Sestito shows energy and consistency at center for Albany Devils
Since being reassigned to Albany by the New Jersey Devils five games ago, Tim Sestito has provided a little jump to whatever line he centers.
Sestito had a four-game point streak running into Friday night’s game with a goal and four assists in that time.
Last Saturday, he was flanked by rookie left wing Joe Whitney and right wing Mattias Tedenby (who was sent down that day. The trio booked seven points — a first-period hat trick by Whitney and a pair of assists for the others.
“It was fun. We got a good lead, and we had a hand in some of the goals,” Sestito said. “It’s fun, it makes it a little easier, you can try a couple things. I think our line, we had a couple more chances, maybe a breakaway, a tap-in backdoor that I think hit our own guy. We could have easily had five points each that night, but we’ll take the win. That was the most important thing.”
Sestito has lined with five different players over his last five games, but there always is enough chemistry and energy to spark some kind of contribution for the Devils.
Tonight at 5 against Adirondack, he will center Chad Wiseman and captain Stephen Gionta.
“Those are three guys that should be easy to play with, and they’re all veteran guys,” Albany coach Rick Kowalsky said.
“He’s a guy who provides energy and leadership,” Kowalsky said. “He’s a big penalty killer and faceoff guy. I think the biggest thing with Timmy is he should be a guy that is easy to play with, because he’s smart and he’s accountable, defensively. He can provide energy on the forecheck, but he’ll always be the guy to cover up for you if things go wrong.”
Tonight’s game will be Albany’s third against Adirondack in 13 days. The first, a 5-3 win in Albany, marked the start of Sestito’s point streak. He had a goal in that game and an assist in the 3-2 loss in Glens Falls on Jan. 20.
Sestito is always quick to preach the importance of a rounded game, with special dedication to the defensive end, but turning that into offensive production can do more than just win games.
“When you’re getting points, it definitely helps your confidence,” Sestito said. “In my first game down, I kind of struggled, but then I got a goal in that Adirondack game. That really helped. I’ve been playing with some different guys, and I feel, as a team, we’ve been clicking and scoring goals. [Still], I think we’d like to tighten up a little bit on the defensive end.”
Shorty lifts Sens
BINGHAMTON — The Binghamton Senators beat Albany on Friday night, 3-2, on Jim O’Brien’s shorthanded goal in the third per-iod.
The Devils (18-16-5-3) built a 2-0 lead in the first on goals from Matt Taormina and Stephane Veilleux. Jeff Frazee made 21 saves in the loss.
Binghamton (19-24-1-1) got 38 saves from Mike McKenna, and a pair of power-play goals from Andre Petersson.
Albany 2 0 0 — 2
Binghamton 0 2 1 — 3
First Period — 1, Albany, Taormina 5 (Harrold, Josefson), 9:44 (pp). 2, Albany, Veilleux 9 (Zharkov, Taormina), 10:12. Penalties — Bartlett, Bng (slashing), 7:48.
Second Period — 3, Binghamton, Petersson 13 (Da Costa, Klinkhammer), 12:53 (pp). 4, Binghamton, Petersson 14 (Hoffman,
Da Costa), 14:47 (pp). Penalties — Veilleux, Alb (throwing equipment), 11:08; Urbom, Alb (hooking), 14:00.
Third Period — 5, Binghamton, O’Brien 7 (Klinkhammer), 7:41 (sh). Penalties — Tedenby, Alb (hooking), 1:23; Da Costa, Bng (diving), 1:23; Gelinas, Alb (cross-checking), 3:23; Hamliton, Bng (tripping), 6:04; Dziurzynski, Bng (hooking), 15:18.
Shots on goal — Albany 13-18-9 — 40. Binghamton 3-15-6 — 24.
Power-play opportunities — Albany 1 of 3; Binghamton 2 of 3.
Goalies — Albany, Frazee 7-10-2
(24 shots-21 saves). Binghamton, McKenna 12-12-0 (40-38).
A — 2,896. T —2:12 .
Referee — Darcy Burchell. Linesmen — Francis Trempe, Alex Stagnone.