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Anemic power play proves costly to Albany Devils

Anemic power play proves costly to Albany Devils

The Albany Devils fought back late to force overtime against the Adironadck Phantoms, but were left

The Albany Devils fought back late to force overtime against the Adironadck Phantoms, but were left wondering what could have been if only they had converted on any one of their eight power-play opportunities.

The Phantoms won, 4-3, on a Jonathan Kalinski goal 1:01 into overtime Saturday at the Glens Falls Civic Center. But the what-ifs start way back before the extra time was made necessary.

“We’ve just been struggling. I think we’re, maybe, overthinking things, and we’re getting stagnant,” Albany coach Rick Kowalsky said. “We’re not moving our feet, our passes are predictable, we’re trying to force things. We talked about it a little bit. I changed the personnel up a little bit on the last one, but we’ve just got to simplify, create shooting lanes and get pucks to the net with traffic in front. That’s all we’ve got to do right now. It really was the difference in the game.”

Kalinski’s goal came after Cullen Eddy skated into the zone along the left boards and behind the net unchecked. Kalinski also was unmarked as he skated through the top of the right circle, and Eddy hit him with a pass from the back boards, which he finished for the win.

It was his second goal of the night. He scored at 3:35 in the second on a short-handed breakaway, his second such breakaway of the night. On the first one, Albany goalie Keith Kinkaid got his right pad to the left post before the puck to keep Kalinski from stuffing it in. The second time, Kalinski got a low trickle that had just enough left in it to slide about two inches over the line behind the netminder.

“He [Kalinski] does so much for the team, killing penalties, blocking shots. He does the little things well that probably the average fan or somebody that doesn’t watch — it’s not all about goals,” Adirondack coach Joe Paterson said. “It’s about doing things for your team, and he does that.

“Ever since the game that he centered [Tom] Sestito and [Shane] Harper, it’s been a good line for us. He’s been a factor in that, as well, even though he hasn’t been a guy who’s been rewarded in terms of points. But he’s been a big factor in those guys having success. For him to get the short-handed goal and then get the one in overtime is just icing on the cake for him, for the way he plays.”

Garrett Roe got the Phantoms on the board 55 seconds into the game, skating in to finish the rebound of an Oskars Bartulis shot from the point. Albany evened it 39 seconds into the second period, as Stephane Veilleux got his first of the season on a deflection of a Peter Harrold shot from the point.

Albany 0 1 2 0 — 3

Adirondack 1 0 2 1 — 4

First Period — 1, Adirondack, Roe 2 (Bartulis, Kessel), :55. Penalties — Zajac, Alb, major (fighting), :06; Holmstrom, Adk, major (fighting), :06; Kinkaid, Alb (unsportsmanlike conduct, served by Wiseman), :55; Anderson, Alb (hooking), 1:20; Eddy, Adk (roughing), 6:17; Palmieri, Alb (tripping), 11:12; Harrold, Alb (boarding), 11:29; Walker, Adk (slashing), 14:27; Kalinski, Adk (delay of game), 17:00.

Second Period — 1, Albany, Veilleux 1 (Harrold, Anderson), :39. Penalties — Jancevski, Adk (cross-checking), 7:18; Adirondack bench, served by Akeson (too many men), 12:39; Urbom, Alb (holding), 15:14.

Third Period — 3, Adirondack, Kalinski 3, 3:35. 4, Adirondack, Schenn 6 (Roe, Jancevski), 6:54. 5, Albany, Whitney 6 (Perkovich, Wiseman), 14:31. 6, Albany, Palmieri 1 (Zalewski, Harrold), 17:28. Penalties — Roe, Adk (slashing), 3:19; Eddy, Adk (hooking), 9:52; Zajac, Alb, major (fighting), 12:25; Walker, Adk, minor-major (slashing, fighting), 12:25.

Overtime — 7, Adirondack, Kalinski 4 (Eddy, Jancevski), 1:01. Penalties — None.

Shots on Goal — Albany 9-11-13-2 — 35. Adirondack 12-11-4-2 — 29.

Power-play opportunities — Albany 0 of 8; Adirondack 0 of 5.

Goalies — Albany, Kinkaid 5-3-1 (29 shots-25 saves); Adirondack, Leighton 8-5-0 (35-32).

A — 4,746. T — 2:30.

Referee — Terry Koharski. Linesmen — Mike Emanatian, Frank Murphy.

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