Recent Results: Feb. 1, 2
Fri., Feb. 1 at Dunkin’ Donuts Center
Albany 1 at Providence 5
The Devils began their season-long, six-game road trip with a 5-1 setback against the Providence Bruins Friday at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The contest was the first for both teams since returning from an abbreviated All-Star break.
Tim Sestito registered his sixth goal of the season when he was setup by Bobby Butler and Harri Pesonen early in the third. Pesonen sprung an odd-man rush, and Butler found Sestito, who outlasted Providence netminder Michael Hutchinson at 3:53 of the third.
The Bruins produced the majority of their goals during a 10 minute span, which included a pair of tallies by Maxime Sauve. He opened the scoring at 18:33 of the first and made the score 3-0 at 6:11 of the second. Torey Krug and Ryan Spooner also found the back of the net. Krug scored at 19:39 of the first and Spooner tallied on the power play at 7:52 of the second. After Sestito’s goal, Kyle MacKinnon capped the scoring at 16:31.
In his 27th appearance, Keith Kinkaid made 33 saves on 38 shots. At the other end, Hutchinson improved to 5-10-1 by making 20 stops on 21 attempts.
Sat., Feb. 2 at Cumberland County Civic Center
Albany 0 at Portland 2
Jeff Frazee turned aside 27 shots, but the Devils went without a goal, falling 2-0 Saturday against the Portland Pirates at Cumberland County Civic Center.
Appearing in his 15th contest, Frazee made seven saves in the first, 12 in the second and eight in the third. His performance improved his season-long goals-against average to 2.44 and his save percentage to .910.
With 22 saves, Portland’s Mark Visentin earned his 10th victory and his second shutout. Providing offensive support, Chris Conner scored at 1:22 of the second period and Ethan Werek, who set up Conner’s tally, found the back of the net at 7:25 of the third.
The Devils best opportunity to spoil Visentin’s shutout came early in the third period. Corbin McPherson led an offensive rush and found Mike Sislo skating down the right side. He pulled up at the half wall and hit a cutting Phil DeSimone. After a shot, the rebound sat in the crease, but was cleared away before Harri Pesonen or Sislo could get their sticks on the puck.