DEVILS CAN’T SOLVE CRUNCH

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.

The Crunch received first period goals from Vladislav Namestnikov at 13:39 and from Dan Sexton at 14:25. In the second, J.T. Brown moved the score to 3-0 at 14:00.

Matt Anderson spoiled Helenius’ shutout bid, scoring with 53.2 second remaining in regulation. Joe Whitney and Eric Gelinas were credited with the assists on the power-play goal.

Game Notes 
- 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.

Lineup 
Goaltenders: Jeff FrazeeKeith Kinkaid
Defensemen: Brandon BurlonEric GelinasJay LeachCorbin McPhersonStefan StepanovAlexander Urbom
Forwards: Matt AndersonJean-Sebastien BerubePhil DeSimoneMike HoeffelCam JanssenHarri PesonenMike SisloJoe WhitneyChad WisemanDavid WohlbergDarcy ZajacSteve Zalewski

Next Up 
The Devils have a quick turnaround with a 3 pm outing at Bridgeport tomorrow. Fans can follow the action at ahllive.com.

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