ALBANY, NY — Six Albany Devils registered multiple-point games and Keith Kinkaid made 25 saves in a 5-2 victory against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Monday at Times Union Center. The win ended a four game draught on home ice and improved Albany to 7-6-0-1.
“The guys battled tonight; a lot of guys in the trenches,” said Dan Kelly. “We just muscled out a win. Our start was pretty good and we had all four lines going in waves. We put a lot of pressure on and when that happens you tire teams out and you overwhelm them.”
“We’re going to need it,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky of the balanced scoring. “That’s how we’re going to have to stay competitive and win.”
Kelly made the score 4-2, cashing in on an open net play setup by Stefan Matteau and Pelley at 5:41 of the second. Boucher followed at 2:07 of the third with the help of Pesonen and Matteau.
“Once they got those two, we got a little back on our heels,” Kowalsky said. “The gap started to sag and we got a little nervous with the puck, but we settled down in the second. I thought with the puck as far as a complete period, I thought the third was our best.”
Albany and Bridgeport each unloaded 27 shots. Kinkaid made seven stops in the first, six in the second and 12 in the third to improve to 4-1-1. At the other end, Anders Nilsson made 22 stops.
Next up, the Devils travel to Hartford to face the Wolf Pack Friday at 7 pm. Fans can follow the game online at AHLLive.com or on the radio at 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio.