Devils Take Game 1 Against Comets, 3-2

ALBANY, NY — Goals from Ben Thomson, Reid Boucher and Joseph Blandisi lifted the Albany Devils to a 3-2 win against the Utica Comets Friday night at Times Union Center during Game 1 of the Division Semifinal. The game was the sixth one-goal contest between the two teams this season.

The Devils held Utica without a shot in the second period. In his first career postseason appearance, Scott Wedgewood finished with 12 saves for his third consecutive win (Apr. 13-22).

Boucher extended his goal and point streaks to six games (7g-1a), while Jim O’Brien (1g-2a), Vojtech Mozik (4a) and Pavel Zacha (1g-3a) recorded a point for the third consecutive game, each contributing an assist. Mike Sislo, Nick Lappin and Matt Lorito also added helpers for the Devils.

Thomson redirected a Mozik point shot past Richard Bachman at 6:27 of the first to open the scoring. Boucher doubled the lead with a power-play goal at 4:27 of the second.

Darren Archibald pulled one back for Utica 27 seconds into the third, but Blandisi converted on a breakaway at 10:31, netting what proved to be the game winner. Jordan Subban scored the game’s final goal at 15:41 with a point shot through traffic.

• The Essentials

Shots: Albany 29, Utica 14
Power Play: Albany 1-5, Utica 0-2
Three Stars: 1. Reid Boucher (ALB), 2.Joseph Blandisi (ALB) 3. Ben Thomson (ALB)

• Next Up

The Devils host the Comets in Game 2 of the best-of-five series Saturday at 5 pm.