If there’s one thing about this particular Connecticut Whale team it’s that they can lull you to sleep and then suddenly snap out of it and look like world beaters. Friday night they never woke up dropping a 3-2 decision to the Portland Pirates. That comatose-like effort carried through the first two periods Sunday afternoon, but when they finally did awaken, they scored three unanswered goals in a mere 3:37 at the Verizon Wireless Arena and then held on for a 3-2 behind some spectacular goal tending from Chad Johnson over the Manchester Monarchs.
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The Connecticut Whale struck three times in a span of just 1:31 in the second period and then rode solid goaltending by Chad Johnson to win their fifth straight game 4-1 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Manchester over the Monarchs Saturday night.
In the second period, newcomer Casey Wellman and Jonathan Audy- Marchessault set each other up for goals just nine seconds apart at 12:01 and 12:10 respectively and Kris Newbury scored on the power play 1:22 later to break the game open for the visiting Whale. The two goals by Wellman and Audy-Marchessault were just one second off the team record that came against the former Albany River Rats on January 5, 2002. Both goals in the record eight seconds came off the stick of then Hartford Wolf Pack centerman Benoit Dusablon.
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Cam Talbot (1-1-0, 23 saves) earned the team’s first shutout of the season as the Whale blanked the Monarchs with a complete 60-minute effort around him.
Martin Jones is simply the best goaltender that the Connecticut Whale have faced all season. The Ranger’s top AHL farm team just can’t seem to find a way to beat him. They have dropped all three contests when they’ve faced him in the 2010-2011 season.
Sunday was no exception as the goaltender, in the net for the Canadian squad that lost the Gold medal to Team USA in that stunning victory in last year’s World Junior tournament, beat the Whale for the the third time, and he did so in stunning fashion stopping 39 shots en rout to a 3-0 shutout.
The Connecticut Whale did their best impression of illusionist Criss Angel Tuesday night when they made a 4-0 lead and two standings points disappear in a span of just 12:04 and like the Long Island magician they made it look effortless.
After being soundly thrashed by the Syracuse Crunch on Sunday afternoon in a 4-0 rout, the Whale came firing out of the locker room like the Spartans at the Battle of Thermopylae and by the time it was over they left looking like the 7th Cavalry Regiment at the Battle of Little Bighorn. Continue reading
On the 80’s TV show, “The ‘A’ Team,” the team’s leader John “Hannibal” Smith would always say the phrase, “I love it when a plan comes together.”
If Connecticut Whale coach Ken Gernander were that kind of boisterous sort, he might have said that after his troops dismantled the first place Manchester Monarchs 5-1 at the XL Center Saturday night. Continue reading