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December 10, 2012 - American Hockey League (AHL) Connecticut Whale

Last week started well for the Whale (10-11-2-0, 22 pts.), with a 4-2 home win over Bridgeport on Wednesday night, but then finished with two losses. The Manchester Monarchs handed the Whale a 9-2 road defeat on Saturday night, and Connecticut was then shut out at home Sunday by the Albany Devils, 1-0. J.T. Miller had the first multiple-point game of his pro career in Wednesday's victory with two goals, including the game-winner, and Kelsey Tessier scored both Friday and Saturday, after going his first 16 games without a goal.

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 23 12 8 1 2 27 0.587 65 70 3-0-0-1 6-3-0-1 4-2 534

2 Providence Bruins 22 12 8 0 2 26 0.591 53 61 5-0-0-1 7-2-0-1 3-2 399

3 Manchester Monarchs 24 11 10 2 1 25 0.521 68 61 0-1-0-0 4-4-2-0 1-1 368

4 Portland Pirates 23 11 10 1 1 24 0.522 72 78 1-0-0-0 5-5-0-0 1-1 555

5 St. John's IceCaps 24 11 12 0 1 23 0.479 58 69 0-3-0-0 4-5-0-1 1-1 329

Northeast Division

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

1 Springfield Falcons 22 14 4 1 3 32 0.727 79 47 3-0-0-0 6-2-1-1 0-3 369

2 Bridgeport Sound Tigers 23 11 11 0 1 23 0.500 72 79 1-0-0-0 2-7-0-1 1-1 599

3 Connecticut Whale 23 10 11 2 0 22 0.478 69 82 0-2-0-0 5-4-1-0 1-0 461

4 Adirondack Phantoms 23 10 12 1 0 21 0.457 59 69 1-0-1-0 4-5-1-0 1-0 498

5 Albany Devils 20 7 8 0 5 19 0.475 44 53 3-0-0-0 4-3-0-3 0-5 327

East Division

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

1 Syracuse Crunch 23 14 6 1 2 31 0.674 84 67 0-1-0-1 5-4-0-1 0-2 587

2 Binghamton Senators 20 13 5 1 1 28 0.700 64 48 0-1-0-0 9-1-0-0 0-1 454

3 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 22 13 7 1 1 28 0.636 65 55 5-0-1-1 7-1-1-1 3-1 436

4 Hershey Bears 24 11 12 1 0 23 0.479 64 70 0-1-0-0 5-5-0-0 1-0 419

5 Norfolk Admirals 22 10 12 0 0 20 0.455 63 68 1-0-0-0 3-7-0-0 2-0 462

North Division

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

1 Abbotsford Heat 23 14 4 3 2 33 0.717 61 45 1-0-0-0 5-3-2-0 1-2 348

2 Toronto Marlies 23 13 9 0 1 27 0.587 76 65 0-1-0-0 6-4-0-0 0-1 435

3 Lake Erie Monsters 24 12 10 1 1 26 0.542 74 77 0-1-0-0 3-5-1-1 4-1 416

4 Rochester Americans 21 10 9 2 0 22 0.524 69 64 0-1-0-0 4-5-1-0 2-0 404

5 Hamilton Bulldogs 20 8 10 1 1 18 0.450 42 64 1-0-0-0 4-6-0-0 1-1 427

Midwest Division

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

1 Grand Rapids Griffins 22 13 7 1 1 28 0.636 74 62 2-0-0-0 7-3-0-0 2-1 375

2 Rockford IceHogs 25 13 11 0 1 27 0.540 81 76 0-2-0-0 7-3-0-0 2-1 601

3 Milwaukee Admirals 22 10 9 2 1 23 0.523 63 67 1-0-0-0 4-3-2-1 1-1 287

4 Chicago Wolves 22 10 9 2 1 23 0.523 58 66 1-0-0-0 3-5-1-1 2-1 332

5 Peoria Rivermen 23 8 11 2 2 20 0.435 53 80 1-0-0-0 5-4-0-1 1-2 321

South Division

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

1 Charlotte Checkers 24 13 9 0 2 28 0.583 79 70 0-1-0-0 3-6-0-1 1-2 344

2 Houston Aeros 22 12 7 1 2 27 0.614 71 63 0-1-0-0 7-3-0-0 2-2 294

3 Texas Stars 23 12 8 2 1 27 0.587 58 62 3-0-1-0 6-2-2-0 3-1 348

4 Oklahoma City Barons 22 11 8 1 2 25 0.568 71 66 0-3-0-1 5-3-1-1 0-2 454

5 San Antonio Rampage 24 10 11 0 3 23 0.479 65 70 4-0-0-0 6-3-0-1 0-3 382

This week:

It's a busy week of home action for the Whale, with three games at the XL Center upcoming. The Worcester Sharks come to town on Wednesday, the Albany Devils again on Friday and the Portland Pirates on Saturday night. All three contests face off at 7:00 PM.

Wednesday, December 12 vs. the Worcester Sharks at the XL Center, 7:00 p.m.

- The Sharks came from behind in the third period Sunday to score a 3-2 win in Manchester, improving to 12-8-1-2 for 27 points and vaulting into first place in the Atlantic Division.

- Former Whale Tim Kennedy had one of Worcester's two third-period goals Sunday at Manchester, and added an assist, to increase his scoring totals on the year to 12-14-26 in 23 games. Kennedy is on an eight-game point-scoring streak in which he has amassed 8-7-15, and is tied for third in the AHL in points.

- This is the first of two visits on the year by the Sharks to the XL Center, but the two teams have already met twice in Worcester. The Whale won both games, 6-2 on November 10 and 2-1 November 17.

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

Friday, December 14 vs. the Albany Devils at the XL Center, 7:00 p.m.

- At this and all Whale Friday-night home games, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers until 8:00 PM.

- This game 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.

- This is the second trip to the XL Center in less than a week for the Devils, who posted a 1-0 shutout over the Whale this past Sunday in Hartford. That was after the Whale won the first two games of the season series, both in Albany.

- Devil goaltender Keith Kinkaid rang up his second shutout of the season Sunday, stopping 30 Whale shots, and Joe Whitney's second-period goal was the game's only scoring.

- Sunday's win over the Whale stretched Albany's first winning streak of the year to three games and brought the Devils (7-8-0-5, 19 pts.) to within two points of fourth-place Adirondack in the Northeast Division.

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

Saturday, December 15 vs. the Portland Pirates at the XL Center, 7:00 p.m.

- This is the second visit of the season by the Pirates to the XL Center. Ex-Whale goaltender Chad Johnson came within 36 seconds of blanking his old club November 16, making 29 saves in a 2-1 Portland win.

- The Pirates (11-10-1-1, 24 pts.) came back from a 3-0 second-period deficit in their last game Saturday at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, eventually winning 4-3 in a shootout to jump past St. John's and into fourth place in the Atlantic.

- Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who had the tying goal on a Portland power play in Saturday's third period in Wilkes-Barre, has 16 points (6-10-16) in only 15 games, tied for eighth-most among AHL defensemen. Ekman-Larsson had 13 goals and 19 assists for 32 points in 82 NHL games with the parent Phoenix Coyotes last season.

- This is a Whale Scout Night, featuring a pre-game holiday skate for scouts with Pucky, the Whale mascot. For information on Scout Night tickets, contact the Whale ticket office at (860) 548-2000.

- Radio - live with Bob Crawford and Mark Bailey 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.

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:

- Monday, December 10, 6:00-7:00 PM, Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth and Family Center, 444 Albany Ave., Hartford, CT

Cigna and the Whale host a kick-off event for the second year of the Whale's Cigna "Hockey in the Streets" program. Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc, AEG Connecticut senior vice-president/general manager Chuck Steedman, YMCA of Greater Hartford president and CEO James Morton, Whale head coach Ken Gernander and selected Whale players will all be on hand, along with a host of local children, as the players lead the kids in a hockey scrimmage.

- Tuesday, December 11, 9:15 AM, Mountain View School, 71 Vera Rd., Bristol, CT

Pucky, the Whale's lovable mascot, continues the Whale's "Read to the Rink" tour.

- Thursday, December 13, 6:30 PM, Bowers Elementary School, 141 Princeton St., Manchester, CT

Pucky holds court at Bowers Elementary School's "What I Want to be when I Grow up" event.

- Saturday, December 15, 10:00 AM, Augie & Ray's Drive In, 314 Main St., East Hartford, CT

Pucky lends his magic to Augie & Ray's holiday toy drive event.

- Sunday, December 16, 2:00 PM, Millard Auditorium, University of Hartford Campus, West Hartford, CT

Pucky makes a cameo appearance in The Hartt School's production of "The Nutcracker".

Recent Transactions:

None

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 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 in the second intermission to benefit the VFW 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 local children's charities. Also, teddy bears will be for sale in the XL Center atrium, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting St. Jude Children's Hospital.

The Whale's next Sunday home game is January 6, when the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins come into the XL Center for a 3:00 game. At every Sunday 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.

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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