TROY, NY – Every game has a game-winning goal. No matter if it’s a 1-0 nail-biter or an 8-2 blowout. During the Albany Devils 4-1 win against the Adirondack Phantoms last Saturday, the deciding tally came off the stick of Rod Pelley at 7:15 of the second period.
Watch the replay of that goal and you’ll see David Wohlberg and Mike Hoeffel get in on the forecheck, win a battle and Wohlberg throw a nifty backhand pass to Pelley cutting in front for the one timer.
That line combination debuted Friday and provided energy as, what some would call, a “checking line.”
“I think that’s definitely our top priority out there,” Wohlberg said after Wednesday’s practice at Knickerbacker Ice Arena. “Three strong guys going around and just using our body and that’s what was creating opportunities for us.
“Our job is just to bring energy to the other lines and do the most we can in the offensive zone without getting scored on.”
Wohlberg, who is now in his second full season, has appeared in 37 games this year. Before last weekend’s games, he had been out of the lineup for seven straight games. When reinserted back into the lineup, the 23-year-old registered a pair of assists in three games.
“I think when get that opportunity you try and prove to the coaches what you can do and do as much as you can to stay in the lineup.”
This season Wohlberg has registered two goals, two assists and 35 penalty minutes in 37 games.
• New Jersey announced Wednesday that Jon Merrill has been returned on loan from Albany. Merrill, who was originally reassigned to the AHL on Feb. 9, did not see action.