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 Sislo, Mike 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.
– 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.
– Jean-Sebastien Berube appeared in his first AHL game since April 6, 2012 vs. Adirondack.
Goaltenders: Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood
Defensemen: Brandon Burlon, Eric Gelinas, Dan Kelly, Jay Leach, Corbin McPherson, Alexander Urbom
Forwards: Matt Anderson, Jean-Sebastien Berube, Phil DeSimone, Mike Hoeffel, Cam Janssen, Tim Sestito, Mike Sislo, Joe Whitney, Chad Wiseman, David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac, Steve Zalewski
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 ahllive.com.