AHL Preview: Albany Devils Vs. Hershey Bears

Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

The Hershey Bears, minor league affiliate of the Washington Capitals take on the Albany Devils, minor league affiliate of the New Jersey Devils tonight at Giant Center. Tonight is the first of four contests between the two clubs, who both return to Giant center on December 29th, for the second game of the four game season series.

The Hershey Bears registered their third regulation loss of the season last night, falling to the Connecticut Whale 3-1. Bears defenseman, Dmitry Orlov registered the only goal for Hershey, coming on the power play in the third period. Defenseman Tomas Kundratek and forward Mattias Sjogren recorded the assists on Orlov’s goal. Dany Sabourin stopped 24 of the 26 shots that came his way in his third start of the season for the Bears.

The Devils defeated the Adirondack Phantoms last night 5-1, in part to a fine performance in goal by Jeff Frazee, recording 23 saves in his first win of the season. Adam Henrique, Jacob Josefson, Philip DeSimone, Darcy Zajac and Matt Anderson scored for Albany.

Washington Capitals’ young goalie, Braden Holtby will be in net for the Bears. Dany Sabourin will back up Holtby, following Philipp Grubauer’s assignment to the Reading Royals of the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League). Forwards Mattias Sjogren and Ryan Potulny will sit tonight’s game due to injury.

Albany will feature a lot of talent from the NHL, highlighted by forward Adam Henrique. Keith Kinkaid will likely start in goal for the Devils, but Jeff Frazee could get a shot for his second straight win.

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