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GREENVILLE KNOCKING HEADS WITH STINGRAYS

Greenville Road WarriorsBY: Ray Schmitt, Voice of the Greenville Road Warriors

The Greenville Road Warriors wrap up their regular season schedule tonight by paying the South Carolina Stingrays a visit. A Road Warriors win could potentially eliminate South Carolina from playoff contention.

The Road Warriors (41-24-6, 88 pts.) visit South Carolina (36-28-7, 79 pts.) today for the 16th, and final, meeting between the clubs this season. Fans can follow the action on America One or listening at  Greenvilleroadwarriors.com. Greenville is 12-3-0 this season against the Stingrays which includes a 5-2-0 mark at the North Charleston Coliseum. Tonight is the seventh of seven games between the Road Warriors and Stingrays in March. South Carolina’s 3-2 win last night snapped Greenville’s six-game win streak in the rivalry that dated back to February 7, 2012. Victories for either side have been hard to come by as five of the prior six meetings in March have been decided by only a goal, and three of those games have gone into overtime or a shootout. The last two games between the teams in North Charleston have been won in shootouts by Greenville.

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WHALE WEEKLY: March 5 – 11, 2012

Bob Crawford

BY: Bob Crawford, Voice of the CTWhale

The Whale won two out of three games this past week, starting with a thrilling 2-1 shootout win over the Worcester Sharks Tuesday at the XL Center. The Whale would see a third-period lead slip away Friday, as they lost, 3-2, in Portland, but Connecticut would recover with a rousing 3-2 road victory over the Manchester Monarchs on Sunday afternoon. Wade Redden would score his first goal of the year in Friday’s contest, and Saturday he was named the sixth captain in franchise history. Kris Newbury would crack the 20-goal barrier with his score on Sunday, reaching that mark for the second time in his AHL career.

This week:

The Whale face a tough three-games-in-three-days run against teams in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt, beginning with a GEICO Connecticut Cup contest vs. the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Friday night at the XL Center (7:00 PM faceoff). The conference-leading Norfolk Admirals come to town on Saturday on Connecticut Hockey Hall of Fame night (7:00), before the Whale finishes out the weekend with another road tilt with the Manchester Monarchs on Sunday (3:00).

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PROUGH RECALLED

According to the CTWhale and the AHL website, Jeff Prough has been recalled from the Greenville Road Warriors.

Best guess is Friday night’s injury against the Portland Pirates that took down forward Andres Thuresson and that Head Coach Ken Gernander  spoke of in his post-game press conference Saturday night and that caused him to miss Saturday’s game against Springfield must require more down time than originally expected.

Also, the Whale’s game tomorrow, Tuesday, February 28 and that has an 11am face-off , wiill be broadcast on “Beethoven Radio” WCCC-AM 1290

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ROYAL FLUSH

Greenville Road Warriors     VERSUS     Reading Royals

BY: Ray Schmitt, Voice of the Greenville Road Warriors

The Greenville Road Warriors turned their season-long second period struggles around on Sunday night and scored three unanswered goals in the middle frame to claim a 3-1 win over the Reading Royals at the Sovereign Center. The win improved Greenville to 33-20-4 on the campaign.

Click here for tonight’s box score.

IT ALL STARTS AT THE XL CENTER

Connecticut WhaleWHALE TO HOST “IT ALL STARTS HERE NIGHT” THIS SATURDAY

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In Conjunction with USA Hockey’s “Hockey Weekend Across America

Whalers Sports & Entertainment announced today that, in the spirit of “Hockey Weekend Across America”, the Connecticut Whale will present “It All Starts Here Night” at its home game this Saturday, February 18 against the Worcester Sharks.

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WHALE WEEKLY: February 6 – 12, 2012

Bob CrawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Voice of the Connecticut Whale

The Whale finished the first week of February with their best stretch of 2012 to date, snapping an eleven-game winless streak with back-to-back wins over Albany and Hershey. Connecticut knocked off the Albany Devils, 3-2, at the XL Center on Friday night, before besting the Hershey Bears, 4-1, on the road Saturday before nearly 11,000 fans. Tommy Grant and Kris Newbury both had two-goal weekends, and Mats Zuccarello had three assists, to highlight the Whale’s offense. Chad Johnson made 39 saves in Saturday night’s win, his second of two victories to begin the month.

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SPOTLIGHT: STATE OF THE LEAGUE

Bruce BerletBY: Bruce Berlet

The biggest news out of AHL president and CEO Dave Andrews’ State of the League Address during the All-Star Classic is video review of disputed goals is one step from becoming a reality.

Andrews said the AHL board of governors will vote on whether to adopt replay at its meeting in Chicago in May.

“It’s pretty hard to logically argue we shouldn’t have a system that gets it right more often than not or helps us get it right in those circumstances,” Andrews told the media in Atlantic City, N.J.

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WHALE WEEKLY: January 30 – February 5, 2012

Bob CrawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Voice of the Connecticut Whale

The Whale finished out the first month of 2012 with a pair of home games at the XL Center, and despite two hard-working efforts, the squad could not get themselves into the win column as they endured a pair of narrow defeats. Connecticut hosted the Eastern Division-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Friday night, dropping a 3-2 overtime decision before resuming their I-91 rivalry with the Springfield Falcons on Saturday. The Whale drew a season-best 11,181 fans to the XL Center, the ninth-largest XL Center crowd in regular-season franchise history, but the home squad was defeated, 2-1. Jonathan Audy-Marchessault had a goal and an assist in the weekend’s action, and goaltenders Chad Johnson and Cam Talbot combined to stop 64 of 69 shots in the two games.

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A ROUGH ROAD AHEAD FOR THE WARRIORS

Ray SchmittBY: Ray Schmitt, Voice of the Greenville Road Warriors

The Greenville Road Warriors begin a busy week (four games in seven days) with a matinee visit to Duluth, Georgia to take on the Gwinnett Gladiators this afternoon.

The Road Warriors (21-14-2, 44 pts.) visit Gwinnett (18-11-9, 45 pts.) today for the seventh of 17 scheduled meetings between the clubs. Fans can follow the action by watching live on America One  or listening at greenvilleroadwarriors.com. The Road Warriors are 4-2-0 this season against the Gladiators and 14-9-0 overall in their history against Gwinnett. Today the Road Warriors will be the early birds trying to get the worm as they play their earliest game of the season. The Road Warriors have thrived on weekday games so far this season and have built an 8-2-1 record on games play Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays the Road Warriors are a combined 13-12-1. Today is also the final game of four straight between Greenville and Gwinnett. The Road Warriors have won two of the first three with both victories coming in Greenville.

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WHALE WEEKLY: January 9 – 15, 2011

Bob CrawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Voice of the CTWhale

The Whale went 0-2-0-1 in three games this past weekend, but still maintained their grasp on first place in the Northeast Division. Connecticut was edged by the defending Calder Cup champion Binghamton Senators, 3-1, Friday in Binghamton. The Whale fell in a shootout, 5-4, to the Springfield Falcons on Saturday in the front end of a home-and-home series with their I-91 rivals, before dropping a 4-2 decision in Springfield to wrap up the week on Sunday. Kris Newbury gathered three goals and three assists in the week’s action, as did All-Star Jonathan Audy-Marchessault.

This week:

The Whale heads to Virginia to face the Norfolk Admirals for two games this weekend, clashing with their East Division foe Friday and Saturday. It will be the only trip of the season to Norfolk for the Whale, who will host the Admirals Jan. 21 and Mar. 10 at the XL Center.

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