HARTFORD, CT – A pair of Albany Devils newcomers made a big impact in their preseason debuts. Artem Demkov registered a goal, a shootout goal and an assist and Dmitry Goldenkov netted the shootout winner in the Devils, 4-3, victory against the Hartford Wolf Pack Thursday at XL Center.
Scott Wedgewood, who arrived in Albany Wednesday from New Jersey Devils camp, made 12 saves, not including three during the shootout. At the other end, Hartford’s Jason Missiaen registered 37 stops, fighting off a Devils 18-0 shot advantage in the second period.
After falling behind 1-0 after Hartford’s Tyler Gjurich opened the scoring 2:00 into the game, Boucher found the back of the net from Demkov and Joe Whitney at 1:00 of the second period. Nearly 19 minutes later and before the intermission, Zajac struck from Helgeson and Reece Scarlett at 18:54 and Demkov made the score 3-2, unassisted, at 18:54.
In the third, the Wolf Pack netted a pair of power-play goals to even the score. Bretton Stamler struck at 4:45 and Jason Lepine followed at 10:19.
After a scoreless overtime, Boucher scored during the first round, while Demkov found the back of the net in the second and Goldenkov secured the win in the fifth.
Goaltenders: Scott Wedgewood, Maxime Clermont
Defensemen: Raman Hrabarenka, Seth Helgeson, Dan Kelly, Corbin McPherson, Reece Scarlett, Harry Young
Forwards: Reid Boucher, Riley Boychuk, Alexandre Carrier, Artem Demkov, Dmitry Goldenkov, Mike Hoeffel, Chris McKelvie, Harri Pesonen, Ben Thomson, Joe Whitney,David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac
The Devils preseason continues with a 7 pm outing against the Adirondack Phantoms Saturday at Glens Falls Civic Center.