Tag Archives: Tim Erixon

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CRUSH A MONARCHY?

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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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STRANGER THINGS HAVE HAPPENED: BUT NOT TOO MANY

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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NOW THAT’S MORE LIKE IT

Connecticut-Whale_thumb_thumb_thumb_      VERSUS      Syracuse

Amazing what the changing of the calendar and some personnel changes can do for a team. After the Connecticut Whale spent the month of January making up for being so good from mid-November to mid-December by not winning a game, the team has found their footing again and won their third straight 3-1 over the visiting Syracuse Crunch Tuesday night.

“It wasn’t a great start. Fortunately we picked it up toward the end there and got some big goals on special teams that helped and we were able to get our two points tonight,” Said a much more relaxed Whale head coach Ken Gernander. (Chad Johnson) was real strong again in net (Tuesday) and made some big saves.”

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THE TIP OF THE ICECAP

Connecticut-Whale_thumb_thumb      VERSUS      St. Johns IceCaps

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

WHALE DROWN CHASING SHARKS

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In the baseball film, “Bull Durham” the Manager of the baseball team that Kevin Costner plays for is upset after a loss and tells his players his view of the game this way:

“This is a simple game. Ya throw the ball; Ya hit the ball; Ya catch the ball.”

Well, hockey is not nearly as simple a game as baseball, but if asked it’s not too far of a stretch of the imagination to say that Connecticut Whale head coach Ken Gernander would probably say that in order to win in hockey there are also three things to win: Skate hard for sixty minutes, score timely goals and stay out of the penalty box. Continue reading

OFFICIAL RELEASE ON ERIXON

Connecticut WhaleRANGERS RETURN TIM ERIXON TO WHALE

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Rookie Defenseman Played Four Games in Latest Recall Stint

Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the parent New York Rangers have returned defenseman Tim Erixon to the Whale.

Erixon had been recalled by the Rangers December 19 and skated in four games in his latest NHL stint, registering two penalty minutes and a +2 rating.  In 13 total NHL games in his rookie season, the Port Chester, NY native is scoreless and Even, with eight PIM and six shots on goal.  The 20-year-old, 6-3, 205-pounder is the second-leading point-getter among Whale defensemen, with one goal and 11 assists for 12 points in 14 games.

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GERNANDER: A LEADER ON AND OFF THE ICE

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Ken Gernander coaches hockey the way that he played the game…with great attention to detail, a lot of emotion and a hockey sense and intelligence that few can match. The 2011-2012 Connecticut Whale have taken on that persona and are playing hockey night-in and night-out that way.

In Hartford on Tuesday night in the back end of two straight, Gernander’s team got two power play goal from Andre Deveaux, a goal and two assists from Kris Newbury and two helpers from rookie Jonathan Audy-Marchessault and despite not playing their best hockey came away with the win against the second place Albany Devils in front of an announced crowd, the second largest of the season, of 7,123.

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SPOTLIGHT: HOLIDAY CHEER

Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

The Connecticut Whale family is happy on many fronts this holiday season, starting with good health for most and a spot atop the Northeast Division as the first full season for the renamed franchise nears the two-fifths pole.

The strong guidance of coach Ken Gernander and assistants J.J. Daigneault and Pat Boller has enabled the Whale to survive major injuries to standouts such veteran defenseman Wade Redden and skilled wings Mats Zuccarello and Chad Kolarik and the recalls of centers Kris Newbury and John Mitchell, speedy rookie wing Carl Hagelin, rugged right wing Andre Deveaux and defensemen Tim Erixon and Stu Bickel.

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SPOTLIGHT: STU BICKEL

Bruce Berlet 7By Bruce Berlet

Defenseman Stu Bickel is the latest Connecticut Whale “graduate” to make a difference for the parent New York Rangers this season.

Bickel joined rookies Carl Hagelin and Tim Erixon as players to make their NHL debut with the Rangers on Tuesday night, as the Blueshirts traveled across the Hudson River and beat the arch-rival New Jersey Devils and future Hall of Fame goalie Martin Brodeur – AGAIN.

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SCHOENFELD ORDERS A “KLASSEN” OF DEFENSE FOR WHALE

Connecticut WhaleUPDATED:

Official Release:

WHALE ADD DEFENSEMAN SAM KLASSEN TO ROSTER

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Reassigned from ECHL Greenville 

Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the parent New York Rangers have reassigned defenseman Sam Klassen to the Whale from its ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Road Warriors.

A second-year pro out of the Western Hockey League, Klassen has skated in 23 games with the Road Warriors this season, registering one goal and four assists for five points, along with 26 penalty minutes.

Klassen, who stands 6-2, weighs 199 pounds and hails from Watrous, Saskatchewan, played three games with the Whale last year, going scoreless with four penalty minutes.  In 66 ECHL games as a rookie with Greenville, Klassen posted three goals and 14 assists for 17 points, plus 80 PIM.  He tied for second among Road Warrior blueliners in assists and ranked third among team defensemen in points.  Klassen’s plus/minus of +16 was good for a tie for tops on the club for a defenseman, and tied him for fifth overall on the team.

Klassen signed as a free agent with the Rangers July 27, 2009, after four WHL seasons with the Saskatoon Blades.

The Whale return to action tomorrow night, Wednesday, December 21, at the XL Center for their last game before Christmas, a 7:00 contest against the Adirondack Phantoms. That is “Ugly Holiday Sweater Night”, as fans who wear an ugly holiday sweater to the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center can get a 50% discount on upper-level seats, and lower-level end-zone seats.

Tickets to all 2011-12 Whale home games, are on sale now at the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center, as well as on-line at www.ctwhale.com and through TicketMaster Charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Save on your tickets, and get the best seats, with a ticket plan for the Whale’s 2011-12 AHL campaign, which are on sale now. For information on season seats and mini plans, visit www.ctwhale.com, or call the CT Whale ticket office at (860) 728-3366 to talk with an account executive today.

The AHL’s Connecticut Whale is operated by Whalers Sports & Entertainment, a Hartford-based sports marketing and event firm founded by Howard Baldwin and Howard Baldwin, Jr..  The team is the top player-development affiliate of the NHL’s New York Rangers.

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The AHL transaction page reveals that the Connecticut Whale have answered the question, at least temporarily, who will fill the void on the backline with the Wade Redden injury and the call-ups of Time Erixon and Stu Bickel…it’s Sam Klassen.

The Whale brought back Lee Baldwin Monday and Tuesday it’s Klassen.

It’s pretty safe to say at this point that the team is finished with Jyri Niemi at this point given that even though they had two open positions, they didn’t feel he was their guy.

More later when the call-up is made official.