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Connecticut Whale     VERSUS      Albany Devils

BY: Mitch Beck

If Connecticut Whale head coach Ken Gernander had any hair, he’d probably be pulling it out about now. His team did win on the road Saturday night knocking off the Albany Devils 3-2 in a shootout in front of 3,006 at the Times Union Arena, but they came awfully close to repeating the ills that plague them blowing a lead, but in this case finding a way to win.

“It was little frustrating with the penalties in the third period,” Gernander told reporters afterwards. “But we battled through it and got the two points to finish off the week because it will set us up for next weekend with a long week of practice and rematches with St. John’s (in Newfoundland on Saturday and Sunday).”

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BY: Bruce Berlet

Talk about a game of inches.

For a second straight game, the Connecticut Whale had to go overtime plus in a shootout, but this time they came out on the short end after blowing a two-goal lead.

Matt Taormina scored the only goal of the shootout, his shot hitting off Whale goalie Chad Johnson and trickling over the goal line to give the Albany Devils a 3-2 victory before 2,318 at the Times Union Center.

“It was kind of a tough one,” said Johnson, who won a 1-0 shootout at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday. “I don’t really think he was shooting for that area. I think he was trying to go higher and just got it a little bit lower and just kind of hit my arm and snuck underneath me. I kind of knew it hit on a funny spot on my arm or down my leg, and when I looked back, it was across the line. Continue reading

WHALE WEEKLY: October 10-16, 2011

BY: Bob Crawford

The Whale split their first two games of the season during the year’s opening weekend, first falling to the Adirondack Phantoms, 6-3, on Saturday night despite Kris Newbury’s first Whale hat trick. Connecticut rebounded with a solid 1-0 shootout win over last year’s regular season champions, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, on Sunday night. Chad Johnson earned a shutout with 41 saves and Jonathan Audy-Marchessault recorded the shootout game-winner in just his second career professional game.

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Nhl_logoHere is the NHL released pre-season schedule. New York Rangers games are in BLUE, New Jersey Devils in RED and the New York Islanders in ORANGE.

The 2011-12 NHL regular season opens Oct. 6.

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New York, July 20, 2011 – The New York Rangers announced their 2011 preseason schedule today, featuring four games in Europe and a total of seven games.

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Charlotte Checkers     VERSUS     Norfolk

Teams to meet again tomorrow in Norfolk

The Charlotte Checkers forced overtime with a third-period goal but were downed, 3-2, in the shootout by the Norfolk Admirals on Friday evening.

Riley Nash scored his second goal in as many games, while Chris Terry extended his point scoring streak to three games (3g, 1a). Mike Murphy made 26 saves in the loss and Cedric Desjardins had 27 saves in the Norfolk net for the win. The Checkers are now undefeated in regulation over their last five games (2-0-3).

Charlotte struck first at the 1:19 mark of the opening period. Drayson Bowman picked off an outlet pass from an Admirals defenseman at the red line, stepped in over the blue line and fired a bullet off the far post.

Marc-Antoine Pouliot knotted the game up late in the second period. Johan Harju sent a pass up ice which sprung Pouliot and Juraj Simek on a 2-on-1 break. After a give-and-go, Pouliot buried the puck behind a sprawling Murphy.

Harju put the Admirals in front, three minutes into the third period, on an unlucky bounce. After picking off a failed clearing attempt behind the net, Harju walked out and banked a shot off a Checkers defender and into the back of the net.

Nash pulled the Checkers even, just past the midway point of the third period, while on the power play. Terry fired a shoulder-high shot toward the goal that struck a player in front and landed on the stick of Nash, who then put it up and over Desjardins. Jerome Samson drew the secondary assist on the play.

Murphy and Desjardins were both solid in the final minutes and overtime, and set the stage for a shootout. Desjardins stopped all five shooters and Pouliot scored for Admirals as they grabbed a 3-2 win.

Charlotte (4-6-3) will travel to Norfolk tomorrow to face the Admirals before returning Sunday (3 p.m.) to host the defending Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears. Ticket information can be obtained by calling 704-342-4423 or visiting www.gocheckers.com.

NOTES: Chris Terry extended point to three games (3g, 1a) … Riley Nash scored his second goal in as many games … Samson added three shots to his league lead (76 shots).

Norfolk Admirals 3 at Charlotte Checkers 2 – Status: Final SO
Friday, November 5, 2010 – Time Warner Cable Arena

Norfolk 1 0 1 0 1 – 3
Charlotte 1 0 1 0 0 – 2

1st Period-1, Charlotte, Bowman 1   1:19. 2, Norfolk, Pouliot 4 (Simek, Harju), 19:29. Penalties-Dodge Cha (goaltender interference), 3:16; Blanchard Cha (high-sticking), 9:14; Milam Nor (interference), 13:05; Samson Cha (boarding), 13:12; Berry Nor (fighting), 19:50; Blanchard Cha (fighting), 19:50.

2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Osala Cha (hooking), 3:37; Marks Nor (fighting), 7:14; Herauf Cha (fighting), 7:14; Fornataro Nor (high-sticking), 19:20.

3rd Period-3, Norfolk, Harju 6   2:58. 4, Charlotte, Nash 2 (Osala, Samson), 11:15 (PP). Penalties-Fornataro Nor (hooking), 11:05; Jordan Cha (high-sticking), 14:28; Harju Nor (goaltender interference), 16:30.

OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Norfolk 8-10-8-3-29. Charlotte 11-7-8-2-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 0 / 5; Charlotte 1 / 4.
Goalies-Norfolk, Desjardins 2-2-1 (28 shots-26 saves). Charlotte, Murphy 2-3-1 (29 shots-27 saves).
Referees-Jamie Koharski (84).
Linesmen-Ben Shiley (21), Terry Wicklum (58).