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WHALE WEEKLY: December 12-18, 2011

Bob Crawford

BY: Bob Crawford, Voice of the Connecticut Whale

The Whale (15-8-1-2, 33 pts.) went 1-2-0-0 in three games this past week, but remained in first place in the Atlantic Division by a margin of three points over second-place Adirondack.  The week began with a 5-3 home loss to the Hershey Bears on Friday night, as Hershey’s Chris Bourque evened the rivalry between him and his younger brother, the Whale’s Ryan Bourque, at one win apiece.  The Whale then split a home-and-home set with arch-rival Providence, blanking the Bruins 3-0 at the XL Center on Saturday and then falling by a 3-2 score Sunday in Providence.  Kelsey Tessier scored three times during the weekend, including his first two-goal game of the year Sunday, and defenseman Tim Erixon had assists in all three outings (0-4-4).

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BRUINS SWALLOWED UP BY WHALE TOTAL TEAM EFFORT

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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WHALE WEEKLY: December 5-11, 2011

Bob CrawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Voice of the Connecticut Whale

The Whale took three out of four games this past week, posting wins over the Hershey Bears on Tuesday night, the Providence Bruins on Friday night and the Springfield Falcons on Saturday. After a 4-2 home victory over the Bears, Connecticut improved to 2-0 against the P-Bruins with a 4-1 win in Providence, before scoring five power-play goals in an epic third-period rally to defeat the Falcons, 6-3, on Saturday. The Whale fell in the weekend finale, losing to the defending Calder Cup champion Binghamton Senators, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon at the XL Center. Mats Zuccarello led the way offensively for the Whale during the week, with 3-4-7 in the four games.

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