Tag Archives: Tommy Grant

WHALE DROWN IN SOUND

Connecticut-Whale_thumb_thumb_thumb1      VERSUS      Bridgeport

If there’s one thing that you learn from being around Connecticut Whale head coach Ken Gernander is that he is NOT one to make excuses. Gernander sees opportunities for role players to have their chance to step up and rise to the occasion.

After the New York Rangers recalled forward Andre Deveaux from the Connecticut Whale, opportunities were created for other players to get more ice time. When Deveaux was suspended for a hit to the head of Florida Panthers forward Tomas Fleischmann in a 2-1 loss Wednesday night and the ineffective play of Eric Christensen, that created opportunity for forwards John Mitchell and Carl Hagelin and they were recalled Thursday night.

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THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME

Connecticut-Whale_thumb      VERSUS      St. Johns IceCaps

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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WHALE WHACK FALCONS – HARD

Brian RingBY: Brian Ring

Hartford, CT, October 23, 2011 – The Connecticut Whale defeated the Springfield Falcons, 4-1, Sunday afternoon at the XL Center, completing a sweep of their set of three games in three days. The Whale beat Springfield for the second consecutive night, after winning 2-1 at the MassMutual Center Saturday night.

The Whale scored three goals in the second period to open the game up, and rookie Jonathan Audy-Marchessault earned First-Star honors with a goal and two assists on the night.

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WHALE DOUBLE UP FALCONS

      VERSUS     

BY: Brian Ring

Springfield, MA, September 28, 2011 – The Connecticut Whale defeated the Springfield Falcons, 4-2, Wednesday night in American Hockey League preseason action at the MassMutual Center.

Scott Tanski scored twice for the Whale and Tommy Grant added three assists in the win, while Phil Ginand assisted on both of Springfield’s goals for the Falcons.

“It wasn’t a giant deviation from what we look for every night,” said Whale head coach Ken Gernander. “They just happened to do it rather well tonight and cashed in on their chances. Continue reading

NO BAND-AIDS NEEDED FOR THESE CUTS

RANGERS TRIM TRAINING CAMP ROSTER BY 28
35 Active Players Remain with the Club

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has assigned the following 21 players to Connecticut (AHL): goaltenders Chad Johnson, Jason Missiaen and Cameron Talbot; defensemen Lee Baldwin, Collin Bowman, Sam Klassen, Tomas Kundratek, Jyri Niemi, Jared Nightingale, and Pavel Valentenko; and forwards Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Tommy Grant, Jordan Hickmott, Tayler Jordan, Kale Kerbashian, Chad Kolarik, Chris McKelvie, Matt Rust, Scott Tanski, Kelsey Tessier, and Jason Wilson.  In addition, the Rangers returned seven players to their respective junior club: defensemen Peter Ceresnak (Peterborough, OHL) and Samuel Noreau (Baie-Comeau, QMJHL); and forwards Shane McColgan (Kelowna, WHL), J.T. Miller (Plymouth, OHL), Michael St. Croix (Edmonton, WHL), Christian Thomas (Oshawa, OHL), and Andrew Yogan (Peterborough, OHL). Continue reading

FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

BY: Bruce Berlet

Tommy Grant arrived in Hartford in late March unheralded but hardly bashful in his demeanor.

Grant had a bit of an edge from the get-go. Nothing cocky, mind you, just an air of confidence that he belonged in the AHL with the Connecticut Whale after his best of four seasons at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Befitting the tenure of his attitude often accompanied by a wry smile, Grant had two assists in his pro debut, a 4-2 loss at the Providence Bruins on March 27 after signing an amateur tryout contract 24 hours earlier and 10 days after completing his senior year at UAA. The Whale brass thought so much of Grant so quickly that they signed him to a free-agent contract two days later.

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GAME THREE: NOW WE HAVE A SERIES

Connecticut-Whale_thumb VERSUS    Portland

In a must-win game for the Connecticut Whale, Sunday evening in Game Three of their first round playoff series, the New York Rangers AHL affiliate used a total team concept from the goaltender on out and knocked off the visiting Portland Pirates and gave themselves a fighting chance to actually come back and make this a series with a 3-1 win in front of 3,102 at the XL Center.

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1ST RD: GAME ONE – ’57 MINUTES NOT ENOUGH!

Connecticut-Whale_thumb    VERSUS    Portland

Thursday night the Connecticut Whale returned to the playoffs after a one year absence, the first in the team’s history, only to have the first game turn into a microcosm of their entire 2010-2011 season. The Whale didn’t put out a full sixty-minute effort, couldn’t capitalize on their own chances, didn’t get consistent pressure in the offensive zone and penalties from a lack of discipline led to their dropping the first game of the Best-of-Seven series with the Portland Pirates 3-2 in front of 2,171 at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

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GRANT TURNS IN AMATEUR STATUS

New York RApparently two helpers in your first game can turn some heads. While Connecticut Whale Ken Gernander spoke of being impressed with Tommy Grant in his first game this past weekend, senior brass must have been even moreso as the Rangers have signed Grant to an entry level contract.

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WHALE WEEKLY: March 28-April 3, 2011

Connecticut WhaleThe Whale (38-28-2-6, 84 pts.) split four games over the past week, winning two out of three home games before falling in the weekend’s finale at Providence. Connecticut came from behind to defeat Springfield, 3-2, on Wednesday in Hartford, before rallying late to beat Charlotte, in a shootout, in an instant-classic on Friday, also 3-2. The Whale were then defeated by the Sound Tigers, 5-1, in Saturday’s GEICO Connecticut Cup action at the XL Center, later dropping a 4-2 road decision to the Bruins to close out the week on Sunday. Derek Couture scored four times during the week’s action, while winger Tommy Grant recorded his first two professional points with a pair of assists on Sunday, his pro debut.

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