ALBANY, NY – After a bruising first period, Reid Boucher, Mike Sislo and Joe Whitney each scored, leading to a 3-2 Albany Devils home-opening victory Saturday against the Utica Comets. Keith Kinkaid turned aside 23 shots in his second straight start.
Boucher struck at 3:55 of the second after being setup by Scott Timmins and Reece Scarlett. Sislo followed at 11:29 of the same period, taking advantage of two Utica miscues. In the third, Joe Whitney redirected an Eric Gelinas shot at 7:25.
The scoreless first period featured 66 penalty minutes with the help of six fighting majors. Zero penalty minutes followed with all five of the game’s goals coming at even strength.
Boucher and Sislo both registered their first goals of the season, while Whitney netted his second. Timmins’ two assists move his point total to three. Eric Gelinas posted his first two points of the year and Reece Scarlett tallied his first career point.
The Devils owned a 29-25 shot advantage as Keith Kinkaid registered his 39th career victory in his 88th AHL game.
Albany returns to action Monday for a 2 pm outing against the Adirondack Phantoms. Kids 13-and-under will receive free admission as part of a Columbus Day special.