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WHALE WEEKLY: December 19-27, 2011

Bob CrawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Voice of the Connecticut Whale

The Whale (16-8-1-3, 36 pts.) gained three out of a possible four points in a pair of home games this past weekend, remaining ahead of the Adirondack Phantoms by four points for first place in the Northeast Division.  The Whale hosted Bridgeport at the XL Center on Friday night, defeating their GEICO Connecticut Cup rivals handily, 6-3, before the arch-rival Providence Bruins came to town on Saturday. Connecticut was edged by Providence, 2-1 in a shootout, in that contest. Kris Newbury recorded five points on the weekend for the Whale with a goal Saturday and four assists Friday, the Whale’s first four-point game of the season.

This week:

The Whale’s last game before the Christmas holiday is this Wednesday night, December 21, as they host the Adirondack Phantoms for the first time this season at the XL Center, with faceoff at 7:00 PM.  The Whale then return to action Monday night, the night after Christmas, December 26, visiting Bridgeport for a GEICO Connecticut Cup tilt (7:00).  Connecticut is back home Tuesday night, December 27, for a 7:00 Northeast Division game against the Albany Devils.

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Brian RingBY: Brian Ring

Glens Falls, NY, October 28, 2011 – The Connecticut Whale defeated the Adirondack Phantoms, 4-2, Friday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The win was the fourth straight for the Whale, who moved into first place in the Northeast Division with their triumph over the Phantoms.

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Connecticut Whale       VERSUS     Adirondack

 BY: Mitch Beck

The 2011-2012 season is underway and it starts with a thud as the team blows an early 3-1 lead from a Kris Newbury hat trick in the first 21:09 of the game and they went on to get doubled-up by the Adirondack Phantoms 6-3 at the Glens Falls Civic Center Saturday night.

Everything was looking bright for the Whale right from the open as they pounced on Adirondack netminder Michael Leighton just 37 seconds into the game when Tomas Kundratek sent a pass from the right corner to Newbury in front of the crease and the puck found it’s way through the five-hole and into the back of the net. Continue reading


WHALE WEEKLY: October 3-9, 2011

The Whale are set to hit the road this weekend, as they open up the 15th season of American Hockey League action in the city of Hartford. Connecticut will begin the year with a pair of road tilts, as they open the season Saturday at Adirondack to face the Phantoms before heading south to take on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Sunday.

This week:

The Whale open up the 2011-12 season with two straight road games this weekend, beginning with Saturday’s meeting with the Adirondack Phantoms in Glens Falls, NY (7:00 PM). Connecticut will then face the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Sunday (5:05 PM) at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in the first of four games with the Pens this season.

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Connecticut Whale VERSUS  Providence

“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” The start to Charles Dickens, The Tale of Two Cities.

It’s so cliché to use it to describe anything these days, but it truly did describe Saturday’s Whale Bowl at Rentscheler Field that saw the Connecticut Whale’s three game winning streak stopped via a skills competition shootout 5-4 in front of, what will go down in the record books anyway, an AHL record 21,673.

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Connecticut Whale VERSUS  Adirondack

It wasn’t pretty but it’s still two points.

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FROM THE CREASE with Bruce Berlet

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

CROMWELL, CT – The Connecticut Whale bus wouldn’t get into gear after a practice in suburban Syracuse during the team’s only venture into Canada this season to Toronto and Hamilton last week.

But Johnny Davis, a bus driver for 25 years and the team’s chauffeur since the birth of the Hartford Wolf Pack in 1997, solved the problem in 90 minutes after calling his boss at Dattco.

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Charlotte Checkers VERSUS Adirondack

Murphy makes 32 saves, now 7-3-0 in last 10 starts

GLENS FALLS, NYJerome Samson broke a 1-1 tie with 4:16 remaining in the third period and the Charlotte Checkers defeated the Adirondack Phantoms, 2-1, at Glens Falls Civic Center on Friday night.

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FROM THE CREASE with Bruce Berlet

Bruce HeadshotBy Bruce Berlet

Four possible future forwards on the Connecticut Whale have been selected to play in the World Junior Hockey Championship Sunday through Jan. 5 in Buffalo, N.Y.

Top prospects Chris Kreider and Ryan Bourque are two of eight returnees to Team USA, while Roman Horan and Jesper Fasth will be playing for the Czech Republic and Sweden. Continue reading


Xmas-CT-Whale_thumb2_thumb VERSUS     Adirondack

Be thankful that they don’t award style points in hockey, because if they did, Wednesday night’s 6-4 road victory by the Connecticut Whale over the Adirondack Phantoms would have sent them  home empty-handed. The Connecticut Whale swept both ends of their home-and-home with the Adirondack Phantoms, but it wasn’t pretty, that’s for sure.

Dale Weise had a goal and an assist and Kris Newbury and Tim Kennedy each had a goal and two helpers as Wade Redden, Mats Zuccarello and Kelsey Tessier each contributed with goals. Continue reading