ALBANY, NY — The Albany Devils fought off a third period comeback effort to defeat the St. John’s IceCaps, 4-3, Wednesday at Times Union Center. The victory extends the Devils winning streak to six games — tied for second longest this season.
Mike Sislo continued his strong play with three points (1g-2a). Paul Thompson (1g-1a) and Matt Lorito (2a) each had two points. Corbin McPherson and Chris McKelvie each picked up their first tallies of the season. In goal, Yann Danis registered his 24th win of the season and seventh consecutive victory. He had 22 stops.
Here are three thoughts on Wednesday’s game:
Danis Sets Another Record
Danis continues to shred the team record books with his spectacular season. Danis’ seventh straight victory puts him at the top of the list breaking the record held by Jeff Frazee in 2008, and Mike McKenna in 2011. Danis had to step up in the third period as the IceCaps mounted their comeback effort and he delivered, never letting the IceCaps tie the game. Danis also moved into a three way tie for second for wins in a season with his 24th.
“Danis was solid again tonight,” Kowalsky said. “He had that stretch a couple of weeks ago where he wasn’t getting some puck luck and we didn’t do a good job in front of him, but he’s certainly back to form.”
Sislo Red Hot; Point Streaks Stretched
Sislo’s second period goal extended his league-best goal streak to eight games. Sislo now has nine goals and five helpers during that stretch to lead the team in points. Sislo’s line with Lorito and Thompson was dominant all night, creating numerous scoring chances and netting a pair of goals. Those goals also extended Thompson’s point streak to five games and Lorito’s to four.
Sislo’s goal started in his own end with a good zone exit from Thompson to Lorito in space. Lorito fired a laser that Sislo deflected top corner as he streaked down the middle of the ice.
“He’s an unselfish player,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “Tonight, he could have shot a few more times. If I were him I’d be shooting everything right now, he’s got the hot hand. He’s out there in all situations offensively and defensively. That’s a sign of a complete player. He’s a big part of this team. We are all happy for him. Hopefully it can continue.”
McPherson Picks Up His First
McPherson is relied upon heavily as a defensive stalwart with his ability to block shots and clear his end, but his first goal of the season got the Devils off to an early lead. McPherson looked comfortable unleashing point blasts while remaining a constant force in his own zone.
“We’ve been on him to pound it up there,” Kowalsky said. “He rolled to the middle, he probably had three really good shots. He had a couple real good looks at the net tonight. He’s a big guy who can shoot the puck. He’s not really offensive minded, but with a shot like that, if he can get it to the net it’s a dangerous play.