ALBANY, NY – The Albany Devils were a force to be reckoned with Friday. They rolled to a 4-0 victory against the Binghamton Senators, allowing a franchise-low six shots along the way. The Devils moved their win total to 11 games.
Here are the three takeaways from Friday’s win:
Dominating Puck Control
As mentioned, the Devils set a franchise record for fewest shots allowed. The previous low was 13 shots on Mar. 16, 2014 against the Syracuse Crunch.
During the first period Friday, the Devils outshot the Senators, 11-1. Binghamton’s lone shot that period came from center ice. Albany outshot Binghamton, 18-4, in the second and, 3-1, in the third.
“Sometimes good defense is having the puck a lot; we did,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “We played on the other side of the red line, played in their end a lot. When they did have possession, we protected the middle of the ice well and broke up some plays. Obviously, they didn’t get a lot at the net, which was good, but most of that came from playing with the puck.”
Coleman Hurt As Injuries Mount
Joseph Blandisi and Blake Pietila were both injured during Wednesday’s win, which led to Albany signing Alexandre Carrier to a PTO Friday. Against the Senators, Blake Coleman left with an upper-body injury, leaving the Devils a healthy forward short for their outing at the Springfield Falcons Friday. With Coleman out, the Devils will need to continue to adapt.
“We’ve been able to have guys step in and fill roles and do a good job,” Kowalsky said. “Unfortunately, we lose another guy tonight, so we’re really going to be tested here with this moving forward.”
Setting The Tone Early
It has been a point of emphasis by the coaching staff to get off to a good start in each game. The Devils got momentum early for the second-straight game and were able to tilt the ice in their favor in a way that set the pace for the rest of the game.
“That’s something we’ve been trying to focus on the last few games” said forward Matt Lorito. “The past couple weeks, we haven’t been getting off to good starts and coach has been harping on us to be sharp from the drop of the puck. We just tried to focus on that tonight.”