Category Archives: Connecticut Whalers


Connecticut-Whale_thumb_thumb_thumb_       VERSUS      Bridgeport

(We apologize as we’re unavailable for our normal direct CTWhale coverage for the next couple of games due to scheduling conflicts…)

Brian-Ring_thumbBY: Brian Ring

The Connecticut Whale were defeated by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 4-3 in overtime, Sunday afternoon at the Webster Bank Arena. Matt Donovan scored the game-winning goal for Bridgeport with two seconds left in overtime with the Sound Tigers on the power-play.

Andre Deveaux, Mike Vernace and Tommy Grant each scored for Connecticut.

“It’s obviously getting a little redundant, pretty frustrating to come in after games and say your margin of error is going to be so slim and they’re going to be one-goal games, you’ve got to do a little better job securing the puck,” said Whale head coach Ken Gernander.

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Ray Schmitt

BY: Ray Schmitt, Voice of the Greenville Road Warriors

The Greenville Road Warriors announced today that they have received goaltender Nic Riopel as well as defensemen Lee Baldwin and Cullen Eddy from their respective teams in the American Hockey League.

Riopel was released from his professional try out agreement by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on January 18 and has returned to the Road Warriors. He was originally loaned to Bridgeport on December 26 and returned to Greenville briefly to play in the Road Warriors’ home game on December 29 before re-joining the Sound Tigers the next day. Riopel served as the back up goaltender for the entirety of his call-up to Bridgeport. He is in his second season with Greenville and has compiled an 11-4-1 record in 16 appearances.

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Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

Friday night wasn’t exactly what former Hartford Wolf Pack goalie Al Montoya and AHL Hall of Famer Bruce Boudreau had in mind, but it did have some redeeming value.

Montoya played his first game in the building where he watched games as a kid and stood for the spine-tingling national anthem as a Chicago Blackhawks fan. The New York Rangers’ first-round pick (sixth overall) in 2004, who played 119 games for the Wolf Pack in 2005-08, had several chances to get an emotional win before Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, who scored shorthanded in the second period, had the only goal in a shootout to beat the New York Islanders, 5-4.

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BY: Bruce Berlet

The Connecticut Whale had quite an addition at their pregame skate Friday morning, but unfortunately he isn’t likely to be playing any time soon.

New York Rangers All-Star defenseman Marc Staal worked out with the Whale at Champions Skating Center in Cromwell looking like a slimmed-down Santa Claus in his bright red “Please Do Not Touch” uniform.

“I’m the man in the big red suit,” the 6-foot-4, 203-pound Staal said with a chuckle.

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SONY DSCPucky, the iconic mascot of the Connecticut Whale appeared Tuesday afternoon at the Bolton Ice Palace in Bolton, CT to take part in assisting with the Connecticut Whale Community Foundation to make the lives of some area children just a bit better.

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bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

The New York Rangers’ Summer of Success continued Thursday on several fronts.

The Rangers again averted often contentious salary arbitration, and this time it was with former Hartford Wolf Pack forward Brandon Dubinsky, their leading scorer last season.

Before a scheduled arbitration hearing in Toronto, Dubinsky signed a four-year, $16.8 million contract, leaving former Wolf Pack linemate Ryan Callahan as the only restricted free agent still to be signed. The Rangers hope to get a deal done with one of their alternate captains and expected successor to bought-out Trumbull native Chris Drury as captain before his scheduled arbitration hearing next Thursday.

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Blueshirts select 4 forwards and 2 defensemen

New York, June 25, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather, along with Director of Player Personnel, Gordie Clark, oversaw the club’s activity in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.  The club, which held six picks in the draft, selected four forwards and two defensemen.

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Here are your NHL and AHL playoff schedules for the team’s we’re covering on Howlings:

First is the schedule for the New York Rangers playoff series with the Washington Capitals:

New York Rangers VERSUS Washington


Game 1: at D.C., Wednesday, 7:30, MSG, Versus.
Game 2: at D.C., Friday, 7:30.
Game 3: at MSG, Sunday, 3 p.m.
Game 4: at MSG, Wednesday, April 20, 7 p.m.
Game 5: at D.C., Saturday, April 23, 3 p.m.
Game 6: at MSG, Monday, April 25, TBD.
Game 7: at D.C., Wednesday, April 27, TBD.

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Rangers Chase Centered 4CWith Marian Gaborik getting concussed today, General Manager Glenn Sather has decided upon recalling Kris Newbury to replace him for the time being.

With Newbury up with the Rangers, obviously he will not play in Monday afternoon’s tilt with the Portland Pirates.

Here’s the release:

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FROM THE CREASE with Bruce Berlet

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

EAST HARTFORD, CT – Jim Hartnett called it his “Unlucky Number 7” project.

But a Herculean effort of countless hours of overtime and dedication the past three snow-filled weeks have kept the historic “ Whalers Hockey Fest 2011” close to on schedule.

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