During Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Albany Devils team photographer James DiBianco Jr. provided this first-person perspective of what it’s like to shoot a hockey game. He captured Mike Sislo’s third period power-play goal.
The 2014-15 season the second of Scott Wedgewood‘s professional career, but his first as a full-time AHL netminder. After playing 48 games with Trenton (ECHL) in 2012-13, the 21-year-old logged 36 AHL games this past year. He went 16-14-3 and finished 11th in the league with a 2.39 goals against average. Additionally, he had a .899 save percentage and posted four shutouts.
Wedgewood was named the CCM/AHL Playoff of the Week for the period ending Mar. 16 by posting two shutouts, becoming the first goaltender in franchise history to accomplish the feature. Around that same time, he posted four straight wins between Mar. 15-22.
For his AHL career, Wedgewood has an 18-16-3 record with a 2.51 goals-against average and a .897 save percentage.
What Was Said by Wedgewood…
I felt really strong. I had a bit of a slow start, getting my feet wet and playing at the next level. Last year, I spent a lot of time in the ECHL and a few games here. At the end of the year, I was pretty happy with myself and very happy with the team — a great group of guys. We did what we wanted to do, which was make playoffs. We gave ourselves to do something special. Next year, we’re all looking forward to what we can do again.
- Scott Wedgewood (May 5, 2014)
What Was Said About Wedgewood…
Confidence is a big thing with these young guys. We’ve played well in front of him and he hasn’t had a big shot total, but he’s had to make some key saves and that’s what you ask: that your goaltender gives you a chance whether you have 40 shots or 20.- Rick Kowalsky (March 26, 2014)
2013-14 Regular Season
|35 2x, last 1/19 at HER||32 12/29 at BRI||0 4x, last 4/13 vs. SYR|
Keith Kinkaid had one of the best seasons for a Devils netminder in franchise history. He set the single-season record with a 2.29 goals-against average, which ranked third overall in the AHL, and he finished tied for first in Devils history with four shutouts. Additionally, his 24 wins tied for second.
Kinkaid, who posted a 24-13-5 record with a .912 save percentage in 43 games, earned CCM/AHL Player of the Week honors for the period ending Nov. 17. He won three starts, allowing just three goals on 82 shots. That week included a 0.97 goals against average and a .963 save percentage. Notably, the 24-year-old posted a five‐game winning streak between Nov. 8‐20, a four‐game winning streak between Dec. 4‐13 and finished the regular season on a three‐game winning streak.
For his career, the Farmingville, NY native has a 62-50-14 record with a 2.64 goals-against average, a .906 save percentage and nine shutouts.
What Was Said by Kinkaid…
It’s definitely a different season and anything can happen. It’s the tightest games of all and a mistake here leads to a goal against maybe. You have to be sharp and on your game. It’s a great experience for the guys and it will definitely help us for the future.– Keith Kinkaid on the playoffs (May 5, 2014)
What Was Said About Kinkaid…
He’s taken another step, and that’s what they’re supposed to do. Its one thing to have a good year, but how do you improve on that the next year. And Keith has managed to do it physically, mentally, emotionally, every year find a way to improve.– Rick Kowalsky (May 5, 2014)
2013-14 Regular Season
|40 1/24 at BNG||38 12/28 vs. POR||0 4x, last 12/27 vs. ADK|
In his fifth professional season and second with the Devils, Chris McKelvie appeared in 57 games, posting a career-high nine goals, 12 assists and 21 points. Additionally, he was a +6 with 86 penalty minutes and tallied a three game-winning goals and a shorthanded tally.
The 29-year-old, who served as an assistant captain, posted three multi-point games, producing two points Dec. 4 vs. Springfield, Dec. 13 against Bridgeport and Jan. 17 at Utica.
What Was Said by McKelvie…
I think regardless of who was wearing a letter and who wasn’t it was just a good group of leadership all around. The young guys did a really good job responding and following and we stuck together as a team all year long. We kind of went through some ups and downs throughout the year and we always found a way to kind of keep going. - Chris McKelvie (May 5, 2014)
What Was Said About McKelvie…
Some of those guys are in their third, fourth years. They are now guys we are going to look to and put that responsibility on. That was a decision in Sislo and McKelvie. Both are great pro as far as on and off the ice. - Rick Kowalsky (October 9, 2013)
2013-14 Regular Season
|1 9x, last 4/13 vs. SYR||2 1/17 at UTI||2 3x, last 1/17 at UTI|
Happy Memorial Day everyone! Many thanks to those who have served and those who continue to serve!
Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils Friday signed two of their prospects – forwards Ben Johnson and Ben Thomson – to entry-level contracts. The announcement was made by Devils’ President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello. As per club policy, no further terms were disclosed.
Johnson, who turns 20 next month, finished tied for third on Windsor (OHL) this past season with 53 points, including 28 goals and 25 assists, in 59 games played. The 6-0, 190-lb. forward led the Spitfires with four goals/six points during the 2014 OHL playoffs, then joined Albany (AHL) upon completion of his junior season. Johnson’s three-season junior totals showed 66 goals and 62 assists for 128 points in 191 games.
Born June 7, 1994 in Hancock, MI, he spent part of the 2010-11 season with the United States Development Program and Fargo in the USHL. Johnson was New Jersey’s third choice, and 90th overall selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Thomson, 21, split the 2013-14 OHL season between Kitchener (12 games) and North Bay (43). The 6-3, 215-lb. forward totaled 27 goals and 18 assists for 45 points and 90 penalty minutes in the regular-season and added five goals and nine assists for 14 points in 22 playoff appearances en-route to the OHL Finals. Born January 16, 1993 in Brampton, Ont., his five season OHL totals showed 65 goals and 84 assists for 149 points and 483 penalty minutes in 303 games. Thomson was New Jersey’s fourth choice, and 96th overall selection in the 2012 draft.