ALBANY, NY – The Albany Devils got off to a quick start with two first period goals and controlled play throughout in a 3-1 win against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Wednesday at Times Union Center. Blake Coleman had a pair of goals — both setup by Paul Thompson — and Yann Danis made 18 saves for his ninth win of the season.
Here are three takeaways from the game:
Rebounding after a loss
Last time out, the Devils lost to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 5-3 and they wanted to come out strong against the Sound Tigers; they did. All year long the Devils have been able to avoid losing streaks, going 6-0-1-0 after a loss. On Wednesday, they consistently controlled play against a tough team that had beaten them in their previous matchup and held the Devils to just 17 shots in that game. Tonight the Devils had 16 shots in the first period alone.
“You always want to be a tough team after a loss,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “We’ve faced a lot of good teams after a loss the last couple weeks. We felt the last time we saw them neither team played their best, but — with the exception of just a little lapse when we gave up that goal — apart from that six minutes, I thought we played a solid game.”
The Devils got their first goal of the game from the fourth line and got two more from Blake Coleman as different players were involved on the scoresheet. Strong play five-on-five came from every line to help the Devils win.
“I really like, if you want to call them, the bottom half of our lineup tonight,” Kowalsky said. “I thought Coleman, Boucher Thompson line played well, but I really liked Pietila, Tropp and Thomson as well.”
Strome, Whitney and Kearns
The Sound Tigers boast an exceptional line of former Devil Joe Whitney and budding star Ryan Strome. While the line did get one goal, they were mostly held in check and Whitney’s seven game assist streak was snapped.
“For the most part I matched Blandisi against them with Lorito and Sislo,” Kowalsky said. “I thought they struggled a bit, but it was a good challenge for our young guys and I still felt confident enough that I could match them for most of the game.”