Albany Devils Goalie Frazee Leads His Team To Victory Over Adirondack Phantoms
Ask any goaltender and, if they could, they would add more equipment to their ensemble. The more to block pucks with the better. Albany netminder Jeff Frazee used his precious skate to help the Devils turn aside the Adirondack Phantoms 2-1 at the Times Union Center Saturday night.
Frazee's spectacular skate save led to a chance on the other end and a victory. Here is the way the sequence went down. Ty McGinn had a golden chance to snap a 1-1 tie but Frazee got his skate in the way. The Devils, who have the second worst offense in the AHL so far and an anemic power play (2/47 on the season) rushed down the other way on a 3-1 break.
Chad Wiseman fed the disc to Jacob Josefson who passed it to Matt Anderson. Anderson beat Phantoms goalie Scott Munroe for the game winner.
In what has been a slow start for the Devils, Frazee has shined. His 1.48 goal against average is fourth best in the AHL.
Bobby Butler who had been scoreless on the season scored his first goal of the season and the Devils' first goal of the game.
Adirondack coach Terry Murray said of the exchange that cost his team the game winner "you see that a lot don't you? In baseball how many times do you see the guy making a great play in the field lead off the next inning for his team. Those are the ways of games."
Coach, that is partially true. However, what you see a lot in hockey is when a team is pressing for a goal they get a little negligent on the defensive end and thus allow an odd man breakaway. That is what took place in this contest!
As for Devils coach Rick Kowalsky, he needs to get his team's offense going. 2 for 47 on the power play? That is good (or bad) for a 4.5% average. Your success on the power play should never be the same percentage as the fixed mortgage rate!