Kris Newbury, Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Andreas Thuresson and Jordan Owens were unsuccessful in their shootout attempts. Only Brendan Bell managed to score for the Whale while Brent Regner tied the shootout in the Falcon’s fourth attempt and Matt Culvert made a tremendous move that beat Chad Johnson (10-6-4, 26 saves) clinching the win.
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If the Connecticut Whale are going to make a serious run at a Calder Cup championship they are going to have to learn how to play with a lead and that it takes a full sixty minutes to win. Friday night in Binghamton, New York the Whale took on the Ottawa Senators top farm team and surrendered goals to forwards Andre Peterrsson and Pat Carrone in exactly sixty seconds and ex-Hartford Wolf Pack center Corey Locke would add an empty net goal in the final minute and the Whale lost for the eighth time in their last thirteen games (5-6-1-1) and saw their record when leading after the first period to 5-4-1-3 as they dropped a 3-1 decision in front of 3,684 at the Brome County Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
“I thought in the third period, when we pushed harder, we got more consistent offensive output,” Whale head coach Ken Gernander told the team’s Brian Ring afterwards. “In the first two periods, we tried forcing plays, we turned down shots, we didn’t put pucks deep and consequently we didn’t generate much offense. I think that was the difference between the third period and the first two.”
Connecticut Whale head coach Ken Gernander does not handle losing well and it is almost a certainty that he was beside himself on Monday afternoon at the Cumberland County Civic Center after his Whale amassed a three goal lead over the Portland Pirates through the first 36:12 only to give it all back over the final 24:48 before eventually succumbing to the home team 5-4 in overtime on Nathan Oystrick’s second goal of the game.
Over the first period and a half, the Whale built a 3-0 lead on two goals by from Kelsey Tessier and the fourth goal in as many games from the AHL’s Reebok Player of the Week, Kris Newbury.
Sean Avery has been returned to the Connecticut Whale after clearing waivers for the second time this season and according to Head Coach Ken Gernander will be joining the team on Sunday for their trip to Portland, Maine.
With the addition of Avery and the injury to Wade Redden, Gernander said that the Whale are AT the veteran limit. When Redden returns form hi leg injury Gernander will need to shuffle someone in and out to comply with the league veteran rule.
The New York Rangers placed veteran left wing Sean Avery on waivers for a second time Friday.
Avery was scratched for the 10th consecutive game Friday night at Florida against the surprising Southeast Division-leading Panthers and first-year coach Kevin Dineen, the former Hartford Whalers standout right wing and captain. Avery last played Dec. 10 in a 4-1 victory at Buffalo, his 15th game after playing two games with the Whale. He scored a clinching empty-net goal in a 4-2 victory at Adirondack on Oct. 28, had the deciding shootout goal in a 3-2 win at Worcester the next night and was recalled from the Whale and passed through re-entry waivers on Nov. 1.
The Connecticut Whale has several objectives for the last weekend of 2011.
First, the Whale (18-9-1-3) would like to build on a seven-point lead over the Albany Devils in the Northeast Division in games at Worcester on Friday night and against Springfield at the XL Center in Hartford on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Secondly, two victories might give coach Ken Gernander his first job in the AHL All-Star Classic on Jan. 29-30 in Atlantic City, N.J. Gernander, an All-Star player in 1996, 1999 (captain of PlanetUSA in 5-4 victory in Philadelphia) and 2000, and the Whale are third in the Eastern Conference in points percentage (.645) behind Keith McCambridge of St. John’s (.683) and Hershey’s Mark French (.656). In the Western Conference, Todd Nelson of Oklahoma City is first at .719, followed by Milwaukee’s Ian Herbers (.696), Abbotsford’s Troy Ward (.677) and Houston’s John Torchetti (.672). Abbotsford hosts Texas on Thursday night.
The Connecticut Whale got their first TV air time Saturday night since 2007 when the team was known as the Hartford Wolf Pack.
Wednesday night the Whale could get some exposure on a much larger scale, as part of the first of four episodes in HBO’s “24/7: Road to the NHL Winter Classic” series leading to the fifth Winter Classic on Jan. 2 at 1 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, where the Flyers will host the New York Rangers.
Aaron Voros knows all about the unemployment rate in the United States continuing to hover around nine percent.
Voros, who spent the last eight seasons in the AHL and NHL, was part of the jobless force as he sat around New York City, training on his own but without work prospects, not far from where his former team played in Madison Square Garden and where he and Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and best friend/left wing Sean Avery own a restaurant.
Well at least according to the latest TSN power rankings that is. The Rangers are just the better team…it’s that simple. The season series is now tied at a game a piece…