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UPDATE: B-Devils debate goalies ahead of home opener

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- The Binghamton Devils held media day at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena on Tuesday. With rosters expected to be finalized in the next couple days, the goalie debate continued.

Scott Wedgewood, Mackenzie Blackwood and Ken Appleby are the three goalies currently on the B-Devils roster. One will be sent down to the ECHL in the next 48 hours.

Wedgewood does have NHL experience and says he is finally back to full strength.

"I'm ten [out of ten]," said Wedgewood. "I'm ready to go. Ten months off since my last hockey game. That was in preseason, September 18. I got hurt [in Binghamton] November 18. Obviously it's the start of a new year. It's been a while for everybody, but ten months since a regular season hockey game is a long time."

"Last year was a real tough one because the year before, even though he got injured late, he was able to play, play for us in the playoff run," said B-Devils head coach Rick Kowalsky. "Got games in the NHL. His confidence was through the roof, and then he actually got hurt in [Binghamton]."

Wedgewood is expected to be the go-to in net after suffering a high ankle sprain, torn interior and exterior labrum, as well as a torn capsule over the course of the last two years.


BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Following a short preseason slate, which featured just two games - both against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins - the B-Devils now must figure out their roster ahead of Saturday's home opener.

As of Monday, Binghamton has three netminders on its roster: Scott Wedgewood, Ken Appleby and Mackenzie Blackwood.

Last year, Wedgewood was the go-to up in Albany before dealing with injury. The Brampton, Ontario native started Friday night in the B-Devils 6-2 loss on the road against the Pens. Wedgewood gave up all six goals, stopping 24 of the 30 shots he faced. Wedgewood played in 10 games with Albany last year, posting a 2.18 GAA.

In Sunday's game at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Mackenzie Blackwood started between the pipes. He swatted away 25 of the 26 shots he faced, helping the B-Devils pick up a 3-1 win over the Pens. The Thunder Bay, Ontario native played in 36 games last season for Albany, posting a 2.55 GAA and three shutouts.

So, some tough decisions are in store this coming week for the New Jersey Devils, as well as Binghamton head coach Rick Kowalsky and his B-Devils.

"Honestly, [Ken] Appleby and [Mackenzie Blackwood] split last year because of the Wedgewood injury," said Kowalsky following Sunday's win. "A year ago, Wedgewood was the clear-cut number one, and certainly played more games in the American League and has more experience, so they're making our decision tough, which is what you want, and we'll continue to consult with the people that have seen them play and come to a decision later on in the week."

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