The last piece of the puzzle for the Whale fell into place on Sunday night when back up goal tender Jason Missiaen notched his second AHL win. He not only did it in a tight 3-2 victory but he also did it against the new top team in the Northeast Division. Missiaen got the start after Cam Talbot had started seven games in a row. Talbot has played great in that time but he is going to need a solid back up to get him some rest. After all the Whale have taken more shots than most teams in the entire league.
The definite highlight of the last three Whale games was definitely Chad Kolarik’s natural hat-trick on Saturday night against Norfolk. Kolarik sunk the Admirals when he scored the first three Whale goals.
The Whale beat Norfolk 5-2 in a very solid effort.
That game came only one night after the Whale beat down Bridgeport 7-5 in Bridgeport, Friday night. Kolarik had seven points over the weekend, three of them in this game. Chris Kreider had two goals in the game, one was the game winner and he also received the games first star. Kreider has been good but not nearly as exciting as he was in the playoffs with the Rangers last year.
In the first half of the Hartford hockey double header the UConn Huskies defeated Air Force 3-2 in over time. UConn was very feisty, fought for loose pucks and held a clear shot advantage through most of the game. Air Force appeared to be surprised in the first period especially when they were outshot 13-4. That would continue as UConn put up 39 shots in three periods including the 35 seconds of overtime. The crowd for the game was announced at 1985, it is believed that when UConn takes the ice in Hockey East in 2014 that playing a team like B.U. and B.C. could possibly bring a crowd into the XL that is double digits. Its still a season and a half to go until we will know if attendance will improve that much.
Coming up for the Whale is another set of three games on the weekend. Friday night the Whale play Providence. On Saturday the Whale play a night game against the Syracuse Crunch. The Crunch team is actually last years Calder Cup winners as they moved their team from Norfolk to Syracuse. The Syracuse team of last year just did the inverse move.
Also on Syracuse is former Alternate Captain Jared Nightingale. Prior to this game is a Whale fan vs. Hoses team game that your ticket will gain you entry to. The game starts about 2:30. The matinee on Sunday will be played against those same Springfield Falcons from up I91 north.
Can the Whale earn a second weekend sweep of games? Will Talbot start all three games or will we see Jason Missiaen in net? Stay wired in to find out.