WHALE COACH MASTEL RESIGNS
Heather Linstad To Take Over As Head Coach
BY: Jenny Scrivens, NWHL
NEW YORK, NY – The National Women’s Hockey League today announced the resignation of Connecticut Whale head coach Jake Mastel. Heather Linstad, former head coach of the Northeastern and University of Connecticut women’s hockey teams, will take over alongside assistant coach Lisa Giovanelli.
“I’m very excited for this opportunity to work with such a talented group of athletes,” said Heather Linstad. “They have clearly established a winning tradition early on in Connecticut, and I hope to build on that leading into playoffs.”
The Whale will resume league play following the All-Star Game break this Sunday at home against the Boston Pride.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S HOCKEY LEAGUE (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season begins October 11, 2015 and playoffs conclude in March 2016 when the first NWHL championship team raises the Isobel Cup.
NWHL PREVIEW: PRIDE HOST WHALE IN MEETING OF NWHL’S TOP TWO CLUBS
BY: Jake Duhaime, NWHL
Who: Connecticut Whale vs. Boston Pride
When: Sunday, January 17, 2016, 3:00 PM puck drop.
Where: Bright-Landry Center (65 N Harvard St, Boston, MA 02163)
Broadcast Information: NESN (Local), ESPN3 (Streaming, National)
Ticket Information: Tickets are still available and can be purchased at www.nwhl.co/buy-tickets.
Promotional Information: Ed Walsh Foundation Game
Founded in 2014, The Ed Walsh Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) charitable non-profit dedicated to helping families in the greater Boston area. The mission of the foundation is to keep Ed’s spirit alive by giving back to the community where he lived and worked.
What Is the NWHL? The National Women’s Hockey League is the first professional league to pay women to play hockey. The 2015-16 season marks the inaugural campaign for this four team organization and has been extensively covered worldwide.
This game features several Olympic-level players including Team USA stars Hilary Knight, Kacey Bellamy, Gigi Marvin, Kelli Stack and Brianna Decker. Continue reading
RIVETERS HOST STACK AND THE WHALE THIS SUNDAY
New York looks to bounce back after back-to-back losses
BY: Jake Duhaime, NWHL
Who: New York Riveters (2-5-0) vs. the Connecticut Whale (7-0-0)
When: Sunday, December 13 at 6:30 PM
Where: Aviator Sports & Events Center in Brooklyn, New York (3159 Flatbush Ave.)
What: The National Women’s Hockey League is the first professional league to pay women to play hockey. The 2015-16 season marks the inaugural campaign for this four team organization and has been extensively covered worldwide.
This game features several Olympic-level players including two-time U.S. Olympic silver medalist Kelli Stack.
Promotional Info: Ugly Sweater Night & Toy Drive benefiting Toys For Tots.
The ugliest sweater gets to shoot a puck from center ice for a Riveters prize in-between periods.
More Details: New York has dropped two straight, including a 4-1 decision in Boston on December 6. Goaltender Jenny Scrivens made 35 saves in the losing effort. Kaleigh Fratkin’s goal with 25 seconds left in regulation kept the Whale unbeaten through seven NWHL games. Connecticut leads the league in penalty minutes (103) and will be without Molly Engstrom due to suspension.
Tickets are still available and can be purchased at http://nwhl.co/buy-tickets/. The game will be live-streamed through the NWHL’s Cross-Ice Pass http://nwhl.co/cross-ice-pass/
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By: Zak McGinniss, Danbury Titans
Titans Towers Over Brewster 6-1
Brewster NY – The Danbury Titans opened their inaugural season with a 6-1 victory over the Brewster Bulldogs. In front of a capacity crowd at the Brewster Ice Arena, both the Danbury Titans and the Brewster Bulldogs officially took the ice for the first time Friday evening. The home fans would be disappointed, however, as Danbury looked to grab control of the game early and often. Scoring the first goal in Titans history was Brett Liscomb, assisted by Justin Apcar-Blaszak and Zach Tatrn. Danbury continued their onslaught in the first period with a pair of goals less than a minute apart both scored by Tyler Gjurich. His first was assisted by Mike Driscoll, and the second was from veteran Ryan Patsch. Continue reading
BY: Gerry Cantlon, Special to Howlings
Break-up day at the end of there regular season is a part of the hockey player experience. That’s the case in most places, but not in Hartford where the good-byes don’t usually come until the end of playoff hockey. But not this season.
For just the second time in franchise history there will be no post season to reflect upon. For the Whale, there’s just an excruciating, inexplicable six game slide at the end of the season that cost them a spot in the Calder Cup playoff dance.
The cloudy, chilly gray skies outside painted the scene well for what went on inside the XL Center. Continue reading
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Tagged Benn Ferriero, Brandon Mashinter, Brandon Segal, Calder Cup, ConnecticutWhale, Ken Gernander, Logan Pyett, Whale, XL Center
BY: Bob Crawford, Voice of the CTWhale
The Whale’s 2012-13 season ended Saturday night, with a 5-1 loss at Portland, after Connecticut had dropped a 3-2 decision in Albany on Friday evening. Those two defeats ran the Whale’s final season record to 35-32-6-3 for 79 points, leaving the club two points short of a playoff spot in the AHL’s Eastern Conference. Kris Newbury scored his 20th goal of the season, and Christian Thomas his 19th, in Friday’s game, and Marek Hrivik scored the only Whale goal in Saturday’s finale. Continue reading
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Tagged Bob Crawford, ConnecticutWhale, ECHL, New York Ranger, Saturday, Scott Stajcer, Whale, XL Center
BY: Gerry Cantlon, Special to Howlings
The Connecticut Whale were almost dragged across the finish line, but twenty minutes of Hershey Bears hockey prevented the New York Rangers‘ AHL affiliates from making the post season.
The Whale were eliminated from playoff contention finishing in the ninth spot two points behind the Bears 81 with 79 points.
Despite an atrocious season-ending six-game losing streak, the Whale still had a chance to make the Calder Cup playoffs on the very last day of the regular season. Continue reading
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Tagged American Hockey League, Calder Cup, ConnecticutWhale, Hershey Bears, Jon DiSalvatore, New York Rangers, Norfolk Admirals, Whale