The Jersey Shore Whalers Premier team will have its Home Opener weekend this coming weekend vs the Skipjacks Hockey Club. Game one is Saturday evening, 9/29 at 5:40 PM and Game two is Sunday morning, 9/30 at 10:20 AM. Come on out for some exciting Junior Hockey. As always Free Admission.
Game will be broadcast on HockeyTV featuring Play-by-play announcer Jimmy Fanizzi and color commentator Neil Villapiano.
Jersey Shore Whalers - "The Voyage Starts Here"
The Jersey Shore Whalers, proud members of the USPHL, are happy to present our coaches for the upcoming 2018-2019 season. BIOs and contact information is available on the coaches page here.
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The Whalers would like to congratulate Elite Team member Steven Hollabaugh, 18U Team member Drew Galea, and 16U Team member John Gutt on being selected to Team New Jersey for the upcoming America's Hockey Showcase being held in St. Louis in April. Good luck guys!
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.
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.
Congratulations and good luck to Whalers Premier Goaltender Kevin Lake who is heading home to Alaska to join the Kenai River Brown Bears.
Whalers Premier forward Lucas Kucera will get his shot to work his way into the lineup with the Bismarck Bobcats in the NAHL. The 6'0" 183 lb forward from Prague, Czech Republic came to the Whalers on a trade with the Jersey Hitmen where he spent time with the NCDC team before getting sent down to their Premier team. Kucera played 6 games with the Whalers Premier team logging 4 assists before leaving to Bismarck.
Congratulations to John Gutt and Matthew Skobelev of the Whalers 16U team and Ryan Dowds of the Whalers 18U team on being selected by the league to the USPHL All-Star games. The games will be played on Monday, January 15th at the Gallant Arena at Merrimack College.
Gutt leads the Whalers team for the second year in a row in points, while Skobelev leads the defense core in points for the second year in a row.
Dowds' .935 save percentage is one of the league's top save percentage while holding a 2.47 GAA.
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.
BRICK, NJ - November 19, 2017 - The Jersey Shore Whalers Premier Junior team celebrated a huge achievement as the top team of the organization by winning its 100th game since the organization begun. This win did not come easy. The Whalers went up 2-0 early with a power play goal from Jacob Smith, with helpers from Evan Hoey and call-up from the 16U team Will Hilfiker and soon after an even strength goal from Tre’ White with assists from JC LaChapelle and Whalers new-comer Lucas Kucera. The Aviators did not sit back and scored 3 unanswered goals. The 1st period ended with the Whalers looking at a 1 goal deficit.
The Whalers and Aviators traded goals in the second period. Team point leader Dylan McDonald scored at 1:49 assisted by Adam Marvin, and Justin Hulse. The Aviators regained the lead at 9:08, with the Whalers striking back at 15:16 with TJ Hawkins scoring his 10th goal of the season assisted by JC LaChapelle. To end the period, the Aviators struck back again to take a 5-4 lead into the locker room for the 2nd intermission.
The Home magic took hold in the third for the Whalers when Adam Marvin scored the tying goal with Dylan McDonald assisting. It looked like we were heading for overtime when Zak Lasley scored the game winning goal at 18:36 in the third. Lasley’s goal was assisted by McDonald and Marvin. Goaltender Danny Porth made the lead stand-up and came away with the 6-5 win.
This was a huge win for the Premier team. The Premier team is now heading for another matchup with the PAL Islanders on November 30.
The Elite team had their match-ups with the NY Aviators over the weekend. In a lopsided win in Brooklyn on Saturday Steven Hollabaugh scored 4 goals and a host of other Whalers had multiple point nights. Goaltender Andrew Nogowski earned the shutout win facing 14 shots. The Whalers had 52 shots.
The next night, the Aviators, embarrassed from their performance the night before came to the Ice Palace. On an early power play with a Whaler in the box for elbowing, the Aviators scored first with a goal 42 seconds in. The Whalers struck back around 9 min later with Evan McNamara scoring an unassisted goal, and the Whalers never looked back. McNamara would score again in the 2nd. The Whalers would finish this one of 7-1 with Kimball Heine scoring 2 of his own. Captain Cameron Satkowski would finish the game with 1G and 1A for 2 points. TJ Evan was the assist king of the night chalking up 3 helpers on the evening. Goaltender Lane Skon would save 25 of 26 to earn the win. Once again, the Whalers peppered the Aviators goaltending with 51 shots in the 7-1 win.
While the Junior teams were busy with the Aviators, the Whalers Midget teams were busy with the New Jersey Rockets. The 18U team would face the Rockets in Bridgewater on Saturday and drop a close one 4-3. The home magic would help the 18s on Sunday when they took on the Rockets again in Howell. This time the Whalers would prevail with a 3-1 win. Goal scorers were Ryan Burns, Ryan Dineen, and Conor Murray. Goalie Ryan Dowds would face 31 shots in the victory.
The 16U team had their own matchup with the Rockets. In Bridgewater on Sunday. they would come away with a 4-1 victory with goals from Brendan Allen, Kenny Maxwell, Jacob Liebross, and Michael Franzoni. Jeremy Connor would get the win in net stopping 37 of the 38 shots that came his way.
Lastly, the RED HOT 16U-Futures, who are 12-2-1 in 15 games and are currently in 2nd place played two games against the Rockets this weekend, and won them both 4-2 and 7-0. Technically the futures are in 2nd place, but they have 4 games in hand on the Rockets, so the Rockets better watch out. Goal scorers in the 1st game were team point leader Colin Driscoll, Michael Frattaroli, Jack Spagnola, and Joseph Solovey. In game two, goalscorers were Driscoll, Joseph Mazza, Jonathan Miranda, Nicholas Imperial, Vito Pecorella, Brian Hawk, Joseph Solovey , and Jake Bailey. Tenders Corey Finnegan would get the win on Saturday, and Salvatore Benvenuto would get the win on Sunday.
Great weekend for the Whalers going into the Thanksgiving break going 7-1 in League play. Happy Thanksgiving to all, and we will see you after the break!
Picture - Premier Head Coach Rob Cherella (Left) and GM/President Jay Lampiasi show off the Game pucks from the Whalers Jr Team 100th win since the Whalers Jr team started 4 years ago.
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.