Both clubs held two goal leads. Both squandered two goal leads. It was a night where the “JAM Line” was on full display, where ultimately the Albany Devils doubled up the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 6-4.
Bridgeport hopped on the board first in the first with two tallies from Justin DiBenedetto, including the latter on a power-play.
Albany was able to salvage the period within the last minute on AHL All-Star Matt Anderson’s 16th marker of the year. Anderson’s goal came from Dan Kelly (an impressive +4 on the night) and Jacob Josefson.
Moving along to the second stanza, the “JAM Line” (Jacob Josefson, Adam Henrique, Matt Anderson) really made things sticky for the Sound Tigers. Adam Henrique squared things away on the power-play with his 13th from Anderson. Following that was Josefson’s second of the year from Anderson to put the Devils up 3-2 after two.
In the third Albany kept on “JAM-ming” the puck into the back of the cage. Josefson started where he left off, notching his second of the night and third of the year, this time from Henrique for a shorthanded score. In all the “JAM Line” accounted for four of the six Albany goals on the night. Josefson and Anderson each had three point nights, while Henrique collected two.
However the Sound Tigers would claw back. Tomas Marcinko and Jesse Joensuu pulled Bridgeport even with the Devils with just under five minutes to go with the score at 4-4.
Yet shortly thereafter Albany would respond off the stick of Chad Wiseman and the Devils would regain a lead they would never relinquish. Wiseman who had scored in the first meeting of the year between the two clubs, posted the eventual winner with his fifth on the season from Rob Davidson and Stephen Gionta. The winner was followed up by Gionta’s seventh of the campaign into an empty net from Michael Swift and Wiseman to cap off a happy night for the Devils.
With the victory the Albany Devils advance their record to 18-23-0-3 (39 points) and climb to within 12 points of the Binghamton Senators for the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot with two games in-hand.