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BY: Bruce Berlet

The New York Rangers prospects team felt it had a lot more to do and give Wednesday night after a lackluster effort during most of an overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in their robin-round finale Tuesday afternoon.

The Rangers didn’t consistently have the speed, grit and play making that they had shown in convincing wins over the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars, and there would be no better time to atone for the unimpressive performance than against the Buffalo Sabres in the championship game of the prospects tournament in Traverse City, Michigan.


bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

Anticipation. Instincts. Timing. Guts.

In some ways, blocking shots in hockey is even more dangerous than goaltending. Neither is for the faint of heart, but at least a goalie has plenty of padding and a facemask.

But a willingness to sacrifice your body for your goalie and your team can earn a player a lot of Brownie points, especially at playoff time.

Connecticut Whale defenseman Pavel Valentenko parlayed all those qualities into a personal first/best in Game 3 of the Atlantic Division semifinals against the Portland Pirates. With his team already two games down in the best-of-seven series and clinging to a 3-1 lead, Valentenko noticed goalie Dov Grumet-Morris was out of the net as AHL Rookie of the Year Luke Adam wound up hoping to slam in a rebound.

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Connecticut-Whale_thumb VERSUS Portland

The Connecticut Whale fought back valiantly from a three-goal deficit, not once but TWICE, and finally tied it early in the third on a Brodie Dupont goal. But as has been the case with this team all season long with the entire team, Dupont’s undisciplined penalty just five seconds after his goal set up the Portland Pirates for what would be the game winner, and a 5-4 win at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Game Five of their best-of-seven AHL Atlantic Division semi-final series. Portland now holds a 3-2 series lead over their Connecticut neighbors.

“It keeps coming back to the little things,” Whale head coach Ken Gernander said to reporters after the game. “The majority of our guys battled hard. But it’s the penalties and little mistakes that take us out of it.”


Connecticut-Whale_thumb VERSUS    Portland

In a must-win game for the Connecticut Whale, Sunday evening in Game Three of their first round playoff series, the New York Rangers AHL affiliate used a total team concept from the goaltender on out and knocked off the visiting Portland Pirates and gave themselves a fighting chance to actually come back and make this a series with a 3-1 win in front of 3,102 at the XL Center.

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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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SPRINGFIELD, MA. – The American Hockey League announced today that forward Luke Adam of the Portland Pirates has been named the winner of the Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award as the AHL’s outstanding rookie for the 2010-11 season, as voted by AHL coaches, players and media in each of the league’s 30 member cities.

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AHL LogoThe American Hockey League announced today the 2010-11 AHL All-Rookie Team, as voted by AHL coaches, players and media in each of the league’s 30 member cities.
The team consists of one goaltender, two defensemen and three forwards:

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Connecticut Whale VERSUS    Portland

Kris Newbury scored on a power play early in the third period and the Connecticut Whale held on for an important 4-3 road win against the second place Portland Pirates in front of 5,709 at the Cumberland County Civic Center Saturday night.

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Charlotte Checkers     VERSUS     Portland

Nash records first professional goal in 5-4 win

The Charlotte Checkers used three second-period goals to come from behind and defeat the Portland Pirates, 5-4, on Wednesday evening at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Riley Nash scored his first ever professional goal, while Chris Terry scored his third goal in the two-game set against Portland. Zach Boychuk extended his point-streak to six games with an assist and Bryan Rodney added two assists in the win.

The Checkers came out of the gate flying in the first two and a half minutes, but were unable to capitalize and their momentum was abruptly halted by a broken pane of glass.

Four minutes later, Portland forward Travis Turnbull tipped an Alex Biega point shot over the shoulder of Justin Pogge to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead. Corey Tropp would double the Pirates lead at the 12:37 mark of the first period when he buried a rebound under Pogge’s left pad.

Charlotte held a 14-7 shot advantage after 20 minutes but trailed 2-0 on the scoreboard.

The Checkers would explode for three goals in a 4:07 span in the second period to pull into the lead.

Oskar Osala got the Checkers on the board with a power play goal at 4:40 of the second period when he converted a back-hand pass from Rodney for his second of the season.

Nick Dodge knotted the game at 2-2, just minutes later, when he roofed a shot short-side over the right shoulder of Pirates goaltender Alex Petizian.

Nash would then cap off the three-goal outburst. Brad Herauf’s hard forechecking caused a turnover behind the Pirates net. Defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti received a pass from Nicolas Blanchard and ripped a slap shot that was redirected in by Nash.

Luke Adam would score his second goal in as many games to tie the game up, 3-3, at the 10:41 mark of the second period. After making a move on a Checkers defender, Adam tucked a back-hand shot under the cross-bar.

The Checkers would regain the lead early in the third period on Jerome Samson’s seventh goal of the year. Zac Dalpe recorded his first point for the Checkers as he carried the puck over the line and made a drop pass to Samson who wired a wrist-shot over Petizian’s glove hand. Bryan Rodney drew the secondary assist on the play.

Terry scored the eventual game-winning goal at the 15:07 mark of the third period. Jacob Micflikier jumped out of the penalty box, grabbed the puck and skated into the Portland zone on a 2-on-1 with Terry. He then fed a drop-pass to Terry, who skated to the right-wing circle and snapped a shot through the five-hole of Petizian.

Adam scored another for Portland in the final minute but the Checkers walked away with the victory, their first at home.

Charlotte (4-6-2) will host the Norfolk Admirals in the front half of a home-and-home series on Friday (7 p.m.). They will then head to Norfolk for the second game Saturday before returning for an afternoon affair against Hershey on Sunday.



Boychuk extended his point streak to six games (3g, 5a) … Chris Terry scored his third goal in two-games … Samson now has 73 shots on goal, and is now tied for second in the league in goals (7).

Portland Pirates 4 at Charlotte Checkers 5 – Status: Final
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 – Time Warner Cable Arena

Portland 2 1 1 – 4
Charlotte 0 3 2 – 5

1st Period-1, Portland, Turnbull 2 (Biega, Tropp), 5:59. 2, Portland, Tropp 1 (Schiestel, Brennan), 12:37 (PP). Penalties-Carson Cha (hooking), 9:22; Samson Cha (high-sticking), 11:00; Conboy Por (interference), 14:27; Mancari Por (slashing), 17:17.

2nd Period-3, Charlotte, Osala 2 (Rodney, Carson), 4:40 (PP). 4, Charlotte, Dodge 4 (Boychuk), 8:05. 5, Charlotte, Nash 1 (Sanguinetti, Blanchard), 8:47. 6, Portland, Adam 8 (Stuart, Persson), 10:41. Penalties-Gragnani Por (tripping), 4:21; Conboy Por (interference), 9:03; Osala Cha (high-sticking), 9:03; Turnbull Por (goaltender interference, roughing, roughing), 13:28; Micflikier Cha (roughing), 13:28; Pogge Cha (roughing), 13:28; Tropp Por (hooking), 16:24.

3rd Period-7, Charlotte, Samson 7 (Dalpe, Rodney), 1:36. 8, Charlotte, Terry 6 (Micflikier, FitzGerald), 15:07. 9, Portland, Adam 9 (Ellis, Stuart), 19:35. Penalties-Stuart Por (roughing), 0:22; Micflikier Cha (slashing), 0:22; Schiestel Por (hooking), 2:45; Conboy Por (elbowing), 6:16; Terry Cha (tripping), 10:04; Micflikier Cha (tripping), 12:55.

Shots on Goal-Portland 7-8-14-29. Charlotte 14-19-9-42.
Power Play Opportunities-Portland 1 / 4; Charlotte 1 / 7.
Goalies-Portland, Petizian 0-1-0 (42 shots-37 saves). Charlotte, Pogge 2-4-0 (29 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Mark Lemelin (84).
Linesmen-Mike Sheehan, Mark Hamlett (81).