It was fitting to see all the upcoming promotions for “Ryan Miller bobble-head night” in Rochester, because all Albany Devils netminder Jeff Frazee has done in two games there this season is stood on his. For the second time in two weeks Frazee and the Devils shutout the Amerks, this time by a count of 2-0. Frazee has held Rochester scoreless now for 180 minutes in Western New York.
Early in the first the Devils continued their solid penalty killing from Friday night against Hershey. Holding Rochester to 0-4 on the power-play, Matt Anderson and Adam Henrique skated in on a two on oh breakaway but couldn’t cash in.
Towards the end of the first frame the Devils got their first and eventual game winning goal from an unlikely source. Enforcer Louis Robitaille took a pass from Michael Swift down the right boards and from the right circle whisked one by Amerks goalie Jacob Markstrom to put Albany up 1-0. The goal was Robitaille’s first on the year from Swift and Nathan Perkovich.
From there on out it was the yeoman’s work of Frazee between the pipes to hold down the fort (enough cliches?) for the Devils, making 24 saves in total. Adam Henrique added an empty netter from Rob Davidson (his sixth) for good measure and the Devils wrapped up another victory in Rochester, 2-0.
The win improves the Albany Devils mark to 10-13-0-0 (20 points) on the year. With the win over Rochester they also improve to 5-4-0-0 (10 points) good enough for second place in the Empire State Cup Standings. Their next contest is at Atlantic City Sunday against the Adirondack Phantoms.