by Dan St-Jacques // 4.5.2013 // Recap
ALBANY, NY – The Albany Devils three game point streak ended with a 4-1 loss against the Providence Bruins Friday at Times Union Center.
Providence’s Alexander Khokhlachev had a pair of goals, while Justin Florek and Chrisitian Hanson also scored. In goal, Niklas Svedberg, the reigning AHL Rookie of the Month, made 18 saves on 19 shots.
The Bruins jumped out to a 1-0 lead, scoring the only goal of the first period 17 seconds into the contest on a point shot from Florek. They added three goals in the second as Hanson’s goal at 9:26 was sandwiched by two Khokhlachev tallies at 5:40 and 19:10.
Merrill’s milestone goal came at 16:00 of the third on a shot from the point that found its way past a screened Svedberg.
Notes & Numbers
– Albany falls to 29-27-1-11 with the loss, while Providence improves to 42-21-0-5.
– With his tally Jon Merrill extended his point streak to four games. He has registered at least one point in each of his four appearances this season.
– Earlier in the day, New Jersey recalled Jacob Josefson from Albany. The center just returned to the Albany lineup Tuesday after missing nine consecutive games with an upper-body injury.
– During the second intermission, the Devils announced the signing of defenseman Seth Helgeson to an amateur tryout agreement. Helgeson, 22, was drafted in the fourth round (114th overall) by New Jersey during the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He joins Albany after four seasons with the University of Minnesota of the WCHA.
– Justin Florek’s goal at 0:17 of the first was the fastest goal against the Devils to start a game this season.
Goaltenders: Keith Kinkaid, Jeff Frazee
Defensemen: Eric Gelinas, Dan Kelly, Jay Leach, Corbin McPherson, Jon Merrill, Alexander Urbom
Forwards: Matt Anderson, Reid Boucher, Phil DeSimone, Cam Janssen, Chris McKelvie, Harri Pesonen, Tim Sestito, Mike Sislo, Mattias Tedenby, Joe Whitney,Darcy Zajac, Steve Zalewski
The Devils travel to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for a 7:05 pm contest tomorrow. Fans can follow the action on ahllive.com.