After failing to earn a victory in their first four games, the Connecticut Whale carry a three-game winning streak into the next stretch of their schedule.
The Whale (3-3-1-0) beat Albany, Hershey and Providence last week. They have starting goalie Cam Talbot (he stopped 63 of 67 shots in victories Friday and Saturday) back from a foot injury and they have found their groove.
This week, they're off to Albany before returning home to host Springfield. Courtesy of the Whale, here's a look ahead:
This week:The Whale make a return visit to Albany to battle the Devils on Friday night (7:00 PM faceoff), then play a 7:00 Sunday-night home game against the Springfield Falcons at the XL Center. Friday, November 2 at Albany Devils (Times Union Center), 7:00 p.m.· This is the second trip in ten days for the Whale to the capital of the Empire State. The Whale dealt the Devils a 5-2 defeat at the Times-Union Center this past Wednesday.· Following that Wednesday-night loss, the Devils bounced back Friday to beat the Adirondack Phantoms, 5-1, for their first home win in four tries. On Saturday night in Hershey, though, Albany was shut out by the Bears, 3-0. Head Coach Rick Kowalsky’s Devils are 2-4-0 on the year for four points.· Mike Hoeffel and team co-leading point-scorer (4-2-6) Jacob Josefson scored the Albany goals in Wednesday’s loss to the Whale, and Keith Kinkaid made 21 saves in net.· Radio – live with Bob Crawford on “Beethoven Radio” AM 1290, and on-line at www.ctwhale.com. Sunday, November 4 vs. Springfield Falcons at the XL Center, 7:00 p.m.· Note the unusual Sunday starting time for this game. The 7:00 faceoff is due to an arena changeover at the XL Center.· 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 Falcons, who have missed the playoffs for nine straight seasons, are off to a 5-1-0-1 start under new head coach Brad Larsen and lead the Eastern Conference with 11 points.· Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, who tied for the Whale’s team points lead last season with 24-40-64 in 76 GP, currently tops Springfield skaters in points with 2-5-7 in seven games. He is followed closely by Greenwich, CT native Cam Atkinson, who is tied for second with 3-3-6. Audy-Marchessault signed as a free agent this summer with the Falcons’ parent club, the Columbus Blue Jackets.· This is the first of 12 meetings on the year between the Whale and the Falcons, Connecticut’s closest regional rival and most familiar opponent. Last season the Whale went 7-4-0-1 in 12 games against Springfield, including a mark of 3-2-0-1 at home.· Radio – live with Bob Crawford and Mark Bailey on “Beethoven Radio” AM 1290, and on-line at www.ctwhale.com.