ALBANY, NY — Rewrite the record book. A solid overall performance on Friday night gave the Albany Devils a 3-1 victory over the Syracuse Crunch at Times Union Center. Jim O’Brien scored two goals in his return to the lineup while Corey Tropp added a season-high three assists to lead the Devils to victory.
Here are the three takeaways from the game:
HISTORY IN THE MAKING
The Devils victory was their seventh in a row, setting the franchise record for the longest winning streak in club history. The streak began with a 3-1 victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Nov. 21. The Devils will look to add to the streak when they travel to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to battle the Penguins tomorrow night.
“I heard the six-game win streak was one game away from a franchise record, so I put pressure on myself in situations like that,” said goaltender Scott Wedgewood. “We’re all happy for that as a group, but it’s not something we’re really focusing on at all. It’s good not to screw up what the guys are doing.”
MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME
After missing 14 games with an injury, Jim O’Brien returned to the Devils lineup and was the difference maker. In the second period, he scored two goals in 28 seconds to give the Devils a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. O’Brien came close to completing a hat trick in the third, but hit the post twice.
“Jim O’Brien got two, but he could have had about four or five tonight, he hit posts and he was firing the puck,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “They all had big performances. I thought they played exceptional in their roles.”
WELCOME BACK, WEDGE
For the first time in eight months, Scott Wedgewood started in the Albany goal. After missing time with an ankle injury, Wedgewood was strong, making 17 saves on 18 Crunch shots to backstop the Devils to a win.
“Wedgewood was solid, he looked real good and made some big saves at the right times for us,” Kowalsky said.
“I just wanted to step in and be strong in my game,” Wedgewood said. “For the most part, I felt I was up to par to where I want to be. I’ve seen the way the guys have played in front of Yann [Danis] and I was treated to that same pleasure tonight.”