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Whalers Weekend Update - Jan 20-21

01/23/2018, 11:45pm EST
By Whalers Staff

BRICK, NJ - January 22,2018 - All teams of the Jersey Shore Whalers Organization were in action this past weekend. Of the eight games played, the Whalers were 7-1. Not bad for a weekend’s work.


The Premier team played a two game set with the Connecticut Jr. Rangers on Saturday and Sunday. Game on Saturday started as a pretty much back and forth affair. Things weren’t looking very good for the Whalers near the end of the 2nd period after the Whalers surrendered a 4-3 lead for a 5-4 lead for the Rangers. At that time, the Whalers Goaltender Spencer Reu came in  in relief of Danny Porth. Before Reu could even really get set in net, the Rangers got a breakaway on Reu and scored. The 2nd period ended with the Whalers looking at a 6-4 deficit. 

Reu was able to close the door on the Rangers in the third and Jacob Smith was able to pocket a pair of goals in the 3rd to take us to overtime. 

The overtime was a back and forth affair until a Ranger took a hooking penalty at 3:21 of the overtime. With the 4 on 3 power play, Whaler’s Wes Friberg scored the winning goal with 22 seconds left in the overtime. Friberg’s goal was assisted by Adam Marvin and Griffin Hurley. Zak Lasley also scored 2 goals in the win.

The next morning Reu got the start in net. The Rangers started the scoring at 4:40 in the 1st when a shot that went off the boards in back of the net came right out to a Rangers stick to be depositing in the net. The Whalers and Rangers traded a few goals until it got to 2-2 when the Whalers took over.

The Whalers were holding a 4-2 lead when they were put on an extended 5 on 3 penalty kill. The penalty kill unit and goaltending did a great job in containing the Rangers giving up only one goal over a 10 minute 5 on 3. Once the Whalers killed off the penalties, the Whalers went back to work with Dylan McDonald and Ryan Lambert scoring for a 6-3 Whalers win. Players with multiple points were Ryan Lambert with 2 goals and Adam Marvin with 1 goal and 2 assists. Reu made 51 saves of 54 shots in the effort.

The Premier team is now one win from a .500 record going into a pair of games with the Connecticut Nighthawks this weekend.


The Elite team had a pair of games with the Beijing Shougang Eagles. The first played at the Ice Palace saw the elite team come away with a 5-3 victory with Ryan Crane scoring 2 goals and Steven Hollabaugh registering a goal and an assist. Goaltender Lane Skon saved 28 of the 31 shots that came his way. 

The next day, the team had to play the Eagles again but this time in Long Island. This time the Elites were not as fortunate falling to the Eagles 5-2 with Steven Hollabaugh netting the 2 goals for the Elite Team. Skon, in net again, saved 43 of 48 shots.

16-U Futures

The 16-U Futures just keep rolling along. Riding a 5 game winning streak in to the weekend, the Futures took two from the PAL Jr. Islanders, 3-2 in overtime and 6-2.  In the Saturday game, Colin Driscoll and Demitrius Forand scored in regulation, and Michael Frattaroli netted the game winner in overtime. Corey Finnegan was hot in net making 31 saves in the effort.

Non-League action for the 16U and 18U

In non-League action, the 18U team took on the 18U Connecticut Jr. Rangers and were victorious 5-2, and the 16U team took on the NJ Devils of the AJHL and won 6-4.


Another big weekend for the Whalers in League Play

12/05/2017, 4:45pm EST
By Whalers Staff

BRICK, NJ - December 4, 2017 - When the Jersey Shore Whalers Premier team first met up with the Skipjacks Hockey Club in September, things did not at all go the Whaler’s way. They ended up dropping two games. Since September, the Whalers Premier team has gone through some significant changes which have resulted in the team coming into the weekend winning three of its last four games. 

The Whalers Premier were determined not to give the Skipjacks the satisfaction of beating them at home. The game on Saturday starting off quick with the Whalers scoring not one but two short handed goals in the first period by TJ Hawkins and Tom Holochuk.  The Whalers finished off the 1st period with an even strength goal by Evan Hoey. 

The Whalers would score two more goals in the 2nd period by Dylan McDonald and Tre` White  before the Skipjacks would score their first goal of raw game late in the second.

The Whalers would finish off their scoring with a goal by Adam Marvin midway through the third. The Whalers would decisively win the game 6-2 with tender Kevin Lake stopping 32 of the 34 shots he faced.

Everyone knew that the Skipjacks were going to regroup and come out hard on Sunday morning. They did not disappoint. The Skipjacks would score the 1st goal of the game 12:46 into the first. Then they would score again at 4:15 of the 2nd. Things were starting to look a little bleak, but the Whalers were not going to give this one up. Tom Holochuk  would come up big scoring at 5:27 to get the Whalers within one. Then the game would get a little interesting with the Whalers and Skipjacks trading goals with Evan Hoey scoring at the 6:20 mark making the score 3-1 Skipjacks. The Skipjacks would score again  with around 5 minutes left in the period. The Whalers would go into the 2nd intermission down 4-2.

The Whalers took an early penalty in the 3rd which did not help the cause. Thankfully the Whalers were able to kill the penalty off, and then on a power play of their own, TJ Hawkins would cash in for the struggling Whaler power play getting the Whalers within one. JC LaChapelle was able to tie the game up with 2:35 left, and we ended up going to overtime. Goaltender Danny Porth was able to stop the first shot of the overtime. The Whalers then gained control of the puck and Wes Friberg was able to bury the puck at the 1:07 mark of overtime for the Whaler’s 5-4 win. 

Whalers Head Coach Rob Cherella said, “I'm very happy the way we are playing right now. We're playing more disciplined hockey and skating the full 60 minutes. We are starting to learn how to win again which is great. First with the big win on Saturday and then with the come from behind OT win on Sunday. We still have a lot of work to do to climb back into the standings. We are moving in the right direction and plan to keep it rolling.” The Whalers Premier team has just one game on the weekend of December 9 with a game versus the Hartford Wolfpack. This game will be played at Howell Ice Arena at Noon.

In other games of the weekend, the Whalers Elite team beat the NY Aviators in Brooklyn 7-2. Aidan Tolnai, marking his return to the lineup after an injury scored 2 goals a long with AJ Albanes scoring two of his own. John Horner, Cameron Satkowski, and Steven Hollabaugh would all chip one each in the win. Andrew Nogowski would get the win for the Elites between the pipes.

The 18U team would take on the Northern Cyclones at Howell Ice Arena and come away with a 5-1 win. This team has really been coming on winning 5 of their last 7 contests. Goals scored by Paul Keyes, Liam Noonan, Cody Jablonski, Nick Swain, and Daniel Golub. Goaltender Ryan Dowds would get the win. 


Whalers Elite Team work hard and get back to .500

10/03/2017, 9:00am EDT
By Whaler's Staff

BRICK, NJ - October 2, 2017 At the beginning of the season, things were not looking very bright for the Jersey Shore Whalers Elite Team. The first weekend the Elite team, while still working on getting their team chemistry, had to face one of the best top teams from last year and the Whalers were out played. Since then the team has been working hard, with that they are seeing a great deal of success. In the recent Boston Jr. Bruins showcase, the team split 2-2 including an exciting shootout win 5-4 against the Syracuse Stars with John Horner scoring the game winner in the shootout. Goaltender Lane Skon was huge in goal keeping the game tied at 4 and giving the team the chance to pull off the win. 

The Whalers then came home for a set of games , one against the New York Aviators and the other against the division leading New Jersey Rockets. In the first game of the weekend, the Whalers came away with a 7-0 which saw Steven Hollabaugh score a Hat Trick and Aidan Tolnai have a 3 point night with 2 goals and an assist. Goalie Andrew Nogowski recorded his first shut out of the season.

The next day, the Whalers faced the division leading Rockets. The Whalers wasted no time showing the Rockets that they would not be pushed around in their house when TJ Evan scored the 1st goal just 11 seconds into the game. Steven Hollabaugh continued his strong play with 2 assists for a total of 5 points for the weekend. The Whalers finished a weekend sweep, beating the Rockets 4-1 to get back to .500 for the season with a 5 - 5 record. Once again Lane Skon was strong in goal to get the win stopping 35 of the 36 shots he saw. 

After the win, Head Coach Wayne Anderson said, “The team is finally starting to gel behind good team defense and great goaltending”.

The Elite Teams next game is on the road against the Hartford Jr. Wolfpack on Oct. 15th.

Whalers Premier Take Hitmen Home Opener 4-1

09/16/2017, 8:30am EDT
By JS Whalers

Whalers Premier took to the ice Wednesday, September 14, 2017 in Wayne NJ to take on the Jersey Hitmen in their season home opener.

Trailing 1-0 after the first period, the Whalers tied it up at 15:47 in the second on a goal by Dylan McDonald assisted by Evan Hoey. With 5:04 remaining in the second, Hoey scored a power play goal on a back door pass from McDonald and Griffin Hurley to give the Whalers a 2-1 lead.

The Whalers continued to roll in the third with Jared Fisher scoring at 12:08 assisted by JC Lachapelle and Tiger Weber. McDonald would add his second goal on an empty net with :24 left in the game.

Danny Porth was outstanding in net making 43 saves on 44 shots.

The Whalers are proud to announce the signing of Zak Lasley from Salt Ste. Marie, MI. The 1998, 6’01”-185 lb forward spent the last two seasons with the Soo Indians 18U AAA program.

"Zak is a dynamic forward that has progressed through a great midget program. The coaching staff took a look at Zak's progression throughout the last two years and we see nothing but the same for his development. He gives our team another weapon offensively and brings speed to our forecheck. We're excited to see how he excels in the USPHL"

Whalers Sign Dylan McDonald From Rosville, MN

08/07/2017, 12:30pm EDT
By JS Whalers

The Whalers are proud to announce the signing of Dylan McDonald from Roseville, MN to their Premier team.  The 1997, 5’7”- 160 lb forward, spent the 2016-2017 season with the Syracuse Stars in the USPHL.  Seeing time at both the Premier and Elite, McDonald put up 49 points scoring 23 goals and 26 assists drawing the interest of several NCAA DIII teams.  Prior to joining the Stars, McDonald played 18U AAA for the Omaha Lancers in the NAPHL. 


Premier Head Coach, Rob Cherella had the following to say about McDonald:

“Dylan brings experience, maturity and explosive offense to our team.  He is going to be the foundation for our offensive systems and we look forward to having with us this season.”    

Whalers re-sign two for Premier Team

08/06/2017, 12:30am EDT
By Whalers Staff

BRICK, NJ - August 5, 2017 - The Jersey Shore Whalers are pleased to announce the re-signing of two players for the Whaler’s Premier team in 2017-2018. Both players started their Junior careers with the Whalers organization and have worked hard to make their way to the Whaler’s top team. In addition, these two players have been 2 time All-Stars in the Asbury Park Press All-Star Classic which features High School players from Monmouth and Ocean.

Justin Hulse, ’98 from Brick, NJ,  is an outstanding two-way player. He plays a great game at both ends of the ice, and always gives 110%. Last season, Justin played on the Whalers 18U team as well as the USP3HL team when needed. In 28 games Justin had 9 Goals and 1 Assist for 10 points.

Goaltender Spencer Reu, ’98 from Oakhurst, NJ,  returns after playing for the Whaler’s USP3HL team. Last season, Spencer had a GAA of 2.57, Save Percentage of .920, and led the team with 3 shutouts. 

Commenting on the re-signings, Premier Head Coach Rob Cherella said, "Both Hulse & Reu have worked very hard over the past few years with our coaching staff and organization.  They have shown much improvement both on and off the ice. We (as the coaching staff) believe Reu & Hulse have proven themselves to compete at the Premier level, and we look forward to seeing their continued success in the upcoming season.  It's a great feeling to promote players from within.”

Congratulations to both Justin and Spencer.


07/29/2017, 8:00am EDT
By JS Whalers

The Whalers are proud to announce the signing of Dylan Demers from Bidderford, ME to their 18U team. The 1999, 6’0”-190 lb defensemen spent the 2016-17 season playing juniors with the Maine Wild in the NA3HL. In addition to his size, Demers put up 16 points last season with the Wild.

The Mid-West Continues to be a Hot Bed for the Whalers.

07/29/2017, 8:00am EDT
By JS Whalers

The Whalers are proud to announce the signings of Defensemen Jamison Westaby and Forward Tiger Weber to their Premier team.

Jamison Westaby, a 1997, 5’10”-180 lb defensemen from Sioux Falls, SD brings a high compete level and junior experience to the Whalers. After playing in the NA3HL as a 16U, Westaby took his game to the T1EHL where he played for the 18U Iowa Wild. Last season Westaby played for the Espanola Express in the NOJHL and the Springfield Express in WSHL.

Tiger Weber, a 1998, 6’2”-200 lb forward from Buffalo Grove, IL returns to the USPHL where he played the 2014-2015 season with the Providence Capitals. The past two season Weber played for the 18U AAA Soo Indians. Weber spent part of last season with the Blind River Beavers in the NOJHL.

Whalers Sign Goaltender Dakota Cyhaniuk from Texas

07/23/2017, 4:00pm EDT
By JS Whalers

The Whalers are proud to announce the signing of 97’ Goaltender, Dakota Cyhaniuk from New Braunfels, TX. Cyhaniuk spent the 2016-2017 season with the Islanders Hockey Club’s USP3 team where he recorded 16 wins, with a 2.44 GAA and a .918 SV%. Cyhaniuk frustrated the Whalers last season posting a 5-0 record including a series sweep of the Whalers in the first round of the playoffs, where he faced 86 shots in two games posting a .95 SV%.