The Whale were eliminated from playoff contention finishing in the ninth spot two points behind the Bears 81 with 79 points.
Despite an atrocious season-ending six-game losing streak, the Whale still had a chance to make the Calder Cup playoffs on the very last day of the regular season.
To make it the playoff dance, the Whale required Providence and Manchester to both win their games in regulation over Norfolk and Hershey respectively. Had that come to pass, it would have left the Whale in a three-way tie with Hershey and Norfolk. By virtue of having more regulation and overtime wins than either of them, it would have given the Whale the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern conference Calder Cup playoffs.
It almost happened.
Earlier in the day, the Bruins, at home before a crowd just under 10,000 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, did their part as rookie Ryan Spooner capped a hat-trick by scoring with 21 seconds remaining in regulation to send Providence past the Norfolk Admirals 4-3. Chris Bourque had four assists for the Baby Bruins.
But the Whale season ended when Hershey upended Manchester 4-2 before nearly 11,000 at the Giant Center in “Chocolate-town.” South Windsor’s Jon DiSalvatore’s scored two third period goals for Hershey. The Bears win also came via an important early third period penalty kill that wiped out a double minor high-sticking call. The PK prevented Manchester from scoring and trimming a 2-1 lead early in the third period.
For the Whale, they head into the summer and are left to ask themselves how not being able to pick up a meager two points out of twelve on the table over the final SIX games eluded them and sent the team to only their second early summer vacation in team history.