ALBANY, NY – The 2015-16 Albany Devils didn’t get off to the best start in franchise history by being inconsistent. The Devils have been in all 16 games this season and their 9-4-3-0 is proof of how tough they have been to play against.
The team had a strong start a season ago also, but call ups and a mumps outbreak hindered the team during the second month. After going 6-0-0-1 in October, the Devils followed with a 4-6-1-3 mark in November.
“We got off to a good start last year too,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “Obviously, we lost a lot of personnel. We started the year with Keith Kinkaid, Steve Bernier and Peter Harrold. The big thing with this league is peaks and valleys.”
Albany has avoided those lows so far this season. Despite opening the year with back-to-back loss, the team rebounded going 9-3-2-0 during its next 14 games. The Devils loss against the first-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Saturday was the first regulation setback this month.
“This team has been in every game even the ones we lost,” Kowalsky said. “That was evident against a very good team on Saturday. We could have maybe said ‘tonight’s not our night and this is a good team that is on top of us.’ Instead we came out and played well in the third. I think it is important to stay consistent and not go on those little stretches where you aren’t getting points.”
The Devils will face a tough test Wednesday when they welcome the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to Times Union Center at 7 pm. Bridgeport is one of three teams to defeat Albany in regulation this year – a 3-2 loss on Oct. 30.