ALBANY, NY – The Albany Devils crossed the border last week for a trioof games against both North Division Canadian teams. After dropping back-to-back games at Toronto, 4-0, Tuesday and at St. John’s, 3-1, Friday, the Devils got back in the win column against the IceCaps with an overtime victory, 5-4, Saturday.
Despite only earning two of a possible six points, the Devils remain in second place in both the Eastern Conference and the North Division. With 57 games played, the team owns a 34-15-8-0 record (.667).
Blake Pietila scored in both games against the IceCaps, increading his season totals to eight goals and 15 points.
The tallies ended an 18-game goal draught for the rookie. Pietila has appeared in 48 games this season – the second most by a Devils’ rookie.
Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond was reinserted into the lineup Saturday and provided a spark for the Devils. He setup a pair of goals and finished a +2. It was his first multi-point performance since Feb. 25, 2014 when he was playing for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton against Hershey.
Tuesday | Devils 0 at Marlies 4
In a rare Tuesday morning game, the Devils couldn’t solve the Marlies in a 4-0 loss at Ricoh Coliseum. Toronto’s Antoine Bibeau earned his first shutout of the season, turning away 24 shots, and Tobias Lindberg netted a pair of goals.
Friday | Devils 1 at IceCaps 3
In a penalty-filled game, the IceCaps prevailed, 3-1, against the Devils Friday at Mile One Centre. The two teams, who share real estate in the North Division, combined for 26 infractions and 114 penalty minutes – 22 and 106 of which came during the second period.
Saturday | Devils 5, IceCaps 4 (OT)
Brian O’Neill scored with 47 seconds remaining in overtime to help the Albany Devils to a 5-4 victory against the St. John’s IceCaps Saturday at Mile One Centre. Both teams erased two-goal deficits in a back-and-forth, North Division battle. O’Neill, Matt Lorito and Mike Sislo each had a goal and an assist. Rod Pelley and Blake Pietila also scored.