Tag Archives: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

BLANKED – AGAIN

Connecticut Whale      VERSUS      Wilkes Barre

(We return with our regular coverage starting tonight)

Brian RingBY: Brian Ring

Hartford, CT, March 30, 2012 – The Connecticut Whale were defeated by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 3-0, Friday night at the XL Center.  Penguins goaltender Scott Munroe blanked the Whale with a 32-save performance, the fourth-straight defeat for the Whale (0-3-1-0).

The Penguins would strike fast and furious in the first period, tallying three goals in a span of 2:12 to get the jump on the Whale for good.

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“WHALE TV” CHANGES COURSE

Connecticut WhaleWHALE ANNOUNCES “WHALE TVSCHEDULE CHANGES

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Three Live Telecasts to Air on CPTV Sports

Whalers Sports & Entertainment (WSE) announced today a revised “Whale TV” telecast schedule for the Connecticut Whale.

The dates of the three remaining live games on the five-game Whale television schedule, which is presented by Webster Bank, have been changed, and the telecasts have been moved to CPTV Sports.

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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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WHALE WEEKLY: January 30 – February 5, 2012

Bob CrawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Voice of the Connecticut Whale

The Whale finished out the first month of 2012 with a pair of home games at the XL Center, and despite two hard-working efforts, the squad could not get themselves into the win column as they endured a pair of narrow defeats. Connecticut hosted the Eastern Division-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Friday night, dropping a 3-2 overtime decision before resuming their I-91 rivalry with the Springfield Falcons on Saturday. The Whale drew a season-best 11,181 fans to the XL Center, the ninth-largest XL Center crowd in regular-season franchise history, but the home squad was defeated, 2-1. Jonathan Audy-Marchessault had a goal and an assist in the weekend’s action, and goaltenders Chad Johnson and Cam Talbot combined to stop 64 of 69 shots in the two games.

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WHALE INNOVATE TO MOTIVATE

Connecticut WhaleBefore I took on the task of attempting to be an expert and a strong columnist, I was a big Hartford Wolf Pack (as they were called) fan, so if you don’t mind, I’m going to unleash my inner Connecticut Whale fan for a moment…

Word came today that the CTWhale will have a new incentive plan to purchase season’s tickets next year. For those who do buy the plan you’ll get a custom jersey fleece sweatshirt… Okay, that’s kind of cool, but ultimately no big deal. BUT… what they are doing is giving you and three other guests entrance into the the Luxury Director’s Suite for a game and that, my loyal Howlings readers, is WAY cool. I’ve been in that suite before and you can bet your bottom dollar that you’d have a blast and get to spend some time with some pretty good muckety-mucks… If you’re on the fence about it, this is worth a lot of dough-ray-me and given the rest of the flexibility, it’s something you should jump on…

That’s just my two cents… And now, back to my normal objective self…

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SPOTLIGHT: ZUCCARELLO

Connecticut WhaleBY: Bruce Berlet

After a 5-3 victory over the Springfield Falcons on Dec. 31, the Connecticut Whale (19-15-3-5) had a six-point lead over the Adirondack Phantoms in the AHL’s Northeast Division and were within two points of the Eastern Conference’s top spot. But entering a game at the XL Center on Friday night against the surging Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Whale is on a nine-game winless streak (0-5-1-3).

Despite the slump, the Whale still has a nine-game points streak (5-0-1-3) at home since a 5-3 loss to the Hershey Bears on Dec. 9 and a one-point lead over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, who had an eight-game winning streak ended in a 4-3 shootout loss to the visiting Atlantic Division-leading St. John’s IceCaps on Wednesday night. The Whale is two points ahead of Adirondack, which hosts Bridgeport on Friday night, and Albany, which is at Binghamton.

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WHALE WEEKLY: January 23 – 29, 2012

Bob CrawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Voice of the Connecticut Whale

The Whale endured another tough week in the opening month of 2012, suffering a defeat to begin the week’s action Wednesday in Portland, 4-2, before beginning a five-game homestand on Friday night in Hartford. Connecticut managed to salvage two points on the weekend, losing in overtime to St. John’s, 2-1, on Friday, before falling to the Norfolk Admirals, 5-4 in a shootout, on Saturday. Despite gathering just a pair of points in the standings, the Whale managed to maintain their hold on first place in the Northeast Division, two points ahead of the Adirondack Phantoms. Scott Tanski scored three times for the Whale this past weekend, while Erik Christensen added a pair of goals and an assist in the week’s action.

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WHALE WEEKLY: November 28-December 4, 2011

Bob CrawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Voice of the Connecticut Whale

The Whale took two out of three games this past week, defeating the Portland Pirates at home on Wednesday, 3-2 in overtime, before heading on the road for a pair of post-Thanksgiving tilts in Bridgeport and in Springfield. Connecticut was thumped, 6-2, by the Sound Tigers on Friday, but the team responded with a rousing, last-moment, 3-2 win over the Falcons on Saturday. Andreas Thuresson had two goals, including the game-winner with 21.6 seconds left, on Saturday, while Jonathan Audy-Marchessault tallied three points on the weekend (1-3-4).

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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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WHALE GUTS…

Connecticut Whale      VERSUS       Wilkes Barre

After watching the Connecticut Whale work through 65 minutes of scoreless, defensive hockey and then score three times out of four in the shoot-out for a 1-0 victory over the Wilkes-Barre-Scranton Penguins Sunday night, the only way to describe it, especially this early in the hockey season is to notice that this group of young men have “guts.”

In fact after watching the contest before 4,133 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza what came to mind was the film “Airplane II” and the late great Lloyd Bridges character, Steve McCroskey. To paraphrase his line in the film, he says drunkenly, “Gentlemen, I don’t find it easy to talk at a time like this, but I got to say something about (Those guys out) there, and I can sum it all up in just one word: courage…dedication, daring, pride, pluck, spirit, grit, mettle, and G-U-T-S, *guts*. Why, (The Connecticut Whale bench’s) got more guts in (their collective) little finger(s) than most of us have in our large intestine, including the colon.”

All joking aside, it was that kind of a game. Chad Johnson made his first start of the 2011-2012 season with one of his best performances in quite a long time with a masterpiece from start-to-finish. Not only did he keep the puck out of the Whale net, he was dominant in stopping three-of-five Penguin shooters which allowed his teammates the ability to focus on their jobs and they came through with three of four scoring goals in the skills competition giving the Rangers’ top affiliate got their first win of the season. Continue reading