ALBANY, NY – The Albany Devils split their three games last week, going 1-1-0-1. The team suffered a 2-1 shootout loss against Providence Wednesday before bouncing back for a 5-1 victory at Utica Saturday. The team had its six-game point streak (5-0-0-1) ended with a 4-2 setback at Bridgeport Sunday.
Next up, the Devils host Springfield Tuesday before a pair of road games this weekend: at Syracuse Friday and at Hershey Saturday. All three games are at 7 pm.
Jim O’Brien extended his point streak to six-games, producing three goals and two assists in the three outings this week. He registered a shorthanded goal against the Bruins. He then had two goals, including another shorthanded tally, and an assist against the Comets and posted an assist against the Sound Tigers. During his six-game streak, the 27-year-old has registered five goals and six helpers.
Scott Wedgewood was in goal for the Devils’ first two games this week. He made 23 saves Wednesday and 21 stops Saturday for a 0.96 goals-against average and .957 save percentage. He was recalled by New Jersey Sunday and made his NHL debut and earned his first career win with a 27-save performance against Columbus.
Wednesday | Devils 1, Bruins 2 (SO)
A goaltending duel Wednesday at Times Union Center ended with the Bruins prevailing, 2-1, in a shootout against the Devils. Both Scott Wedgewood and Providence’s Jeremy Smith made 23 saves, but Smith made two additional saves in the shootout. Jim O’Brien and Providence’s Brandon DeFazio scored during regulation. During the shootout, the Bruins received goals from Brian Ferlin and Alexander Khokhlachev. Matt Lorito and O’Brien were both denied.
Saturday | Devils 5, Comets 1
Backed by Jim O’Brien’s three-point performance, the Devils defeated the Comets, 5-1, Saturday at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. O’Brien registered a pair of goals and an assist. Nick Lappin and Blake Pietila also registered multiple points, registering a goal and an assist each. Matt Lorito also scored and Scott Wedgewood made 21 stops.
Sunday | Devils 2, Sound Tigers 4
For the first time this season, Albany squandered a third-period lead to lose in regulation. The Sound Tigers scored three times during the final frame to defeat the Devils, 4-2, Sunday at Webster Bank Arena. Rod Pelley and Paul Thompson supplied the Devils’ goals. Netminder Ken Appleby had his three-game winning streak halted despite making 24 saves.