(We apologize as we’re unavailable for our normal direct CTWhale coverage for the next couple of games due to scheduling conflicts…)
BY: Brian Ring
The Connecticut Whale were defeated by the Providence Bruins, 3-2, Saturday night at the XL Center before a crowd of 5,794. Craig Cunningham had a goal and an assist and Josh Hennessy had two assists to lead the Bruins in scoring, with Zach Trotman providing the game-winner.
Jonathan Audy-Marchessault and Kris Newbury both scored and had an assist for Connecticut, which lost its fourth straight game to the Bruins.
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, CTWhale, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged Anton Khudobin, Chad Johnson, Connecticut Whale, CTWhale, Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Ken Gernander, Kris Newbury, Providence Bruins, Wade Redden, Whale, XL Center, Zach Trotman
Sunday afternoon in Providence the Connecticut Whale could not find an answer for Carter Camper who’s hat-trick sealing third goal sunk the New York Rangers’ AHL affiliate 4-3 at the Dunkin Donuts Center in front of a raucous crowd of 10,951.
After Kelsey Tessier lifted the Whale out of a second period daze with a dramatic goal to erase what was a two-goal deficit and knot the score at three just 1:55 into the third period. The Whale picked up their game and kept pushing for more, but Camper, a Rocky River, OH native, followed up a Calle Ridderwall rebound off the chest of Cam Talbot (11-12-0, 35 saves) and backhanded it into the net for the game winner.
“We got that big one in the third (from Tessier),” Connecticut head coach Ken Gernander told the Whale’s Brian Ring after the game. “I thought things were moving in the right direction and they got that quick one and it’s hard to come back on the road when the other team is given the lead like that.”
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, CTWhale, ECHL, Greenville Road Warriors, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged AHL, Andre Deveaux, Anton Khudobin, Bruin, Cam Talbot, Carter Camper, Casey Wellman, Chris McKelvie, Connecticut Whale, CTWhale, Dunkin Donuts Center, Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Kelsey Tessier, Ken Gernander, Kris Newbury, Mats Zuccarello, P-Bruins, Providence Bruins, Talbot, Tim Erixon, Wade Redden, Whale
BY: Bruce Berlet
Kelsey Tessier prides himself in being a responsible two-way player with lots of grit and a penchant for doing little things such as finishing checks and getting up the opposition’s skin, a major reason he received the Seventh Player/Unsung Hero Award from the media as a rookie pro last season.
In his second pro go-around in Hartford, Tessier has again added a third major quality, mentor to two more of the smallest players on the Connecticut Whale. Just as he did with the Quebec Remparts, Tessier has been a kind of a guidance counselor to rookie forwards Ryan Bourque and Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, former teammates in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League who share an apartment in downtown Hartford a few floors from Tessier.
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged AHL, American Hockey League, Anton Khudobin, Connecticut Whale, Hershey Bears, John Tortorella, Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Kelsey Tessier, Ken Gernander, New York Rangers, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Quebec Remparts, Ryan Bourque, Tessier, United States, XL Center
There’s an old saying when it comes to sports, “There’s a reason it’s the minor leagues.” For the Connecticut Whale, 3-2 losers to the Providence Bruins at the Dunkin Donuts Center Sunday evening, the reason is simple – streaky inconsistency.
All season long the Whale have been winning in bunches, with five, four and three game winning streaks. Prior to Sunday’s defeat they’d lost two games in a row four times, lost four-of-five once and now they have their second three-of-their last-four streak.
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged Anton Khudobin, Connecticut Whale, Craig Cunningham, Dunkin Donuts Center, Kelsey Tessier, Ken Gernander, Kirk MacDonald, Lane MacDermid, New York Ranger, Providence Bruins, Stu Bickel, Whale
Say what you will about the 2011-2012 version of the Connecticut Whale, but this is a team of character. They find ways to win late; they find ways to win games early, they can win games ugly and they can win games like they did Friday night when they visited the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island and in front of a good crowd of 7,352 just beat up the last place Bruins 4-1 with a total team effort from the net on out.
Chad Johnson, (28 saves, 7-3-2) was the games first star making several strong stops and only a shot that he had no chance on, a short-handed Zach Hamill third period goal was able to get by him.
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged AHL, Andrew Bodnarchuk, Anton Khudobin, Carl Hagelin, Chad Johnson, Connecticut Whale, Dunkin Donuts Center, Jared Nightingale, John Mitchell, Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Jordan Owens, Justin DiBenedetto, Ken Gernander, Kris Newbury, MassMutual Center, Mats Zuccarello, Providence Bruins, Scott Tanski, Tommy Grant, Wade Redden, Whale, Zach Hamill, Zach McKelvie
Maybe having a lead entering the third period is a bad thing for this year’s edition of the Connecticut Whale. They’ve had a lead at some point in each of the previous sixteen games coming into the Dunkin Donuts Center Sunday afternoon for a battle with the Providence Bruins. The Whale have squandered those leads to the tune of seven losses. However in this contest, the Whale never led; well not until John Mitchell and Carl Hagelin scored in the shootout capping an improbable comeback from a two-goal, third period deficit to give the Whale the 3-2 win.
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, ECHL, Greenville Road Warriors, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged AHL, Andreas Thuresson, Anton Khudobin, Brendan Bell, Bruin, Cam Talbot, Connecticut Whale, Jaime Tardif, Ken Gernander, Providence Bruins, Whale, Zach Hamill
There’s a reason that Ken Gernander was the most popular player in Hartford Wolf Pack history. The ingredient that made him that, is what has made him the winningest coach in franchise history as well. Gernander is an honest, no-nonsense straight-shooter.
A stretch of four games in five days that included a highly emotional win Friday and a very physical game Saturday finally caught up with them as the Whale dropped a 4-2 decision to a Providence Bruins team looking to stave off playoff elimination in front of 8,405 at the Dunkin Donuts Center Sunday afternoon.
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, Hockey, NHL, Sports
Tagged AHL, Anton Khudobin, Boston Bruins, Connecticut Whale, David Ling, Derek Couture, Dov Grumet-Morris, Dunkin Donuts Center, Ken Gernander, Kirk MacDonald, Lane MacDermid, Providence Bruins, Tommy Grant, Trent Whitfield
Playing on ice that more closely resembled a Coney Island sno-cone than an American League hockey rink, the Connecticut Whale overcame a two goal deficit and came back to beat the Providence Bruins 4-3 in a shootout at the XL Center in front of 9,103 Saturday night.
THREE UNANSWERED GOALS LIFT BRUINS OVER CHECKERS
Whitfield’s two tallies lead Providence to 4-2 victory
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After falling behind 2-1 in the second period, the Providence Bruins scored three unanswered goals to defeat the Charlotte Checkers, 4-2, at Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Posted in AHL, Carolina Hurricanes, Charlotte Checkers, Hockey, Sports
Tagged AHL, Anton Khudobin, Charlotte Checkers, Lane MacDermid, Providence Bruins, Riley Nash, Trent Whitfield, Zach Boychuk, Zack Fitzgerald