by Kevin Zalaznik // 3.23.2013 // Recap
SYRACUSE, NY – In his return to the AHL, Albany Devils goaltender Jeff Frazee made 33 saves on 36 attempts in a 3-1 setback against the Syracuse Crunch Saturday at the War Memorial at OnCenter. Frazee had spent the previous two weeks with the New Jersey Devils before being returned to Albany Tuesday.
Frazee was tested early, making 11 stops in the first period. He followed with nine in the second and 10 in the third. Syracuse’s Riku Helenius registered his 16th win of the year. He made 27 saves on 28 shots.
– Despite the loss, the Devils didn’t lose ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race. At 27-24-1-10 (65 pts.), Albany trails seventh-place Connecticut (31-26-5-3, 70 pts.) and eighth-place Hershey (30-25-3-6, 69 pts.). First-place Syracuse improved 38-18-3-5 (84 pts.)
– Jeff Frazee, who made his NHL debut at Carolina on Mar. 9, made his first AHL start since a win at Adirondack on Mar. 3. This season he is 7-10-4 with a 2.36 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage in 22 appearances.
– Matt Anderson netted his second goal in as many games and his 13th of the season. He has six points (2g-4a) in the last seven games.
– Stefan Stepanov, who Albany signed on Feb. 5, made his AHL debut.
Goaltenders: Jeff Frazee, Keith Kinkaid
Defensemen: Brandon Burlon, Eric Gelinas, Jay Leach, Corbin McPherson, Stefan Stepanov, Alexander Urbom
Forwards: Matt Anderson, Jean-Sebastien Berube, Phil DeSimone, Mike Hoeffel, Cam Janssen, Harri Pesonen, Mike Sislo, Joe Whitney, Chad Wiseman, David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac, Steve Zalewski
The Devils have a quick turnaround with a 3 pm outing at Bridgeport tomorrow. Fans can follow the action at ahllive.com.