Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Adirondack Phantoms 1 at Albany Devils 4 (AHL) - October 14, 2013

There are a few ways to drive into New York City without paying a toll, including coming from the north along the Taconic State Parkway to I-87 into the Bronx, from where you can use the 3rd Avenue Bridge to get onto the FDR Drive and motor down the east side of Manhattan. Avoiding tolls is one of the goals of this trip, so I wanted to find a way to get from Buffalo to the route described above, and found that I-86 and I-88 into Albany was the best way. Of course, the AHL helped make this decision easier by scheduling an afternoon game with the Devils hosting the Adirondack Phantoms. It was Columbus Day, which is one of those funny holidays when government employees get the day off, but those in the private sector do not.

I drove to downtown Albany and parked the car on the street. Parking was not free unfortunately, despite this holiday. I certainly expected more fans in attendance, but there were perhaps a thousand at most in the venue, with attendance announced at a very neat 2,222.

Of course, this made the concourses very easy to navigate, but food options were pretty boring, so I did not eat.

With so few fans, there no atmosphere, but the Devils still played well. The highlight of the first period was a cracked pane of glass that necessitated a five-minute delay.

Leading 1-0, Albany was shorthanded when Tim Sestito stole the puck and broke in alone. He was hooked from behind and thus awarded a penalty shot, which he converted by beating Phantom keeper Yann Danis stick side (below). It turned out to be the game-winning goal in a penalty-filled affair.

Albany started Scott Wedgewood (below), making his first appearance of the young season. He was solid, stopping 24 of 25 as Albany cruised to a forgettable 4-1 decision, with Sestito adding another goal to clinch the game.

Yes, I stayed to the end!


Danis (above making a glove save) was the backup in the last AHL game I saw, when he was playing for Oklahoma City (Edmonton's farm team). He has never stuck in the NHL despite some decent numbers, including a shutout in his first NHL game. Given the problems some teams have had with goalkeeping, it surprises me he never got a chance, but maybe Philadelphia will give him one last shot.



1 comment:

  1. Phantoms have a great logo. Maybe I'll see you again at the end of your NFL trip. We'll see how the sporting events line up. Enjoy the rest of your journey.