ALBANY, NY – The Albany Devils completed their third straight winning weekend with a 3-2 shootout victory in a Time Warner Cable Cup game against the Adirondack Phantoms Sunday at Times Union Center. With the win, the Devils earned four of a possible six points in this weekend’s three-in-three homestand and improved to 8-2-0-1 against the Phantoms this season.
The win came behind a 34-save performance from Scott Wedgewood who, with the win, becomes the first netminder in franchise history to win his first two career AHL starts. The rookie netminder made 12 saves in the first, nine in the second, 11 in the third, two in overtime and all three in the shootout.
After Adirondack’s Jason Akeson’s goal gave the Phantoms an early lead at 7:44 of the first, Whitney brought the Devils level 20 seconds into the second period, poking home his own rebound. Sislo made the score 2-1 at 12:28, but Adirondack’s Jon Sim erased the lead at 18:58.
After a scoreless third and overtime, Sislo, Phil DeSimone and Matt Anderson all converted consecutively against Phantoms netminder Brian Boucher. Wedgewood halted Akeson,Garrett Roe and Matthew Ford.
– Joe Whitney extended his goal streak to four games with his team-leading 21st of the season. He has registered five goals during his run and has posted nine goals in the last eight contests. Against, Adirondack this season, the second-year pro has seven goals in nine outings.
– Mike Sislo, who scored last night against Springfield, has at least one goal in five of the last nine contests, totalling six goals. He has produced eight goals and eight assists in 42 games.
– With two assists, Steve Zalewski recorded his third multi-point performance in the last nine games and eighth of the season. He ranks third on the team with 34 points, including 10 goals and 24 assists.
– Harri Pesonen extended his scoring streak to three games with an assist. He has 26 points with 11 goals and 15 assists in 54 outings.
– The Devils, who were outshot 36-21, went 0-for-4 with the man advantage, while the penalty penalty kill was 3-for-3.