ALBANY, NY – Albany Devil goaltender Keith Kinkaid shut out the Hartford Wolf Pack for the second straight meeting between the two clubs Wednesday night at the Times Union Center, making 24 saves in a 3-0 Devil victory.
Reid Boucher had a goal and an assist for Albany, and Stefan Matteau and Brandon Burlon also scored. Joe Whitney had two assists. Scott Stajcer stopped 22 saves in the Wolf Pack net.
“I think they outworked us,” Wolf Pack forward Brandon Mashinter said of the Devils. “We didn’t play the way we should have, and it ended up biting us.”
The Wolf Pack fell to 8-7-0-2 (18 pts.) on the year. Albany moved into a first-place tie with Springfield in the Northeast Division, improving to 10-6-0-1 for 21 points.
After a scoreless first period, Matteau gave the Devils a 1-0 lead at 5:19 of the second. After Kyle Jean was unable to get the puck deep at Albany blue line, Tim Sestito sent Matteau away to create a three-on-one. Matteau kept the puck on left wing, and his shot went under Wolf Pack goaltender Scott Stajcer’s catching glove and into the net.
The goal was Matteau’s second of the season, both scored against the Wolf Pack.
Boucher made it 2-0 at 11:17, off a feed from Mike Sislo. Sislo carried the puck down right wing and fed a perfect cross-slot pass to Boucher, who one-timed it in behind Stajcer.
The Wolf Pack outshot the Devils 11-5 in the third period, but found themselves three goals behind when Albany scored on a power play only 1:03 into the third.
After Shawn O’Donnell took a high-sticking penalty at the 23-second mark, Burlon, a defenseman, went to the net to score his first goal of the season at 1:03, backhanding home a rebound of a Whitney shot.