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The Whale Week That Was - November 23, 2011

Aaron Voros is expected to make his debut tonight

Aaron Voros is expected to make his debut tonight

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.

- Connecticut won consecutive games this weekend to reclaim first place in the Northeast Division.

On Friday the Whale slipped by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3-2 in overtime to beat their rivals for the first time this season.  Brendan Bell scored the game-winner on a breakaway goal with just 6.8 seconds remaining in the extra frame.  Carl Hagelin and Francois Bouchard also scored.  It was Bouchard’s first goal of the season and as a member of the Whale.  Chad Johnson stopped 15 of 17 shots, but Bridgeport still managed a point because Kevin Poulin made 42 saves for the Sound Tigers.  It is troubling that Connecticut again surrendered a 2-1 lead in the third period.

On Saturday Connecticut came back from a two-goal third period deficit to defeat the Providence Bruins 3-2 in a shootoutBell followed up his OT winner with the Whale’s first goal against Providence and Jordan Owens also scored for Connecticut.  Cam Talbot stopped 18 of 20 shots.  John Mitchell and Hagelin scored for the Whale in the shootout while Talbot stopped five of the Bruins’ six attempts. Aaron Voros, Jared Nightingale, Mats Zuccarello and Wade Redden were the scratches.  Zuccarello sat out because he was feeling sick.  Redden suffered an upper-body injury on Saturday.

- Bell has two goals and two assists in his last three games after sitting out as a healthy scratch.  He now has two goals and five assists in 10 games this season to lead CT defensemen. 

- Hagelin, Mitchell, Zuccarello and Jonathan Audy-Marchessault are in a four-way tie for the team lead with 12 points apiece.  Zuccarello, though, has recorded his 12 points in just 10 games.

- Hagelin leads the Whale at plus-10.  No other CT player is better than plus-5.  Hagelin also leads the team with 42 shots on goal.

- Voros spoke with Paul Doyle of the Hartford Courant about signing with the CT Whale and indicated that he made a mistake by passing on some opportunities (NHL offers?) this summer.  Voros asked GM Glen Sather for a shot to prove himself in Connecticut and Sather obliged.  “Voros said he called Sather -- or Mr. Sather, as he referred to him -- and asked if ‘he minded if I go down to Hartford and play and see if I can help them out down there and see if I can get these wheels turning again.’”

- Kris Newbury was suspended four games for an illegal hit to the head on November 18th against Bridgeport.

- With Newbury suspended, Voros should make his debut tonight against Portland.

- The Whale recalled defenseman Lee Baldwin from the Greenville Road Warriors.

- Bruce Berlet writes about Tim Erixon’s busy year.

- SNYRangersBlog’s Nick Perri examines how Erixon and Hagelin have played this season for the Whale.

- The week ahead: Connecticut will face-off against the Portland Pirates tonight at 7:00 p.m.  Then, the Whale will play back-to-back road games on Friday and Saturday, first in Bridgeport and then against Springfield.  Both games start at 7:00 p.m.


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 >

The Whale Week That Was – November 16, 2011 >

The Whale Week That Was – November 23, 2011 >


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