ALBANY, NY — The Albany Devils had a strong performance against the Toronto Marlies on Sunday afternoon at Times Union Center. Unfortunately, it was the visiting Marlies who prevailed in overtime, 3-2, to close out a three-in-three stretch for the Devils.
Here are three takeaways from Sunday’s loss:
Welcome Back Boucher
After missing games on Friday and Saturday due to an illness, Devils forward Reid Boucher returned to the lineup on Sunday and played well. He scored his third goal of the season on a one-time blast when the Devils were on the power play in the first period. Later in the period, he added an assist on a Mike Sislo goal.
“I felt pretty good tonight,” Boucher said. “We’ve been making good plays. Our power play has been quick, moving the puck well, and getting the good shots that we want.”
“I thought he was good tonight; he was fresh,” Devils coach Rick Kowalsky said of Boucher. “That’s how he needs to skate and compete like that every night if he wants to play in the NHL.”
The Devils played their second straight three-in-three weekend of the season, this time all three games were at home. At the end of Sunday’s game, it appeared the Devils were a little fatigued while Toronto had fresh legs after not playing on Saturday.
“I thought guys started to run out of gas, but I thought we played an up tempo paced game for probably close to 45-50 minutes,” Kowalsky said.
“I thought we worked hard, we played smart, we had a lot of opportunities, and I think we deserved a better fate,” Sislo said.
Toronto Hangin’ Tough
In three matchups against the Marlies this season, the Devils have won only one, with both losses coming in overtime. On Sunday, Marlies forward Mark Arcobello broke through to score the winner past goaltender Yann Danis. The Devils and Marlies will play three more times this season.
“They’re a very skilled team,” Boucher said. “I thought we did a good job tonight of playing hard against them and skating with them.”
“They’re a really good team. They’re good in net. They have a lot of good defenseman, they can score, and they’re skilled up front” Sislo said. “I think we played well and we should have been able to beat them, I think, tonight.”