Head Coach Rick Kowalsky was not pleased with the Devils 3-2 setback against the Sound Tigers Friday night. Albany fell behind early, captured the lead only to see it slip away in the third period. Here are three takeaways from the contest.
Couldn’t Find Their Pace
The Devils never really found their stride against the Sound Tigers. They gave up the first goal less than ninety seconds into the game and were outshot for just the second time this season.
“Sloppy tonight, we didn’t skate, we didn’t move the puck well, our execution was off, we couldn’t get ourselves out of it,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “Instead of trying to simplify our game, we made it more difficult and it led to turnovers. A lot of self inflicted wounds.”
The Devils managed only three shots in the first period and finished with just seventeen for the game. During the first half of the second period they managed just one shot.
Reid Boucher missed the game with illness. His status isn’t certain for Saturday’s game. Since returning from New Jersey Boucher has been instrumental in the Devils offense with two goals and and an assist in his past two games.
The first game of the Devils three-in-three home weekend didn’t go as planned, but they will have an opportunity to turn it around quickly when they play the Utica Comets Saturday at 5 pm.
“I think we had a good week of practice and there is no excuses for that in a game,” said right-winger Mike Sislo. “We just continued to make the same mistakes. I think everyone is upset about their performance and we have to make it a point to get off to a good start right away tomorrow.”