Boucher Delivers Devils Overtime Win
ALBANY, NY — Fresh from the NHL, Reid Boucher delivered a major-league shot to give the Albany Devils a 3-2 overtime victory against the Hershey Bears Wednesday at Times Union Center. After Raman Hrabarenka tied the game with 76 seconds remaining, Boucher fired a wrister from the left-circle on a fast break 2:05 into the extra frame to end Albany’s five-game skid.
The win, which was the team’s 16th on home ice, improves Albany’s overall record to 24-11-6-0. Hershey extended their point streak to seven games as it goes to 22-13-3-6.
Yann Danis was the goalie of record after Scott Wedgewood, who had 13 saves, left the game in the third period with what appeared to be a right shoulder injury. The Devils netminder originally aggravated it during the opening minutes of the game. Danis supplied 10:08 of relief and five saves for his 17th win.
Mike Sislo started the scoring from the same spot he has tallied the majority of this league-leading 12 power play goals — from the left faceoff circle on a one-timer. For his team-high 17th goal, Marc-Andre Gragnani set him up to give the Devils a 1-0 advantage at 5:36 of the first.
Hershey answered with back-to-back goals. First, Burgdoerfer picked the lower-left corner with a blast from the right point at 14:39 of the second. Then Barber pulled his team ahead late in the third with a falling-down shot from the right hash at 15:27.
Albany elected to go with the extra skater with about 90 seconds on the clock and it paid off. Matt Lorito fed Hrabarenka, who sent a hard wrister past Ellis with just 1:16 remaining.
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The Devils five-game homestand comes to a conclusion Friday with a 7 pm contest against the Utica Comets.