ALBANY, NY — Collectively, all three of the Albany Devils games last weekend took 7 hours and 26 minutes to play. It took getting to those three games nearly twice as long.
The Devils left for Providence, RI at 1 pm on Thursday and then headed to Allentown, PA after Friday’s game and then to Springfield, MA after Saturday’s contest. Two wins and an overtime loss later, the Devils returned to Times Union Center after 9 pm on Sunday.
The team spent approximately 14 hours and 10 minutes (769 miles) on their Yankee Trails’ bus.
Even with the travel the team extended its regulation unbeaten streak to seven games.
“I like the way we are competing,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “The urgency, the desperation we have in our game when we need it. I give the guys a lot of credit it. This was arguably the toughest road trip with the back-to-back travel. We have a lot where we get in at 2:30 or 3 in the morning and then play at home and then home the following day at home. We got in at 3 am both Friday night and Saturday night and really had good starts every game.”
The schedule this season had the Devils open on the road for four games, at home for five, on the road for five and now back home for four, starting Friday at 7 pm against Springfield.
The team is off to the best start in franchise history at 8-3-3-0, which is good enough for second place in the North Division.
“I give the guys a lot of credit for just battling,” Kowalsky said. “They have really come together as a group. The amount of blocked shots and those situations when we get into trouble or get trapped out there and are tired. The guys urgency level and compete level was great this weekend.”