Leading up to their game last Friday against the Hershey Bears. the Albany Devils had the worst penalty killing percentage in the AHL. Since that time they’ve held their opponents to 0-18 on the power-play, including that same Bears squad to 0-7 tonight. However on this night that effort was bested by Hershey as their penalty kill amassed two shorthanded goals within 25 seconds of each other on the same power-play within the first minute of the second period and proved to be the difference makers as the Bears once again held off the Devils by a count of 3-2.
Those multiple shorties scored by Jay Beagle and Steve Pinizzotto made the score 3-0 early in the second as the Devils couldn’t move the puck beyond the neutral zone and just flat out gave the puck away. The two goals followed a mid-first period tally by Andrew Joudrey who roofed home a rebound past Jeff Frazee. For Pinizzotto it was the second time in less than a week where he netted the winner at Albany.
Albany would battle back valiantly and break through on the power-play twice in the second. Michael Swift put away a nice crossing feed from Vladimir Zharkov and Nick Palmieri for his sixth and second in as many games. Late in the period it was Matt Anderson stepping up and rifling one from the left circle by Dany Sabourin for his ninth on assists from Tyler Eckford and David McIntyre.
However in what was a chippy third the Devils could only muster five shots and fell to the Bears once again.
Adam Henrique who’d scored in each of the last two games and Pierre-Luc Letourneau Leblond did not play. Nathan Perkovich left in the first with what looked like a broken ankle.
With the loss the Devils record drops to 11-14-0-0 (22 points). Their next contest comes on the road at Binghamton on Friday and they return home Saturday night to host the Worcester Sharks.