by Kevin Zalaznik // 4.6.2013 // Recap
WILKES-BARRE, PA – Jeff Frazee was busy against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Saturday night. The Albany Devils netminder registered his eighth 30-plus-save performance of the season. Offensively, the Devils could not find the back of the net, falling 4-0 at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Frazee’s night included 15 saves in the first period, 14 in the second and one in the third. At the other end, Jeff Zatkoff registered his 25th victory and fourth shutout of the season. He made 11 saves.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton netted a pair of goals at the opposite ends of the first frame. Chad Kolarik scored a power-play goal 48 second into the game and Trevor Smith made the score 2-0 with 11 seconds remaining in the period. Smith also assisted on Kolark’s goal and Riley Holzapfel assisted on both tallies. Alex Grant had the primary helper the Penguin’s second goal.
After a scoreless second period, Grant netted his team’s third power-play goal with a wrister from the high slot at 11:00 of the third. Kolarik and Dylan Reese picked the assists. Moments later, Paul Thompson made the game 4-0, scoring at 15:13 from Jayson Megna and Brian Gibbons.
Notes & Numbers
– Despite the loss, the Devils remain in 10th place in the Eastern Conference and five points out of a Calder Cup Playoff spot. Albany moved to 29-28-1-11, while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton improved to 39-28-2-2.
– Joe Merrill’s four game point streak ended with a goal and five assists.
Goaltenders: Jeff Frazee, Scott Wedgewood
Defensemen: Brandon Burlon, Eric Gelinas, Jay Leach, Corbin McPherson, Jon Merrill, Alexander Urbom
Forwards: Matt Anderson, Reid Boucher, Phil DeSimone, Cam Janssen, Chris McKelvie, Harri Pesonen, Tim Sestito, Mike Sislo, Joe Whitney, David Wohlberg,Darcy Zajac, Steve Zalewski
The Devils host Rochester tomorrow at Times Union Center. Puck drop is at 4 pm.