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THE TIP OF THE ICECAP

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The RMS Titanic sunk about 400 miles south of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland after hitting an iceberg on April 15, 1912. Almost 100 years later, The Connecticut Whale sunk to the bottom of the XL Center Friday night after an Icecap stick hit and deflected a puck into the net in overtime for a 2-1 loss and sent the team to the murky depths of an eight game losing streak, (0-5-2-1).

Off a faceoff win in overtime veteran Brad Festerling tracked down the puck behind his own net and sent the puck up ice to Aaron Gagnon along the right wall. Aaron Gagnon brought the puck into the Whale defensive zone where he was met by defenseman Brendan Bell. Jason Jaffray and Tim Erixon raced up the slot as Gagnon managed to get a shot off just past Bell. Jaffray reached out his stick in front of Erixon and redirected it by the game’s First Star, Cam Talbot (9-10-0, 35 saves) for the win just sixteen seconds into extra time. Continue reading

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WHALE WEEKLY: November 14-20, 2011

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BY: BOB CRAWFORD, Voice of the Connecticut Whale

The Whale visited the St. John’s IceCaps for two games this past weekend, in their only trip to Newfoundland this season. After leading in both games, Connecticut ended up with a pair of losses, the Whale’s first back-to-back regulation defeats of the season.  The Whale fell in Saturday’s game, 8-4, before being narrowly edged, 4-3, in Sunday afternoon’s rematch. John Mitchell recorded three goals on the weekend for the Whale, while Tim Erixon recorded his first North American professional goal. Carl Hagelin also scored twice in two games for the Whale, and has matched a Whale season high with a three-game goal-scoring streak (3-1-4).

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THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME

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BY: Mitch Beck

Blowing leads become a major problem to this point in the early part of the season for Connecticut Whale head coach Ken Gernander’s bunch. Sunday afternoon at the Mile One Centre in Newfoundland, the Whale wasted two-goal leads twice before dropping the game in regulation, this time a 4-3 decision to the St. John’s IceCaps; capping a weekend of back-to-back losses  to the AHL’s best.

The season is fourteen games old and of the team’s total of seven losses, (7-4-1-2) they have blown leads in six of those contests including a number of two-goal leads and a three goal lead too.

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ICECAPS FREEZE WHALE

(Editor’s note: Due to a family commitment in Albany, we were unable to see most of this game therefore it felt incredibly disingenuous to write on the portion we did see…therefore here is Bob Crawford’s recap)

Bob CrawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Voice of the Connecticut Whale

Jason Jaffray scored a hat trick, and Carl Klingberg added a goal and two assists, to lead the St. John’s IceCaps to an 8-4 victory over the Connecticut Whale Saturday night at Mile One Centre.

Jason DeSantis and Marco Rosa also had a goal and an assist each for St. John’s, and Spencer Machacek had three assists.  John Mitchell scored a pair of goals for the Whale.

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MAYBE THE WHALE SHOULD PLAY FROM BEHIND AND TRY AND WIN LATE?

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BY: Mitch Beck

“Disappointing? Frustrating? Which word do you want to use?” Connecticut Whale head coach Ken Gernander said to start his post game press conference after his squad dropped their second straight in a 6-3 home loss to the St. Johns IceCaps in front of 4,028 Friday night.

Both words Gernander used were apropos considering that the Whale have struggled to maintain leads to this point in the season. The previous game in Bridgeport saw them surrender two goals in a span of 3:53 to waste a two goal lead before losing in overtime. Friday, it was three goals in a span of 4:16 that saw a one goal lead turn into a two goal deficit that did them in.

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WHALE WEEKLY: October 31 – November 6, 2011

Connecticut WhaleBY: Bob Crawford, Voice of the Connecticut Whale

The Whale extended its winning streak to five games last week, winning road contests at Adirondack Friday, 4-2, and in Worcester Saturday, 3-2 in a shootout.  Connecticut is now unbeaten in regulation in eight consecutive games (6-0-0-2) since a season-opening, 6-3 defeat at Adirondack October 8.  The Whale currently sit in first place in the Northeast Division with a 6-1-0-2 record for 14 points, the franchise’s best start since a team-record 9-0-0-0 run to begin the 2004-05 campaign.  Jordan Owens scored a pair of goals, his first two points of the season, to pace the victory Friday night, and defenseman Brendan Bell chipped in a total of three assists in the two wins.

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