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BY: Brian Ring
Hartford, CT, March 30, 2012 – The Connecticut Whale were defeated by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 3-0, Friday night at the XL Center. Penguins goaltender Scott Munroe blanked the Whale with a 32-save performance, the fourth-straight defeat for the Whale (0-3-1-0).
The Penguins would strike fast and furious in the first period, tallying three goals in a span of 2:12 to get the jump on the Whale for good.
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, CTWhale, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged AHL, Cameron Talbot, Connecticut, Connecticut Whale, CTWhale, Ken Gernander, Scott Munroe, Whale, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, XL Center
BY: Bruce Berlet
One of the Beatles’ most famous songs in a litany of platinum recordings was entitled “The Long and Winding Road.”
The creation of songwriters Paul McCartney and the late John Lennon was released 16 years before Chad Kolarik was even born, but the Connecticut Whale wing can certainly relate.
The 26-year-old Kolarik skated with the Whale on Tuesday for the first time since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in New York Rangers training camp Sept. 20. Kolarik had surgery Oct. 5 and then began that long and winding road back with intensive rehabilitation under the guidance of Whale athletic trainer Damien Hess and strength and conditioning coach/trainer Mark Cesari.
Kolarik also received a very helping hand from college sweetheart Kylee Botterman, a gymnastics star at the University of Michigan whom he married in July during an upbeat offseason in which he also signed a new contract with the Rangers after a promising four games on Broadway and getting 17 goals and 14 assists in 36 games with the Whale after being acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets for former Hartford Wolf Pack captain Dane Byers.
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, CTWhale, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged AHL, Cameron Talbot, Chad Kolarik, Columbus Blue Jackets, Connecticut Whale, Craig Weller, Damien Hess, John Tortorella, Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Ken Gernander, New York Ranger, Wade Redden, Whale, XL Center
BY: Ray Schmitt, Voice of the Greenville Road Warriors
The Greenville Road Warriors announced today that they have received goaltender Jason Missiaen and defenseman Benn Olson from the American Hockey League.
Missiaen, 21, has been reassigned to the Road Warriors by the New York Rangers from the AHL’s Connecticut Whale. The rookie goaltender returns to Greenville after backing up Cameron Talbot for two games on February 18 and 19. Missiaen has appeared in more games than any other Road Warriors goalie this season, 26, and is tied for the team lead in wins with a 13-10-2 record. The 6-8, 200-pound netminder is also tied for second in the ECHL with three shutouts this season. A former fourth-round draft pick of the Montreal Canadiens, Missiaen was signed to an NHL contract by the Rangers last March.
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, CTWhale, ECHL, Greenville Road Warriors, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged "Pink in the Rink", American Hockey League, Benn Olson, BI-LO Center, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Cameron Talbot, Connecticut Whale, CTWhale, ECHL, Greenville Road Warriors, Jason Missiaen, Mary Kay, Mary Kay Foundation, Road Warrior