ALBANY, NY – Tim Sestito’s two goals paired with Scott Timmins and Joe Whitney’s mutli-point games, lifted the Albany Devils to a 4-1 win against the Adirondack Phantoms Monday at Times Union Center. The Devils used a strong special teams’ performance to earn their second win in as many games.
Offensively, Sestito scored a shorthanded, penalty shot goal and an even strength tally. Both Timmins and Whitney posted power-play goals and assists, helping Albany go 2-for-5 with the man advantage.
“Sometimes its personnel and it goes in waves, but we spent a lot of time reiterating things,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “We’ve found with the one unit: Timmins, Boucher, Whitney and hopefully that continues. Obviously, Merrill and Gelinas are good up top as well. It’s a work in progress and I think it’s important that we are creating chances even when we are not scoring — just from a confidence standpoint.”
The penalty was equally good, killing all eight Adirondack chances and producing Sestito’s shorthanded tally, which stood as the game-winning goal.
“You’re playing with fire,” Kowalsky said of the eight Phantom power plays. “From Scott Wedgewood out, our penalty killers will have a bunch of positive film to go over the next couple of days.”
In his first start of the season, Wedgewood made 24 saves and carried a shutout through the first 48:47. Rob Bordson’s deflection spoiled the Devils netminder’s shutout bid.
“We lost the draw, the guy had a lane and threw it a little high,” Wedgewood said. “So the way I played it, if I was going down I was going to reach over my head to catch it. I decided to stand up and try and take up as much [net] and it would hit me in the chest. The guy got a piece of it and it went straight down. Tough read, but I thought I played it decently. It’s just one of those bounces you can’t get.”
Adirondack’s goal made it 3-1 at the time. The Devils began the game with Whitney’s goal from Timmins and Eric Gelinas at 16:50 of the first. Sestito’s penalty shot goal followed at 19:50.
“To be honest, I’ve been working with [goaltender coach Dave] Caruso a lot before practices and I just tried to give a little fake to see what the goalie would do,” Sestito said. “He froze a little bit and I let off a low snapper and found the back of the net.”
Timmins added Albany’s second power-play goal, scoring down low from Reid Boucher and Whitney. Timmins and Whitney extended their scoring streaks to three games. Timmins has two goals and three assists and Whitney has three goals and two assists.
“It hasn’t really happened in the previous season, so this a little different feeling for me offensively,” Timmins said. “You just do the little things right and these things seem to add up, so hopefully this can keep rolling.”
The Devils will try and move their winning streak to three games when they travel to Norfolk Friday for a 7:30 pm outing. Fans can follow the action on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio or online at http://ahllive.com.