SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Albany Devils erupted for five unanswered goals for a 6-1 victory at the Syracuse Crunch Wednesday. The win was the team’s fifth straight, tying the franchise record for consecutive wins. Stephen Gionta registered an assist, setting the club record for points in a Devils uniform and Adam Henrique netted his 22nd tally for the Devils AHL record for goals by a rookie. Albany is now winners of seven of its last nine games and improve to 29-34-1-3. Syracuse goes to 24-35-3-4.
The Devils have won five consecutive games two other times in history: Nov. 21-29 during the 2008-09 season and between Nov. 7 and 14 during the 2009-10 campaign. Mike McKenna’s 26-save performance earned him his fifth straight victory as well. He improves to 13-16-0.
Gionta’s assist was his 116th career point as a Devil. He passes Patrick Davis, who held the record since Dec. 1, 2010. Gionta’s assist came on a Chad Wiseman goal at 18:21 of the third.
Henrique’s record-setting tally came at 7:18 of the third period. The power-play goal was setup by Jay Leach and Wiseman. The previous rookie record was held by Nick Palmieri, who had 21 a year ago.
Tim Sestito is not only credited with the game-winning goal, but starting the team’s five-goal run. He redirected an Olivier Magnan shot at 9:27 of the second period to make it, 2-1.
Henrique’s goal followed and then Steve Zalewski made it, 4-1, with another power-play goal at 11:00 of the third. Wiseman and Henrique earned the assists.
Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond got his name on the score sheet with his career-high sixth goal of the season. He scored off a setup by David McIntyre and Louis Robitaille at 17:19.
Wiseman concluded the scoring with his seventh goal in five games.
Andy Thomas, who was recalled from Trenton (ECHL) earlier in the day, scored his first career AHL goal and opened the scoring. He blocked a clearing attempt, sent a shot from the right point and found a hole at 2:45 of the first.
Syracuse’s lone goal was scored by Jon Kurtz while shorthanded at 17:19 of the second.
Next up, the Devils hit the road for a two-game set at Norfolk on Friday, Mar. 18 (7:30 p.m.) and on Saturday, Mar. 19 (7:15 p.m.). Both games can be heard on 104.5 FM “The Team” ESPN Radio.