Devils complete weekend sweep
ALBANY The Albany Devils completed a perfect 3-for-3 weekend Sunday with a 2-1 victory over the Utica Comets in an American Hockey League game at the Times Union Center.
The Devils scored two goals in the second period, and limited the Comets to 16 shots on goal. Albany also had to play the final 50 seconds two men down, when the Comets pulled goalie Joe Cannata while Utica was also on a power play.
Albany’s penalty-kill unit played a big role all weekend, going a perfect 16-for-16.
The Devils, who have scored 40 percent of their goals in the second period, continued their success during the middle frame. Mike Sislo redirected a Reece Scarlett shot at 3:44 of the period to grab a 1-0 advantage.
Reid Boucher followed when Scott Timmins forced an offensive-zone turnover while on the power play. Boucher went low to the blocker side, beating Cannata at 5:15.
The Comets’ lone tally came off the stick of Jeremy Welsh at 14:57 of the second.
Utica 0 1 0 — 1
Albany 0 2 0 — 2
First Period — No scoring. Penalties Urbom, Alb (hooking), 1:17; Lain, Uti (tripping), 4:20; Wohlberg, Alb (hooking), 9:36; Corrado Uti, (interference), 18:25.
Second Period — 1, Albany, Sislo 17 (Scarlett), 3:44. 2, Albany, Boucher 14 (Timmins), 5:15 (pp). 3, Utica, Welsh 2 (Archibald, Corrado), 14:57. Penalties — Cannata, Uti (throwing the stick), 4:52; O’Reilly, Uti (tripping), 6:21; Urbom, Alb (interference), 10:10; Helgeson, Alb (interference), 12:50.
Third Period — No scoring. Penalties — Whitney, Alb (high-sticking), 10:01; Lain, Uti (slashing), 17:03; Sestito, Alb (hooking), 19:10.
Shots on goal — Utica 4-8-4-16; Albany 10-9-9-28.
Power-Play Opportunities — Utica 0 of 6, Albany 1 of 5.
Goalies — Utica, Cannata 6-11-1 (28 shots-26 saves). Albany, Wedgewood 9-11-3 (16-15).
Referees-Trevor Hanson, Nic Leduc. Linesmen-Trent Knorr, Frank Murphy.