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.
- Last Wednesday the Whale again came back in the third period
Portland 3-2 in overtime. Brendan
Bell scored his second OT-winner in as many games. After scoring with just 6.8 seconds left in
OT last Sunday to beat Providence, Bell put a rebound home with 1:31 left in OT
against the Pirates. Blake Parlett scored his second goal of the season and rookie Jonathan Audy-Marchessault stuffed home a rebound with 1:11 left in regulation to tie the game. Cam Talbot stopped 25 of 27 shots.
- Without Andre Deveaux and Kris Newbury, who were suspended,
and Carl Hagelin and John Mitchell, who had been recalled by New York, Connecticut
struggled against Bridgeport on Friday. The
Sound Tigers crushed
the Whale 6-2. Talbot stopped 19 of
24 shots and was relieved by Chad Johnson in the third period. Audy-Marchessault and Kelsey Tessier scored
the goals for Connecticut. Aaron Voros was assessed three minor penalties during the contest. Wade Redden returned to
the lineup after missing a couple of games with an upper-body injury.
- After a disheartening effort against Bridgeport the Whale
bounced back and scored three unanswered goals to beat
Springfield 3-2 on Saturday. Andreas
Thuresson scored twice in the third period including the game-winner with 21.6
seconds remaining in regulation. Pavel
Valentenko unleashed his rocket of a slap shot for Connecticut’s first
goal. Johnson made 26 saves on 28 shots.
- Last night Connecticut won the “Battle
of the Bourques” 4-2 over Hershey. Ryan Bourque went scoreless for the Whale while Chris tallied his team-leading 11th
of the year for the Bears. Valentenko tallied
his second goal in as many games after going scoreless in his first 12
contests. Voros and Chris McKelvie both contributed
their first goals of the season and Mats Zuccarello also scored for the Whale. Johnson stopped 26 of 28 shots despite playing
with the flu. Jared Nightingale returned
to the lineup after sitting out five games with an injury. Tim Erixon was scratched with an undisclosed
- Connecticut currently holds a three point lead in the
Northeast Division and sits at 12-5-1-2.
The Whale trails the Eastern Conference-leading St. John’s IceCaps by a
- Mitchell and Hagelin were recalled by the Rangers on
Thursday, leaving gaping holes in Connecticut’s lineup. The two had combined for 27 points in 34
games with the Whale.
- With Hagelin, Mitchell and Newbury out of the picture
lately, Audy-Marchessault has taken a commanding lead in the points race. J.A.M has seven goals and 11 assists in 20
games as an AHL rookie. He’s also a
- With those players gone, Zuccarello will be relied on to do
the heavy lifting offensively. He’s
scoring at a point per game clip with the Whale and has four goals and 10
assists in 14 games.
- Francois Bouchard has one goal in eight games with the
- Erixon now has a goal and seven assists in 10 games with Connecticut.
- Bourque has a goal and two assists in 13 games and is
- Deveaux still leads the Whale in power play goals (3)
despite playing just nine games with the club. The Rangers placed Deveaux on waivers this morning and he could be back with the Whale this weekend.
- Tommy Grant is a team-worst minus-8 in 19 games.
- Johnson is 6-3-2-1 with a 2.58 goals against average and a
.907 save percentage in 12 games this year.
Talbot is 6-3-0-1 with a 2.88 goals against average and a .891 save
percentage in 10 games.
- Newbury is set to return from his suspension on Friday.
- Bruce Berlet finds that Bell has earned
respect from teammates and coaches for his positive attitude despite being
scratched on November 13th. Bell has
three goals and five assists in 14 games.
- The week ahead: Connecticut will play three games in three
days this weekend, first in Providence on Friday night, then Saturday in
Springfield and finally home on Sunday for an afternoon game against the
defending Calder Cup champion Binghamton Senators.
Past editions of The Whale Week That Was:
Whale Week That Was - October 5, 2011 >
Whale Week That Was – October 12, 2011 >
Whale Week That Was – October 19, 2011 >
Whale Week That Was – October 26, 2011 >
Whale Week That Was – November 2, 2011 >
Whale Week That Was – November 9, 2011 >
Whale Week That Was – November 16, 2011 >
Whale Week That Was – November 23, 2011 >
The Whale Week That Was – November 30, 2011 >
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