HARTFORD, CT – The Devils’ late push payed off as they closed out 2016 with a 3-1 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday at XL Center. Ben Sexton netted the game winning goal with under five minutes remaining in the third period. Albany advanced to 18-13-0-1, while Hartford moved to 11-17-3-1.
Jan Mandat opened the scoring with an unassisted goal from the right side circle just :32 seconds into play. This was the rookie’s fourth goal of the season and moved him up to 10 points (4g-6a).
Nicklas Jensen got Hartford on the board tying the game at one when he scored at 11:46 of the second period. Jensen’s tally was a power play goal.
Ben Sexton gave Albany the final lead at 15:46 of the third period. He netted the Devils second goal of the night from the right side circle off a one timer from Blake Pietila. Pietila then closed the scoring with an empty net goal, giving Albany the 3-1 victory.
The Devils host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Times Union Center Sunday for a 3 pm puck drop.