The Devils continue their season-long six game road trip Friday.
ST. JOHN’S, NL – After taking a flight from Toronto to St. John’s Wednesday, the Albany Devils returned to the ice Thursday for a noon practice at one of the community rinks in the Newfoundland city. The Devils are gearing up for back-to-back games against the IceCaps Friday and Saturday at Mile One Center.
It’s been a busy week for the Devils, who had games Friday, Sunday and Tuesday with travel to Toronto and St. John’s along the way. For the most part, the team has stayed healthy with Vojtech Mozik as the only player dealing with an injury.
“We had just some minor injuries after the Toronto game, but nothing more than bumps and bruises,” Kowalsky said. “Mozik skated today and is feeling better. I would say questionable for this weekend because of the fact with our travel, we haven’t been able to skate. He skated today; did fairly well. He’ll skate tomorrow, but right now because of the lack of ice time probably won’t play this weekend.”
Albany will skate Friday morning ahead of their 6 pm outing against St. John’s.
• Travel A Factor Against Toronto
The Devils did not get the result or performance they were looking for against the first-place Toronto Marlies during Tuesday’s 11 am “School Day” game. Head Coach Rick Kowalsky said the coaching staff was cautious with the way the game and travel schedule lined up.
“We were a little concerned as a coaching staff because of the travel and because we didn’t skate before coming into that game,” he said. “We tried to talk about playing simple and getting pucks behind. To their credit, they came out hard. We did not have our legs and they did. We just didn’t have any room to make plays. They were in our face for most of the first and the lot of the game.
“I thought in the second we started to skate and we started to get a little more physical and as a result caught some chances. O’Brien gets the breakaway early and we are feeling a little better. At that point it was 2-0 and then O’Neill gets a bunch of chances late in the second and one right at the end of the second on the power play. We could have easily come out of that period 2-2. Unfortunately, we didn’t and then they capitalized early and obviously they took the game over in the third.”
Albany, which lost the game 4-0, will have a chance to avenge the loss when they host Toronto on Sunday, March 13 at Times Union Center.