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2011-12 Albany Devils thread

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Albany won a crazy game against Hershey 6-5 with a shoot out. After going down 2 goals early on the Devils countered with 3 straight goals, Perkovich (Wiseman and Zalewski), Zajac (Zharkov), and Gelinas (PP, Taormina and Sislo). Hershey would tie it up shortly after that and then the Devils would exchange goals with Hershey twice, Bernier (Zalewski and Wiseman) and Sestito (Zharkov and Burlon). The Devils won the shootout 3-1 with goals from Sislo, Anderson, and Bernier. Kinkaid stopped 28 of 33 shots including 3 of 4 in the shoot out. Bernier was 2nd star and Zharkov 3rd. Here is the gamesheet. Below are the highlights.

Their next game is Friday against Rochester at 7:30.

Kalamazoo lost to Elmira 3-2 in a shoot out: Sova (-1, 1 Shot) and Haczyk (-1, 3 Shots). Young did not play. Clermnot did not get into either game this weekend, limited to just the lone mid week start which is somewhat disappointing.

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K-wings lost in the SO.

My bad, edited the post, was pretty tired typing it so I guess my eyes flipped it. :doh1:

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http://theahl.com/defensive-state-of-mind-in-albany-p174254

Defense has been the backbone of Albany’s turnaround from a 1-5-0-0 start to a 7-1-1-1 record in its last 10 games. Entering a one-game weekend (at Hershey on Nov. 19), the Devils occupied the top spot in the Northeast Division with an 8-6-1-1 record (18 pts.).

“We have to play good defensively if we want to win,” said defenseman Alexander Urbom, who leads the team with a plus-3 rating. “It’s not just the defensemen, it’s the whole team.”

The Devils 10-game stretch has been the most successful since an 8-2-0-0 run midway through the 2008-09 season. During the most recent span, the team has posted a 1.96 goals-against average with two shutouts.

Of the team’s eight victories, seven have come in one-goal games.

I suggest checking out the full article, seems like guys are really buying into the system. Note this article was published before the Hershey game Saturday night.

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Kalamazoo lost to Cincinnati 5-2: Sova (E, 2 Shots) and Haczyk (Assist, E, 1 Shot). Young and Clermont did not play. I really hope Clermont gets into at least 1 of the 2 games this weekend. Young hasn't played since 10/22.

Sova (D): 14 GP 2 G 5 A 7 Pts +12 10 PIM 26 SOG 7.69 SH%

Haczyk (D): 14 GP 1 G 2 A 3 Pts +5 2 PIM 28 SOG 3.57 SH%

ECHL notes:

With Boulton sent down to Albany for conditioning, J.S. Berube has been assigned to the Trenton Titans, joining Albany Devil property Mike Banwell who has been playing there all year despite the Devils affiliation with Kalamazoo.

Banwell (D): 6 GP 0 G 0 A 0 Pts -3 11 PIM 6 SOG

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Albany lost to Rochester 4-2, snapping their 8 game point streak (6-0-1-1). Scoring for the Devils was Urbom, his 1st of the year, and Zajac (Perkovich). Frazee stopped 30 of 34 shots. Palmieri made his 2011-12 Albany debut (-2, 2 Shots, 2 PIM - Elbowing) and Hoeffel returned to play in his 2nd game of the year after being injured in the opener (E, 1 Shot, 2 PIM - Holding). Here is the gamesheet. I'll edit in the highlights if they are made available.

Their next game is Saturday against Adirondack at 7:00.

Kalamazoo lost to Florida 5-1: Young (E) finally played, Sova (-1, 4 Shots), Haczyk (-2, 5 Shots), and Clermont (20:08 played, stopped all 4 shots he faced in relief). Hopefully Clermont gets the start tomorrow and can earn the #1 spot.

Trenton defeated Elmira 5-3: Banwell (Assist, +2, 2 Shots) and Berube (E, 2 Shots).

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Just looking at the team leaders, it's good to see that Taormina is 2nd in the team in shots...well, it's not good for most of the guys on the team but it's good to see Taormina is shooting a lot from the defense.

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Albany lost to Adirondack 4-3 in overtime after scoring two late goals in the 3rd. Scoring for Albany was Veilleux (Harrold and Anderson), Whitney (Perkovich and Wiseman), and Palmieri (Harrold and Zalewski). Kinkaid stopped 25 of 29 shots and picked up 2 PIM for unsportsmanlike conduct after the first Adirondack goal 55 seconds into the game. Zajac had two fights in the game. With an assist, Perkovich extended his point streak to five games (3-2-5). With two assists Harrold earned 3rd star. Here is the gamesheet. I'll edit in the highlights if they are made available.

Their next game is Sunday against Springfield at 3:00.

Kalamazoo defeated Florida 2-1 in OT: Young (-1), Sova (E), Haczyk (-1), and Clermont (27 Saves on 28 Shots in 63:38, stopped penalty shot in the 2nd).

Trenton defeated Chicago 3-2 in OT: Banwell did not play. Berube (-1, 2 Shots, 2 PIM - Roughing)

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Albany defeated Springfield 3-2. Scoring for the Devils was Zalewski (Wiseman and Whitney), Veilleux (Bernier and Anderson), and Gionta (EN). Kinkaid stopped 36 of 38 shots and was named 1st star. Zalewski earned 3rd star honors. Here is the gamesheet. I'll edit in the highlights if they are made available.

Their next game is Friday against Bridgeport at 7:00.

Trenton lost to Chicago 4-3: Banwell did not play. Berube (2 Assists - 1PP, E, 2 Shots).

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Two articles on some of the Devils prospects with Kalamazoo. The Clermont article is fresh but the Sova article was posted earlier this month.

Youthful goalie Maxime Clermont growing up with K-Wings

"Max brings a lot of excitement," Karlander said. "You remember when you were that young, starting out, and I was older even coming out of college. He's a real levelheaded kid and he's excited to get his chances."

"He's learning, he works hard every day, he tries to get better every day," Bootland said. "He's a young guy and he wants to get better. "We're confident when he's in the net. We haven't played our best hockey when he's in there, so we wanted to make sure we had a solid outing for him (Saturday)."

K-Wings rookie Joe Sova translating college success into contributions for Kalamazoo

The last couple games, Sova's defensive partner was veteran Sam Ftorek.

"He's very poised, good with the puck," Ftorek said. "He's got good vision. Obviously, he's pretty highly touted since he signed with New Jersey.

"He's easy to talk to. For me, it's nice because if we're struggling or not getting out of our zone, we can talk about what's going on and he's really open to listening."

With a league-leading plus-8 rating, Sova was named ECHL plus performer for October.

Said Bootland: "Joe Sova's a guy that has produced at the college level offensively and, so far in his pro career, has shown he has a knack for putting the puck in the net or creating opportunities.

"He's working on the power play and working on his shot. He's been a contributor for us so far."

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Kalamazoo lost to Greenville 5-2: Young (-1, 2 Shots), Sova (-1, 3 Shots, 12 PIM - Slashing, Misconduct), Haczyk (E), and Clermont did not play.

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Albany has a 3 in 3 this weekend. Here are some notes from the Times Union:

Injuries to D-Jay Leach (lower body) and Matt Corrente (upper body) have left the Devils with six healthy D-men. They have 16 healthy forwards, enough for five full lines even with Stoesz back on the blue line.

“I like our depth, too,” coach Rick Kowalsky said after this morning’s practice. “To say we have a checking line, I don’t know that we have that right now. I definitely have some options to move some guys around.”

Leach (sidelined since Nov. 5) and Corrente (Nov. 11) are scheduled to begin skating Friday. Kowalsky said there is an outside chance they could be available by next weekend.

That's good news about Corrente, he was having a solid year before he got hurt: 14 GP 2 G 6 A 8 Pts +2 42 PIM 14.29 SH%

Right now Albany sits 4th in the Northeast Division, 9th in the Eastern Conference with a 10-7-2-1 (23 Pts) record through 20 games. They are 6-1-2-1 in their past 10 games and have a 51-61 GF-GA ratio. They have the same amount of points as the 8th place Hershey Bears and are just 5 points from the 1st place team in the Eastern Conference, the St. John's Ice Caps.

Skater Stats

Rookie RW Joe Whitney (19 GP 6 G 6 A 12 Pts -5 10 PIM 2 PPG 14.63 SH%)is tied with RW Matt Anderson (20 GP 4 G 8 A 12 Pts -2 6 PIM 2 PPG 11.43 SH%) for the team lead in scoring with C Steve Zalewski (20 GP 4 G 7 A 11 Pts -2 10 PIM 1 PPG 7.69 SH%) right behind.

Goalie Stats

Rookie Keith Kinkaid is 6-4 with a 2.55 GAA .914 SV% 1 SO in 610:54 MIN thus far while veteran Jeff Frazee is 3-5-1 with a 3.20 GAA .882 SV% 1 SO in 534:42 MIN so far.

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Albany defeated Bridgeport 4-3 after going down 3-1 in the 1st. Scoring for the Devils was Zalewski (PP, Palmieri and Wiseman), Zalewski (PP, Taormina and Whitney), Sislo (Zalewski and Wiseman), and Mills (Taormina). Kinkaid started the game but lasted just 10:52 allowing 3 goals on 7 shots. Frazee came in and was a perfect 13 for 13 in 48:57. Albany outshot Bridgeport 36 to 20. Zalewski, Mills, and Taormina were the three stars. Here is the gamesheet. Below are the highlights:

The lines and pairings according to @Bill_Cain_:

Wiseman-Zalewski-Gionta

Bernier-Anderson-Veilleux

Zharkov-Mills-Palmieri

Sislo-Zajac-Whitney

Burlon-Harrold

Urbom-Taormina

Kelly-Gelinas

Their next game is Saturday against Bridgeport at 7:00.

Kalamazoo defeated South Carolina 5-3: Young (E, 2 PIM - Cross-Checking, 2 Shots), Sova (E), Haczyk (E, 2 PIM - Hooking, 1 Shot), and Clermont (22 Saves on 25 Shots).

Trenton lost to Elmira 5-4 in a SO: Banwell (+2) and Berube (3 Assists - 1PP, +3, 4 PIM - Roughing, Kneeing, 5 Shots).

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Transaction note: Sova Called Up to Albany - Great for him, he was doing well for Kalamazoo. The bad news is Kelly was hurt in Friday's game.

Albany lost to Bridgeport 3-1. The lone Albany goal was scored by Wiseman (Zalewski). Frazee stopped 16 of 18 shots. Wiseman was named 3rd star with the goal and a team high 7 shots. Here is the gamesheet. Below are the highlights:

Their next game is Sunday against Rochester at 4:00.

Kalamazoo defeated South Carolina 2-1: Young (Assist, +1), Haczyk (+1, 3 Shots), and Clermont did not play.

Trenton defeated Wheeling 5-3: Banwell (E) and Berube (2 Goals - 1 PP, +2, 3 Shots, 1st Star).

Berube since being sent down to Trenton: 5 GP 2 G 5 A 7 Pts +4 6 PIM 14.29 SH%

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Albany defeated Rochester 4-2. Scoring for the Devils was Taormina (PP, Anderson and Gelinas), Sova (Anderson and Sislo), Veilleux (Mills and Harrold), and Anderson (EN, Taormina and Veilleux). Kinkaid stopped 25 of 27 shots. Anderson was named 1st star and Taormina 2nd star. Here is the gamesheet. Highlights below:

Their next game is Friday against Rochester at 7:35.

Trenton lost to Elmira 2-1 in a Shoot Out: Banwell (E) and Berube (E, 4 Shots).

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Kalamazoo lost to Chicago 4-1: Young (-1), Haczyk (Goal, E, 2 Shots), and Clermont did not play.

Trenton lost to Wheeling 3-1: Banwell (-1, 3 Shots, 17 PIM - Holding, Fighting, Game Misconduct) and Berube (Assist, +1, 1 Shot, 2 PIM - Tripping).

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Trenton defeated Reading 3-2 in OT: Banwell did not play and Berube (E, 4 Shots).

Banwell was suspended for this game for the fight at the end of the Wheeling game. He was called up to Albany today.

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Albany lost to Rochester 3-0. Frazee made 21 saves on 24 shots with 2 of the 3 goals allowed being power play goals for Rochester. Albany had 40 shots but was unable to get a goal. The Devils were missing Bernier, Corrente, Gionta, Leach, and Zharkov due to injury and Taormina and Urbom due to call ups. Here is the gamesheet. I'll edit in the highlights if they are made available.

Their next game is Saturday against Toronto at 3:00.

Kalamazoo lost to Chicago 6-5 in a SO: Young (-1, 1 Shot), Haczyk (E, 2 PIM - Tripping), and Clermont (19 Saves on 23 Shots in 48:33 - left with a cut on his head).

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Albany lost to Toronto 4-1. Zajac (Anderson and Veilleux) had the lone Albany goal. Kinkaid stopped 21 of 25 shots, allowing 3 power play goals. Stoesz and Mills both found ways to get thrown out of the game in the 1st period. Here is the gamesheet. I'll edit in the highlights if they are made available.

Their next game is Wednesday against Syracuse at 7:00.

Kalamazoo defeated Chicago 4-3 in a SO: Young (Assist, -1, 1 Shot), Haczyk (E, 2 Shots), and Clermont did not play.

Trenton lost to Wheeling 2-1: Berube (-1, 4 PIM - Elbowing, Roughing)

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