Keith Kinkaid Comes Up Huge As Devils Win massive Road Game In Springfield
Despite the few slumps they have endured this season including a just recently finished 6 game disaster the Albany Devils continue to hang around and their 3-1 victory on the road Tuesday night in Springfield might account for their biggest win of the season so far.
Led by the stellar net minding of Keith Kinkaid, who stopped 35 falcon scoring chances the Devils climbed within 3 points of 8th place Hershey and a possible playoff spot.
Kinkaid got stronger as the game got longer. he stopped 11 shots in each of the 1st 2 periods then stopped 13 Falcon opportunities in the final period.
The only puck to allude Kinkaid was a 2 man advantage goal by Springfield's Ryan Craig just 49 seconds into the 3rd. Until that point Albany's 2 goals in the 1st were the only scoring in the game.
Reid Boucher and Harri Pessonen did the honors in the 1st. For Boucher it was goal number 2. Pesonen lit the lamp for the 12th time. Jacob Josefson blunted any rally the Falcons may have thought of scoring the final Albany goal almost 2 minutes after Craigs score.
Considering the Devils position coming into the game I would think this would be considered the biggest win on the year. The Falcons were tied in the top spot of the Eastern Conference with 87 points.
The final spots in the east are up for grabs. Hershey has 73 points for 8th place. Right above them at 7th is Connecticut with 74 points. Norfolk is clinging to the 9th spot with 71 points and Albany is right behind at 70. The Devils do have a game in hand of the Norfolk Admirals. However right behind Albany is a group of 3 hopefuls. Manchester has 69 points. Bridgeport is at 67 and Worcester has 66, good for 13th place.
The Devils try and continue their surge when they lace up in Friday night back at the Tims Union Center vs Providence at 7:00 p.m. The Bruins are 1 of the teams locked in a 4 way tie for the top spot in the east.
1 other note. if this game didn't appear on your schedule it's because this was the makeup date for the snowed out original date February 8th.