Sestito sent back down to minors by New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. — Rome native and New Jersey Devils player Tim Sestito has been sent down to the NHL club’s American Hockey League affiliate in Albany along with teammate Jacob Josefson.

The 27-year-old Sestito played in 18 games with New Jersey averaged about 10 minutes of ice time. He was called up on Nov. 23 and took six shots on net during his latest stint in the NHL.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound center returns with the Albany Devils, with whom he has posted two goals and an assist in 12 games at the AHL level this season.

Sestito played in 36 games with the NHL club last year and finished with two assists, and played in nine games during the 2009-10 season and had one assist.

New Jersey is third in the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division standings with a 23-17-2 record, while the Albany Devils are currently in second place in the Northeast Division with a 16-13-5 overall mark.

Tim’s younger brother, Tom, has been excelling at the AHL level with the Adirondack Phantoms, which is an affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers organization.

In 28 games with the Phantoms, he has eight goals and six assists for 14 points with 110 penalty minutes. The 25-year-old 6-5, 228-pound left winger played in three games at the NHL level with the Flyers earlier this season and had two shots on net with 15 penalty minutes.