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Devils crush Comets

Devils crush Comets

The Albany Devils pinned four goals on a pair of Utica goalies Friday night, beating the Comets, 8-3

The Albany Devils pinned four goals on a pair of Utica goalies Friday night, beating the Comets, 8-3, in the American Hockey League.

The final tally tied the franchise’s record for goals in a game.

Albany’s Joe Whitney scored twice and moved into second on the franchise’s all-time scoring list with 131 points. Stephen Gionta is the leader with 140 (58 goals, 82 assists). Whitney has 16 goals on the season and 57 in his career. The third-year man’s 74 career assists place him third on that list, behind Gionta and Matt Anderson (83).

Mike Sislo got a goal and an assist in his first game back in the AHL after a recall to New Jersey. Mattias Tedenby had a goal and an assist, pushing his total to six goals and three assists in eight games with Albany this season. Kelly Zajac also had a goal and an assist, his goal giving Albany an 8-2 lead at 17:06 in the third period.

Defensemen Seth Helgeson and Corbin McPherson both turned in a plus-four rating on the night for Albany (22-11-3-2). Keith Kinkaid, a Union College product, made 31 saves for his 15th win of the season.

Utica (11-20-2-3) got 16 saves from starter Mathieu Corbeil on 20 shots. Joe Cannata replaced him, and stopped nine of 13 shots.

The Devils will play in Glens Falls tonight against the Adirondack Phantoms at 7.

Albany 2 4 2 — 8

Utica 1 0 2 — 3

First Period — 1, Albany, Sislo 10 (Sestito, Scarlett), 11:04. 2, Utica, Ferriero 11 (Corrado, Pelletier), 15:18. 3, Albany, Tedenby 6 (K. Zajac, McPherson), 18:52. Penalties — None.

Second Period — 4, Albany, Whitney 15, 4:49. 5, Albany, Hoeffel 6 (McKelvie), 5:59. 6, Albany, Pesonen 7 (McKelvie), 14:58. 7, Albany, Pelley 7 (Sislo), 18:47. Penalties — None.

Third Period — 8, Albany, Whitney 16 (Matteau), 1:03. 9, Utica, Grenier 12 (Pelletier, Archibald), 10:01. 10, Albany, K. Zajac 5 (Demkov, Tedenby), 17:06. 11, Utica, DeFazio 4 (Friesen, Kennedy), 18:42. Penalties — Sestito, Alb (hooking), 5:45; Helgeson, Alb, minor-major (cross-checking, fighting), 19:37; Archibald, Uti, minor-major-misconduct (instigating, fighting), 19:37.

Missed penalty shot — Grenier, Uti (3:14 first).

Shots on goal — Albany 15-11-7 — 31. Utica 12-8-14 — 34.

Power-play opportunities — Albany 0 of 0; Utica 0 of 1.

Goalies — Albany, Kinkaid 15-7-1 (34 shots-31 saves). Utica, Corbeil 0-1-1 (20-16), Cannata (13-9).

A — 3,815. T — 2:32.

Referee — Kendrick Nicholson. Linesmen — Tim Kotyra, Francis Trempe.

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