Wedgewood, Devils Force Game 7 With Road Victory
ALBANY, NY — Scott Wedgewood backstopped the Albany Devils to a 4-1 victory during Game 6 against the Toronto Marlies Saturday at Ricoh Coliseum. The win forces a Game 7, which will be Monday at Toronto.
Wedgewood bounced back after allowing nine goals during the last two games. He earned his sixth win of the postseason, making 34 saves.
Offensively, Nick Lappin led the way with a goal and two helpers. Reid Boucher and Corbin McPherson both had a goal and an assist and Graham Black also scored. McPherson and his defensive partner Marc-Andre Gragnani were both a +3.
Albany never allowed Toronto in the game, scoring twice during the first 5:13 of action. Boucher scored on a broken play at 4:24 and McPherson scored through a screen at 5:13.
Toronto’s Kasperi Kapanen pulled his team within one at 10:45 of the second period, but Lappin responded off a Marlies’ turnover at 14:42.
In the third, McPherson purposely missed the net and Black gained possession near the right post and stuffed in the puck at 8:56.
Albany prevailed in the must-win contest despite taking another hit to their lineup. Brian O’Neill, the AHL’s reigning MVP, did not play due to a lower-body injury. Mike Sislo’s — the team’s leading goal scorer during the regular season — took warmups but did not dress.
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The North Division champion will be crowned during Game 7 Monday. Fans can follow the action online at ahllive.com.