Devils, Phantoms, Schedules December 8 – 12

Albany Devils: (11-13-0-0, 22 points, 6th place East Division)

December 8, 2010: Hershey Bears (Top AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals).  The defending Calder Cup Champion Hershey Bears come back to town after a 3-2 victory in their first ever meeting last Friday night at the Times Union Center.  Bears Steve Pinizzotto netted the winner for Hershey.  The Bears sport a record of 14-9-0-1 (29 points), third in the East Division standings.

December 10, 2010: @ Binghamton Senators  (Top AHL affiliate of the Ottawa Senators).  For the first time ever the Albany Devils travel down I-88 to play the Binghamton Senators.  In their first ever meeting in Albany the Devils jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Matt Anderson’s power-play goal in the third capped off a 4-3 Albany victory.  Albany is only a point behind the fifth place  Senators in the East Division standings.  Binghamton currently stands at 10-12-2-1 (23 points) but trails Albany by four points in the race for the Empire State Cup.

December 11, 2010: Worcester Sharks (Top AHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks).  The match-up between the Devils and Sharks is their first ever in Albany.  Their first tilt in Worcester saw the Devils come out on top 3-2 on the strength of a third period goal by Matt Anderson to force OT.  After a scoreless extra frame it was Anderson again providing the theatrics with the winner in the shootout.  Goalie Mike McKenna recorded 25 saves in the victory.  The Sharks check in with a record of 12-7-1-4 (29 points) good enough for third place in the Atlantic Division.

December 12, 2010: Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins  (Top AHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins).  Once was more than enough for the Devils to play the Penguins in December, with their last contest going to Wilkes-Barre Scranton 5-1 at the Times Union Center.  But alas the two will meet again in an afternoon tilt in Albany.  The baby Pens roll into Albany, still boasting an AHL leading 20 wins and 40 points.  In their first two meetings the Pens have bested the Devils at home and away, each time by three goals.

Adirondack Phantoms: (3-20-2-0, 8 points, 8th place East Division)

December 10, 2010: @ Syracuse Crunch  (Top AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks).  This game marks the second game between the Phantoms and Crunch this season.  In their first meeting the Phantoms captured a thriller in their home opener over the Crunch 3-2.  Jon Kalinski and Eric Wellwood scored 34 seconds apart in the third as the Phantoms waged an impressive comeback victory.  Former Adirondack Phantom Patrick Maroon now skates for the Crunch.  Syracuse comes in at 8-11-1-3 (20 points) seventh in the East Division, 12 points ahead of Adirondack.  However the Phantoms are a game ahead in the loss column over the Crunch when it comes to the Empire State Cup Standings.  Hey, baby steps folks.

December 11, 2010: Portland Pirates  (Top AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres).  In their only other meeting of the season, Adirondack dropped a 5-2 decision at Portland.  In that game Denis Hamel made his memorable Phantoms debut, scoring on a breakaway.  Since that time the Pirates have cooled off somewhat, though still maintain a healthy record of 14-7-1-1 (30 points) good enough for second place in the Atlantic Division.

December 12, 2010: Connecticut Whale  (Top AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers).  On Sunday the Phantoms travel to Hartford in the first of a home-in-home series against the Whale.  In their first and only meeting this season the Whale blanked the Phantoms 3-0 in Hartford.  On the season the Whale stand tied for fourth in the Atlantic Division with a mark of 10-11-2-4 (26 points).

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