UTICA, NY — The Albany Devils broke the game wide open during the second period and sailed to a 8-3 victory against the Utica Comets Friday at the Memorial Auditorium. Seven different Devils found the back of the net as Albany improved to 22-11-3-2 at the halfway point of the regular season.
The Devils eight goals tied a franchise record, which was previously accomplished on Dec. 27, 2008 against Providence (8-1) and on Nov. 30, 2013 against Bridgeport (8-6).
Joe Whitney had a pair of goals and moved into second place all-time in team history with his 130th and 131st points. Mike Sislo, Mattias Tedenby, Mike Hoeffel, Harri Pesonen, Rod Pelley and Kelly Zajac each scored.
“We capitalized on our opportunities,” Whitney said. “They play a pretty wide-open style of game. We played pretty good defense and took advantage of our chances offensively.”
Between the pipes, Keith Kinkaid made 31 saves for his 15th victory of the season. He was busy early and kept the Comets from building momentum in the opening minutes. The netminder denied Alexandre Grenier on a penalty shot 3:14 into the game and then robbed Brandon DeFazio alone in front a minute and a half later.
“I wanted to rebound from my last game and make the big saves for the team when we needed them,” Kinkaid, who allowed four goals against Hershey Sunday, said. “It’s never good to give up the first because you never like trailing.”
Sislo and Tedenby scored first period goals a 11:04 and 18:52 to give the Devils a 2-1 advantage. Whitney and Hoeffel scored the team’s third and fourth goals during the opening minutes of the second. Whitney scored in the high slot at 4:49 and Hoeffel found the back of the net off a face-off play at 5:59.
The Devils continued to roll before the end of the period. Pesonen and Pelley added to the team’s lead at 14:58 and 18:47, respectively.
In the third, Whitney scored off a rebound 1:03 into the period and Grenier scored on a break away at 10:01. Zajac and DeFazio exchanged goals at 17:06 and 18:42 to produce the final result.
Next up, the Devils travel to face the Adirondack Phantoms Saturday at 7 pm. Fans can follow the action online or on mobile devices at ahllive.com. Additionally, the game will be carried on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio.