BINGHAMTON (WBNG) - 26 saves from Mackenzie Blackwood helped the Binghamton Devils hold off Bridgeport in the B-Devils inaugural season opener Saturday night. Before the team hit the road for Laval, 12 Sports Director Larry Burneal catch up with B-Devils head coach Rick Kowalsky for the latest edition of B-Devils Sit-down.
On his first impression of the hometown Binghamton crowd Saturday night:
"It was great," said Binghamton Devils head coach Rick Kowalsky. "It was pretty much a full house but more so than that, it was loud. That's what we were hoping for. I know the front office has put a lot of work in ever since the announcement and the unveiling of the jersey in the summer. I think everyone has been excited and there's been a lot of build up. I was glad we were able to get a win and play well in front of the home crowd, and they certainly supported us well. It was a lot of fun."
On if Blackwood earned the lion's share of the starts in net after Saturday's performance:
"We're comfortable with both guys," said Kowalsky. "To be honest with you, we weren't sure of what we were doing until later in the week. Scott Wedgewood is a veteran guy who has been around a little bit, but had some injury troubles and we're comfortable with both guys. There's no question that if one clearly kind of takes the bull by the horns here, he's going to take the majority of the starts. It's tough to start the season with one game and have to sit on it because you'd like to get them both (in). So whoever you don't play has to wait two weeks to get a game in and both of them didn't play a ton in exhibition other than a game, game and a half. So (Blackwood) certainly was exceptional. He did a good job. He made some real key saves for us, but we'll continue to use both goaltenders and see how this plays out."
On what he expects when the B-Devils visit Laval on Friday and Saturday night:
"Well, I've heard some good things," said Kowalsky. "We watched some of the pre-scout, it's been a good crowd. It's a historic building that they've renovated. Quebec is arguably one of the most passionate Providences in Ontario when it comes to hockey. Laval is just a little suburb of Montreal, so obviously they are going to get the support of Canadians fans there as well. And like I said, their passion for the game is unmatched."
The B-Devils play the Laval Rocket on Friday and Saturday night in Quebec.