Sound Tigers Hand Devils First Home Loss
ALBANY, NY — Despite Vojtech Mozik and Mike Sislo both finding the back of the net, the Albany Devils lost, 3-2, against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Friday. The setback was the first of the season for the Devils at Times Union Center, where they had gone 2-0-0-0 in back-to-back games last weekend.
Albany moves to 3-3-1-0, while Bridgeport, which started the season on a five-game winning streak, improves to 7-3-0-0.
Mozik registered his first career AHL goal and Sislo netted his third tally of the season. Between the pipes, Doug Carr made his Times Union Center debut and made 17 stops.
Bridgeport received scoring from Alan Quine, Justin Vaive and Bracken Kearns. Former Devil Joe Whitney posted an assist and a pair of penalty minutes. Goaltender Stephon Williams registered his fourth win of the season; he had 15 saves.
The Devils trailed early in the contest when Quine capitalized on a play atop the crease just 1:25 into the game. Albany responded with back-to-back goals before the period break. Mozik’s slap shot from the right point deflected off the post and in at 5:48. Matt Lorito and Seth Helgeson picked up the assists.
Sislo added to Albany’s power-play domination, scoring the team’s ninth man-up goal of the season and fifth in the last two outings. The tally, which was Sislo’s third power-play goal of the season, came at 15:54 from Marc-Andre Gragnani and Joseph Blandisi. The assist extended Gragnani’s point streak to three games.
In the second, Vaive tied the game, beating Carr between the legs at 9:16. Kearns netted the game-winner down the left side at 3:42 of the third.
Interestingly enough, the Sound Tigers scored on their first shots of the first and second periods and the Devils scored on their first shot and last shots of the first period.
Albany was outshot for just the second time this season. Bridgeport had a 20-17 shot advantage.
The Devils return to action Saturday with a 5 pm puck drop against the Utica Comets at Times Union Center. To celebrate Halloween all children (12-and-under) who arrive in costume will receive free admission. Additionally, there will be trick-or-treating on the TUC concourse.