Tag Archives: Francis Lemieux

FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

The Binghamton Senators hadn’t even qualified for the Calder Cup playoffs the past five seasons, but Tuesday night they had extra incentive to win their first AHL championship.

With assistant coach and former Bridgeport Sound Tigers and New York Islanders head coach Steve Stirling back in central New York recovering from emergency quadruple bypass heart surgery Sunday night, the Senators rallied with third-period, power-play goals from Bobby Butler and captain Ryan Keller to beat the host Houston Aeros 3-2 and clinch the title before a record crowd of 10,125 at the Toyota Arena.

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1ST RD: GAME TWO – LIKE PARENT – LIKE AFFILIATE

Connecticut-Whale_thumb VERSUS    Portland

The Connecticut Whale lost Game Two of their first round playoff series at the Cumberland County Civic Center to the Portland Pirates 3-2 in overtime before 5,029 Saturday night.

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1ST RD: GAME ONE – ’57 MINUTES NOT ENOUGH!

Connecticut-Whale_thumb    VERSUS    Portland

Thursday night the Connecticut Whale returned to the playoffs after a one year absence, the first in the team’s history, only to have the first game turn into a microcosm of their entire 2010-2011 season. The Whale didn’t put out a full sixty-minute effort, couldn’t capitalize on their own chances, didn’t get consistent pressure in the offensive zone and penalties from a lack of discipline led to their dropping the first game of the Best-of-Seven series with the Portland Pirates 3-2 in front of 2,171 at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

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TWO CT WHALE AND ONE ROAD WARRIOR ON ECHL ALL-STAR LIST

Greenville Road WarriorsGREENVILLE, SC – The Greenville Road Warriors announced today that defenseman Wes Cunningham and goalie Dov Grumet-Morris have received All-ECHL Team awards. (Editor’s note: Francis Lemieux…also names is with the Connecticut Whale)

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FROM THE CREASE with Bruce Berlet

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

As the pressure mounts as the playoffs approach, players and teams can buckle or get stronger late in games.

The latter has been the Connecticut Whale’s MO the past few weeks.

Despite still having five players injured and two on recall to the New York Rangers, the Whale has won eight of 10 games, including three in a row, to seize the upper hand in their quest to return to the postseason after missing for the first time in the franchise’s 14-year history.

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IT WASN’T PRETTY; THAT’S FOR SURE!

Connecticut-Whale_thumb4_thumb_thumb VERSUS Springfield

“That was what  we call in hockey, ‘a greasy win,’” Connecticut Whale Assistant Coach J.J. Daigneault said his team gutted one out and defeated the Springfield Falcons 3-1 Sunday afternoon in front of 4, 985 at the XL Center. “But we’ll take it,” He said with a smile.

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A WHALE OF A WIN

Connecticut-Whale_thumb4_thumb_thumb VERSUS Providence

Playing on ice that more closely resembled a Coney Island sno-cone than an American League hockey rink, the Connecticut Whale overcame a two goal deficit and came back to beat the Providence Bruins 4-3 in a shootout at the XL Center in front of 9,103 Saturday night.

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VARSITY AND JV BOTH WIN

Connecticut-Whale_thumb4_thumb_thumb VERSUS  Worcester

Saturday hosted one of those rare nights where both the NHL and their AHL affiliates would squared off on the same day. The AHL Connecticut Whale did their part with a 4-2 victory, their fifth in seven tries, against the Worcester Sharks. After that game concluded, some three hours later the parent New York Rangers went on to beat the San Jose Sharks in a shootout 3-2.

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FROM THE CREASE with Bruce Berlet

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

It was a doubly good Tuesday for Connecticut Whale center Francis Lemieux.

Lemieux was released from his second professional tryout contract and signed to an AHL deal before being among the 22 players on the Whale’s Clear Day list. Another recent call-up from the ECHL, rookie defenseman Blake Parlett, was also on the list, while feisty left wing Devin DiDiomete, who leads the AHL in penalty minutes (280), and center Ryan Garlock, a regular before being injured last week, were not included but put on the “in-residence” list.

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WHALE GOES MOBY DICK ON SHARKS

Connecticut-Whale_thumb4_thumb_thumb VERSUS Worcester

So much for trouble scoring goals.

First, the goal-challenged New York Rangers scored seven goals for the third time this season and defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, a division rival, 7-0 Sunday afternoon. Then their AHL affiliate, the equally goal- challenged Connecticut Whale,  followed suit a couple of hours later, also scoring seven times, but for just the second time this season, and they too defeated a division rival, beating the Worcester Sharks on the road by a 7-2 score in front of 3730 at the DCU Center. Continue reading