Another thriller, another Albany Devils loss, but a big night for Boardwalk Hall.
The building’s biggest American Hockey League crowd of the season watched Albany lose 3-2 in a shootout to the Adirondack Phantoms on Sunday in Atlantic City.
This was the third of four games this season that the Devils will host at the historic building.
The Devils have lost all three, with two going to shootouts.
The majority of the announced crowd of 5,135 supported Adirondack, the AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Jason Akeson, Tye McGinn and Danny Syvret scored in the shootout for the Phantoms, and Cal Heeter stopped three of the four shots he faced. The only Devil to score in the shootout was Matt Anderson.
Akeson and Marcel Noebels scored in regulation for the Phantoms. Phil DeSimone and Jay Leach scored for the Devils, the AHL affiliate of the New Jersey Devils.
Adirondack features several players who have spent time with the Flyers. McGinn was one of the last cuts in training camp last week.
Andreas Lilja, Brandon Manning and Harry Zolnierczyk each played with the Flyers last season. Lilja and Manning each had one assist Sunday.
The Devils’ final game at the Hall this season is Feb. 24 against the Hershey Bears.
Albany’s previous games at the Hall were a 5-4 in a shootout loss to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in November and a 5-4 regulation loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers last Sunday. Those games drew 2,803 and 4,005, respectively.
State officials have said they hope large crowds at these games could entice the Devils, who had the AHL’s lowest attendance last season, to relocate to Atlantic City.