ALBANY, NY – The Albany Devils began the week on a high note, shutting out Rochester 4-0 Wednesday. From there, things didn’t go exactly as planned. The team lost, 5-2, at Providence Friday and fell in overtime, 1-0, at Utica Saturday.
The Devils have at least one point in nine of their last 10 games (7-1-2-0). They hit the halfway point of the season Wednesday when they host Hartford at 7 pm. Albany then welcomes St. John’s to Times Union Center for back-to-back games Friday (7 pm) and Saturday (2 pm).
Scott Wedgewood went 1-0-1 during the week, posting a 0.49 goals-against average and a .984 save percentage. He made 19 saves against the Americans for his first shutout of the season and extended his winning streak to a career-long five games. He followed with a career-high 43 saves against the Comets.
The AHL’s leading rookie scorer, Matt Lorito led all Devils with three points. He had a goal against Rochester and followed with a goal and a helper at Providence. He leads the team with 33 points, producing 10 goals and 23 assists in 35 outings.
Wednesday: Devils 4, Americans 0
Scott Wedgewood backstopped the Devils to their 11th-consecutive home victory, defeating the Americans, 4-0, Wednesday at Times Union Center. The Devils netminder was tasked with making 19 stops to extend his winning streak to five games and earn his first shutout of the season. Mike Sislo, the reigning AHL Player of the Week, registered his third multiple-point game in the last four outings, posting a pair of assists. Brian O’Neill had multiple points, tallying a goal and a helper. Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, Matt Lorito and Reid Boucher also scored.
Friday: Devils 2, Bruins 5
Back-to-back goals 35 seconds apart late in the third period helped the Bruins down the Devils, 5-2, Friday at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Matt Lorito registered a goal and an assist and Seth Helgeson also scored. Netminder Yann Danis made 34 saves as Albany surrendered 39 shots. At the other end, Malcolm Subban earned the win with 31 stops and extended Providence’s winning streak to five games.
Saturday: Devils 0, Comets 1 (OT)
Scott Wedgewood did all he could to get the Devils to overtime, but the team couldn’t find the net in a 1-0 loss against the Comets Saturday at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. Wedgewood made a career-high 43 saves as the Devils lost to the Comets for the first time in franchise history (9-1). Carter Bancks scored the lone tally, skating the puck out of the right corner and beating Wedgewood over the left shoulder at 3:05 of the extra frame. The goal was unassisted.