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WOLSKI AND WOYWITKA TO HARTFORD

New York RLeft wing Wojtek Wolski and defenseman Jeff Woywitka have accepted two-week conditioning assignments to join the Connecticut Whale according to reports throughout the New York media.

Both players are likely going to see a lot of ice time with the Whale as the Rangers will want them to get in game shape and at the same time showcase the two in an attempt to move both elsewhere. It’s become quite obvious that with the team playing as well as they are that with the team getting healthy again that neither player has a place in the team’s plans.

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WHALE DROWN IN COLD PORTLAND WATERS

Connecticut Whale     VERSUS      Portland

BY: Bob Crawford, Voice of the Connecticut Whale

The Connecticut Whale’s losing streak stretched to seven games Wednesday night, as they lost a 4-2 decision to the Portland Pirates at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

Connecticut (19-15-2-4, 44 pts.) did maintain first place in the Northeast Division despite the loss, remaining two points ahead of the Albany Devils, who lost 5-4 at home to the Norfolk Admirals.

Four different Pirates scored in the victory for Portland, Andy Miele had two assists, and Justin Pogge Pogge (7-5-3) made 22 saves.  Erik Christensen and Scott Tanski scored the Whale goals, and Kris Newbury assisted on both.

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GERNANDER: A LEADER ON AND OFF THE ICE

Connecticut-Whale_thumb1      VERSUS      Albany Devils

Ken Gernander coaches hockey the way that he played the game…with great attention to detail, a lot of emotion and a hockey sense and intelligence that few can match. The 2011-2012 Connecticut Whale have taken on that persona and are playing hockey night-in and night-out that way.

In Hartford on Tuesday night in the back end of two straight, Gernander’s team got two power play goal from Andre Deveaux, a goal and two assists from Kris Newbury and two helpers from rookie Jonathan Audy-Marchessault and despite not playing their best hockey came away with the win against the second place Albany Devils in front of an announced crowd, the second largest of the season, of 7,123.

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A DEVIL OF A WHALE DEAL

Connecticut WhaleOur good buddy Dave Romeiko is at it again. He has a great special for Howlings fans to come and see the Whale play on DECEMBER 27, 2011 7:00 P.M @ The XL Center .

Follow the information after the jump and take advantage…

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TWO MOVING UP TO AHL FROM ROAD WARRIORS

Connecticut WhaleJEFF PROUGH AND WES CUNNINGHAM PROMOTED TO AHL

The Greenville Road Warriors announced today that forward Jeff Prough and defenseman Wes Cunningham have been promoted to the American Hockey League.

Prough, 25, is making his third career trip to the AHL. Under contract to the Road Warriors’ affiliate, the Connecticut Whale, he was recalled from his loan to Greenville by the Whale. Prough ranks second on the Road Warriors in goals (12), assists (13) and points (25), and is tied for the league lead with seven power play goals. He is the reigning ECHL Player of the Month after posting 16 points (7G, 9A) in 11 games in November.

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WHALE EXORCIZE LOSING STREAK WITH WIN OVER DEVILS

Connecticut Whale     VERSUS      Albany Devils

BY: Mitch Beck

If Connecticut Whale head coach Ken Gernander had any hair, he’d probably be pulling it out about now. His team did win on the road Saturday night knocking off the Albany Devils 3-2 in a shootout in front of 3,006 at the Times Union Arena, but they came awfully close to repeating the ills that plague them blowing a lead, but in this case finding a way to win.

“It was little frustrating with the penalties in the third period,” Gernander told reporters afterwards. “But we battled through it and got the two points to finish off the week because it will set us up for next weekend with a long week of practice and rematches with St. John’s (in Newfoundland on Saturday and Sunday).”

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WHALE WEEKLY: October 17-23, 2011

Bob CrawfordBY: Bob Crawford, voice of the CT Whale

The Whale began last weekend’s action with the final tilt of a three-game, season opening road trip against the Albany Devils. Connecticut gathered another valuable point on the road despite losing, 3-2 in a shootout. Saturday saw the Whale host a home opener for the first time at the XL Center, drawing 8,832 fans that saw the Whale head to a shootout for the third consecutive game. Once again, the Whale gained a point but fell in the tie-breaker, 5-4, in the first meeting against their GEICO Connecticut Cup rivals this season.

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WHALE OUTSHOT IN SHOOTOUT

BY: Bruce Berlet

Talk about a game of inches.

For a second straight game, the Connecticut Whale had to go overtime plus in a shootout, but this time they came out on the short end after blowing a two-goal lead.

Matt Taormina scored the only goal of the shootout, his shot hitting off Whale goalie Chad Johnson and trickling over the goal line to give the Albany Devils a 3-2 victory before 2,318 at the Times Union Center.

“It was kind of a tough one,” said Johnson, who won a 1-0 shootout at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday. “I don’t really think he was shooting for that area. I think he was trying to go higher and just got it a little bit lower and just kind of hit my arm and snuck underneath me. I kind of knew it hit on a funny spot on my arm or down my leg, and when I looked back, it was across the line. Continue reading

WHALE WEEKLY: October 10-16, 2011

BY: Bob Crawford

The Whale split their first two games of the season during the year’s opening weekend, first falling to the Adirondack Phantoms, 6-3, on Saturday night despite Kris Newbury’s first Whale hat trick. Connecticut rebounded with a solid 1-0 shootout win over last year’s regular season champions, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, on Sunday night. Chad Johnson earned a shutout with 41 saves and Jonathan Audy-Marchessault recorded the shootout game-winner in just his second career professional game.

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BRUCE BERLET REPORTS – RYAN GORDON, A PART OF HARTFORD HOCKEY FOREVER

BY: Bruce Berlet

Phyllis and Barry Gordon thoroughly enjoyed the fourth edition of the Hartford Wolf Pack/Connecticut Whale game to benefit the Ryan Gordon/Connecticut Whale Community Scholars Fund, constantly smiling and sharing tales with friends and supporters.

Donations were accepted at the door of the Koeppel Community Sports Center on the campus of Trinity College in Hartford in lieu of an admission charge, and the Wallingford couple again rooted hard for a Whale victory. It ended with a 3-1 loss to the more experienced Albany Devils, but it was fitting that former Hartford Wolf Pack left wing Chad Wiseman scored the first goal, converting his own rebound on a power play, and assisted on the last tally by Darcy Zajac.

Regardless of the outcome, Phyllis and Barry had a special underlying thought Tuesday night.

“If only Ryan could have been here,” Phyllis said. “He would just love that the Whale was back.” Continue reading