Scott Stuccio references the Albany Devils as the best, quietest team in the AHL. A team well out of contention for the top spot in the North Division, but running away with the second seed describes the Devils soundly.
The Albany Devils traveled to Chocolatetown to battle the Hershey Bears, in a night we celebrate the legendary career of President and General Manager Doug Yingst.
With 10:30 left in the opening period, Travis Boyd finished a tap-tap passing play in the slot. Boyd finished a feed from Jakub Vrana, last night’s overtime hero, and tallied the period’s lone goal.
Dan Ellis stopped all seven Albany shots he faced in the first.
The back and forth pace picked up into the middle period. 2:14 in, Corbin McPherson roofed a shot to the top corner past Dan Ellis, tying the game at 1-1. 6:22 later, Chandler Stephenson sent a Kuznetsov-like, behind the back pass from the trapezoid to Riley Barber. With Ken Appleby looking to his left, Riley Barber stuffed a shot short-side to Appleby’s left.
Hershey’s second lead of the night lasted less than a minute, courtesy of Albany’s Jim O’Brien. From the low slot, O’Brien placed a perfect deflection low to the ice off a Reece Scarlett feed. The 2-2 gridlock carried into second intermission.
Both clubs exchanged six more shots on goal in the final period of regulation, all turned aside by Ellis and Appleby. An eventful sudden death overtime concluded, leading to the skills competition. Riley Barber scored the game-winning shootout goal in the top of the fifth round, followed by a game-winning stop by Ellis.
A 3-2 shootout victory for the Hershey Bears combined with a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins loss to Providence put the Bears back in soul possession of first in the Atlantic.
An appropriate ending to a night where we honor a great in the hockey circuit.
Many thanks, Doug.
Submitted by Matt Trust