Game 1 of the weekend for the Premier team started off strong, the Whalers scored 30 seconds into the game, scoring 4 goals in each half, and rolled to a 8-0 win.
Hayden Knight, Joe DiGiulio, and Tianyou Zuo each notched 2 goals for the Whalers while Zach Zalar and Brandon Osmundson each had 1. Jonas Edwards posted 4 assists in the contest, Adam Toor and Conner Hunt had 2, while Dakota Gottlieb, Nikita Anistratenko, Trent Wydrowski, John Horn, Max Loga, Zach Zalar, and Jared Sanchez each had 1. Alec Lindberg posted the win and shutout in his 1st start of the season with 21 saves.
The Whalers held a 46-21 shot on goal advantage. Hampton Roads finished 1 for 6 on the power play while Jersey Shore was 0 for 4.
The Whalers Elite kicked off the weekend against the Hartford Jr. Wolfpack, the 3rd place team in the mid-Atlantic. The Whalers got the jump less than 5 minutes in to take a 1-0 lead and would maintain that until giving up a shorthanded goal with just 1:17 left in the opening 25 minute half. The Whalers would make up for that mistake quickly, as they connected on the power play with :37 seconds left in the period to lead 2-1 after the 1st half. In the 2nd, the Whalers connected on another power play goal :26 seconds in to jump ahead 3-1. The Wolfpack would battle back 8 minutes into the frame to make it 3-2 but again the Whalers responded right away to regain the 2 goal lead. With 4:30 left, the Wolfpack would again cut the lead to one at 4-3, but for the 3rd time in the game, the Whalers countered just 16 seconds later to make it 5-3 and would tack on an empty netter for the 6-3 win.
Gary Eastlack posted a hat-trick, while Jacob Kaplan, Ryan Lorenz, and Bryce Leger scored one apiece. Ryan Lorenz and Charles DuBose each tallied 3 helpers, Gary Eastlack and Jacob Kaplan had 2, while Adam Campbell had 1. Everett Yasinski made 23 saves in goal for the win.
The Whalers held a 38-26 shot on goal advantage. Hampton Roads finished 2 for 3 on the power play while Hartford was 0 for 2.
In game 2, the Whalers took on the Boston Bandits in their 2nd game of the day. The Whalers just couldn’t manage to maintain a lead or stay out of the penalty box in this one. Hampton Roads took the lead at 6:17 of the 1st to go up 1-0, but the Bandits answered late with just :39 seconds left in the half on the PP to knot things at 1-1 heading into the intermission. In the 2nd half, the Whalers would score 5:32 in to regain the lead, but the Bandits answered again on the PP just over 2 minutes later. The game would head into a 3 v 3 overtime where the Bandits controlled play from the drop and buried the winner just :35 seconds into the overtime session.
Tianyou Zuo and Nikita Anistratenko scored for the Whalers. Joe DiGiulio, Dakota Gottlieb, and Brandon Osmundson each had an assist for the Whalers. Zach Alvarado made 22 saves in the loss.
The Bandits held a 26-21 shot on goal advantage. Hampton Roads finished 0 for 4 on the power play while Boston was 2 for 7.
In game 2 of the weekend the Whalers would face off with the Eugene Generals for the 2nd time in franchise history, defeating them 6-1 last season during this same IHC showcase. It was a rough start for the Whalers, as the Generals scored a weak goal just 2:06 in and the Whalers struggled to gain their footing early on against a hard working Eugene team. Finally at the 9:09 mark, the Whalers broke through to tie the game 1-1. With an offensive zone face-off, the Whalers took a 2-1 lead with just 3 seconds left in the half. Hampton Roads wasted little time extending their lead to 3-1 just 1:58 into the 2nd half and added a 4th marker at the 6:34 mark to make it 4-1. The Generals narrowed the lead at 11:26, but the Whalers shut things down from then on, taking the 4-2 win.
Kyle Ball scored his 1st goal of the season, Gary Eastlack, Noah Kramer, and Caelan Bolanowski also scored. Nolan Cavanagh had 2 helpers, while Bryce Leger and Caelan Bolanowski each had 1. Everett Yasinski picked up his second win of the weekend in net with 15 saves.
The Whalers held a 36-17 shot on goal advantage. Hampton Roads finished 1 for 4 on the power play while Eugene was 0 for 5.
Game 3 of the weekend would pit the Whalers against the top team in the North, the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs. The Monarchs boast the highest scoring offense in the league and the league’s top scorer in Ryan Racy. The Whalers would come into this game on a short 4 hour rest since the end of the Eugene game, but find a way to grind out a win. 8 minutes into the contest the Whalers would strike first to go up 1-0, New Hampshire would respond three and a half minutes later off a face-off to tie things 1-1. Just over ten minutes later, the Whalers would strike again to take a 2-1 lead into the intermission. In the 2nd half, the Whalers overcame a goal that was waived off, to strike again at 19:01 to extend the lead to 3-1. From then on out, the Whalers killed 2 late penalties and locked down the high powered Monarchs for the win.
Nolan Cavanagh, Caelan Bolanowski, and Gary Eastlack scored for the Whalers. Ty Brandt had 2 assists, while Jacob Kaplan, Caelan Bolanowski, and Nolan Cavanagh each had 1. Zach Alvarado picked up the win in net for the Whalers, stopping 28 shots.
The Monarchs held a 29-22 shot on goal advantage. Hampton Roads finished 0 for 3 on the power play while New Hampshire was 0 for 2.
Game 3 of the weekend brought on a tough opponent in the always dangerous Jersey Hitmen. This game was a story of 2 halves. On the opening half, the Whalers held a 13-4 advantage in shots, dominating the frame and taking a 2-0 lead into the break. Period 2 saw a reversal of fortunes, as the Hitmen came out on fire, tallying 4 straight goals in a span of ten minutes and forty six seconds to go up 4-2. The Whalers would fight back at 18:17 to make it a one goal game, but couldn’t muster any more offense, falling for the 4th time in 7 games by a score of 4-3.
Trent Wydrowski, Nikita Anistratenko, and Brandon Osmundson scored for the Whalers. Adam Toor had 2 helpers, while Conner Hunt, Trent Wydrowski, and John Horn each had 1. Sean Dickson took the loss in goal with 22 saves.
The Whalers held a 32-26 shot on goal advantage. Hampton Roads finished 1 for 3 on the power play while Jersey was 0 for 2.
The Whalers would wrap up their weekend with the franchise’s first ever meeting with the Skipjacks Hockey Club, looking to bounce back and take 5 of 9 points in the weekend. The Whalers would get on the board at 8:44 to take the 1-0 lead before the Skipjacks tied things up at 11:17 to take it 1-1 into the break. In the 2nd, the Whalers dominated play, with a 18-6 shot advantage and finally broke through with just 1:27 left to play to take the 2-1 lead. The boys would add an empty net marker with 1:01 to play to seal the 3-1 win and weekend split.
Jonas Edwards, Brandon Osmundson, and John Moncovich each scored for the Whalers. Zach Zalar, Hayden Knight, John Moncovich, and Dakota Gottlieb each had 1 assist for the Whalers. Zach Alvarado made 20 saves in the net for the Whalers to get the win.
The Whalers held a 39-21 shot on goal advantage. Hampton Roads finished 0 for 3 on the power play while the Skipjacks were 0 for 2.
The final game of the weekend saw the Whalers Elite team steamroll the Springfield Pics 13-0 to finish the weekend with a 4-0 sweep. The Whalers rolled early, scoring just 2:53 in, and held a 6-0 lead eight and a half minutes into the game. By the end of the 1st half the Whalers held a 10-0 lead, then added 3 more in the final frame for the win.
Nolan Cavanagh posted a hat-trick, Ty Brandt, Tanner Davis, Gary Eastlack, and Kyle Ball each posted 2 goal efforts, while Caelan Bolanowski and Bryce Leger each had 1. Ryan Lorenz led the way with 3 helpers, Tyler Dienna, Noah Kramer, Jacob Kaplan, Nolan Cavanagh, Shane Ziegler, and Bryce Leger each had 2, while Ty Brandt, Caelan Bolanowski, Adam Campbell, Kyle Ball, Michael Volmert, Charles DuBose, and Nick Darrow each had 1. Everett Yasinski pick up the win and shutout with 11 1st half saves, while Michael Chmiel stopped all 8 shots he faced in the 2nd half.
The Whalers held a 79-19 shot on goal advantage. Hampton Roads finished 0 for 2 on the power play while Springfield was 0 for 1.
The Whalers will wrap up a 6 game road stretch in a clash of the top teams in the USPHL with a trip to Charlotte, NC and a meeting with the Rush in the first leg of a home and home between these two clubs. In the Elite division, the Rush and Whalers sit 1 and 2 in the division standing with 38 and 35 points apiece, while the Premier division will pit the last two league Champions against each other who each occupy the top two spots in the division standings once again.
Whalers Elite (20 G.P. 17-2-1, 35 points, 2nd)
Rush Elite (22 G.P. 19-3-0, 38 points, 1st)
Whalers Premier (20 G.P. 15-4-1, 31 points, 2nd)
Rush Premier (22 G.P. 19-1-2, 40 points, 1st)
Saturday November 18th
Sunday November 19th
All games will be played at the Xtreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, NC and can be seen live and online on HockeyTV.