McKegg’s Hat Trick Sinks Devils
PORTLAND, ME — Despite jumping out to an early lead, the Albany Devils lost, 4-2, against the Portland Pirates Friday at Cross Insurance Arena. The Pirates (3-1-0-0) netted four unanswered goals en route to their third consecutive victory. The Devils (1-2-1-0) had their two-game point streak halted.
Paul Thompson, who set a franchise record with 33 goals in 2014-15, netted his first goal of the season and rookie Blake Pietila scored for the second straight game. Netminder Doug Carr, who signed a PTO on Oct. 7, made his Albany debut. He made 23 stops.
Albany, which has scored first in three of its four games, continued the trend when Thompson cleaned up a rebound in front at 8:10 of the opening frame. Jim O’Brien and Vojtech Mozik provided the assists.
Before the end of the period, Pietila blocked a shot and converted a breakaway attempt at 19:15.
Portland’s scoring started off McFarland’s stick at 12:05 of the second period. McKegg followed at 15:14 of the second and again at 0:28 of the final period. He capped his hat trick with an empty-net, power-play goal at 19:14.
The two teams will meet again for the Devils’ Home Opener Saturday at Times Union Center. The first 5,000 fans to arrive for the 5:05 pm outing will receive a free Devils magnet schedule, courtesy of CDTA.
• Game Notes
Albany owned a 28-27 shot advantage … Dan Kelly played in his 300th career AHL game … Vojtech Mozik registered his first career point … Reid Boucher made his season debut; he was on a line with Joseph Blandisi and Mike Sislo … Blake Pietila scored his second goal of the season and second in as many games … Midway through the third, Corey Troppappeared to have tied the game on a power play, but the officials determined Mike McKenna was pushed into the net, discounting the goal … The Devils failed to score a power-play goal for the first time this season.