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CANTLON’S CORNER: BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Special to Howlings

Break-up day at the end of there regular season is a part of the hockey player experience. That’s the case in most places, but not in Hartford where the good-byes don’t usually come until the end of playoff hockey. But not this season.

For just the second time in franchise history there will be no post season to reflect upon. For the Whale, there’s just an excruciating, inexplicable six game slide at the end of the season that cost them a spot in the Calder Cup playoff dance.

The cloudy, chilly gray skies outside painted the scene well for what went on inside the XL Center. Continue reading

WHALE WEEKLY: April 22-28, 2013

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The Whale’s 2012-13 season ended Saturday night, with a 5-1 loss at Portland, after Connecticut had dropped a 3-2 decision in Albany on Friday evening.  Those two defeats ran the Whale’s final season record to 35-32-6-3 for 79 points, leaving the club two points short of a playoff spot in the AHL’s Eastern Conference.  Kris Newbury scored his 20th goal of the season, and Christian Thomas his 19th, in Friday’s game, and Marek Hrivik scored the only Whale goal in Saturday’s finale. Continue reading

WHALE MISS PLAYOFFS FOR THE 2ND TIME IN TEAM HISTORY

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The Connecticut Whale were almost dragged across the finish line, but twenty minutes of Hershey Bears hockey prevented the New York RangersAHL affiliates from making the post season.

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. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: WHALE SEASON OVER?

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Special to Howlings

The Connecticut Whale 2012-2013 regular season came to a crushing end in Portland with a 5-1 loss to the Pirates at the Cumberland County Civic Center before 6,085 Saturday night.

The Norfolk Admirals’ lost earlier in the day to the Albany Devils 2-0 and the Binghamton Senators beat the Hershey Bears, both helping the New York Rangers’ AHL affiliates, but the Whale were unable to seal the deal in securing themselves the last playoff spot with a win.  Continue reading

WHALE LOSS IN PORTLAND MAKES SLIMS PLAYOFF HOPES

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BY: Bob Crawford, Voice of the CTWhale

Portland, ME, April 20, 2013 – Phil Lane scored a hat trick, and Andy Miele added a goal and two assists, Saturday night at the Cumberland County Civic Center, as the Portland Pirates defeated the Connecticut Whale, 5-1, in the Whale’s last game of the regular season.

The Whale (35-32-6-3, 79 pts.) finished the regular year 0-5-1-0 in their last six games, but remained mathematically alive for an Eastern Conference playoff spot, with the Norfolk Admirals losing 2-0 Saturday at Albany and the Hershey Bears dropping a 4-2 decision in Binghamton.  For the Whale to grab the eighth-and-final playoff spot, they need Norfolk to lose in regulation in Providence Sunday and Manchester to win in regulation at Hershey.  Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: SEASON HANGING ON BY A THREAD

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By: Gerry Cantlon, Special to Howlings

Joe Whitney’s goal with under five minutes to play gave the Albany Devils a 4-3 win sending the Connecticut Whale to a season high fifth game loss in a row and put their playoff hopes now hang by a thread.

The Whale (35-31-6-3) slipped to tenth in the Eastern Conference as the Manchester Monarchs and Hershey Bears both won and the Norfolk Admirals lost leaving all four teams tied with 79 points. For the New York Rangers’ AHL affiliates to make the playoffs, they must win their game Saturday night in Portland against the Pirates and then scoreboard watch and hope that the other three teams all lose their games. Needless to say, it’s a long shot. Continue reading

WHALE FAIL IN FIFTH STRAIGHT – PLAYOFFS DOUBTFUL

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BY: Bob Crawford, Voice of the CTWhale

Albany, NY, April 19, 2013 – Joe Whitney’s goal with 4:59 left in the third period gave the Albany Devils a 3-2 win over the Connecticut Whale Friday night at the Times-Union Center.

Whitney tallied his 26th of the year for the winner, poking the puck in from the right side of the goalmouth after Jon Merrill had stick-handled down the slot.

With the loss, the Whale are now winless in a season-high five straight games (0-4-1-0) and fell to 35-31-6-3.  The Whale finish their regular season Saturday night in Portland, while the teams with whom they are battling for one of the last playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, Norfolk, Manchester and Hershey, all have two games left.  Continue reading