There are a multitude of ways to lose in any sporting event, and the Connecticut Whale have certainly explored many of them this season, but Saturday night’s 2-0 loss to the Springfield Falcons at the MassMutual Center in front of 5,003 was in no small part due to some of the most bizarre officiating certainly of the season and possibly longer than that.
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There is something about the entire New York Rangers organization in 2011-2012…they just seem to dialed in to winning…even when they’re losing.
In New York, the Rangers are tops in the Eastern Conference and are three points behind the President’s Trophy leading Detroit Red Wings. The Rangers have four games in hand.
In Greenville of the ECHL, the Road Warriors are fifth overall in their conference and just five points out of the top spot in their conference and are 6-3-0-1 in their last ten games.
The late, great Gilda Radner’s character, “Roseanne Rosannadannna” used to say to great laughs, “If it’s not one thing, it’s another…” Those words rang very true Saturday night for the Connecticut Whale, but nobody was laughing as the New York Rangers’ top farm team dropped a 2-1 decision and lost their eleventh straight (0-6-3-2) to the Springfield Falcons before the season’s second largest crowd of 11,181.
After struggling to maintain discipline by taking foolish and avoidable penalties the night before against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton that left them shorthanded seven times, they played more cautiously Saturday and were only shorthanded twice. But somehow along with the penalties went the passion as they played very uninspired hockey for two periods before finding the right balance between aggressive and overly aggressive with a strong sense of urgency in their play for the third period. As it turned out though, it was a matter of, “too little, too late” mixed with a a costly mistake and finished off by a generous portion of excellent goaltending by the Falcons’ Paul Dainton (4-2-0, 24 saves) that would do them in. Continue reading
In 1945, Ray Milland starred in a film called, “The Lost Weekend” about an alcoholic trying to get a hold of his issues only to succumb to a four-day bender where all of the issues that were plaguing him rise to the surface. In many ways, the Connecticut Whale have been flirting with disaster since early December. However, over these past four games, starting with Monday night’s game in Portland with the Pirates, through the loss in Binghamton Friday to the Senators and now back-to-back defeats Saturday and including Sunday’s 4-2 loss to the Springfield Falcons would certainly qualify at very least as a wake-up call that some sort of a hockey equivalent to a Twelve Step Program is necessary.
Congratulations to Connecticut Whale forwards Jonathan Audy-Marchessault and Mats Zuccarello on being named Wednesday to the Eastern Conference team for the AHL All-Star Classic on Jan. 29-30 in Atlantic City, N.J.
Audy-Marchessault, a rookie who has performed well at center and wing after originally being signed for Greenville of the ECHL, is second on the Northeast Division-leading Whale in scoring with 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists) despite going pointless in his first five pro games. He’s one point behind veteran center Kris Newbury (13 goals, 18 assists), who has missed five games while with the parent New York Rangers and four because of a suspension.
ROSTERS ANNOUNCED FOR 2012 AHL ALL-STAR CLASSIC
BY: Jason Chaimovitch, AHL VP of Communications
BY: Bob Crawford, Voice of the Connecticut Whale
The Whale finished out their run of five games in eight nights by going 1-1-1-0 in three games over the holiday weekend, including two on the road. Connecticut was foiled Friday in Worcester, as they lost 4-3 to the Sharks, but then rolled to a 5-2 home victory over the Springfield Falcons in Saturday night’s New Year’s Eve match-up. On Monday, the Whale traveled for the first time this season to Portland, where they were defeated in overtime by the Pirates, 5-4. Kris Newbury, last week’s Reebok/AHL Player of the Week, has run his Whale season-high point streak to eight games, in which he has tallied four goals and eleven assists. The Whale currently sit in first place in the Northeast Division, seven points ahead of second-place Adirondack.
Both I-91 rivals are a mix of veteran and young talent, but after scoring four unanswered goals over the last two periods, the Connecticut Whale showed how they have managed to hold onto first palace in the Northeast Division while the Springfield Falcons struggle to remain out of the division basement with a chemistry-led and convincing 5-2 win over in front of 5,448 at the XL Center on the last game of 2011.
Despite having strong talent like goaltender Manny Legace, AHL All-Star Martin St. Pierre, veteran Adam Mair, left winger Matt Calvert, ex-Wolf Pack captain Dane Byers and future AHL Hall-of-Famer Alexandre Giroux and young talent like Cam Atkinson and Tomas Kubalik the Falcons just seem adrift on the ice as they have lost all five games against the Whale this season.
For the Whale, Francois Bouchard, the game’s First Star, had a break-out game pacing the Whale with three assists. Kris Newbury extended his points scoring streak to seven games with two goals and Pavel Valentenko, quickly moving up the depth chart, had a goal and a helper, including what proved to be the game-winner for the Whale.
The New York Rangers placed veteran left wing Sean Avery on waivers for a second time Friday.
Avery was scratched for the 10th consecutive game Friday night at Florida against the surprising Southeast Division-leading Panthers and first-year coach Kevin Dineen, the former Hartford Whalers standout right wing and captain. Avery last played Dec. 10 in a 4-1 victory at Buffalo, his 15th game after playing two games with the Whale. He scored a clinching empty-net goal in a 4-2 victory at Adirondack on Oct. 28, had the deciding shootout goal in a 3-2 win at Worcester the next night and was recalled from the Whale and passed through re-entry waivers on Nov. 1.
Cam Atkinson could be the Tim Tebow of hockey.
Virtually all Atkinson has ever heard about are his shortcomings (pardon the pun) rather than the big things that he has to offer, like speed, soft hands and a good shot.
But like the much-maligned Denver Broncos quarterback, Atkinson has been a winner everywhere he has gone, from three New England Prep School Championships at Avon Old Farms — where doctors said he would never play again because of a severe leg injury in his freshman year — to a NCAA Division I title in his second of three seasons at Boston College.