Tag Archives: Tomas Kundratek

JUST ONE OF THOSE DAYS…

Connecticut-Whale_thumb_thumb_thumb1      VERSUS     Hershey

Rosanne Rosannadanna was a character created by Gilda Radner on Saturday Night Live back in the 1970’s.  Rosanne used to do “Weekend Update” with Chevy Chase and would always end here reports with the phrase, “Well, if it’s not-one-thing-it’s-another. If it’s not (Fill in the blank) then it’s (something really silly).” That sentiment so perfectly summarizes the Connecticut Whale’s 5-3 loss to the Hershey Bears in front of 3,027 Friday night at the XL Center.

Kris Newbury was at his locker when a loose cinder block somewhere in the ceiling became loose and fell coming through the dropped ceiling and hitting his shin guards and the name plate, changing direction and not hitting the Whale’s top centerman. Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT: FRANCOIS BOUCHARD

Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

A lot of players might not be enamored with having to travel 12-15 hours round-trip to play their first few games with a new team.

Not right wing Francois Bouchard, whom the New York Rangers acquired from the Washington Capitals on Tuesday for Connecticut Whale defenseman Tomas Kundratek.

Bouchard arrived from Hershey, Pa., around 1 p.m. Wednesday, and met his new teammates and practiced with the Whale for the first time Thursday, before the team bussed to Boston for a flight to Toronto and then on to St. John’s, Newfoundland, for games Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

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IT’S KUNDRATEK FOR BOUCHARD

Connecticut WhaleThe New York Rangers have announced that they’ve shipped defenseman Tomas Kundratek to the Washington Capitals for forward Francois Bouchard.

The move makes perfect sense for the organization, and for that matter for Kundratek as well.

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1ST RD: GAME TWO – LIKE PARENT – LIKE AFFILIATE

Connecticut-Whale_thumb VERSUS    Portland

The Connecticut Whale lost Game Two of their first round playoff series at the Cumberland County Civic Center to the Portland Pirates 3-2 in overtime before 5,029 Saturday night.

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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

Connecticut Whale rookie defenseman Tomas Kundratek now fully understands the adage that it’s sometimes better to be lucky than good.

Despite admittedly knowing little about men’s college basketball, Kundratek was the Whale’s top dog when he won the team’s NCAA pool on his first try.

FROM THE CREASE with Bruce Berlet

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

Connecticut Whale rookie goalie Cam Talbot paid defenseman Pavel Valentenko quite the compliment Sunday.

“He blocks shots so well it’s like having three goalies,” Talbot said after watching Valentenko doing plenty of just such dirty work in a 3-1 victory over the Springfield Falcons.

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IT WASN’T PRETTY; THAT’S FOR SURE!

Connecticut-Whale_thumb4_thumb_thumb VERSUS Springfield

“That was what  we call in hockey, ‘a greasy win,’” Connecticut Whale Assistant Coach J.J. Daigneault said his team gutted one out and defeated the Springfield Falcons 3-1 Sunday afternoon in front of 4, 985 at the XL Center. “But we’ll take it,” He said with a smile.

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FROM THE CREASE with Bruce Berlet

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

EAST HARTFORD, CT. – All that was missing were the strains of “The Stripper” reverberating through empty Rentschler Field.

Connecticut Whale rookie defenseman Tomas Kundratek lost the team’s practice-ending shootout Tuesday, and on this day, that meant having to impersonate Michael Ontkean, aka Ned Braden, in the signature scene from the slapstick comedy “Slap Shot.”

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TIGERS BEATEN BY SOUND WHALES

Connecticut Whale VERSUS    Bridgeport

While they were far from perfect, the Connecticut Whale had a good all around team effort anchored by Chad Johnson’s first star performance between the pipes and beat the fading Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3-2 in front of 6,023 at the XL Center Friday night.

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WORST TO FIRST

Connecticut Whale       VERSUS     Wilkes Barre 

(Editor’s note: Our apologies for this being posted late…busy day at work)

The Connecticut Whale rebounded from Saturday’s poor performance against the Atlantic Division’s worst team, the Providence Bruins, with one of their best performances of the season against the AHL’s best overall team, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, to a 6-3 win in front of 5,382 at the XL Center Sunday afternoon.

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