#2 Tyler Dienna
The Whalers started slow Saturday night, falling behind 1-0 to the Eagles just 2 minutes into the 2nd period before a 3 goal outburst in a span of 2:11 put them up 3-1. The Eagles cut the lead late in the 2nd to head to the locker room at 3-2. The Whalers extended the lead for good 6 minutes into the 3rd, as the Eagles scored one late but no more, as the Whalers walked away with a 4-3 win.
Tyler Dienna, Nolan Cavanagh, Tanner Davis, and Noah Kramer each scored 1 goal apiece for the Whalers. Ty Brandt, Tyler Dienna, Charles DuBose, Cody Wilson, Kyle Ball, Michael Volmert, and Bryce Leger each tallied an assist. Everett Yasinski stopped 18 of 21 for the win in net, his 2nd of the season.
The Whalers outshot the Eagles 31-21. The Whalers woes on the power play continued, as they finished 0 for 6, while Carolina was 0 for 3.
#31 Sean Dickson
On Saturday night, the Premier game took on much the same tone it had on the road in Atlanta last weekend. Despite 28 Whalers shots through the first 2 periods of the game, the Whalers were unable to crack the code that was Carolina goalie Matt Forslund. It wasn’t until 11 minutes into the 3rd, Geoff George scored his 1st of the season and 1st as a Whaler to give the boys in blue and green all the offense they would need on this night. The Whalers added an empty netter with 34 seconds left and the Whalers walked away with their 3rd straight win to open the season by a score of 2-0.
George and Conner Hunt provided the goals for the Whalers. Jonas Edwards, Max Loga, Adam Toor, and Zach Zalar picked up helpers in the game. Sean Dickson picked up win #3 and shutout #2 in goal with 23 saves.
The Whalers held a 36-23 advantage in shots on goal. The Whalers power play finished 0 for 4 while the Eagles went 0 for 2.
#3 Noah Kramer & #24 Nolan Cavanagh
On Sunday, the Whalers scored once in each period and controlled the play to take the weekend sweep. They boys took a 2-0 lead into the 3rd before the Eagles scored early in period 3. With 13 minutes remaining, the Whalers notched the final nail in the coffin for the 3-1 win.
Ryan Lorenz, Tyler Dienna, and James Rowe each scored a goal for the Whalers. Ty Brandt and Caelan Bolanowski each tallied a pair of assists, while Tanner Davis posted one. Everett Yasinski notched his 3rd win of the season in goal with a 26 save performance to improve to 3-0 on the campaign.
The Whalers held a 31-27 shot on goal advantage. The Whalers power play continued to sputter, with a 0 for 5 effort. They have now failed to convert on 19 power plays in the 1st 4 games to open the season. The Eagles went 0 for 4. The Whalers penalty kill sits at 93.8% to start the season. The Whalers have given up a division low 7 goals against to start the year.
#7 Adam Toor
On Sunday, the Whalers flashed the offense we have become accustomed to. 3 goals in the first 14 minutes opened up a 3-0 1st period lead and chased Carolina starter Eric Daniel. Just 3 minutes into the 2nd the Whalers had extended the lead to 5-0. Carolina was able to pop one in before the 2nd ended, but the Whalers cruised the rest of the way for a 5-1 win and 4-0 start to the season.
Nikita Anistratenko scored twice for the Whalers, Tianyou Zuo, Dakota Gottlieb, and Matthew Hanchon each scored once. Conner Hunt had 2 assists, Matthew Hanchon, Nikita Anistratenko, Jonas Edwards, John Horn, Gary Eastlack, and Geoff George each had 1. Sean Dickson made 19 saves in goal for his 4th win of the season.
The Whalers held a 34-20 advantage in shots. Hampton Roads went 0 for 2 on the power play, seeing their 30% success rate after the opening weekend drop to 19% on the season after failing to score on the power play on the weekend. Carolina went 0 for 3. The Whalers penalty kill sits at 94.1% on the season. The Whalers have given up a division low 3 goals against to start the year.
The Whalers will be home again this weekend as they face off with the Atlanta Knights September 30th and October 1st before they embark on an 8 game road trip starting in Chicago October 12th.
Saturday night will be Gerald Owen Memorial Night. Help raise funds for the Gerald Owen Memorial Scholarship by entering a raffle to be drawn between the 2nd and 3rd periods of Saturday’s Premier game.
Top prize is an autographed Connor McDavid jersey, 2nd prize an autographed Washington Capitals jersey, and 3rd prize, 4 tickets to a Norfolk Admirals home game.
Tickets will be sold at the door w/ donations being accepted throughout the week. Online raffle information will be available Monday if you can’t make it to the Ponds. Tickets are $10 apiece or 3 for $25.
If you can’t make it to the Ponds, catch all the action live and online on HockeyTV.