Kowalsky: ‘It Really Was a Torrid Pace’


ALBANY, NY – A half day after the Albany Devils skated to a 4-3 shootout win at Hartford, the team was back on the ice for a fast-paced practice Friday at Times Union Center. Against the Wolf Pack, the Devils showed signs of offensive dominance — particularly in the second period when they netted three goals and owned an 18-0 shot advantage.

“It really was a torrid pace on our behalf during the first two periods,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “Maybe we got back on our heels a little bit, maybe ran out of gas a bit in the third. But overall, 18-0 the shots were on the second. That’s a sign you are playing a lot in their end. Overall, we were certainly happy with the group last night.”

The Devils received scoring from Reid BoucherDarcy Zajac and Artem Demkov. In the shootout, Boucher and Demkov also scored and Dmitry Goldenkov potted the winner.

Thursday’s preseason game gave Kowalsky a chance to evaluate some newcomers like Demkov, Goldenkov and also Riley BoychukReece Scarlett and Ben Thomson.

“I think our pace and our physicality, especially through the first two periods was really good,” Kowalsky said. “I thought moving the puck, the [defense] looked a little nervous; a little out of sorts early, but we settled that down. Overall, I think it was a good first showing with this group down here together and two of the big things I was looking for, like I talked about, was them competing — playing hard — and then just the pace. “

Scarlett, a sixth round pick by the Devils in 2011, is entering his first professional season after spending four years with Swift Current of the WHL. The Devils defenseman took note of a few adjustments entering his rookie season.

“Everybody is smart,” Scarlett said. “They know where to be; they know how to play the game. Obviously, the strength factor — you are playing against men. That’s a big difference from juniors. It’s about playing smart and being able to deal with those guys.”

The Devils conclude their preseason schedule with a 7 pm contest against the Adirondack Phantoms at Glens Falls Civic Center.


Camp Roster

Goaltender (2): Maxime ClermontScott Wedgewood

Defensemen (9): Brandon BurlonEric GelinasSeth HelgesonRaman HrabarenkaDan KellyCorbin McPhersonJon MerrillReece ScarlettHarry Young

Forwards (17): Reid BoucherRiley Boychuk, Alexandre Carrier, Artem Demkov, Dmitry Goldenkov, Mike Hoeffel, Stefan Matteau, Chris McKelvieRod PelleyHarri Pesonen,Tim SestitoMike SisloBen ThomsonJoe WhitneyDavid WohlbergDarcy ZajacKelly Zajac



Harri Pesonen looking for the tip


Joe Whitney follows up on a rebound


Reece Scarlett prepares for the next drill

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