There are a multitude of ways to lose in any sporting event, and the Connecticut Whale have certainly explored many of them this season, but Saturday night’s 2-0 loss to the Springfield Falcons at the MassMutual Center in front of 5,003 was in no small part due to some of the most bizarre officiating certainly of the season and possibly longer than that.
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Tommy Grant arrived in Hartford in late March unheralded but hardly bashful in his demeanor.
Grant had a bit of an edge from the get-go. Nothing cocky, mind you, just an air of confidence that he belonged in the AHL with the Connecticut Whale after his best of four seasons at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Befitting the tenure of his attitude often accompanied by a wry smile, Grant had two assists in his pro debut, a 4-2 loss at the Providence Bruins on March 27 after signing an amateur tryout contract 24 hours earlier and 10 days after completing his senior year at UAA. The Whale brass thought so much of Grant so quickly that they signed him to a free-agent contract two days later.
The headlines Tuesday night at the XL Center were the Connecticut Whale’s continued penalty killing excellence backstopped by goalie Dov Grumet-Morris, the return of their two most skilled players, wings Mats Zuccarello and Chad Kolarik, and the loss of right wing Dale Weise to injury.
PORTLAND, Maine – A week ago Saturday night at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., Carl Hagelin experienced the biggest bummer of his hockey life.
Saturday night at Cumberland County Civic Center, Hagelin began “the next chapter of my life” while trying to put the aftereffects of the University of Michigan’s 3-2 overtime loss to Minnesota-Duluth in the NCAA championship game in his rear-view mirror. Continue reading
(Due to a previous and unavoidable commitment, we could not be there for tonight’s game between the Whale and Sound Tigers…we will be there Saturday and Sunday as usual.)
BRIDGEPORT, CT. – The Connecticut Whale hit the daily double Friday night.
First, All-Star right wing Jeremy Williams had a goal and two assists to back the 21-save effort of Dov Grumet-Morris in a 4-1 victory over the undermanned Bridgeport Sound Tigers before 5,742 at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard.
As the pressure mounts as the playoffs approach, players and teams can buckle or get stronger late in games.
The latter has been the Connecticut Whale’s MO the past few weeks.
Despite still having five players injured and two on recall to the New York Rangers, the Whale has won eight of 10 games, including three in a row, to seize the upper hand in their quest to return to the postseason after missing for the first time in the franchise’s 14-year history.
Saturday hosted one of those rare nights where both the NHL and their AHL affiliates would squared off on the same day. The AHL Connecticut Whale did their part with a 4-2 victory, their fifth in seven tries, against the Worcester Sharks. After that game concluded, some three hours later the parent New York Rangers went on to beat the San Jose Sharks in a shootout 3-2.
Lemieux was released from his second professional tryout contract and signed to an AHL deal before being among the 22 players on the Whale’s Clear Day list. Another recent call-up from the ECHL, rookie defenseman Blake Parlett, was also on the list, while feisty left wing Devin DiDiomete, who leads the AHL in penalty minutes (280), and center Ryan Garlock, a regular before being injured last week, were not included but put on the “in-residence” list.
Lots of news and a bit of a surprise start off the day for the Connecticut Whale.
First is the announcement of the signing of Francis Lemieux to a full AHL contract, up from the PTO that he had signed late last month. The reason he was signed, besides the fact that he has played well for the Whale, is that he needed to be signed in order to play in the upcoming American League playoffs, should the Whale make it.
But today is an important day as well for all the members of the squad as this is the morning where the “Clear Day Lists” are released. The Clear Day list is the official playoff roster for who can play and who cannot. The only additions can come under “emergency conditions,” arising from recall, injury or suspension. A junior player on an Amateur Try-Out after their season is over, can also be added. Marc Staal is one example of a player who did that.
What is notable for the Whale is who did NOT make the list of those eligible.
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.