by Kevin Zalaznik // 3.15.2013 // Recap

ROCHESTER, NY – The Albany Devils have moved into the top eight of the Eastern Conference thanks to a 3-2 victory Friday against the Rochester Americans at Blue Cross Arena. Mike SisloMike Hoeffel and Phil DeSimone all scored as the Devils improve to 27-20-1-10.

Backed by 31 saves by Keith Kinkaid, Albany is on a three-game winning streak and has earned at least one point in eight of their last nine outings (7-1-0-1). For Kinkaid, he improved to 18-12-3 with his first AHL victory since Feb. 24 against Hershey.

Sislo opened the scoring by racing down the left side shorthanded and snapping a wrist shot at 5:43 of the first. Matt Anderson and Brandon Burlon were credited with the assists. Albany moved ahead 2-0 when Darcy Zajac chipped the puck ahead in the offensive zone and Hoeffel turned and fired a wrister past Rochester’s David Leggio at 12:54.

Rochester responded with a Matt Ellis power-play goal at 18:49 of the second. The Devils recaptured a two-goal lead when Joe Whitney setup DeSimone for a one-timer at 12:56 of the third. Moments later, Rochester’s Mark Mancari made the score 3-2 at 13:30.

Game Notes
– With his career-high 18th win, Keith Kinkaid’s win total ranks fourth all-time on the franchise’s single-season list. His 35 career victories rank third all time.

– Mike Sislo and Matt Anderson both extended their scoring streaks to three games. Sislo netted his eighth goal, giving him two goals and an assist during the last three outings, while Anderson registered his team-leading 26th assist. He has three assists during his point streak.

– Sislo’s goal was the team’s eighth shorthanded tally of the season and the first since Chris McKelvie’s on Feb. 15 at Adirondack.

– Mike Hoeffel registered his fourth goal of the season and his first since Feb. 24 vs. Hershey. Darcy Zajac assisted on the goal for his seventh helper.

– Phil DeSimone netted his ninth goal, giving him six goals in his last 13 outings. His tally was setup by Joe Whitney, who extended his point streak to five games (5g-3a).

– Jean-Sebastien Berube appeared in his first AHL game since April 6, 2012 vs. Adirondack.

Goaltenders: Keith KinkaidScott Wedgewood
Defensemen: Brandon BurlonEric GelinasDan KellyJay LeachCorbin McPhersonAlexander Urbom
Forwards: Matt AndersonJean-Sebastien BerubePhil DeSimoneMike HoeffelCam JanssenTim SestitoMike SisloJoe WhitneyChad WisemanDavid WohlbergDarcy ZajacSteve Zalewski

Next Up
The Devils return to action tomorrow with a 7:30 pm outing at Syracuse. Fans can follow the action on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio or online at


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