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SPOTLIGHT: AUDY-MARCHESSAULT

Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

Whale rookie Jonathan Audy-Marchessault brings some of the qualities of former Wolf Pack right wing P.A.  Parenteau, as Greenville Road Warriors coach Dean Stork noticed before wanting to sign him for his ECHL team. Unfortunately for Stork, Audy-Marchessault played so well as an invite on the Rangers’ team in the prospects tournament in September in Traverse City, Mich., that he got invited to Rangers camp. When he continued to show well, he earned a spot with the Whale and is now the team’s leading scorer, after getting a goal and an assist Saturday night.

Audy-Marchessault’s goal came on a 35-foot laser from the top of the right circle that cleanly beat Jeff Frazee high to the glove side. He later assisted on rookie Carl Hagelin’s goal off a second primary assist by veteran defenseman Wade Redden. Gernander also put Audy-Marchessault in the fifth and final spot in the shootout. He tried a Denis Savard spin-o-rama move that Frazee stopped, but when Matt Taormina hit the post to the left of Cam Talbot (18 saves), the Whale won the shootout on goals by Zuccarello (brilliant slow-moving fake and deke to the backhand) and defenseman Brendan Bell (quick wrist shot). Zuccarello had nearly won the game 1:17 into overtime, but he hit the post for the second time and then looked skyward in disbelief.

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WHALE EXORCIZE LOSING STREAK WITH WIN OVER DEVILS

Connecticut Whale     VERSUS      Albany Devils

BY: Mitch Beck

If Connecticut Whale head coach Ken Gernander had any hair, he’d probably be pulling it out about now. His team did win on the road Saturday night knocking off the Albany Devils 3-2 in a shootout in front of 3,006 at the Times Union Arena, but they came awfully close to repeating the ills that plague them blowing a lead, but in this case finding a way to win.

“It was little frustrating with the penalties in the third period,” Gernander told reporters afterwards. “But we battled through it and got the two points to finish off the week because it will set us up for next weekend with a long week of practice and rematches with St. John’s (in Newfoundland on Saturday and Sunday).”

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WHALE OUTSHOT IN SHOOTOUT

BY: Bruce Berlet

Talk about a game of inches.

For a second straight game, the Connecticut Whale had to go overtime plus in a shootout, but this time they came out on the short end after blowing a two-goal lead.

Matt Taormina scored the only goal of the shootout, his shot hitting off Whale goalie Chad Johnson and trickling over the goal line to give the Albany Devils a 3-2 victory before 2,318 at the Times Union Center.

“It was kind of a tough one,” said Johnson, who won a 1-0 shootout at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday. “I don’t really think he was shooting for that area. I think he was trying to go higher and just got it a little bit lower and just kind of hit my arm and snuck underneath me. I kind of knew it hit on a funny spot on my arm or down my leg, and when I looked back, it was across the line. Continue reading