ALBANY, NY — Scott Wedgewood made 23 saves for his second career shutout, helping the Albany Devils to a 2-0 victory against the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday. Harri Pesonen and Rod Pelley both scored as the Devils improved to 31-20-3-7 overall and 17-7-2-0 at Times Union Center this season.
The Devils defense kept the Wolf Pack at bay for most of the night, limiting them to just four shots after 38 minutes.
“It shows what we’re capable of doing as far as playing defensively,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “When you have the puck and you play in the offensive zone, whether you get chances or not, it keeps a team from coming the other way.”
“It was good getting that work and a couple of power plays there,” Wedgewood said. “You know they are going to press late in a game like that, so we did a good job keeping everything in front and communicating. Obviously, the two points are a lot more important than the shutout to me.”
Offensively, Tim Sestito and David Wohlberg deserve as much praise for Pesonen and Pelley’s goal. Sestito ripped a turnaround shot in the high slot that hit Hartford netminder Dov Grumet-Morris‘ shoulder and hung on the goal line. Pesonen outraced everyone else for a tap in, game-winning goal at 7:05 of the second period.
“I tried to hit Sestito late and he was able to still grab the puck and take a shot,” Pesonen said of the play. “After shots, we try to get guys to the net and follow the rebounds. It’s hard to score five-on-five, so once we get shots we need guys to bang it in. We want to be aggressive and our path has to go straight to the net and it has been rewarding us lately.”
Albany’s second goal was a result of Wohlberg using a power move towards goal and the rebound kicked out to Pelley crashing the net at 13:49 of the third period.
Pesonen extended his goal scoring streak to three games and his point streak to four. Sestito now has five points (4g-1a) in six games. Pelley registered his 12th tally of the year and Wohlberg posted his third assist in as many games.
Albany, which is 5-2-0-1 against Hartford, went 3-3 on the penalty kill, including a full two minutes with less than five minutes remaining in the game.
The Devils remain at Times Union Center for a 5 pm outing against the Crunch Sunday. Fans can follow the action online or on mobile devices at ahllive.com. Additionally, the game can be heard on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio.
SPRINGFIELD, MA — Joe Whitney’s record-breaking night was spoiled during the Albany Devils 6-4 setback against the Springfield Falcons Friday at MassMutual Center. Whitney registered a first period goal for his 141st point in a Devils uniform, breaking Stephen Gionta’s franchise scoring record.
The Devils winger, who has a team-best 21 goals this season, has registered 62 goals and 80 assists in 197 career games. Gionta produced 58 goals and 82 assists in 371 games between 2006-13.
Harri Pesonen added to Albany’s lead with his 10th of the season at 18:50 of the first; Whitney registered the lone assist.
Springfield, which was 3-3 on the power play, outshot Albany, 28-23.
The Devils return to Times Union Center Saturday for a 5 pm outing against the Hartford Wolf Pack. As part of “Pucks ’N’ Paws” night. Fans are encouraged to bring their dogs to the game and portions of the ticket proceeds will benefit the Mohawk & Hudson Humane Society. Tickets are $13 for individuals and $5 for their dogs, with $5 being donated to the Humane Society. To participate in “Pucks ‘N’ Paws,” fans can purchase tickets by contacting the Devils Executive Office at (518) 433-8457 or by visiting thealbanydevils.com/paws.
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For the first time since Feb. 23, the Albany Devils return to Times Union Center. They host the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday at 5 pm for the team’s annual “Pucks ‘N’ Paws” game. The Devils own a .625 winning percentage (16‐9‐2‐1) at home, outscoring opponents 86-70. Minus the three home games played at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, Albany is 16‐7‐2‐0 at Times Union Center, outscoring the competition 82‐61.
Harri Pesonen and David Wohlberg are finding their names on the scoresheet more frequently. Pesonen, who has 25 points (10g-15a) in 59 games, has two goals and an assist in the last three contests. Wohlberg, who has seven points (3g-4a) in 46 outings, has a goal and two helpers in the last five games.
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Devils vs. Wolf Pack Series
The Devils and Wolf Pack will meet for the 51st time on Saturday. The Devils are 27-17-2-4 all-time against the Wolf Pack, including a 14-8-1-2 home mark and a 13-9-1-2 road record. This season, Albany is 4-2-0-1 against Hartford.
Last time out, Albany erased a two-goal deficit in the third period to tie the game, but Hartford’s Ryan Bourque scored at 12:25 to give the Wolf Pack a 4-3 victory last Saturday at XL Center. Brandon Burlon, Mike Sislo and Joe Whitney scored for the Devils and Scott Wedgewood made 17 stops.
Saturday’s game will be the final regular season match between Albany and Hartford.
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