Heading into Friday night’s contest the Albany Devils certainly looked a lot better on paper with their recent additions. However ultimately it was the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins who showed why they’re better on the ice. Hence the Devils remain winless against the Penguins on the season with their 4-1 loss.
Wilkes-Barre got on the board late in the first on a shot that rang off the pipe and in for Carl Sneep. Then with under a minute remaining Eric Tangradi snapped his 18th of the year home from the slot to put the Pens up by two heading into the locker room.
Early in the second, Sneep who had one goal all year coming into the contest notched his second of the contest to chase goalie Mike McKenna.
Shortly thereafter the Devils would strike back as Dan “Machine Gun” Kelly recoiled the puck and ripped it past John Curry for his second of the year from Jacob Josefson and Matt Anderson to make it a 3-1 game. Albany had ample opportunities near the end of the second on the power-play with some fancy stick-handling by Mattias Tedenby and Nick Palmieri but couldn’t find the back of the cage.
In the third, about mid-way through Nick Johnson (not the former New York Yankee) ripped a the puck past a diving Dave Caruso (not the CSI Miami actor) on the power-play for his 18th to cap off the scoring at 4-1.
It was a game where the Devils outshot the Penguins 29-26 but they just couldn’t cash in on the power-play (0-4) and when you’re playing the best club in the AHL every last detail counts.