BY: Bob Crawford, Voice of the CTWhale
The Whale (15-17-3-0, 33 pts.) celebrated the start of the new year by garnering five out of a possible six points in last weekend’s three games, including the club’s first two shutouts of the season. Cam Talbot blanked the Adirondack Phantoms 3-0 on Friday night at the XL Center, making 25 saves, and, after a 2-1 overtime loss to the Phantoms Saturday in the second half of a home-and-home, Jason Missiaen rang up his first AHL shutout Sunday at home, stopping 35 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton shots in a 2-0 win. Kyle Jean scored both Whale goals in that game for his first multiple-goal game as a pro, and Chad Kolarik lit the lamp both Friday and Saturday to bump his team-leading goal total up to 14.
The Whale this week start a stretch of six straight games on the road, with a two-game visit to Hershey, PA. The Whale and Bears clash Saturday night at 7:00 PM at GiantCenter, and then again at 5:00 on Sunday.
- After a 10-3-0-1 run from November 25 through December 27, the Bears (16-16-1-1, 34 pts.) have lost their last three games and sit third in the East Division, one point ahead of fourth-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
- This is the second of four games on the year between the Bears and Whale, who defeated Hershey 3-1 at the XL Center October 26 in the teams’ first get-together. Connecticut won three out of four against the Bears last season and swept a pair of meetings in Hershey, winning 4-1 on February 4 and 1-0 April 8.
- Hershey netminder Braden Holtby was December’s CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month, going 5-4-1 with a 1.69 goals-against average and a 94.3% save percentage in 10 December games. On the year, Holtby is 12-12-1 with a 2.14 GAA, a 93.2% save percentage and four shutouts. Those numbers rank him tied for second in the league in shutouts, third in save percentage and sixth in GAA.
- Former Hartford Wolf Pack Jeff Taffe (8-26-34 in 34 GP) is the Bears’ leading point-scorer. His assist total is tied for third in the AHL and he is tied for sixth in points.
- Radio – live with Bob Crawford on “The Rock” 106.9 WCCC-FM. All Whale Saturday night games this year will be beamed on The Rock 106.9 WCCC’s 50,000 watts of power. Also available on-line at CTWhale.com. Video streaming at AHLLive.com.
Sunday, January 13 at the Hershey Bears (Giant Center), 5:00 p.m.
- Hershey comes into this week 9-5-0-0 on the road, but only 7-11-1-1 in 20 home games.
- The Whale are 11-5-0-0 all-time in 16 trips to Hershey.
- Radio – live with Bob Crawford on “Beethoven Radio” AM 1290, and on-line at CTWhale.com. Video streaming at AHLLive.com.
Whale Community Appearances:
The Whale have the following appearances scheduled this week. For further information on these, or any other Whale community initiatives, contact Whale community relations manager Frank Berrian, at (860) 541-4728:
- Tuesday, January 8, 5:00-7:00 PM, Winterfest Rink at Bushnell Park, Downtown Hartford
The entire Whale team will be strapping on the blades for a refreshing outdoor skate at the Winterfest skating rink in beautiful BushnellPark in the heart of downtown Hartford. The Whale will be meeting and greeting fans and signing autographs as they glide around the rink, offering fans of all ages a chance to skate alongside their favorite Whale players.
J.T. Miller – reassigned to the Whale from the U.S. National Junior Team January 6.
The Whale’s next home game is Wednesday, January 23, a 7:00 game against the Adirondack Phantoms. For that and all Whale home games, tickets start as low as $10 each ($12 each when tickets are purchased on the day of the game), at the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center, through TicketMaster Charge-by-Phone at 1-800-745-3000 and on-line at TicketMaster.com.
Whale fans can present their Whale ticket stub at the Russian Lady, which is located at 191 Ann Uccello Street, directly across from the XL Center, and not only skip the line at the door, but get in with no cover charge as well.
The Whale’s next Friday-night home game is January 25, when the Manchester Monarchs invade the XL Center for a 7:00 game. At each and every Friday Whale home game this year, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers until the end of the first intermission.
At every Sunday Whale home game this year, fans can take advantage of the Whale’s “Click It or Ticket Sunday Family Value Packs”, which include a ticket, a hot dog or a pizza slice and a soda, all for just $18. The next Sunday home outing at the XL Center is February 17, a 3:00 PM game vs. the Manchester Monarchs.
Season tickets for the Whale’s 2012-13 AHL season are still available. For information on season seats, and all of the Whale’s many ticketing options, visit CTWhale.com, or call the CT Whale ticket office at (860) 548-2000 to talk with an account executive today
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