TROY, NY – Ken Appleby and Brandon Baddock received a stick tap from their Albany Devils teammates during Tuesday’s practice at Knickerbacker Ice Arena. The duo skated with the team for 30 minutes and then left for Glens Falls, NY. Both players were reassigned to the Adirondack Thunder (ECHL), who face the Elmira Jackals at 7 pm.
Appleby made his season debut during the Devils’ 3-2 shootout win against Binghamton Friday, while Baddock has yet to play a game.
“Ken has done everything that we’ve asked,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “He did a great job on Friday. We just made the decision that we can’t go with three goalies too much longer. We need to get him games. We want this to remain a healthy competition in the sense that he could be back sooner rather than later.
“As far as Baddock, the plan was to get him in this weekend. With the addition of Miles Wood, we just didn’t have room. We are looking at week three of the season and he hasn’t played a game yet. It’s important for him to go play and the fact that he’s 45 minutes away, we can easily get him back here.”
• WINNING SETS THE MOOD
With a 5-0-0-0 record and a +8 goal differential during the first five games, the Devils are riding high entering Wednesday’s contest against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Mohegan Sun Arena. With a mix of returning and new players, the team has been able to come together quickly. Winning has certainly helped the bonding process.
“Just coming to the rink everyday there are smiles on guys faces,” said Devils’ captain Rod Pelley. “Everyone is upbeat. We also know that to be on the other side of the winning line happens pretty quickly. We’ll stay focused and not get complacent.”
• CAMPER REMAINS OUT
Carter Camper, who left during the first period of Friday’s game after a collision at center ice, is “unavailable” according to Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. No timetable for his return has been established.