Albany Devils vs. Utica Comets
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Times Union Center | 5:05 pm | Tickets
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ALBANY, NY – The Albany Devils open the doors to Times Union Center for the first time this season. Puck drop is slated for 5:05 pm against one of the American Hockey League’s newest franchises, the Utica Comets. The Devils are 2-4-0-0 all-time during home openers with the last victory coming during the 2008-09 season against Worcester (3-2).
– The Devils began the 2013-14 season on the road against the Hartford Wolf Pack Sunday at XL Center. Despite three assists from Jon Merrill and a goal and a helper from Joe Whitney, Albany lost 4-3. The game marked the first time the Devils opened on the road since a 4-3 overtime loss at Bridgeport on Oct. 3, 2009.
– On Sunday, Rod Pelley became the sixth captain in franchise history. Other Devils to wear the “C” include Alex Brooks and Dan McGillis (2006-07), Stephen Gionta (2007-08, 2009-12), Jay Leach (2008-09, 2012-13) and Pascal Rheaume (2008-09). Chris McKelvie, Tim Sestito and Mike Sislo are serving as assistant captains. McKelvie and Sislo will share the responsibilities.
– With a goal and an assist at Hartford, Joe Whitney moved within two points of the century mark. In 140 career AHL games, the winger has registered 98 points (42g-56a).
– Scott Timmins, who was acquired by New Jersey on Sept. 28, netted the team’s first goal of the season, scoring 51 seconds into Saturday’s game. The goal was the fastest tally to begin the season in franchise history. For Timmins, the goal was the 33rd of his AHL career.
About the Series
Saturday’s game will only be the second outing all-time for the Comets, the AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks. Utica begins the season Friday at Rochester. The two teams will meet again at Times Union Center on Feb. 23 and at the Auditorium on Oct. 23 and Jan. 17.
Before the Comets, the last AHL team to occupy the Utica Memorial Auditorium was the Utica Devils (1987-93). Albany assistant coach Tommy Albelin and New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur both played for Utica.