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DESPERATE PIRATES FILET WHALE

Connecticut-Whale_thumb_thumb_thumb_      VERSUS      Portland

Bruce-Berlet_thumb1BY: Bruce Berlet

The Portland Pirates, involved in a wild, multi-team chase for the final Eastern Conference playoff spots, parlayed goals from four different players and 29 saves from Peter Mannino into a 4-1 victory Friday over the Whale at the XL Center.

“If there was a loose-puck race, more times than not, they came up with it,” Whale head coach Ken Gernander said. “I thought we had some poor decisions where we turned pucks over and paid the price. A couple of times we go to check, they move the puck and we don’t maintain our defensive position and allow them to get the rebound.”

The victory moved the Pirates (30-28-3-4) into a tie for 10th place with Worcester and Albany with 67 points, one behind Syracuse and Springfield, which each won Friday night and share the eighth and final playoff berth. Meanwhile, the Whale (33-22-5-5) saw their lead in the Northeast Division sliced to three points over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, who lost 3-2 in a shootout at Springfield. The Whale had been 14-5-1-0 in their previous 20 games and were an AHL-best 19-6-2-4 at home, including the three wins over the Pirates.

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REDEMPTION

Connecticut-Whale_thumb_thumb_thumb_      VERSUS     Portland

(I feel like I need to apologize to the readers of Howlings. I haven’t written my normal stories for the games on Friday and last night. This is as some of you may or may not know, started as a hobby for me but has progressed to the point where it has become a non-paying — and actually I pay quite a bit of money for all of it — part-time job. Well the job that does pay me, my employment agency Crossroads Consulting, has had an explosion of business the past three days and frankly it was difficult to find the time to even get to the games at all. I am also having incredible computer problems that are messing up both “jobs” so I haven’t had the time to dedicate to this as I should. So for that I apologize. We’ll get it right again this coming week…once again, I apologize.)

Bruce BerletBY: Bruce Berlet

After being shut out by the Springfield Falcons at home for the first time in 15 seasons on Saturday night, Connecticut Whale coach Ken Gernander almost completely shuffled his deck Sunday afternoon.

Gernander changed all four lines, two of the three defensive pairings and started Cam Talbot in goal for the first time in 11 games since Feb. 19.

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ALL EVEN IN CONFERENCE SEMI-FINALS

Charlotte Checkers VERSUS Wilkes Barre

CHECKERS BLANKED, 3-0, BY PENGUINS IN GAME 2
Series tied 1-1; Game 3 is Monday in Charlotte

WILKES-BARRE, P.A.—Aided by 34-save shutout from Brad Thiessen, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins blanked the Charlotte Checkers, 3-0, in Game 2 of the East Division Finals.

It was the first time the Checkers were held to less than two goals in the playoffs.

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CHECKERS GET THE JUMP ON PENGUINS

Charlotte Checkers  VERSUS  Wilkes Barre

CHECKERS TAKE 1-0 SERIES LEAD OVER TOP-SEEDED PENGUINS
Jon Matsumoto scored a pair of goals as the Checkers take Game 1 win

WILKES-BARRE, P.A.—Jon Matsumoto scored two power-play goals as the Charlotte Checkers defeated the top-seeded Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 3-2, on Thursday evening.

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LUKE ADAM – AHL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

AHL LogoPORTLAND PIRATES FORWARD LUKE ADAM NAMED AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE’S OUTSTANDING ROOKIE

SPRINGFIELD, MA. – The American Hockey League announced today that forward Luke Adam of the Portland Pirates has been named the winner of the Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award as the AHL’s outstanding rookie for the 2010-11 season, as voted by AHL coaches, players and media in each of the league’s 30 member cities.

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WHALE WEEKLY: March 7-13, 2011

Connecticut Whale

The Whale (31-24-2-6, 70 pts.) finished an important three-game stretch with playoff implications with a perfect 3-0-0-0 record last week, posting two wins over Springfield and one over Worcester. The Whale started their week with a last-second, 3-2, come-from-behind victory over the Falcons at home on Wednesday, before knocking off Springfield again Saturday, 2-1 in overtime in Springfield. Coming into Sunday’s contest with Worcester tied for third place in the Atlantic Division, the Whale made a statement in beating the Sharks, 7-2. Brodie Dupont had four assists in the tilt, which put Connecticut a season-high seven games over the .500-mark.

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FROM THE CREASE with Bruce Berlet

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

It has been arguably the most topsy-turvy season in the 14 years of the Hartford Wolf Pack/Connecticut Whale franchise.

Man-games lost to injuries and call-ups are at an all-time high, causing disruptions to continuity and chemistry.

But one person’s loss is another’s gain, and while the Whale is without eight players, including their two purest goal-scorers, All-Star Jeremy Williams and Chad Kolarik, and had to play the last two games a man short, they’re on a “topsy” heading into the last five weeks of the season.

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POTENT PP PUNISHES PENGUINS

Charlotte Checkers VERSUS Wilkes Barre

Boychuk’s hat trick, Dalpe’s four assists lead Checkers to 9-5 win

WILKES-BARRE, PA. – The Charlotte Checkers scored four goals on the power play, including the game-winning tally, as they routed the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 9-5, on the road on Sunday afternoon.

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WORST TO FIRST

Connecticut Whale       VERSUS     Wilkes Barre 

(Editor’s note: Our apologies for this being posted late…busy day at work)

The Connecticut Whale rebounded from Saturday’s poor performance against the Atlantic Division’s worst team, the Providence Bruins, with one of their best performances of the season against the AHL’s best overall team, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, to a 6-3 win in front of 5,382 at the XL Center Sunday afternoon.

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CHECKERS JUMPED BY PENGUINS

Charlotte Checkers VERSUS      Wilkes Barre

LATE COMEBACK FALLS SHORT AS CHECKERS LOSE TO PENS
Tangradi scores twice; Micflikier adds goal and assist for Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Down four goals in the third period, the Charlotte Checkers scored two quick tallies but could not complete the comeback as they were downed, 5-2, by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Tuesday evening.

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