Tag Archives: Webster Bank Arena

SPECIAL TEAMS COST WHALE STANDINGS POINT

Connecticut-Whale_thumb_thumb_thumb_       VERSUS      Bridgeport

(We apologize as we’re unavailable for our normal direct CTWhale coverage for the next couple of games due to scheduling conflicts…)

Brian-Ring_thumbBY: Brian Ring

The Connecticut Whale were defeated by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 4-3 in overtime, Sunday afternoon at the Webster Bank Arena. Matt Donovan scored the game-winning goal for Bridgeport with two seconds left in overtime with the Sound Tigers on the power-play.

Andre Deveaux, Mike Vernace and Tommy Grant each scored for Connecticut.

“It’s obviously getting a little redundant, pretty frustrating to come in after games and say your margin of error is going to be so slim and they’re going to be one-goal games, you’ve got to do a little better job securing the puck,” said Whale head coach Ken Gernander.

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ON A CLEAR DAY – YOU CAN SEE A LIST

Connecticut WhaleToday is an important day for young hockey players all across the American Hockey League. Today is the day teams submit their “Clear Day List” which is the 22-man roster of players allowed to play in the post-season.

Only the players listed on a team’s Clear Day roster are allowed to play in whatever games that team has over the rest of the AHL regular season and in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs. Players can be added on if emergency conditions come about due to recall, injury or suspension.

What surprises await on the list to be released later today?

Hard to say.

Sean Avery fans are certain to wonder if he will be on the list?” The Answer, probably not.

However, will say Lee Baldwin or Blake Parlett be on the list? Maybe one or maybe even both.

What about Jeff Prough or perhaps another forward from Greenville? Perhaps.

One name the team was hoping they could put on the list, forward Chad Kolarik who has missed this entire season to this point with a knee injury, won’t be. Kolarik announced the following on his twitter account, “Cleared for contact, but because I was not on the AHL roster on Feb 27 I cannot play this year. Next goal is to be ready for camp.”

One name fans are hoping to see, but almost certainly won’t be on it, at least for now, is New York Rangers franchise crown jewel, Chris Kreider. He has not signed yet with the Blueshirts, nor has he signed a Professional Try-Out (PTO) with the Whale. But don’t be alarmed. When his college season is over, and it’s not yet, that could easily change as those players, along with their counter-parts in Canadian juniors are allowed to be added without an issue.

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SPOTLIGHT: STATE OF THE LEAGUE

Bruce BerletBY: Bruce Berlet

The biggest news out of AHL president and CEO Dave Andrews’ State of the League Address during the All-Star Classic is video review of disputed goals is one step from becoming a reality.

Andrews said the AHL board of governors will vote on whether to adopt replay at its meeting in Chicago in May.

“It’s pretty hard to logically argue we shouldn’t have a system that gets it right more often than not or helps us get it right in those circumstances,” Andrews told the media in Atlantic City, N.J.

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ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGS

Connecticut Whale      VERSUS      Bridgeport

The Connecticut Whale ended their four day holiday break and began their toughest stretch of the season that will see them play five games over the next eight days and as they did earlier in the season blew a lead entering the third period dropping a 3-2 decision on a late Tomas Marcinko goal to give the Bridgeport Sound Tigers the win at the Webster Bank Arena Monday night.

Marchinko’s backhander with just 4:26 left in regulation was the difference, but not before the Whale gave it all they had in the last 30 seconds. Sound Tigers goaltender, Kevin Poulin stoned Andre Deveaux just in front of the net with 29.4 seconds remaining on the clock just after the puck did an Evil Kneivel impression jumping over the stick of a wide-open Kelsey Tessier, who had an empty net to stuff it into. Poulin, who made a plethora of good saves throughout, was named the game’s Third Star. Continue reading

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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