BRIDGEPORT, CT — Joe Whitney scored a goal and setup two more, helping the Albany Devils to their fourth consecutive win Tuesday against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Goaltender Keith Kinkaid made 22 saves in the Devils 3-0 victory during the 11 am outing at Webster Bank Arena.
“We are playing well as of late,” Whitney said. “We are taking it one game at a time. It’s every guy in the rooms and it’s a complete team effort. We are really breaking it down to every shift, playing as a five-man unit. It seems to be working for us and hopefully it will continue.”
Kinkaid registered his 10th win by making seven saves in the first, six in the second and nine in the third. He is now 10-3-1 on the season with a 2.11 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage.
“The boys did a great job keeping it outside and made my job really easy,” Kinkaid, who leads the AHL with three shutouts, said. “I don’t think they had many inside chances or grade-A chances, which is what we wanted to improve on. I think we did a really great job.”
Scarlett opened the scoring with a power-play goal 14:47 of the first. The tally, which featured assists from Artem Demkov and Whitney, was Scarlett’s team-leading fourth man-up goal of the season.
Before the end of the period, Whitney sent a pass through a crowd of bodies, finding Hrabarenka for a one-timer at 18:37. The goal was Hrabarenka’s second of the season and extended his point streak to five games. Brandon Burlon registered the second assist.
Albany now has at least one power-play goal in nine straight games. The team went 2-6.
“There are good players on the power play,” Whitney said. “It starts in practice and we are building chemistry. There is a lot of talk out there and on the bench. Even during the week in practice, we are always talking to each other. We have a close-knit team and I think you can see that on the ice.”
The Devils, who improved to 12-1-0-0 when scoring first, outshot the Sound Tigers, 31-22. Albany went 3-3 on the penalty kill.
The two teams will meet again at Times Union Center Friday at 7 pm. Fans can follow the action at ahllive.com or at 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio.