Coming off a disappointing home loss last weekend, the Whalers Elite team got back on track with a strong performance Saturday night. With a 3-2 lead after 40, the Whalers scored 3 times in the final frame to take the 6-3 win.
Arun Cibrario, Tanner Davis, Shane Ziegler, Cody Wilson, Jorai Bart, and Tyler Dienna scored one apiece for the Whalers. DJ Randle, Nate McNamara, PJ Haas, Cameron Sylvester, James Rowe, and Tyler Dienna each picked up one helper. Ross Jones picked up his 8th win in net with 16 saves.
The Whalers held a 35-19 edge in shots on goal. Hampton Roads finished 2 for 10 on the power play while the Eagles were 1 for 3.
The Whalers Premier team brought a 2 game shutout streak into the weekend set with the Eagles, and on Saturday night, Alec Lindberg outdueled Dominic Rodrigue with extend the streak to 3 games with a 3-0 win.
Thomas McGuire, Chris Ciolek, and Brandon Osmundson scored goals for the Whalers. Brady Mistler, Brandon Osmundson, Oliver Freden, John Moncovich, and Joe DiGiulio each tallied an assist for the Whalers. Alec Lindberg secured the win in net and his 3rd shutout of the season with 21 saves.
The Whalers held a 33-21 advantage in shots. Hampton Roads finished 1 for 5 on the power play while the Eagles were 0 for 2.
Through 35 minutes on Sunday the Whalers Elite team controlled play and a 2-0 lead before a 5 minute major penalty shifted momentum. The Eagles struck twice on the power play to tie the game 2-2 heading into the 3rd. In the final frame, the Whalers stuck with it, regaining the momentum and scoring twice for the 4-2 win and weekend sweep.
James Rowe, Jorai Bart, Bryce Leger, and Arun Cibrario each scored once for the Whalers. Nate McNamara, Cody Wilson, and Ruslan Abyanov each picked up one assist. Newcomer Greg Moon made 24 saves in net for the win in his Whaler debut.
Carolina held a 26-25 advantage in shots. Hampton Roads finished 2 for 4 on the power play while the Eagles were 2 for 5.
Despite a sloppy start and an uncharacteristically undisciplined game, the Whalers premier team grinded out a 5-2 win over the visiting Eagles Sunday afternoon.
Brandon Osmundson scored twice, while Jacob Kaplan, Joe DiGiulio, and John Moncovich each notched one. Chris Ciolek and John Moncovich notched a pair of helpers, while Thomas McGuire, Brandon Leitz, Joe DiGiulio, Brandon Osmundson, and Nolan Cavanagh tallied one. Blake Bjella picked up his 11th win of the year in net with 28 saves.
The Whalers held a 34-30 advantage in shots. Hampton Roads finished 0 for 4 on the power play while the Eagles were 1 for 8.
The Whalers will wrap up the 2018 calendar year with the 3rd of 4 USPHL showcases as they head to the USPHL Florida Showcase hosted by the Tampa Bay Juniors at the Florida Hospital Ice Center in Wesley Chapel, FL.
Saturday Dec. 15 vs. Florida Eels 2pm
Sunday Dec. 16 vs. Islanders Hockey Club 8am
Sunday Dec. 16 vs. Richmond Generals 5pm
Monday Dec. 17 vs. Florida Jr. Blades 10:30am
Saturday Dec. 15 vs. Florida Eels 4:15pm
Sunday Dec. 16 vs. Islanders Hockey Club 10am
Sunday Dec. 16 vs. Richmond Generals 7pm
Monday Dec. 17 vs. Florida Jr. Blades 10am
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Whalers News and Notes
The Whalers Elite team (22-4-0-0) and Premier team (24-1-0-0) continue to pace the USPHL standings heading into the winter showcase.
Elite forward Mark Strazisar scored a goal in Team Slovenia's 1st game at the 2019 IIHF U20 World Jr. Championships in Poland. Slovenia is 2-0 to start the showcase.
The Whalers have signed 1999 goalie Greg Moon from Franklin, MA.