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WHALE WEEKLY: March 18-24, 2013


BY: Bob Crawford, Voice of the CTWhale

The Whale (30-25-5-3, 68 pts.) started a six-game homestand with a pair of wins this past weekend, climbing to a high-water mark for the season of five games over .500.  Jason Missiaen rang up his second shutout of the year in a critical 3-0 victory over the Manchester Monarchs on Saturday, helping the Whale jump back ahead of Manchester in the Eastern Conference playoff race.  Then on Sunday against the Northeast Division-leading Springfield Falcons, Missiaen stopped 29 out of 31 shots as the Whale eked out a 3-2 win.  In addition to Missiaen’s heroics, Chris Kreider scored in both games, including his first career pro shorthanded goal, the game-winner, on Saturday.

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It’s a busy weekend at the XL Center, with three Whale home games on tap.  The Whale get a crack at the Hershey Bears, with whom they are tied for seventh place in the Eastern Conference, on Friday night at 7:00 PM, and then the Adirondack Phantoms come to town on “Hometown Heroes Night” Saturday night (7:00).  The weekend wraps up with a Sunday matinee vs. the Binghamton Senators, with faceoff at 3;00.  Continue reading


Connecticut-Whale_thumb1-150x15024      VERSUS      Binghampton

BY: Bob Crawford, Voice of the CTWhale

Binghamton, NYNathan Lawson made 34 saves for his first shutout of the season, and Fredrik Claesson’s goal only 56 seconds into the game turned out to be the winner, as the Binghamton Senators defeated the Connecticut Whale 3-0 Friday night at the Broome County Arena.

The loss dropped the Whale (27-24-5-3, 62 pts.) into a tie with the Manchester Monarchs for the eighth-and-final playoff spot in the AHL’s Eastern Conference.  Continue reading


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11 AHL cities hosting qualifying rounds; championship Mar. 31 in Hershey

The American Hockey League and Labatt Blue have announced that the 2012 Labatt Blue Bubble Hockey Tournament of Champions presented by the AHL is now under way in 11 participating AHL cities.

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WHALE WEEKLY: January 9 – 15, 2011

Bob CrawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Voice of the CTWhale

The Whale went 0-2-0-1 in three games this past weekend, but still maintained their grasp on first place in the Northeast Division. Connecticut was edged by the defending Calder Cup champion Binghamton Senators, 3-1, Friday in Binghamton. The Whale fell in a shootout, 5-4, to the Springfield Falcons on Saturday in the front end of a home-and-home series with their I-91 rivals, before dropping a 4-2 decision in Springfield to wrap up the week on Sunday. Kris Newbury gathered three goals and three assists in the week’s action, as did All-Star Jonathan Audy-Marchessault.

This week:

The Whale heads to Virginia to face the Norfolk Admirals for two games this weekend, clashing with their East Division foe Friday and Saturday. It will be the only trip of the season to Norfolk for the Whale, who will host the Admirals Jan. 21 and Mar. 10 at the XL Center.

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Connecticut Whale      VERSUS      Binghampton

If the Connecticut Whale are going to make a serious run at a Calder Cup championship they are going to have to learn how to play with a lead and that it takes a full sixty minutes to win. Friday night in Binghamton, New York the Whale took on the Ottawa Senators top farm team and surrendered goals to forwards Andre Peterrsson and Pat Carrone in exactly sixty seconds and ex-Hartford Wolf Pack center Corey Locke would add an empty net goal in the final minute and the Whale lost for the eighth time in their last thirteen games (5-6-1-1) and saw their record when leading after the first period to 5-4-1-3 as they dropped a 3-1 decision in front of 3,684 at the Brome County Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

“I thought in the third period, when we pushed harder, we got more consistent offensive output,” Whale head coach Ken Gernander told the team’s Brian Ring afterwards. “In the first two periods, we tried forcing plays, we turned down shots, we didn’t put pucks deep and consequently we didn’t generate much offense. I think that was the difference between the third period and the first two.”

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Connecticut-Whale_thumb_thumb_thumb1      VERSUS      Binghampton

Two goal leads and discipline have been the Connecticut Whale’s Achilles’ Heel to this point in the season and they both reared their ugly heads Sunday as the Binghamton Senators defeated the New York Ranger’s top minor league affiliate 4-3 in front of 2,669 at the XL Center.

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bruce mug shot 1The Binghamton Senators moved within one victory of their first Calder Cup title Saturday night, but they’ll have to win it on the road.

Former Hartford Wolf Pack center Corey Locke got the Senators started and Zach Smith scored a power-play goal late in the second period and added an insurance tally with 4:04 left in a 4-2 victory over the Houston Aeros at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.

The win was the second in a row for the Senators, who have a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven finals and can capture the title Tuesday night at the Toyota Center in Houston. If the Aeros prevail, a decisive Game 7 will be Thursday night in Texas, but the odds aren’t in their favor of adding a second title to the one that they won in 2003. Of the 19 previous best-of-seven finals that have been tied 2-2, only the 1987 Rochester Americans won after losing Game 5.

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