Forty games down, forty to go and it’s now four wins in a row for the Albany Devils. With a pair of goals in each period Albany showed lots of muscle and a nice six-pack in their 6-3 win over the Springfield Falcons. The Devils have now won as many games at home in the first month of 2011 as they did in all of 2010.
In the first the Devils were able to short circut the Falcons power-play with two shorthanded tallies. Michael Swift registered his team leading 16th of the year from Chad Wiseman as Springfield netminder David LeNeveu mis-played the puck behind the boards. Then it was Brad Mills cashing in on a breakaway for his fifth on the campaign.
The second period saw its share of scraps with Harry Young and Jonathan Siglet doing battle before a faceoff. There were also other fights involving Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond and Tom Sestito and Louis Robitaille slamming Dane Byers to the ice.
As play resumed the Devils tripled their lead with Adam Henrique streaking in for his tenth from Jacob Josefson.
Soon after Springfield would get on the board as David Savard ripped one over Mike McKenna’s right shoulder to get the Falcons on the board. The Falcons got their second on the night as one-time Albany River Rat Ben Guite stuffed home a loose puck in the crease.
Albany would strike back with under a minute to go in the frame on the power-play as Henrique posted his second of the second and eleventh of the year, re-directing a Chad Wiseman drive to the back of the twine, Josefson was also credited with a secondary assist, his second of the period as well.
Moving ahead to the third Chris D’Alvise corralled the puck in front and put it past McKenna, pulling the Falcons to within one again.
However McKenna who to use a use a baseball term “pitched to the scoreboard” and held down the fort with 24 saves while picking up an assist. Matt Anderson also recorded his 15th of the year on a bang-bang pass from Alexander Vasyunov who threaded the Falcons defense for a 5-3 insurance goal. Alexander Urbom added a secondary assist on Anderson’s goal and salted the game away with a bomb down the length of the rink into an empty net for his first career AHL goal from McKenna and a 6-3 Albany win.
With their schedule half in the books, an improving Albany squad now stands at 17-20-0-3 (37 points) only eight points behind the Worcester Sharks for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.