Devils Down IceCaps For Sixth Straight Win
ALBANY, NY — The Albany Devils extended their winning streak to six games with a 4-3 victory against the St. John’s IceCaps Wednesday at Times Union Center. Yann Danis set a franchise record with his seventh straight win and Mike Sislo extended his goal streak to eight games.
Already in possession of the second-best record in the AHL, the Devils improved to 32-13-7-0. The IceCaps lost for the third time in as many outings, going to 23-22-7-3.
Sislo along with Paul Thompson and Matt Lorito each had multiple points. Sislo had a pair of assist to go with his league-leading 26th tally. Thompson produced a goal and an assist and Lorito had two helpers. All three players extended their point streaks: Sislo (eight), Thompson (five) and Lorito (four).
Danis made 22 saves in the record-breaking victory. He passed Jeff Frazee and Mike McKenna’s winning campaigns between Nov. 21-Dec. 5, 2008 and Mar. 5-19, 2011, respectively. Danis also pulled even with McKenna and Keith Kinkaid for second on the all-time singles season wins’ list with 24.
The Devils gave Danis a nice cushion during the first two periods. McPherson opened the scoring with a point shot at 4:43 of the first period. Thompson followed after Sislo and Lorito forced an offensive-zone turnover at 13:03.
In the second, Thompson started a breakout play which led to Lorito taking a wrister from the top of the right circle. The puck deflected off Sislo and into the upper-left corner at 9:56.
St. John’s, who had won four of the previous five meetings between the two clubs, scored two quick goals in the third to pull within one. Charles Hudon scored at 1:05 and Tim Bozon followed 30 seconds later.
The Devils recaptured their two-goal lead after Sislo created a turnover and hit McKelvie for a breakaway against a pulled goaltender at 19:10.
The IceCaps did score again, but not until there was four seconds remaining on the clock. It was Bozon’s second of the game.
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The Devils embark on a six-game road trip, starting Friday with a 7 pm outing against the Springfield Falcons at MassMutual Center. Fans can follow the action online at ahllive.com or over the airwaves at 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio.