ALBANY, NY – Amidst a wave of personnel changes, the Albany Devils did not get the results they were hoping for last week. The team suffered three straight home losses, falling to the Hartford Wolf Pack, 3-2, in overtime Wednesday and then losing back-to-back games against the St. John’s IceCaps, 4-2, Friday and, 2-1, Saturday.
The Devils will try and rebound with three games this week ahead of the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic. Albany hosts the Hershey Bears Wednesday and the Utica Comets Friday. The team then travels to face the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Saturday. All three games are slated for a 7 pm start.
Jim O’Brien and Ben Thomson led the Devils last week with three and two points, respectively. O’Brien had an assist against the Wolf Pack and followed with a pair of goals during the first game against the IceCaps. O’Brien has eight points – five goals and three assists – during his last eight AHL contests. A veteran of 287 career AHL games, O’Brien has totaled 161 points, producing 69 tallies and 92 assists with Binghamton, Hershey and Albany.
Thomson started the week with two goals against Hartford, but upon further review the tally was credited to Rod Pelley. Thomson still earned an assist on the play for his second multi-point game of the season. The 23-year-old has played 37 games this season and has 10 points with three goals and seven helpers.
Wednesday: Devils 2, Wolf Pack 3 (OT)
After clawing back from a two goal deficit, the Devils lost in overtime, 3‐2, to the Wolf Pack Wednesday at Times Union Center. Chad Nehring was responsible for the deciding goal, which came with 33 seconds remaining in the extra frame. Ben Thomson and Rod Pelley both scored for Albany, while Hartford’s Nicklas Jensen and Ryan Bourque scored back‐to‐back goals during the opening minutes of the second period.
Friday: Devils 2, IceCaps 4
Despite a pair of Jim O’Brien goals, the Devils lost, 4‐2, against the IceCaps Friday. St. John’s received goals from Morgan Ellis, Nikita Scherbak, Charles Hudon and Sven Andrighetto. Goaltender Zachary Fucale turned aside 25 shots. For Albany, Yann Danis made 13 stops.
Saturday: Devils 1, IceCaps 2
The Devils late push was held off by the IceCaps in a 2-1 decision Saturday at Times Union Center. Backed by Vojtech Mozik’s second goal of the season, the Devils pulled within one in the third period, but couldn’t complete the comeback. Scott Wedgewood made 20 saves in the effort, while St. John’s Eddie Pasquale made 32 stops. Gabriel Dumont and Sven Andrighetto had the IceCaps’ tallies.