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December 3, 2012 - American Hockey League (AHL) Connecticut Whale

The Whale (9-9-2-0, 20 pts.) were 0-2-1-0 in three games this past week. In Friday night's visit to Providence, Connecticut was up 1-0 and 2-1, but the Bruins scored the final three goals of the game to ice a 4-2 win. The Whale then had a 3-0 in the third period at home Saturday night against Eastern Conference co-leading Syracuse, only to see the Crunch storm back for a 4-3 overtime victory. Sunday saw the Springfield Falcons come into the XL Center and shut the Whale out, 5-0. Chad Kolarik Friday had his second multiple-goal game in three games, scoring twice, and also chipped in an assist in Saturday's contest.

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE STANDINGS

Atlantic Division

Rank Team GP W L OTL SL PTS PCT GF GA STK P10 S/O PIM

1 Worcester Sharks 21 11 8 1 1 24 0.571 60 65 2-0-0-0 6-4-0-0 4-1 503

2 Manchester Monarchs 21 10 8 2 1 23 0.548 55 53 0-1-0-0 3-5-2-0 1-1 325

3 St. John's IceCaps 22 11 10 0 1 23 0.523 53 60 0-1-0-0 6-3-0-1 1-1 303

4 Portland Pirates 21 10 9 1 1 22 0.524 67 69 1-0-0-0 5-5-0-0 0-1 452

5 Providence Bruins 19 9 8 0 2 20 0.526 44 55 2-0-0-1 5-3-0-2 2-2 345

Northeast Division

Rank Team GP W L OTL SL PTS PCT GF GA STK P10 S/O PIM

1 Springfield Falcons 20 12 4 1 3 28 0.700 70 42 1-0-0-0 5-3-1-1 0-3 337

2 Bridgeport Sound Tigers 20 10 9 0 1 21 0.525 62 70 0-5-0-1 3-6-0-1 1-1 516

3 Connecticut Whale 20 9 9 2 0 20 0.500 63 70 0-2-1-0 5-4-1-0 1-0 431

4 Adirondack Phantoms 20 9 11 0 0 18 0.450 52 60 0-3-0-0 4-6-0-0 0-0 435

5 Albany Devils 18 5 8 0 5 15 0.417 40 52 1-0-0-0 3-3-0-4 0-5 288

East Division

Rank Team GP W L OTL SL PTS PCT GF GA STK P10 S/O PIM

1 Syracuse Crunch 20 13 5 1 1 28 0.700 74 55 0-1-0-0 6-4-0-0 0-1 516

2 Binghamton Senators 18 12 4 1 1 26 0.722 57 44 8-0-0-1 8-1-0-1 0-1 391

3 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 20 13 7 0 0 26 0.650 58 46 5-0-0-0 8-2-0-0 3-0 392

4 Hershey Bears 21 9 11 1 0 19 0.452 55 62 0-1-0-0 4-6-0-0 1-0 373

5 Norfolk Admirals 20 9 11 0 0 18 0.450 59 65 2-0-0-0 3-7-0-0 2-0 433

North Division

Rank Team GP W L OTL SL PTS PCT GF GA STK P10 S/O PIM

1 Abbotsford Heat 20 13 3 2 2 30 0.750 56 36 0-1-0-0 6-2-2-0 1-2 320

2 Toronto Marlies 21 12 8 0 1 25 0.595 70 59 3-0-0-0 6-4-0-0 0-1 419

3 Lake Erie Monsters 22 11 9 1 1 24 0.545 70 70 0-1-0-0 3-5-1-1 4-1 378

4 Rochester Americans 19 9 8 2 0 20 0.526 63 59 0-2-1-0 3-6-1-0 2-0 384

5 Hamilton Bulldogs 18 7 9 1 1 16 0.444 38 57 1-0-0-0 3-7-0-0 1-1 397

Midwest Division

Rank Team GP W L OTL SL PTS PCT GF GA STK P10 S/O PIM

1 Rockford IceHogs 22 12 9 0 1 25 0.568 73 67 3-0-0-0 7-3-0-0 2-1 490

2 Grand Rapids Griffins 19 11 6 1 1 24 0.632 66 58 1-0-0-0 8-2-0-0 2-1 272

3 Chicago Wolves 20 9 8 2 1 21 0.525 56 62 1-0-0-0 3-5-1-1 2-1 274

4 Milwaukee Admirals 19 9 8 1 1 20 0.526 54 58 3-0-0-1 5-3-1-1 1-1 253

5 Peoria Rivermen 20 6 10 2 2 16 0.400 47 73 0-2-0-1 4-5-0-1 1-2 271

South Division

Rank Team GP W L OTL SL PTS PCT GF GA STK P10 S/O PIM

1 Charlotte Checkers 21 12 7 0 2 26 0.619 70 61 0-4-0-0 5-4-0-1 1-2 280

2 Oklahoma City Barons 20 11 6 1 2 25 0.625 66 59 0-1-0-1 6-2-1-1 0-2 429

3 Houston Aeros 20 11 6 1 2 25 0.625 67 59 5-0-0-0 6-3-0-1 2-2 275

4 Texas Stars 20 10 8 1 1 22 0.550 51 58 1-0-0-0 7-2-1-0 3-1 313

5 San Antonio Rampage 20 6 11 0 3 15 0.375 51 63 0-1-0-0 2-6-0-2 0-3 331

This week:

The Whale play their first midweek home game of the season Wednesday night, as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers invade the XL Center for a 7:00 PM game. Then Connecticut travels to Manchester for its first meeting of the year with the Monarchs Saturday night (7:00), before returning home for a second consecutive Sunday to battle the Albany Devils. That game faces off at 3:00.

Wednesday, December 5 vs. the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the XL Center, 7:00 p.m.

. After losing the first two games of the season series with their in-state rivals, the Whale won the last meeting in come-from-behind fashion November 23 in Bridgeport, wiping out a 5-3 deficit with four third-period goals in a 7-5 triumph. The Sound Tigers won the only previous game between the two teams at the XL Center, 6-4, on opening night October 12.

. Bridgeport (10-9-0-1, 21 pts.) is still in second place in the Northeast Division, one point ahead of the Whale, but has fallen seven points behind division-leading Springfield, after going 0-5-0-1 in its last six games.

. The Sound Tigers' Brock Nelson, who has 2-2-4 in the three games against the Whale this year, is fourth among AHL rookies in goals, and tied for fifth in points, with 9-7-16 in 20 games.

. Radio - live with Bob Crawford and Mark Bailey on "Beethoven Radio" AM 1290, and on-line at www.ctwhale.com.

Saturday, December 8 at the Manchester Monarchs (Verizon Wireless Arena), 7:00 p.m.

. This is the first of six meetings on the year between the Whale and Monarchs. In a six-game series last season, the Whale went 5-0-0-1, winning all three of their trips to Manchester.

. The Monarchs (10-8-2-1, 23 pts.) are one point off the lead in the Atlantic Division, despite going 1-2-1-0 in their last four games.

. Forwards Dwight King (2-6-8 in 14 GP) and Jordan Nolan (1-2-3 in 7 GP) are currently skating with the Monarchs, after helping to lead the parent Los Angeles Kings to a Stanley Cup championship last season.

. 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 www.ctwhale.com.

Sunday, December 9 vs. Albany Devils at the XL Center, 3:00 p.m.

. At this game, and all Whale Sunday home games, fans can purchase "Click It or Ticket Sunday Family Value Packs", which include a ticket, a hot dog or a slice of pizza and a soda, for just $18 each.

. The Whale and Devils have already met twice this season in Albany, with the Whale winning both games, 5-2 on October 24 and 2-1 in a shootout November 2. This is the first of three visits by the Devils to the XL Center.

. Albany is 5-8-0-5 for 15 points through its first 18 games, and is fifth in the Northeast Division, three points behind fourth-place Adirondack. The Devils finished last week with a 3-2 road win over the Phantoms Saturday.

. Devil goaltender Jeff Frazee (3-3-2) has the sixth-best goals-against average in the AHL, at 2.22.

. Radio - live with Bob Crawford and Mark Bailey on "Beethoven Radio" AM 1290, and on-line at www.ctwhale.com.

Whale Community Appearances:

The Whale's "We Believe Tour" has 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:

. Thursday, December 6, 5:00 PM, Blue Back Square, West Hartford, CT

Pucky, the Whale's lovable mascot, takes part in the West Hartford "Holiday Stroll".

. Saturday, December 8, 8:00 AM, McDonald's, 2915 Main St., Glastonbury, CT

Pucky shares the day's most important meal with Glastonbury schoolchildren at the Glastonbury Schools Breakfast.

. Saturday, December 8, 11:00 AM, Buckland Hills Mall, Manchester, CT

Pucky will be meeting and greeting holiday shoppers at the Buckland Hills Mall, spending time both at the Parade of Novelties Sports store and the mall's "Elf Academy" event for kids, which takes place from 11:00 AM-12 noon.

Recent Transactions:

Jason Wilson - reassigned from the Whale to Greenville (ECHL) November 29.

Andrew Yogan - reassigned from the Whale to Greenville (ECHL) November 29.

Whale Tales:

From now through January 4, the Whale are offering a special "Holiday Gift Pack". The deal includes four flex vouchers good for any 2012-13 game, four pairs of snazzy Connecticut Whale sunglasses and one Dunkin' Donuts gift card. Holiday Gift Packs are available for only $50 each for the Blue level and $75 each for the Green level. To order, and for more details, visit the Whale's official website at www.ctwhale.com.

The Whale's next Friday-night home game is December 14, when the Albany Devils make their first visit of the season to 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 8:00 PM. That game also features a toy drive to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford. Fans are asked to bring new, unused toys to the game to donate. Further information is available at www.ctwhale.com.

The Whale's last game before Christmas is Saturday, December 22 at the XL Center, a 7:00 battle with the Providence Bruins. That is "Military Appreciation Night", with a jersey auction to benefit the Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Connecticut. The Whale's annual "Teddy Bear Toss" will also take place at the December 22 game. Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped soft toys to the game and, when the Whale scores its first goal of the game, heave them on to the ice to be donated to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Tickets for all Whale regular season home games at the XL Center are on sale now at the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center, through TicketMaster Charge-by-Phone at 1-800-745-3000 and on-line at www.ticketmaster.com.

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 www.ctwhale.com, or call the CT Whale ticket office at (860) 548-2000 to talk with an account executive today.

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