Albany blanks Wolfpack, 3-0

HARTFORD, Conn – Keith Kinkaid made 25 saves for the Albany Devils Friday night at the XL Center, to hand the Hartford Wolf Pack its second straight shutout-against, a 3-0 Albany victory. Albany Devils logo

The Wolf Pack were also shut out Sunday in Providence, falling by a score of 6-0.

“I thought we played better, but that’s hockey right now,” Wolf Pack captain Aaron Johnson said. “Just one mistake and they end up in the back of your net.”

Hartford outshot Albany 25-20 in Friday’s game, but the Devils got all of the offense they would need inside the first seven minutes of the game.

Riley Boychuk knocked home a rebound for his first AHL goal, and a 1-0 Albany lead, at 2:40. After Wolf Pack goaltender Jason Missiaen (17 saves) stopped a deflected shot from the left point, Boychuk was able to shove the rebound through Missiaen’s pads and in.

Albany then converted a two-on-one at 6:57 for a 2-0 lead. Dan Kelly fed a lead pass out of the Devil end to Rostislav Olesz, who broke down the left side and fed across the slot to Joe Whitney for a tap-in.

The Wolf Pack dominated the second period territorially, outshooting the Devils 12-2, but Kinkaid made several sharp saves.

The third period was a standoff until the Wolf Pack pulled Missiaen in a four-on-four situation, and Devil captain Rod Pelley took advantage of a fortunate carom off of the boards to score an empty-net goal with 1:16 remaining.

The loss was the Wolf Pack’s fourth straight in regulation, and Hartford is now winless in its last five games (0-4-0-1).

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