After the Albany Devils win against the Binghamton Senators Sunday, assistant captain Tim Sestito was ask if he was happy February was over.
His response: “Thank goodness, yes.”
Albany, which began March with a 4-3 overtime win against the Senators, went 2-8-0-0 during February and lost the momentum of January’s seven-game unbeaten streak.
Last weekend, the Devils earned four-of-six points thanks to a 7-6 win Friday against the Syracuse Crunch and Sunday’s victory. Part of their success can be credited to the play of the veteran players, who helped Albany move within seven points of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
“We pulled some young guys out of the lineup and went with a more veteran lineup,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “As opposed to having some rookies in there, you want [the veterans] to set up. Those are the guys you need this time of the year.”
During the three-game weekend, Sestito registered a goal and two assists. Mike Sislo had three tallies and an assist and Darcy Zajac had two goals and a helper. Only appearing in two games, Scott Timmins picked up a marker and an assist.
Other players contributions were found off of the scoresheet.
“Sestito always seems to rise to the occasion in these situations and I thought he did it,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “Dan Kelly had an unbelievable weekend really from start to finish — just hard, defensive minutes. Rod Pelley, we were just talking about it, he’s one of the guys with the most energy out there on the forecheck and still physical.”
The Devils travel to face the St. John’s IceCaps for a two-game weekend series at Mile One Centre. They have a chance to makeup ground in the standings. With 62 points, St. John’s is a spot ahead of Albany, which has 59.