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SPOTLIGHT: HOLDING LEADS

Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

It’s a classic case of the glass being half full or half empty.

The Connecticut Whale has led in all 14 games they have played this season, including by two goals in five outings, but they’ve lost half of them while compiling a 7-4-1-2 record. That’s still good for a tie for second in the Northeast Division, one point behind the surging Albany Devils, despite playing 10 games on the road.

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MAYBE THE WHALE SHOULD PLAY FROM BEHIND AND TRY AND WIN LATE?

Connecticut-Whale_thumb      VERSUS     St. Johns IceCaps

BY: Mitch Beck

“Disappointing? Frustrating? Which word do you want to use?” Connecticut Whale head coach Ken Gernander said to start his post game press conference after his squad dropped their second straight in a 6-3 home loss to the St. Johns IceCaps in front of 4,028 Friday night.

Both words Gernander used were apropos considering that the Whale have struggled to maintain leads to this point in the season. The previous game in Bridgeport saw them surrender two goals in a span of 3:53 to waste a two goal lead before losing in overtime. Friday, it was three goals in a span of 4:16 that saw a one goal lead turn into a two goal deficit that did them in.

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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

BY: Bruce Berlet

Talk about eerie and haunting similarity in the deaths of two young, tough NHL players in a span of three months while trying to fight personal demons and found dead by family members.

First, Derek Boogaard’s two brothers discovered the New York Rangers’ left wing/enforcer dead in his apartment in Minneapolis, Minn., after an accidental overdose of alcohol and oxycodone on May 13. He was 28.

Monday, a family member found Winnipeg Jets center/enforcer Rick Rypien dead in his home in Crowsnet Pass, Alberta, at 27. No information on Rypien’s death has been released, but he had been battling depression for a decade.

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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

By Bruce Berlet

Former Hartford Wolf Pack wing Nigel Dawes was part of a Winnipeg native daily double for the Hamilton Bulldogs that was a large part of AHL history on Monday night.

Dawes notched his team-leading ninth goal of the playoffs at 6:24 of the third period to tie it, then Dustin Boyd scored only six seconds into the third overtime, ending the longest Game 7 in  the AHL’s 75-year history as the Bulldogs beat the visiting Manitoba Moose 2-1 in the decisive game of the North Division finals. Continue reading