ALBANY, NY — The Albany Devils rushed out to a 3-0 lead and kept the pressure up all night, beating the Utica Comets 6-1 Halloween evening at Times Union Center. The Devils came out with a burst of energy in the first period after a frustrating loss the night before.
The first period saw Albany control flow and get a number of good chances. They had an early goal nullified by goaltender interference and Corey Tropp hit the post just moments later.Ben Thomson finally broke through with a goal from Joseph Blandisi with just 47.4 seconds left in the first. The Devils started the second with the same energy and never let up.
“We were simpler with the puck even on some of the goals it was a dump and chase, push the pace type deal,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “Overall, our energy, our compete level was better tonight. Good response after last night.”
Joseph Blandisi showed off his playmaking skills with a four-assist performance. He set up the first goal of the game late in the first. Early in the second he stripped the puck and sent a pass to Sislo who scored what would be the game- winning goal. Blandisi earned praise from his coach for playing a complete game.
“It wasn’t just because of the points, he forces a turnover, he back checks and strips the guy of it in transition and it goes the other way” Kowalsky said.
Three Devils picked up their first career goal as Ben Thomson, Ryan Kujawinski and Blake Coleman each scored for the first time this season. For Coleman and Kujawinski the night marked their first career pro goal as well.
“It’s always a relief to get the first one,” Coleman said. “It’s nice to get the monkey off my back.”
The Devils hope that their rookies can continue to produce as they prepare to take on the Toronto Marlies Sunday at 3pm.