After watching the Connecticut Whale work through 65 minutes of scoreless, defensive hockey and then score three times out of four in the shoot-out for a 1-0 victory over the Wilkes-Barre-Scranton Penguins Sunday night, the only way to describe it, especially this early in the hockey season is to notice that this group of young men have “guts.”
In fact after watching the contest before 4,133 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza what came to mind was the film “Airplane II” and the late great Lloyd Bridges character, Steve McCroskey. To paraphrase his line in the film, he says drunkenly, “Gentlemen, I don’t find it easy to talk at a time like this, but I got to say something about (Those guys out) there, and I can sum it all up in just one word: courage…dedication, daring, pride, pluck, spirit, grit, mettle, and G-U-T-S, *guts*. Why, (The Connecticut Whale bench’s) got more guts in (their collective) little finger(s) than most of us have in our large intestine, including the colon.”
All joking aside, it was that kind of a game. Chad Johnson made his first start of the 2011-2012 season with one of his best performances in quite a long time with a masterpiece from start-to-finish. Not only did he keep the puck out of the Whale net, he was dominant in stopping three-of-five Penguin shooters which allowed his teammates the ability to focus on their jobs and they came through with three of four scoring goals in the skills competition giving the Rangers’ top affiliate got their first win of the season. Continue reading
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Tagged Bryan Lerg, Chad Johnson, Colin McDonald, Connecticut Whale, John Mitchell, Johnson, Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Kris Newbury, Mohegan Sun Arena, Pittsburgh Penguins, Scott Munroe, Simon Després, Whale, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
BY: Bruce Berlet
Colin McDonald didn’t hide his feelings – and didn’t want to, either.
After scoring an AHL-leading 42 goals with the Oklahoma City Barons last season, the Wethersfield native felt slighted when the Edmonton Oilers made an offer he could easily refuse. Then McDonald got one from the Pittsburgh Penguins that wasn’t as lucrative as some of his other offers but certainly made him feel wanted.
“I did everything the Oilers ever asked of me and just wish they showed more interest in me,” McDonald said before being part of the Green’s 6-2 victory over the Red in the scrimmage wrap-up to the sixth annual Pete Asadourian Pro Hockey Camp at Champions Skating Center in Cromwell on Friday night. “Because I’m bitter about Edmonton not signing me last summer, part of me just wants to make it with a different team. I just don’t understand why they wouldn’t give me more than just an AHL deal, and I kind of want to stick it to ’em and make it with a different team.”
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Tagged Alexandre Giroux, American Hockey League, Colin McDonald, Columbus Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers, Gerry McDonald, Kris Newbury, McDonalds, National Hockey League, Nigel Dawes, Oklahoma City Barons, Phoenix Coyotes, Pittsburgh Penguins, Todd Nelson, Willie Marshall Award
SPRINGFIELD, MA. Corey Locke of the Binghamton Senators has won the John B. Sollenberger Trophy as the leading scorer in the American Hockey League, while Colin McDonald of the Oklahoma City Barons won the Willie Marshall Award as the AHL’s leading goal scorer for the 2010-11 campaign.
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Tagged AHL, Alexandre Giroux, American Hockey League, Calder Cup, Colin McDonald, Corey Locke, John B. Sollenberger Trophy, Sports, Wally Kilrea, Willie Marshall, Willie Marshall Award