Frazee work load may increase
by Kevin Zalaznik // 2.27.2013 // Feature
TROY, NY – It was Jeff Frazee’s net during Wednesday’s practice at Knickerbacker Ice Arena. As the only current goaltender on the Albany Devils roster, it might be his net all weekend when the team travels to Syracuse Friday, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Saturday and Adirondack Sunday.
“No matter who you are you want to be playing games,” Frazee said. “I’ve played three-in-three before and I think we won the second two of that three-in-three. I look forward to the weekend and I look forward to every game.”
Whether or not Frazee will be between the pipes for all three outings is yet to be determined. The team still needs to fill the empty roster spot left by Keith Kinkaid’s NHL recall to replace of Martin Brodeur (sore back). Likely candidates are New Jersey prospects Maxime Clermont or Scott Wedgewood – both playing in the ECHL.
So far this season, either Frazee or Kinkaid have guarded the Devils net. Frazee has appeared in 19 games, while Kinkaid has played in 33.
With wins in two of his last three starts, Frazee has improved to 5-9-4 with a team-best 2.42 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage. During his last two victories – both at Binghamton – he made 37 and 36 saves, respectively.
“Our D is doing a good job of clearing rebounds for me,” Frazee said. “I think for most of the year, I’ve been playing really well. Sometimes we just don’t get the puck luck or they get a bounce and we don’t. For the most part, they’ve been doing a really good job in front of me. I think now it’s just starting to pay off and hopefully it continues to payoff.”
After a four-game slide, the Devils have provided offensive support during their current two-game winning streak with 11 goals – the most in consecutive games all season.
“In the past dozen games, I think we’ve had the lead two times,” Frazee said. “It was nice to get that second goal the other night to get a two goal cushion and made it a little easier.”
Frazee is the franchise’s all-time leader for wins (70), goals-against average (2.70), save percentage (.912), games played (178) and saves (4,759).
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