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There’s an old saying when it comes to sports, “There’s a reason it’s the minor leagues.” For the Connecticut Whale, 3-2 losers to the Providence Bruins at the Dunkin Donuts Center Sunday evening, the reason is simple – streaky inconsistency.

All season long the Whale have been winning in bunches, with five, four and three game winning streaks. Prior to Sunday’s defeat they’d lost two games in a row four times, lost four-of-five once and now they have their second three-of-their last-four streak.

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Connecticut-Whale_thumb_thumb_thumb1      VERSUS      Providence

The Connecticut Whale played one of their most sound two way games of the season in shutting out the visiting Providence Bruins 3-0 in front of at the XL Center Saturday night.

Head Coach Ken Gernander talks frequently in his post-game press conferences about players stepping up when the opportunity arises. Saturday night, the lower body injury sustained by forward Mats Zuccarello in Friday night’s 5-3 loss to Hershey created that exact kind of opportunity for Chris McKelvie. The 6’1” 195-pounder from New Brighton, Minnesota seized the chance and was strong on both ends of the ice and scored what proved to be the game-winner 5:08 into the third period.

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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.


Connecticut-Whale_thumb4_thumb_thumb VERSUS Providence_thumb

There’s an old saying, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

When it comes to the New York Rangers organization the parallels between the parent club and their AHL franchise are almost surreal.

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WHALE WEEKLY: March 28-April 3, 2011

Connecticut WhaleThe Whale (38-28-2-6, 84 pts.) split four games over the past week, winning two out of three home games before falling in the weekend’s finale at Providence. Connecticut came from behind to defeat Springfield, 3-2, on Wednesday in Hartford, before rallying late to beat Charlotte, in a shootout, in an instant-classic on Friday, also 3-2. The Whale were then defeated by the Sound Tigers, 5-1, in Saturday’s GEICO Connecticut Cup action at the XL Center, later dropping a 4-2 road decision to the Bruins to close out the week on Sunday. Derek Couture scored four times during the week’s action, while winger Tommy Grant recorded his first two professional points with a pair of assists on Sunday, his pro debut.

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Connecticut-Whale_thumb4_thumb_thumb VERSUS Providence

There’s a reason that Ken Gernander was the most popular player in Hartford Wolf Pack history. The ingredient that made him that, is what has made him the winningest coach in franchise history as well. Gernander is an honest, no-nonsense straight-shooter.

A stretch of four games in five days that included a highly emotional win Friday and a very physical game Saturday finally caught up with them as the Whale dropped a 4-2 decision to a Providence Bruins team looking to stave off playoff elimination in front of 8,405 at the Dunkin Donuts Center Sunday afternoon.

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FROM THE CREASE with Bruce Berlet

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

The countdown has reached zero.

The Whale Bowl arrives Saturday, and the Connecticut Whale and Providence Bruins are more than a little enthused about participating in the second AHL outdoor game before what will be a record AHL crowd at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.

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Connecticut Whale VERSUS     Providence

Dale Weise returned to the Connecticut Whale and potted two goals. Maxime Sauve matched Weise’s two goals with two of his own for the visiting Providence Bruins. The Whale took five two-minute penalties in the third period allowing two power play goals and went on to drop a 4-2 decision to the visiting P-Bruins at the XL Center in front of 3,119 Tuesday night.

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Connecticut Whale VERSUS  Providence

Since rebranding the Hartford Wolf Pack into the Connecticut Whale a week ago Saturday the team has won two games and lost another in a shootout. While the name has changed, some of the problems the coaching staff has been facing with it’s players have not.

Friday night the Whale entered the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island looking for a consistent, 60-minute game where they put pucks on net and score some goals while playing strong defense in their own end.

The Whale accomplished all four tasks including scoring twice in the third period and knocked off the hosting Providence Bruins 3-1 in front of 7,004. Continue reading