The Connecticut Whale fought back valiantly from a three-goal deficit, not once but TWICE, and finally tied it early in the third on a Brodie Dupont goal. But as has been the case with this team all season long with the entire team, Dupont’s undisciplined penalty just five seconds after his goal set up the Portland Pirates for what would be the game winner, and a 5-4 win at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Game Five of their best-of-seven AHL Atlantic Division semi-final series. Portland now holds a 3-2 series lead over their Connecticut neighbors.
“It keeps coming back to the little things,” Whale head coach Ken Gernander said to reporters after the game. “The majority of our guys battled hard. But it’s the penalties and little mistakes that take us out of it.”
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Tagged AHL, Brodie Dupont, Calder Cup, Connecticut Whale, Cumberland County Civic Center, Dale Weise, David Leggio, Dov Grumet-Morris, Ken Gernander, Luke Adam, Mark Mancari, Mark Parrish, Mark Voakes, Mats Zuccarello, Matt Ellis, Paul Byron, Portland Pirates, Wade Redden
There’s a popular old saying that goes, “Better Late Than Never.” However if you asked the Connecticut Whale players what they thought about that saying and how it played a part in their Saturday night demise, a stunning 3-2 loss on a goal with just 7.5 seconds remaining, they’d likely vote to unanimously change it to, “Better Never Than Late.”
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Tagged Brad Park, Brodie Dupont, Chad Johnson, Chad Kolarik, Corey Tropp, Dale Weise, David Leggio, Dennis McCauley, Derek Whitmore, Devin DiDiomete, Evgeny Grachev, Igor Gongalsky, Jason Williams, Jeremy Williams, Justin Bowers, Justin Soryal, Kelsey Tessier, Ken Gernander, Kevin Dineen, Kris Newbury, Mark Parrish, Matt Ellis, Michael Del Zotto, Nick Crawford, Tim Conboy, Tim Kennedy
You’ve heard of shootout specialists, well Tim Kennedy is becoming the Connecticut Whale’s overtime specialist when he buried his second OT winner in a row, both against his former team no less, and gave the Whale a 5-4 win in Portland against the Pirates Saturday night.
It was, to quote NY Yankee Hall-of-Fame catcher Yogi Berra, “Déjà vu all over again” Continue reading
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Tagged AHL, Brodie Dupont, Chad Kolarik, Connecticut Whale, Greenville Road Warriors, Hockey, Jhonas Enroth, Kevin Dineen, Kris Newbury, Matt Ellis, Portland Pirates, Sports, Tim Kennedy, Yogi Berra