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The Whale Week That Was - November 9, 2011

Jonathan Audy-Marchessault leads the Whale with 11 points (Via

Jonathan Audy-Marchessault leads the Whale with 11 points (Via

Every Wednesday we’ll take a look at the status of the Rangers’ AHL affiliate. Top prospects Ryan Bourque and Carl Hagelin will be key players for the Whale this season - we’ll check on how they’re doing and how the team performs as the season progresses.

- Yesterday the Rangers sent defenseman Tomas Kundratek to the Washington Capitals for right wing Francois Bouchard.  Read more about the trade on BB+.

- On Friday Connecticut lost its second-straight game, this time to the St. John’s IceCaps 6-3.  Connecticut has had a whale of a time protecting leads this year despite its sterling record and it cost the team against the IceCaps.  Connecticut held a one-goal lead but surrendered three goals in 4:16 and never recovered.  After being named the AHL/Reebok Goaltender of the Month earlier in the week, Chad Johnson really struggled against St. John’s allowing five goals on 27 shots.  Kris Newbury, John Mitchell and Ryan Bourque scored for the Whale.

- Connecticut bounced back with a 3-2 shootout win over the Albany Devils on Saturday.  Coach Ken Gernander was unsatisfied with his team’s play on Wednesday and Friday and shuffled his lineup, scratching forward Chris McKelvie and defenseman Blake Parlett and replacing them with defensemen Jyri Niemi and Jared NightingaleJonathan Audy-Marchessault scored just 19 seconds into the game to give the Whale the lead and Carl Hagelin also scored for Connecticut.  The Whale led 2-1 entering the third period but again allowed a tying goal to send the game overtime.  But this time Connecticut prevailed off shootout goals from Mats Zuccarello and Brendan BellCam Talbot made 18 saves for the Whale.

- Connecticut still sits atop the Northeast Division with 17 points

- Rookie Jonathan Audy-Marchessault is growing more and more comfortable with the Whale.  JAM is producing too; he leads the team with five goals and six assists in 12 games.

- Carl Hagelin boasts a team-leading plus-8 rating.  Jared Nightingale leads the defense with a plus-6.

- The Whale reassigned defenseman Lee Baldwin to the Greenville Road Warriors.

- Connecticut signed forward Jordan Owens to an AHL deal.  Owens had been playing on a pro tryout.

- Don’t miss Bruce Berlet’s story on the lifelong friendship between Dan Girardi and Andre Deveaux.

- In a schedule oddity, Connecticut will play consecutive road games on Saturday and Sunday against the St. John’s IceCaps, the AHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets.  The start time on Saturday will be 7:30 p.m. and puck drop on Sunday will be 4:00 p.m.  The IceCaps boast the best record in the American Hockey League at 9-2-3.


Past editions of The Whale Week That Was:

The Whale Week That Was - October 5, 2011 >

The Whale Week That Was – October 12, 2011 >

The Whale Week That Was – October 19, 2011 >

The Whale Week That Was – October 26, 2011 >

The Whale Week That Was – November 2, 2011 >

The Whale Week That Was – November 9, 2011 >


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