SYRACUSE, NY – Jeff Frazee kept the game scoreless during the first 49 minutes and then the Albany Devils offense took over. Chris McKelvie and Darcy Zajac scored within 62 seconds of each other, helping Albany to a 3-1 victory against the Syracuse Crunch Friday at War Memorial at OnCenter.
The Devils victory gives them three consecutive wins, while halting the Crunch’s eight-game winning streak.
Frazee, who has three 35-plus save wins in his last four starts, made 14 saves in the first, 12 in the second and 11 in the third. He left his mark by stopping Ondrej Palat on a breakaway midway through the second and robbing Brett Connolly down low before the end of the period.
Connolly pulled the Crunch within one at 17:45, but Zajac capped his two-goal night with an empty netter at 19:14.
– Jeff Frazee’s 37 saves tied for his second best performance of the season. He made 42 saves at St. John’s on Nov. 17 and 37 stops at Binghamton on Feb. 10 – both wins. He is now 6-9-4 with a 2.35 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage.
– Darcy Zajac scored two goals in a game for the second time in his career. The other came at St. John’s on Nov. 17. This year, he has seven goals and six assists for 13 points and a plus-5 rating.
– Chris McKelvie netted his third goal of the season.
Goaltenders: Jeff Frazee, Maxime Clermont
Defensemen: Brandon Burlon, Eric Gelinas, Raman Hrabarenka, Dan Kelly, Corbin McPherson, Alexander Urbom
Forwards: Phil DeSimone, Mike Hoeffel, Cam Janssen, Jacob Josefson, Chris McKelvie, Harri Pesonen, Tim Sestito, Mike Sislo, Joe Whitney, Chad Wiseman, Darcy Zajac, Steve Zalewski
The Devils three-in-three road trip continues tomorrow with a 7:05 pm start against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Mohegan Sun Arena. Fans can follow the action on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio or online at ahllive.com.