Albany Devils at Norfolk Admirals
Friday, October 18, 2013
Scope Arena | 7:30 pm
NORFOLK, VA – Coming off back-to-back wins, the Albany Devils travel south to face the Norfolk Admirals for a 7:30 pm contest at Scope Arena. The Devils are trying to start the season 3-1-0-0 for the second time in franchise history. They last accomplished the feat during the 2010-11 campaign.
– The Devils are third in the Northeast Division and tied for seventh in the Eastern Conference at 2-1-0-0 (4 pts). The Admirals are second in the East Division and tied for fifth in the conference at 2-1-0-1 (5 pts).
– Albany will try and build on its special teams’ performance during a 4-1 win at Adirondack Monday. The team went 2-3 on the power play and went 8-8 on the penalty kill. After three games, the Devils rank fifth in the AHL with a 25.0 percent power play and a 92.7 percent penalty kill.
– On Monday against Adirondack, Tim Sestito had his first multi-goal performance since scoring four times at Worcester on Oct. 17, 2009. Against the Phantoms, Sestito scored a shorthanded, penalty shot goal in the second period and added his second on a one-touch redirection late in the third. In 345 career AHL games, the 29-year-old has registered 120 points (55g-65a).
– Norfolk is coming off a 4-1 loss against Binghamton Saturday. Rickard Rakell scored the team’s lone goal and Jon Gibson made 26 saves on 29 shots.
Devils vs. Admirals Series
Friday’s match up will be the 37th meeting between the two teams. Albany is 11-22-2-1 all-time with a 6-10-1-1 home record and a 5-12-1-0 away mark. Last season, the Devils were 1-1-1-1 against the Admirals.
The teams last met on Apr. 20, 2013 at Times Union Center. The Devils claimed a 2-0 victory with the help of third period goals from David Wohlberg at 17:27 and Mike Sislo at 19:45 (empty net). After Saturday’s contest, Albany and Norfolk will meet at Times Union Center on Nov. 1 and Feb. 22.