Whale Pumped for Rangers

The excitement of the Rangers’ nail-biting, Game Seven triumph over Ottawa last night definitely filtered down to the Blueshirts’ AHL affiliate.

“We’re pulling for them all the way, and we were glad that they came out on top last night,” Whale head coach Ken Gernander said Friday of the Rangers.

“We’re all part of one big organization, from top to bottom.  And we’re thrilled with their success, they’ve been supportive of us all the way.  And I think it’s a great way to operate, where everybody’s on board and all part of a big picture.”

Meanwhile, Gernander and the Whale continued their quest to maintain their first-round edge.  Friday’s practice at Champions Skating Center in Cromwell consisted of an intrasquad scrimmage, after two days of conventional workouts

“It gets to be a long week,” said Gernander about the change of pace, “so we wanted to break it up a little bit and we wanted the guys to play some hockey, as opposed to just drills.”

As to how the team has handled the already-long layoff, Gernander said, “That will remain to be seen, and it’s a tough thing this time of year.  You’d like to at least have an opponent to focus your attention on, like you might know that it would be this team or that team, but we can’t even narrow it down any more than one of these five teams.  But the guys had two real strong work days prior to today and a decent scrimmage today, we’ll have a little bit of rest tomorrow and then three real good days to crank things up, with some travel for sure in there as well.”

Interestingly, the Rangers will face the exact opposite situation from the Whale, as the parent club will get only one day of rest after its seven-game meat grinder before starting the next round Saturday against Washington, which will have had two days off since finishing its own first-round seven-gamer.

“It’s all part of playoffs, that’s why our sport is so special,” Gernander said about the different challenges faced by the Rangers and Whale.  “You’ve got to be mentally, physically strong and able to grind it out, regardless of what the fates are.”


And…some interesting news from the Allentown (PA) Morning Call (via Tim McManus of the Glens Falls Post-Star).  An arena is under construction in Allentown to house the Flyers’ AHL affiliate, which currently plays in Glens Falls as the Adirondack Phantoms, but it sounds like the project, which is targeted to be finished in time for the team to move in for the 2013-14 AHL season, is all of a sudden facing some challenges.




3 Responses to “Whale Pumped for Rangers”

  1. chris Says:

    ok so bob our game 5 which i take is a home game for us is in bridgeport. that is kinda inconvient for us whale fans. i realize there is a circius but considering that the last team to advance will advance today why couldnt they make our searieas ag norfolk start on like monday or something. they would aviod going to bridgeport then.

    • Crawford's Corner Says:

      Chris, the lack availability of dates in both buildings made this particular schedule necessary. The only alternative to playing in Bridgeport would have been to give Norfolk another home game in the series.

  2. chris Says:

    well considering this would be a home game for us but a good hour away from our normal arena has there been any consideration to a fan bus where for a small fee in which fans could pay wse. this is inconvient for many whale fans after all and i think some whale fans may appreciate it.

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