Devils Down Marlies For First Win
TORONTO — Paul Thompson found Blake Pietila on a two-on-one early in the third period for the go-ahead goal, giving the Albany Devils their first victory of the season. Playing in back-to-back games against the Toronto Marlies, the Devils prevailed, 3-2, Sunday at Ricoh Coliseum.
The Devils’ strong special teams start continued during Sunday’s game. O’Brien scored shorthanded at 5:52 of the second period for the game’s first goal. After Frattin tied the game at 8:39 and Kapenen gave Toronto the lead at 9:50, Sislo evened things with a power-play tally. Marc-Andre Gragnani setup the Devils alternate captain for a one-time blast from the left faceoff circle at 14:00.
In the third, Thompson sent a cross-ice pass to Pietila for a one-timer that beat a sliding Sparks at 3:24.
The win puts Albany at 1-1-1-0, while Toronto lost for the first time this season, moving to 3-1-0-0.
Next up, the Devils conclude their four-game road trip with a 7 pm outing Friday at Portland. Fans can follow the action online at ahllive.com or over the airwaves on 104.5 “The Team” ESPN Radio.
• Game Notes
Blake Pietila, who was selected 129th overall by New Jersey during the 2011 NHL Draft, scored his first career goal in just his third game … Mike Sislo registered his second tally of the season and fourth in his last four AHL games (dating back to last season) … Jim O’Brien netted his first goal as a Devil … Dan Kelly registered his second assist in as many games .. Marc-Andre Gragnani and Matt Lorito both notched their second assists of the season … With an assist, Paul Thompson posted his first point of the year … Graham Black made his season debut and Vojtech Mozik made his AHL debut.