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Devils blank Falcons

Devils blank Falcons

Scott Wedgewood made 21 saves for his first professional shutout Friday night as the Albany Devils t

Scott Wedgewood made 21 saves for his first professional shutout Friday night as the Albany Devils topped the Northeast Division-leading Springfield Falcons, 3-0, at the MassMutual Center.

Wedgewood improved to 7-6-1 on the season with a 2.80 goals-against average and an .889 save percentage.

Albany (20-10-3-2) got on the board at 9:30 of the first period with Rod Pelley’s backhander on a rebound of Adam Larsson’s shot from the right point. It was Larsson’s first game action since Nov. 23 with New Jersey. He had been on injured reserve with a lower-body injury, but was activated this week and assigned to Albany.

Pelley also assisted on a third-period tally by Artem Demkov.

Joe Whitney scored his team-leading 13th goal of the season in the second period on a breakaway, fed by Scott Timmins.

Springfield (25-6-1-3) got 21 saves from Jeremy Smith.

Albany will host the Atlantic Division-leading Manchester Monarchs today at 5.

Albany 1 1 1 — 3

Springfield 0 0 0 — 0

First Period — 1, Albany, Pelley 6 (Larsson, Burlon), 9:30. Penalties — Collins, Spr (goaltender interference), :37.

Second Period — 2, Albany, Whitney 13 (Timmins), 18:52. Penalties — Parlett, Spr (checking to the head), 1:53.

Third Period — 3, Albany, Demkov 4 (Pelley, Helgeson), 6:14. Penalties — Goloubef, Spr (tripping), 8:45; Pesonen, Alb (tripping), 10:50; Machacek, Spr (tripping), 14:50.

Shots on goal — Albany 9-10-7 — 26. Springfield 6-6-9 — 21.

Power-play opportunities — Albany 0 of 3; Springfield 0 of 1.

Goalies — Albany, Wedgewood 7-6-1 (21 shots-21 saves). Springfield, Smith 16-5-2 (26-23).

A — 3,544. T — 2:19.

Referee — Dave Lewis. Linesmen — Chris Low, Robert St. Lawrence.

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