by Kevin Zalaznik & Dan St-Jacques // 4.19.2013 // Recap
ALBANY, NY – With 4:59 remaining in regulation, Joe Whitney chipped in a rebound goal, helping the Albany Devils to a 3-2 victory against the Connecticut Whale Friday at Times Union Center. Harri Pesonen registered a pair of tallies and Keith Kinkaid made 21 saves for his 21st victory.
Pesonen’s tallies erased a pair of Connecticut leads during the first two periods. After Connecticut’s Kris Newbury scored at 10:21 of the first, Pesonen scored on a net-front scramble at 15:35 on the power play. Christian Thomas moved the Whale ahead 2-1 at 11:45 of the second, but again Pesonen answered. This time he fired a blistering wrister past Cameron Talbot at 14:34.
In the third, Whitney converted for his team-leading fifth game-winning goal of the year.
Notes & Numbers
– The Devils, who outshot the Whale 35-25, improved to 30-31-1-12. The Whale moved to 35-31-6-3.
– With a pair of goals, Harri Pesonen posted his second two-goal game and his sixth multi-point performance of the season. For the season, he has 14 goals and 15 assists for 29 points in 62 outings.
– Joe Whitney potted his team-leading 26th goal and 51st points. His season point total ranks sixth all-time on the franchise’s single-season list. Jon Merrill and Phil DeSimone both assisted on his goal.
– Damon Severson, 18, made his AHL debut and had an assist after being reassigned by New Jersey from Kelowna (WHL) Sunday. The defenseman was selected in the second round (60th overall) by the Devils during the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. In 196 games with Kelowna, he registered 106 points (21g-85a), a +55 rating and 207 penalty minutes. This season, the Melville, SK native produced 52 points (10g-42a) and a +43 mark.
Goaltenders: Keith Kinkaid, Jeff Frazee
Defensemen: Eric Gelinas, Raman Hrabarenka, Jay Leach, Corbin McPherson, Jon Merrill, Damon Severson
Forwards: Reid Boucher, Phil DeSimone, Mike Hoeffel, Cam Janssen, Chris McKelvie, Harri Pesonen, Tim Sestito, Mike Sislo, Mattias Tedenby, Joe Whitney, David Wohlberg, Steve Zalewski
The Devils host Norfolk tomorrow at 5 pm at Times Union Center.