Skating hard, finishing checks, moving the puck crisply out of the zone, these Albany Devils looked like the early October A-Devs. In their domain the Devils came out like gangbusters against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Coming off a solid effort at league leading Wilkes-Barre Scranton, the Devils took it to the Sound Tigers in the early going.
On their first power-play opportunity the Devils with five forwards on the ice jumped out front on a blistering shot from the point by Chad Wiseman. For Wiseman it was his second on the year from Adam Henrique and Michael Swift.
Shortly thereafter David McIntyre streaking in ripped a wrister from the left circle past Mikko Koskinen for his sixth on the season from Nick Palmieri and Alexander Urbom and a 2-0 first period advantage for Albany.
However all that good will built up in the first seemed to dissipate in the second for the Devils. Brandon Svendsen broke through for Bridgeport, sliding a rebound past goaltender Jeff Frazee. Frazee then let in another soft rebound goal to Jeremy Colliton on a Sound Tigers power-play and the game was knotted at 2-2. The Devils lucked out when with about eleven minutes to play in the second, Bridgeport appeared to slide the puck over the goal line prior to the net coming off, but the goal was waived off by the referees.
Late in the second though the Devils through some hard work behind the boards by Matt Anderson, Chad Wiseman and Adam Henrique, enabled Anderson to feed Henrique in the slot for his eighth marker on the year and the Devils went back up by one after two.
Early in the third Micheal Haley whizzed a howitzer over the shoulder of Frazee which pinged off the crossbar and in for the tying tally.
Following a scoreless OT all the Devils could muster was a taylor made shootout goal from Michael Swift. Rob Hisey had a pretty goal, waiting out Frazee and lifting one over the Devils keeper to square the shootout 1-1. Jesse Joensuu was able to beat Frazee for what proved to be the winner as Frazee inexplicably dove head-first to stop the shot. Stephen Gionta then blasted one wide and that was all she wrote as the Sound Tigers handed the Devils a shootout loss 4-3.
With their second consecutive shootout loss Albany is now 12-17-0-2 (26 points) on the year but they jump in front of the Syracuse Crunch for sixth place in the East Division. While both are tied for total points, Albany holds the edge in total victories. Albany travels to Binghamton this Friday.
In other Devils news, New Jersey’s Brian Rolston (former Albany River Rat) has been assigned to Albany, however he will be placed on re-entry waivers Wednesday afternoon. If there is no claim made on Rolston, he can either be assigned to Albany or remain with New Jersey.