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Whalers U18 go to Pittsburgh and bring home hardware!
The Whalers U18 team went to Pittsburgh the weekend of October 11-13 to participate in the Columbus Day Clash tournament. Things did not start out well for the Whalers as they dropped the first game of the weekend 6-1 to a strong Mustangs team. Nick Berhardt scored the lone goal for the kids from the shore.
The game later in the day was a whole different story. With Jimmy Ellis in goal, the Whalers took on the Tri-City Eagles and beat them up pretty good winning by a score of 7-0. Greg Russo recorded a hat-trick. Connor Cassidy put in two. Lenny Coviello and Nick Bernhardt put in the balance. Assists where given to Andrews Mcinnes, Michael Venditolli, Mike Leather, Lenny Coviello, and CJ Guarino.
The next day, the Whalers faced the Lawrence Flames. Goaltender Owen Liskiewicz faced 38 shots in what turned out to be a 3-3 tie. Two Whalers goals were tallied by Nick Bernhardt with a shorty coming from Donald Califano.
The 1-1-1 record set up a showdown between the boys from the shore and the Hamburg, NY Hawks. The Whalers needed to win to secure second place. A loss or tie would give the Hawks the second place finish. The Whalers would go on to win the game by the slimmest of margins 1-0 with Jimmy Ellis recording the shutout. Scoring was provided by Michael Venditolli assisted by Greg Russo. The Whalers would need to kill five 5 on 3’s including a 6-3 in the final minute of the game.
Congratulations to the U18 team on their well deserved 2nd place finish.
Jersey Shore Whalers: Triumphant first season continues for USPHL Empire team
After more than 30 years, junior hockey returned to Brick, N.J., as the Jersey Shore Whalers took on the Adirondack Wings for a two-game series in the USPHL Empire Division.
Before 100 fans in the Whalers’ Sept. 27 home opener, the team shut out the Wings, 10-0, on the strength of matching two-goal games from Logan Fredericks, Tyler Iannarone, Andrew Reiss and David Kearns, who has 23 points in 11 games.
Goaltender Tim Schiess recorded the shutout and Ryan Monaghan and Carter Klotz each added a goal.
The next day, the Wings came out a different team, pressuring the Whalers the whole game and increasing their shot total from 17 in Game 1 to 30 in Game 2.
The Whalers stepped up their game in the third period, and Monaghan scored two and Nick Ulanday scored a shorthanded goal for a 6-1 victory. Isaac Syre made 29 saves for the win, in which Fredericks scored two goals and Kearns also scored one.
The team went on through October, defeating the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders 11-3. Scoring goals in pairs for the Whalers were becoming a trend with Fredericks, Monaghan, Reiss and Stephen Reu each netting a pair. Carter Klotz, Kearns and Austin Blanco added to the scoring.
They fell to Empire North Division leaders the New York Aviators twice in a home-and-home series.
The first day, it was a 2-0 defeat, and in Game 2, it was a 5-3 loss for the Whalers who had a short bench due to injuries. Schiess made 30 saves in two periods of Game 1 before the Aviators struck in the third. In Game 2, the Whalers came back from a 3-0 deficit to tie it at 3-3 (two goals from Fredericks, one from Stephen Reu), before the Aviators scored three more to close it out.
The team made a mid-October trip to upstate New York to face the Rochester Jr. Americans. The Whalers called up defensemen Lenny Coviello once again from the 18U team due to injuries on the blue line. Coviello will likely stick with the team in November.
Game 1 saw the Whalers break a 2-2 tie and win 5-3 on goals by Tyler Iannarone, Lee McCarthy, Monaghan, Fredericks and Kearns. Syre earned the win with 35 saves.
Game 2 saw a come-from-behind effort for a 7-6 win, including a Fredericks hat trick and goals from Iannarone (two), Monaghan and McCarthy. Syre earned the win in relief.
The Whalers finish October and start November with four home games at the Ocean Ice Palace in Brick – Saturday vs. P.A.L., Halloween vs. the Jersey Hitmen and Nov. 1-2 against the Rochester Jr. Americans.
Whalers U18 at the Steel City
Sat 10/11 @ 12:20 pm vs. Mid-State Mustangs
Sat 10/11 @ 9:50 pm vs. Tri-City Eagles
Sun 10/12 @ 8:15 pm vs. Lawrence Flames
Mon 10/13 @ 9:45 am vs Hamburg Hawks
Mon 10/13 @ 4:40 pm 1st vs. 2nd Championship
WHALERS TAKE 2 IN HOME OPENER
After more than 30 years, Junior Hockey was back in Brick, as the Whalers took on the Adirondack Wings for a two game series. On Saturday, September 27th, over 100 fans came out to support the Whalers in their home opener. The Whalers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period. The scoring started by Kearns followed up with a pair by Reiss. Klotz would add the fourth late in the period. Kearns, Iannarone, McCarthy, Fredericks, Reu and Ulanday would assist on the goals.
The Whalers put up another four goals in the second taking a commanding 8-0 lead heading into the third period. Fredericks netted a pair of goals, while Kearns added his second of the game. Defensemen Iannarone added a power play goal. Kearns, Iannarone, McCarthy, Fredericks, Reiss and Manetta assisted on the goals.
The scoring would slow down in the third as the Whalers scored twice on Iannarone’s second of the game with Monaghan adding the final goal. Manetta, Blanco ad Klotz assisted on goals.
Whalers goaltender Tim Schiess turned away all 17 shots for the game recording the shutout and the 10-0 victory.
In game two on Sunday, the Wings came out a different team. The Wings would pressure the Whalers the whole game increasing their total shots on goal from 17 in the first game, to 30 in game 2. Although the Whalers put up three goals in the first, the Wings were determined to prove Saturday’s game was not their best showing. Fredericks, who has dominated since joining the team last week, scored a pair of goals while Kearns added one continuing his scoring streak. Milongo, Blanco and Fredericks assisted on the first period goals.
The Wings would hold the Whalers scoreless in the second and score, cutting the lead to 3-1 heading into the third period.
Sensing that the Wings had the momentum heading into the final period, the Whalers stepped up their game in the third. Monaghan netted a pair of his own goal with Ulanday scoring a short hander. Reu, Fredericks and Kearns would assist on the goals.
Syre who got the start in net on Sunday, turned away 29 of the 30 shots put up by the Wings to get the 6-1 victory.
Whalers in 2nd Place in the Empire-North through 3 weeks
The Whalers took to ice for the first time in regular season, September 5th at the Woodchuck Classic in South Burlington, VT. Coach Cherella had high expectations for the team after coming off their successful showing at the USPHL Summer Showcase back in July. At the same time, he knew that many of the teams at the summer showcase were still filling out rosters and the competition during regular season was going to be a lot tougher.
The Whalers opened up against the Bay State Breakers on Saturday afternoon. With the score tied at the end of regulation, the Whalers would head into overtime on the power play. The Whalers would give up a shorthanded goal and fall to Bay State 4-3; however picked up 1 point in the standings. Scoring goals for the Whalers were Anthony Minerva, Christian Manetta and Andrew Reiss. Lee McCarthy, David Kearns and Christian Manetta would pick up assists.
Coming off the disappointing loss in overtime, the Whalers came out on Sunday morning looking for redemption against the Springfield Pics. The Whalers took control of the game from start to finish beating the Pics 7-0. Reiss led the way for Whalers with 3 goals and 2 assists. Manetta, Carter Klotz, Ryan Monaghan and Nicholas Ulanday added a goal each. Kearns assisted on 3 of the Whalers goals, while Monaghan, McCarthy, Minerva, Tyler Iannarone and Stephen Reu each picked up an assist.
Sunday afternoon, the Whalers would have to face the Jr. Bruins in the weekend finale. The Bruins jumped out to a commanding 2-0 lead. After Cherella called a time out to regroup, The Whalers answered back with goals by Kearns and Manetta just a minute and half apart to tie the game up 2-2. Klotz, Reu, McCarthy and Reiss assisted on the goals. The Bruins would score and retake the lead in the second. Two minutes later, Monaghan assisted by Manetta answered the Bruins goal for the Whalers to tie the game at 3. Fransel Milongo assisted by Kearns would score the game winning goal for the Whalers late in the game. Whalers goaltender Tim Schiess made some big saves to preserve the win. The Whalers debut was successful as they would earn 5 out of 6 points on the weekend.
In week two of the season, the Whalers would head out on the road again to take on the PAL Islanders. Although the Whalers were outshooting the Islanders through 2 periods, the Islanders lead 6-2 heading into the third period. A short bench and injuries were taking a toll on the Whalers. The Whalers fought back in the third scoring 4 goals and would trail the Islanders 7-6 with a minute left in the game. With the Whalers goalie pulled for an extra attacker, PAL would add an empty net goal and seal the win 8-6. Defensemen, Thomas Heeney scored 2 goals for the Whalers while Reiss picked up another 3 goals to add to his league leading goals and point’s total. Kearns would also score for the Whalers. Iannarone, Klotz, Monaghan, Reiss and Minerva would add assists on the Whalers goals.
In week three, the Whalers were back out on Long Island for a rematch against the PAL Islanders. Whalers goaltender, Isaac Syre, who saw time in relief of Schiess the week before, would get the start in net. Trailing 1-0 heading into the second period, Logan Fredericks making his Whalers debut tied the game 1-1 assisted by Reiss. The Whalers added four more goals in the second period to take a 5-1 lead at the end of 2 periods. Reiss would score two of those goals with Monaghan and Klotz adding a goal. Mike Leather, McCarthy, Manetta and Monaghan assisted on the goals. The Islanders would score a power play goal in the third period to cut the lead to 5-2; however would be the last of the scoring for the game. Syre was strong in net for the Whalers stopping 32 of 34 shots and recording the win.
Midget U18 team off to a 3-1 start
The Whalers opened up the season on September 5th against the NY Aviators in Brooklyn. The Whalers jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period on a pair of goals by the Captain, Mike Leathers. Mike Vendittoli would get the assist on one of the goals. The Whalers would score two more in the second period on goals by Greg Russo assisted by Vendittoli and Austin Dublois assisted by Andrew Lambert and Nicholas Bernhardt. Neither team would score in the third period and the Whalers would come away with a 4-0 victory.
The following weekend the Whalers traveled out to Westchester, NY to take on the Westchester Dragons. The Whalers took the lead in the first on a goal by Russo assisted by Vendittoli. The Whalers added three more in the second period by with Dublois getting a pair and Connor Cassidy adding another. Lenny Coviello, Christian Manetta, and John Gattuso would assist on the goals. The Dragons would get on the board in the third period cutting the Whalers lead to 4-1. The Whalers answered back with goals by Steve Wallace and Russo assisted by Vendittoli and Andrew MacInnes. The Whalers would win their second straight game with a final score of 6-1.
The following day, the Whalers continued their road trip out to Long Island and the challenge of playing the Long Island Edge U18AAA team. Although the Whalers kept pace with the Edge through the first period only trailing by a goal, the Edge proved to be too much for the Whalers. The Whalers would suffer a 9-3 loss. Vendittoli scored two of the Whalers goals and John Gattuso added the other. Russo, Leather and Vendittoli would assist on the Whalers goals.
This weekend the Whalers shook off the tough loss to the Edge and were excited for their home opener against the Palisades Predators. The Whalers led 2-0 after the first period on goals by Coviello assisted by Gattuso and Russo unassisted. In the second period the Predators scored cutting the lead to 2-1. Leather assisted by Bernhardt would give the Whalers back the 2 goal lead, until less than a minute later the Predators would score again. With sixteen seconds left in the second period and down a man, the Whalers would add a shorthanded goal by Vendittoli giving them a 4-2 lead. The third period would go scoreless and the Whalers would get the win.
USPHL to Open Season at the Woodchuck Classic
The Whalers Junior Empire team will open it's inaugural season, September 6th-7th, at the Woodchuck Classic in South Burlington, VT. The Whalers will be tested early as they face off against the Bay State Breakers on Saturday, followed by the Boston Jr. Bruins and Springfield Pics on Sunday. The Woodchuck Classic is a heavily recruited showcase attended by representatives from numerous NCAA Division I & III colleges, along with scouts from the NAHL, USHL and CJHL.
Whalers U18 Open MEHL Season
The Whalers U18 team is set open their season with a home and home series verse the NY Aviators on Saturday, September 6th. Game one will start at 5:35 pm at the Ocean Ice Palace. Sunday, September 7th, the Whalers will travel to the Aviator Center in Brooklyn for game two at
4:30 pm. Coming off their successful inaugural season last year with eight returning players, the Whalers are excited improve on last years success.
Interview with Coach Rob Cherella
Jersey Shore Whalers Peewee AA win 5 straight to capture the War at the Shore Championship
Two weeks after capturing the Peewee AA title at the Summer Sizzler in Delaware, the Whalers looked to make it two in a row competing at the War at the Shore on their home ice.
The Whalers went 3-0 in the preliminary round beating Manalapan Hockey Club, the Howard Huskies and a come from behind win against Mojo Hockey.
The Whalers would beat the Howard Huskies in the semi finals, setting up a rematch in finals against Mojo Hockey.
The Whalers would not have to come from behind in the finals, controlling the game and winning their 2nd Championship in a row with 6-1 victory.
Summer Sizzler Champions
The Whalers Peewee AA took on the Frederick Jr. Freeze from Maryland today, in the finals of the Summer Sizzler at the Pond Ice Arena in Newark, DE.
The Whalers came away with the 2-1 victory and Championship.
Whalers Junior Empire Capture B Bracket Title
Entering their inaugural season, the Whalers made their debut at the USPHL Summer Showcase in Marlborough, MA this weekend. While still working on rounding out their roster, the organization’s goals and expectations were simple. Show up and be competitive. The Whalers exceeded those expectations.
The Whalers would open the showcase against the Rochester Americans. Last season, The Americans Empire team claimed the regular season title in the Northeast Division. The Whalers won the opener 4-1. Forward David Kearns had two goals with Lee McCarthy and Jack Cherella each scoring once. Christian Manetta assisted on two goals along with an assist by Ryan Monaghan.
The Whalers with some confidence now would make it two in a row with a 6-3 win over the Roswell Bulldogs (formerly Jr. Hurricanes). David Kearns and Owen Herrington each tallied two goals apiece. Andrew Reiss and Christian Manetta each netted a goal.
To advance to the playoff round, the Whalers would have to win their third game against the Potomac Patriots Empire team. For the third game in a row, David Kearns scored a pair of goals. Andrew Reiss would add a goal and an assist. Defensemen Tyler Iannarone assisted on Reiss’ goal. In a hard fought game, the Whalers came away with a 3-2 win. Brick Hockey Club’s U16AA goalie and Whalers future prospect Spencer Reu, got the start and played exceptionally well.
Advancing to the playoff round, the Whalers would go up against the Halifax Aces in the Wildcard game. Nicholas Auriemma would score twice with Lee McCarthy adding an empty net goal to seal a 3-0 win and a spot in the semifinals. Goaltender Tim Schiess earned the shutout.
To reach the finals, the Whalers would have to go through the Richmond Generals Empire team. After a tight back and forth game with both goaltenders making big saves, the Generals took a 1-0 lead with about six minutes left. With a minute and a half remaining in the game, it appeared the Whalers run was coming to an end until the Generals took two penalties putting the Whalers on a 5 on 3 power play. After the Whalers took a time out with forty three seconds left, the faceoff would take place in the Generals zone. A perfect faceoff win by Owen Herrington back to Andrew Reiss for a one timer would tie the game. In overtime, both teams would have scoring chances but could not get one by either net minder, sending it into a shootout. Lee McCarthy and David Kearns would both score for the Whalers in the shootout. Tim Schiess who was solid in net all game, came up with the final save and the win sending the Whalers into the finals.
In the finals the Whalers would take on the NJ Hitmen Empire team. The Whalers would get on the board early in the game on a breakaway goal by Andrew Reiss. Shortly after, Christian Manetta followed with a rebound goal to give the Whalers a 2-0 lead. Meanwhile Tim Schiess was holding the Hitmen at bay turning away their scoring opportunities. Nick Ulanday would add an open netter with second left to secure a 3-0 win and the division. Schiess would record his second shutout of the day.
U18 Junior Prospects, Christian Manetta, Mike Leather, Nicholas Bernhardt and Andrew MacInnes all contributed to the team’s success and are a valuable asset adding depth to the team over the long season.
The Whalers are looking forwarded to building on the early success and the start of the regular season.
The Whalers are looking to add a few more players to their already strong Empire team and a Defensemen to their U18 team.
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U16 Girls are Champions!
After loosing to the Montclair Blues 3-1 in the
preliminary round, the Whalers won their third game sending them into the Finals and a rematch with the Blues.
With a great team effort, the Whalers Girls would avenge their earlier loss to the Blues with a 5-2 win and the Championship.
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