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Connecticut WhaleOur pal Dave Romeiko over at the Whale sent us this for Howlings readers. It’s a great opportunity to get seats to see your favorite team and get a nice poster too. Say what you will about this team, but the marketing department is doing a “Whale “ of a job. Excuse the terrible pun…

We’ll be there and hope you will too…




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Had been on Two-week Conditioning Stints

Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the parent New York Rangers have recalled forward Wojtek Wolski and defenseman Jeff Woywitka from their conditioning loans to the Whale.

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WHALE WEEKLY: February 14 – 19, 2012

Connecticut WhaleThe Whale continued their hot February this past week, going 3-0-1-0 in four games to pull into sole possession of first place in the Northeast Division. The Whale posted wins over Syracuse, Springfield and Manchester, and earned a point in Sunday’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Wojtek Wolski finished the week’s action with four points (2g-2a-4pts.), with Jonathan Audy-Marchessault registering two goals and an assist. Chad Johnson won five straight games in February, posting a 1.50 goals against average and a .953 save percentage this month.

This week:

The Whale will look to continue their winning ways in February with home tilts against Springfield this Friday (7:00) and Worcester (7:00) on Saturday, before heading to Providence (4:05) to face the Bruins on Sunday.

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Bruce BerletBY: Bruce Berlet

Mission accomplished.

That’s the consensus of left wing Wojtek Wolski and defenseman Jeff Woywitka after playing six games in 10 days with the Connecticut Whale in two-week conditioning assignments from the New York Rangers. The stints don’t officially end until Wednesday, but the Whale don’t play again until Friday night at home against the Springfield Falcons.

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Connecticut-Whale_thumb_thumb_thumb_[2]      VERSUS      Springfield Falcons

There is something about the entire New York Rangers organization in 2011-2012…they just seem to dialed in to winning…even when they’re losing.

In New York, the Rangers are tops in the Eastern Conference and are three points behind the President’s Trophy leading Detroit Red Wings. The Rangers have four games in hand.

In Greenville of the ECHL, the Road Warriors are fifth overall in their conference and just five points out of the top spot in their conference and are 6-3-0-1 in their last ten games.

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11 AHL cities hosting qualifying rounds; championship Mar. 31 in Hershey

The American Hockey League and Labatt Blue have announced that the 2012 Labatt Blue Bubble Hockey Tournament of Champions presented by the AHL is now under way in 11 participating AHL cities.

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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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Connecticut-Whale_thumb_thumb_thumb_[2]      VERSUS      Springfield Falcons

The late, great Gilda Radner’s character, “Roseanne Rosannadannna” used to say to great laughs, “If it’s not one thing, it’s another…” Those words rang very true Saturday night for the Connecticut Whale, but nobody was laughing as the New York Rangers’ top farm team dropped a 2-1 decision and lost their eleventh straight (0-6-3-2) to the Springfield Falcons before the season’s second largest crowd of 11,181.

After struggling to maintain discipline by taking foolish and avoidable penalties the night before against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton that left them shorthanded seven times, they played more cautiously Saturday and were only shorthanded twice.  But somehow along with the penalties went the passion as they played very uninspired hockey for two periods before finding the right balance between aggressive and overly aggressive with a strong sense of urgency in their play for the third period. As it turned out though, it was a matter of, “too little, too late” mixed with a a costly mistake and finished off by a generous portion of excellent goaltending  by the Falcons’ Paul Dainton (4-2-0, 24 saves) that would do them in. Continue reading


Connecticut WhaleBefore I took on the task of attempting to be an expert and a strong columnist, I was a big Hartford Wolf Pack (as they were called) fan, so if you don’t mind, I’m going to unleash my inner Connecticut Whale fan for a moment…

Word came today that the CTWhale will have a new incentive plan to purchase season’s tickets next year. For those who do buy the plan you’ll get a custom jersey fleece sweatshirt… Okay, that’s kind of cool, but ultimately no big deal. BUT… what they are doing is giving you and three other guests entrance into the the Luxury Director’s Suite for a game and that, my loyal Howlings readers, is WAY cool. I’ve been in that suite before and you can bet your bottom dollar that you’d have a blast and get to spend some time with some pretty good muckety-mucks… If you’re on the fence about it, this is worth a lot of dough-ray-me and given the rest of the flexibility, it’s something you should jump on…

That’s just my two cents… And now, back to my normal objective self…

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Connecticut WhaleBY: Bruce Berlet

After a 5-3 victory over the Springfield Falcons on Dec. 31, the Connecticut Whale (19-15-3-5) had a six-point lead over the Adirondack Phantoms in the AHL’s Northeast Division and were within two points of the Eastern Conference’s top spot. But entering a game at the XL Center on Friday night against the surging Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Whale is on a nine-game winless streak (0-5-1-3).

Despite the slump, the Whale still has a nine-game points streak (5-0-1-3) at home since a 5-3 loss to the Hershey Bears on Dec. 9 and a one-point lead over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, who had an eight-game winning streak ended in a 4-3 shootout loss to the visiting Atlantic Division-leading St. John’s IceCaps on Wednesday night. The Whale is two points ahead of Adirondack, which hosts Bridgeport on Friday night, and Albany, which is at Binghamton.

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