been recalled on loan from Trenton (ECHL) to Albany (AHL), while Trevor Kell and Darcy Zajac have been returned on loan from Albany to Trenton. Also, Myles Stoesz has been loaned to Trenton. The announcement was made by Albany and Trenton General Manager Chris Lamoriello.
Caruso, 28, is making his third stint with Albany this season. He has played in four AHL games this year, posting a 1-2-0 record. Earlier, the Queens, N.Y. native was recalled from Trenton on Nov. 10 and returned on Nov. 13. Days later on Nov. 19, he came back to Albany. Caruso made his season debut in relief against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Nov. 24 and won his first game against Binghamton on Nov. 27. He was returned to Trenton on Dec. 12. In the ECHL this season, Caruso has posted a 5-8-0 record with a 3.33 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage.
Kell, 24, was recalled on loan from Trenton on Nov. 14 and appeared in 21 games for Albany. He registered a goal and two assists, including a multi-point effort against Adirondack on Dec. 5. The Thunder Bay, Ontario native returns to Trenton where he began the season. Kell played nine games in the ECHL, posting a then team-best 11 points with five goals and six assists.
Zajac, 24, joined Albany after being recalled from Trenton on Nov. 27. While in the Capital Region, he appeared in 15 games and registered a goal and an assist. Zajac, who hails from Winnipeg, Manitoba, scored his first career goal in a 4-3 win at Binghamton on Dec. 31. He began the season in Trenton where he played 14 games, registering two goals and six assists.
Stoesz, 23, has been in Albany for the entire season and has played seven games, racking up 30 penalty minutes. A Steinbach, Manitoba native, he made his 2010-11 debut in a 3-0 loss against Syracuse on Nov. 12. In his four-year professional career, Stoesz has played 136 ECHL games, posting 12 goals and seven assists.
The Devils travel to Worcester tonight for a 7 p.m. start.
LAST WEEK: Wed., Jan. 5 – Devils vs. Adirondack (L, 2-3 SO)
Fri., Jan. 7 – Devils vs. Charlotte (L, 2-4)
Sat., Jan. 8 – Devils vs. Syracuse (W, 2-1)
THIS WEEK: Tue., Jan. 11 – Devils at Worcester (7:00 p.m.)
Fri., Jan. 14 – Devils vs. Binghamton (7:00 p.m.)
Sat., Jan. 15 – Devils vs. Springfield (7:00 p.m.)
UPCOMING PROMOTIONS The Devils will host their third All-Star Wine & Spirits Autograph Session after Saturday’s game on the Times Union Center concourse.
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Wednesday, Devils 2 vs. Adirondack 3 (Shootout)
Stephen Gionta had two goals and Michael Swift and Chad Wiseman assisted on both of them, but the Devils lost, 3-2, in a shootout to Adirondack at the Times Union Center. The game was the fifth of the Time Warner Cable Cup series, which the Phantoms lead, 3-2. Michael Ryan had a pair of goals for the visitors and Adirondack rallied in the shootout after falling behind 3-1. Jeff Frazee was between the pipes for the Devils. He made 20 stops, including key saves late in the game. For the Phantoms, Brian Stewart earned the win with 26 stops.
Friday, Devils 2 vs. Charlotte 4
Michael Swiftand Matt Andersonscored for the Devils, who lost 4-2 to the Checkers at the Times Union Center. The Checkers were led by goaltender Justin Pogge’s 37-save performance, including 26 stops in the second and third periods. Swift’s goal came in the form of a penalty shot at 13:55 of the second to make it 1-1. After Charlotte responded with back-to-back goals, Jacob Josefson sprang Anderson for a breakaway. Anderson went high blocker at 4:14 of the third. Nicolas Blanchard, Chris Terry, Jerome Samson and Brett Sutter each scored for Charlotte.
Saturday, Devils 2 vs. Syracuse 1
Matt Andersonand Adam Henriqueeach had a goal and an assist as the Devils grabbed a 2-1 victory against the Crunch at the Times Union Center. The tandem assisted on each other’s goals and Anderson netted the winner at 4:04 of the final period. Mike McKenna had 23 saves, including a key stop while on his back less than a minute before Anderson netted the game-winning tally. The win was the first for Albany at the Times Union Center since Nov. 27 (vs. Binghamton, 4-3).
NOTABLES: – Michael Swift saw his point streak halted at 10 games – the longest in franchise history. During the run, he posted 12 points with seven goals and five assists. He netted a penalty shot goal on Friday for the Devils’ first penalty shot conversion since Feb. 3, 2007 when Petr Vrana beat Hershey netminder Frederic Cassivi.
— Matt Anderson registered points in back-to-back games for the 11th time this season. He had a goal against Charlotte on Friday and followed with the game-winning goal and an assist against Syracuse on Saturday. Anderson leads the team with 25 points and is tied for first with 13 goals. – On Friday, Jacob Josefson returned to the Albany lineup for the first time since the home-opener on Oct. 9. Josefson was recalled by New Jersey on Oct. 14 and made his NHL debut against Colorado on Oct. 15. He was placed on the team’s I.R. on Nov. 4 and missed 30 games (Oct. 19 – Jan. 6). Josefson is on a two-game point streak with assists against Charlotte on Friday and against Syracuse on Saturday.
— Rookie Adam Henrique registered his third multi-point game of the season with a goal and an assist against Syracuse on Saturday. Henrique is third on the team with 19 points backed by nine goals and 10 assists.
— Stephen Gionta posted his seventh-career multi-goal game with a pair against Adirondack on Wednesday. Gionta has 13 points on the season with six goals and seven assists.
— Mark Fayne was recalled by New Jersey and posted a plus-3 rating in the Devils 6-3 win against Tampa Bay on Sunday. The defenseman is making his second stint in the NHL this season.
— Nick Palmieri netted his first-career NHL goal against the Lightning on Sunday. He earned an empty-netter with 14 seconds remaining. He was recalled by New Jersey on Dec. 30.
LEADERS FOR ALBANY: Goals: Matt Anderson, Michael Swift (13) Assists: Matt Anderson (12) Points: Matt Anderson (25) PIM: Louis Robitaille (100) +/-: Mark Fayne (+4), Matt Anderson (+3), Mattias Tedenby (+3) Wins: Jeff Frazee (9) GAA: Jeff Frazee (2.77) Save %: Jeff Frazee (.904)
*Currently in New Jersey
NEXT UP: Tuesday, Devils at Worcester (7:00 p.m.) These two teams are meeting for the third time this season. Albany staked a 3-2 win at Worcester on Nov. 5, but lost, 6-3, at the Times Union Center on Dec. 11. The Sharks are in fourth in the Atlantic Division with an 18-13-2-5 (43 pts.) record and are coming off a 3-2, shootout loss to Springfield on Sunday. Jonathan Cheechoo leads the team with 35 points, including 13 goals and 22 assists.
Friday, Devils vs. Binghamton (7:00 p.m.) The Devils won the last contest against the Senators, 5-4, on Dec. 31. They lead the season series, 2-1, with five outings still remaining between the teams. Binghamton sits in fifth in the East Division with a 19-16-2-2 (42 pts.) mark and is 6-4-0-0 in its last 10 games. Corey Locke not only leads the team, but also the league with 51 points, including a league-best 38 assists. He has posted at least one point in eight of the last nine contests (2g-13a).
Saturday, Devils vs. Springfield (7:00 p.m.) Saturday’s contest will be the 39th meeting all-time between the two clubs and the Devils own an 18-17-1-2 record. Springfield is sixth in the Atlantic Division with an 18-16-1-3 (40 pts.) record and has registered a point in eight of the last 10 games (6-2-0-2). Trevor Smith, who had four goals against the Devils while with Syracuse on Jan. 2, leads the team with 29 points behind 14 goals and 15 assists.
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.