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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

Veteran right wing Jeremy Williams, the Connecticut Whale’s leading goal scorer and only AHL All-Star last season, won’t be returning to Hartford.

The 27-year-old Williams wasn’t offered a new contract by the parent New York Rangers and has signed a one-year deal with the EC Salzburg Red Bulls in the Austrian Elite League, where his opponents will include former Hartford Wolf Pack players Craig Weller, Cory Larose, Marvin Degon, Francois Fortier, Mike Ouellette, Burke Henry and Tyler Donati.

In his only season with the Whale, Williams led the team with 32 goals, tying his career high with the Grand Rapids Griffins the previous season, and was second in points with 55, six behind center and close friend Kris Newbury, who is signed for next season. Williams was scoreless in one game with the Rangers.

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WHALE ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS

Connecticut Whale VERSUS  Bridgeport

(Due to a previous and unavoidable commitment, we could not be there for tonight’s game between the Whale and Sound Tigers…we will be there Saturday and Sunday as usual.)

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

BRIDGEPORT, CT. – The Connecticut Whale hit the daily double Friday night.

First, All-Star right wing Jeremy Williams had a goal and two assists to back the 21-save effort of Dov Grumet-Morris in a 4-1 victory over the undermanned Bridgeport Sound Tigers before 5,742 at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard.

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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

With veterans such as Wade Redden, Kris Newbury, Brodie Dupont and All-Star Jeremy Williams in the Connecticut Whale locker room, one might not think there’s much room for others to make an imprint on the team.

But defenseman Jared Nightingale has put a major dent in that theory. Whether it’s being part of the Whale’s No. 1 defensive pairing with Redden, sticking up for teammates at the drop of a puck, coordinating countless team functions or being constantly involved in community relations, Nightingale has put his stamp on the organization on and off the ice.

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NEW YORK LEADS SPRINGFIELD OVER CONNECTICUT

Connecticut-Whale_thumb4_thumb_thumb VERSUS Springfield

If “the wheels on the bus go round-and-round” as the children’s song goes, then the wheels on the Connecticut Whale bus have gone flat and Head Coach Ken Gernander and his staff are running out of time to get the bus moving again as the Whale dropped their fourth straight for the second time this season with a 6-2 shellacking by the Springfield Falcons Saturday night.

HUMPTY-DUMPTY

Connecticut-Whale_thumb4_thumb_thumb VERSUS    

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again

The Connecticut Whale had been, to paraphrase Annie Savoy (New York Rangers’ fan, Susan Sarandon) in the film Bull Durham,  “for whatever reason, were playing hockey with joy and verve and poetry.”

9,276 witnesses at the XL Center on Saturday, on a night that the franchise honored Gordie Howe and his family no less, watched the Connecticut Whale come crashing off the wall like Humpty Dumpty and put forth one of their  worst efforts of the season in a fight filled, undisciplined and very sloppy 5-1 loss to the visiting Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

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RUSSIAN REVOLUTION

Connecticut-Whale_thumb4_thumb_thumb VERSUS Charlotte Checkers

With under five minutes to go in the game Friday night and the Connecticut Whale trailing 0-2, some of the 5,862 fans at the XL Center began filing out of the building…wonder how they feel now after the home team scored two goals in 1:13 to tie it, played perhaps the most exciting overtime period in recent memory and won it in the shootout over the visiting Charlotte Checkers 3-2.

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FROM THE CREASE with Bruce Berlet

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

Connecticut Whale rookie goalie Cam Talbot paid defenseman Pavel Valentenko quite the compliment Sunday.

“He blocks shots so well it’s like having three goalies,” Talbot said after watching Valentenko doing plenty of just such dirty work in a 3-1 victory over the Springfield Falcons.

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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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FROM THE CREASE with Bruce Berlet

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

With their top four centers missing and their leading scorer and No. 1 offensive defenseman injured before the game was 25 minutes old, the Connecticut Whale desperately needed help from new sources Wednesday night against the Springfield Falcons.

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FROM THE CREASE with Bruce Berlet

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

CROMWELL, CT. – As Jeremy Williams lay motionless on the XL Center ice for what seemed an eternity Wednesday night, the Connecticut Whale’s All-Star right wing had flashbacks to 11 years ago and a car accident in his tiny hometown of Glenavon, Saskatchewan.

In that mishap, Williams broke the C6 vertebrae in his neck, which was severely jarred when he was hit in the head from behind by the shoulder of Springfield Falcons’ wing Kyle Neuber as he tried to escape an entanglement with Steven Goertzen while in a vulnerable position in the corner.

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