ALBANY, NY – After extending their regulation unbeaten streak to eight games, the Albany Devils finally lost in 60 minutes against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 5-3, Saturday. The setback came a day after the team shut out the Springfield Falcons, 4-0, Friday.
The Devils, who are off to their best start in franchise history, are second in the North Division and fourth in the Eastern Conference at 9-4-3-0 (.656).
During Friday’s win, Yann Danis was impressive early stopping a combined 26 shots during two periods. His performance allowed Albany to carry a 1-0 lead into the third period where it erupted for three additional goals. Danis walked away with his eighth victory and second shutout of the season thanks to 30 saves.
Rookie Matt Lorito led all Devils with four points during the two games. He tied a season-high Friday with three points, posting a goal and an assist. On Saturday, he then registered a helper, which was his team-leading 16 points.
Friday: Devils 4, Falcons 0
Yann Danis made 30 saves as the Devils shut out the Springfield Falcons, 4-0, Friday at Times Union Center. Matt Lorito and Joseph Blandisi both posted a goal and two assists. Paul Thompson and Mike Sislo provided the additional goals. Albany was outshot 26-15 after two periods, but came alive in the third, scoring three goals and outshooting the Falcons, 13-4.
Saturday: Devils 3, Penguins 5
The Devils erased a two goal deficit in the third period only to see the game slip away during the last 5:08. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Conor Sheary scored on a redirect in front to help his team to a 5-3 victory Saturday at Times Union Center. Reid Boucher led Albany, scoring at 1:07 of the third period and then setting up Paul Thompson at 8:30.