BY: Brian Ring
The Connecticut Whale defeated the Worcester Sharks, 3-2, in their preseason finale Sunday afternoon at Champions Skating Center in Cromwell, Conn.
Scott Tanski, T.J. Fast and Chris McKelvie all scored for the Whale, who improved to 2-2 in exhibition games this season. The game provided a final look for the Whale coaching staff as they evaluate players headed into a week where final cuts will be made in the New York Rangers organization.
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged AHL, Ben Guite, Cam Talbot, Chris McKelvie, Connecticut, Connecticut Whale, Kelsey Tessier, Ken Gernander, Scott Tanski, T.J. Fast, Taylor Doherty, Whale, Worcester Sharks, XL Center
If “the wheels on the bus go round-and-round” as the children’s song goes, then the wheels on the Connecticut Whale bus have gone flat and Head Coach Ken Gernander and his staff are running out of time to get the bus moving again as the Whale dropped their fourth straight for the second time this season with a 6-2 shellacking by the Springfield Falcons Saturday night.
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, Hockey, NHL, Sports
Tagged Ben Guite, Cam Atkinson, Cam Talbot, Connecticut Whale, David Savard, Jeremy Williams, Kelsey Tessier, Ken Gernander, Kirk MacDonald, Kris Newbury, Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers, Springfield Falcons, Steven Goertzen, Trevor Frischmon
The Whale (38-28-2-6, 84 pts.) split four games over the past week, winning two out of three home games before falling in the weekend’s finale at Providence. Connecticut came from behind to defeat Springfield, 3-2, on Wednesday in Hartford, before rallying late to beat Charlotte, in a shootout, in an instant-classic on Friday, also 3-2. The Whale were then defeated by the Sound Tigers, 5-1, in Saturday’s GEICO Connecticut Cup action at the XL Center, later dropping a 4-2 road decision to the Bruins to close out the week on Sunday. Derek Couture scored four times during the week’s action, while winger Tommy Grant recorded his first two professional points with a pair of assists on Sunday, his pro debut.
Posted in AHL, Charlotte Checkers, Connecticut Whale, ECHL, Hockey, NHL, Sports
Tagged AHL, Atlantic Division, Ben Guite, Charlotte Checkers, Connecticut Whale, David Savard, Gordie Howe, Kirk MacDonald, MassMutual Center, Tommy Grant, Trent Whitfield, Whale, XL Center, Zach Hamill
The Whale (36-26-2-6, 80 pts.) improved to a season-best ten games over .500 by sweeping last week’s action with a perfect three-game slate. The Whale defeated the Manchester Monarchs, 1-0, on the road Friday night, before returning to the XL Center for a pair of weekend games with Providence and Springfield. Connecticut defeated the Bruins in an epic eight-round shootout Saturday for a 4-3 victory, before finishing their week with a rousing 3-1 win over the Falcons on Sunday afternoon. Dov Grumet-Morris earned two wins on the weekend, including his first Whale shutout on Friday, with Kris Newbury netting the only goal of the game. Francis Lemieux recorded the shootout-winning goal Saturday, and Dale Weise also contributed a game-winning tally in Sunday’s triumph over Springfield.
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged AHL, Ben Guite, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Charlotte Checkers, Connecticut Whale, Dov Grumet-Morris, Gordie Howe, Providence Bruins, Springfield Falcons, XL Center
SECOND-PERIOD SURGE LEADS FALCONS OVER CHECKERS
Dalpe records career-high four points
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Springfield Falcons used five second-period goals to beat the Charlotte Checkers, 6-5, in front of more than 10,300 fans at Time Warner Cable Arena on Friday evening.
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Tagged AHL, Ben Guite, Charlotte Checkers, David LeNeveu, Maksim Mayorov, Oskar Osala, Springfield Falcons, Time Warner Cable Arena, Zach Boychuk