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CLASH OF THE TITANS

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It doesn’t get more exciting than that!

The Connecticut Whale came from behind three separate times capped by Kris Newbury’s goal off a fluke bounce with 4.9 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime and then after a thrilling extended period went three-for-three in the shootout defeating their franchise and intra-state rivals, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in front of a crowd of 3,245 at the XL Center Friday night.

The win also pulled the Whale within one point the Sound Tigers for first place in the division.

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ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGS

Connecticut Whale      VERSUS      Bridgeport

The Connecticut Whale ended their four day holiday break and began their toughest stretch of the season that will see them play five games over the next eight days and as they did earlier in the season blew a lead entering the third period dropping a 3-2 decision on a late Tomas Marcinko goal to give the Bridgeport Sound Tigers the win at the Webster Bank Arena Monday night.

Marchinko’s backhander with just 4:26 left in regulation was the difference, but not before the Whale gave it all they had in the last 30 seconds. Sound Tigers goaltender, Kevin Poulin stoned Andre Deveaux just in front of the net with 29.4 seconds remaining on the clock just after the puck did an Evil Kneivel impression jumping over the stick of a wide-open Kelsey Tessier, who had an empty net to stuff it into. Poulin, who made a plethora of good saves throughout, was named the game’s Third Star. Continue reading

WHALE DROWN IN SOUND

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If there’s one thing that you learn from being around Connecticut Whale head coach Ken Gernander is that he is NOT one to make excuses. Gernander sees opportunities for role players to have their chance to step up and rise to the occasion.

After the New York Rangers recalled forward Andre Deveaux from the Connecticut Whale, opportunities were created for other players to get more ice time. When Deveaux was suspended for a hit to the head of Florida Panthers forward Tomas Fleischmann in a 2-1 loss Wednesday night and the ineffective play of Eric Christensen, that created opportunity for forwards John Mitchell and Carl Hagelin and they were recalled Thursday night.

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BELL TOWERS OVER FALLEN POULIN WALL

Connecticut Whale     VERSUS      Bridgeport

(Oops Update…Just realized this posting was still sitting in the draft section of the blog from Friday night and that it was never posted… our apologies)

Despite 65 minutes of spectacular goaltending from the Bridgeport Sound Tiger’s netminder Kevin Poulin, ultimately it was the Connecticut Whale’s Brendan Bell who’s breakaway goal with just 6.8 seconds remaining in overtime would prove to be the difference maker giving the New York Rangers AHL affiliate a 3-2 overtime win at the XL Center Friday night.

Bell started the play in his own end behind the net after admittedly getting away with what could have been a tripping call on Sound Tigers captain Jeremy Colliton. “I might have gotten a little lucky that I didn’t get called for a penalty. My stick kind of got caught in (Colliton’s) skates. But with the time that was left on the clock I thought, ‘Why not?’ Their D-man and forward (Ty Wishart and Matt Donovan respectively) kind of got crossed up at the blueline and there was a big lane. Even if we didn’t get the puck, because we didn’t have full possession at that point, I figured there was only about 5 seconds left on the clock and they weren’t going to get anything anyway, so I took a shot and it works out.”

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VALIQUETTE BACK IN THE AHL – FOR NOW

One time Hartford Wolf Pack and New York Rangers netminder Steve Valiquette was back where he started having signed a Professional Try-Out (PTO) with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

The always jovial Valiquette, one of hockey’s truly nicest guys, took a few minutes after sitting on the bench backing up Kevin Poulin as the Sound Tigers dropped a 4-1 decision to the Springfield Falcons at the Webster Bank Arena At Harbor Yard Saturday night.

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WIN STREAK OVER

(Due to the extensive computer and power outages –and the fact that we’re now five days behind in our business – we want to make sure that we get something posted from the Whale defeat Wednesday to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers… We’ve added the Ken Gernander press conference)

Brian RingBY: Brian Ring

Bridgeport, CT, November 2, 2011 – The Connecticut Whale fell to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Wednesday afternoon, 4-3 in overtime, at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard.

The Sound Tigers’ Tim Wallace tallied a hat-trick in the game, including the overtime winner, to lead Bridgeport to a come-from-behind win. The Whale received two goals and an assist from rookie Jonathan Audy-Marchessault.

The defeat snapped the Whale’s five-game winning-streak, but Connecticut did gain at least a standings point for the ninth consecutive game (7-0-0-2).

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BRUCE BERLET REPORTS – CARL “ROAD RUNNER” HAGELIN

Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

Speed can be lethal, especially in hockey.

Carl Hagelin possesses some of the best speed at any level of the game, but the Connecticut Whale’s rookie left wing is quickly learning that slower can be better.

Hagelin had his breakout game as a pro Saturday night with three points, including two third-period goals, the second a shorthanded beauty that gave the Whale a second lead before they dropped a 5-4 shootout decision to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in their 15th home opener.

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STILL LEARNING TO FLY

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It was not a good night for the battle between the New York organizations if you’re sitting on the Rangers side of that turf war as both the parent and top affiliate clubs lost to their biggest in-state rivals. The Rangers lost 4-2 as John Tavares torched the Blueshirts with a hat-trick and ex-Wolf Pack P.A. Parenteau added a trio of assists. in Hartford, it’s becoming a bad habit as the team could not hold onto two leads, a two goal lead in the first and a single goal lead in the third and lost in their third consecutive shootout at the team’s home opener in front of 8,832 Saturday night.

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