BY: 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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Tagged Brett Sterling, Casey Wellman, Chad Johnson, Connecticut Whale, CTWhale, Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Ken Gernander, Mats Zuccarello, Peter Mannino, Pirate, Portland Pirates, Wade Redden, Whale, XL Center
The Greenville Road Warriors slugged it out for over 60 minutes with the Chicago Express on Sunday at the BI-LO Center and emerged with a 7-6 overtime victory. The win improved Greenville to 29-18-3 on the season.
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Tagged BI-LO Center, Brandon Wong, Brendan Connolly, Bretton Cameron, Chicago, Chicago Express, GREENVILLE, Greenville Road Warriors, Jason Missiaen, Jason Wilson, Marc-Oliver Vallerand, Max Gratchev, Peter Mannino, Road Warrior, Warrior
BY: Mitch Beck
Blowing leads become a major problem to this point in the early part of the season for Connecticut Whale head coach Ken Gernander’s bunch. Sunday afternoon at the Mile One Centre in Newfoundland, the Whale wasted two-goal leads twice before dropping the game in regulation, this time a 4-3 decision to the St. John’s IceCaps; capping a weekend of back-to-back losses to the AHL’s best.
The season is fourteen games old and of the team’s total of seven losses, (7-4-1-2) they have blown leads in six of those contests including a number of two-goal leads and a three goal lead too.
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Tagged Andreas Thuresson, Blake Parlett, Connecticut Whale, Garth Murray, Hartford Wolf Pack, Jared Nightingale, John Mitchell, Ken Gernander, Kris Newbury, Peter Mannino, Spencer Machacek, St. John's IceCaps, Stu Bickel, Tommy Grant, Wade Redden, Whale