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3:10PM: In an update at the Hartford Courant, Paul Doyle writes that MSG also looked at calling the team the Connecticut Wolf Pack but the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Isles AHL affiliate, objected.

12:36PM: According to a report in the Hartford Courant the Rangers AHL affiliate will no longer be called the Connecticut Whale and will instead go back to being called the Hartford Wolf Pack.

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According to Steve Zipay at Newsday, the Rangers non-playing taxi squad for their playoff run is expected to include JT Miller, Dylan McIlrath and Kris Newbury.

In the NY Post, Brett Cyrgalis writes that it is likely the Rangers will bring up 5-7 players when the team returns from their road trip later this week.

He lists the possible call ups as JT Miller, Brandon Mashinter, Benn Ferriero, Brandon Segal, Dylan McIlrath and Mike Vernace.

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  • Dylan McIlrath had an assist, was a plus two, had one shot and fight with a ten minute misconduct.
  • Ryan Bourque was a minus one
  • JT Miller had an assist and was a plus one
  • Marek Hrivik had a goal and two shots
  • Chris Kreider was a minus two, had four shots and was called for goalie interference
  • Christian Thomas had an assist, was a minus one and had two shots
Box Score

http://youtu.be/kzfkw_H-VRY

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  • Dylan McIlrath had one shot
  • Stu Bickel was a minus one, had three shots and had a hooking penalty
  • Kyle Jean had a tripping penalty
  • Ryan Bourque was a minus one
  • JT Miller had one shot
  • Marek Hrivik didn't register on the score sheet
  • Chris Kreider had a goal, three shots and a roughing penalty and a tripping penalty
  • Christian Thomas had one shot
  • Cam Talbot stopped 42 of 44 shots.
The Whale lines, according to Bob Crawford, saw Chris Kreider skated with Kris Newbury and Benn Ferriero, JT Miller with Brandon Mashinter and Brandon Segal, Christian Thomas with Michael Haley and Marek Hrivik, Kyle Jean with Brandon Bourque and Kyle Palmieri.

Jesper Fast is banged up and likely out for the rest of the regular season.

http://youtu.be/SrcC4lvzK78

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According to Paul Doyle in the Hartford Courant, a new deal between the MSG and Global Spectrum, the new managers of the XL Center in Hartford, could come at "any time" and the two sides are just ironing out the details.

The new agreement would see the Rangers keep their AHL affiliate in Hartford.

Doyle also notes that the name is likely to change from Whale since that name was associated with Howard Baldwin's group that no longer manages the team. He adds that the Rangers have kept the Wolf Pack uniforms and even renewed the domain name hartfordwolfpack.com

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According to the Hartford Courant, a new deal that would keep the Whale in Connecticut is possibly "days away" after the state of Connecticut picked a new company to manage the XL Center.

The deal with Global Spectrum, the management company, is contingent upon a new deal with an AHL affiliate.

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According to Paul Doyle in the Hartford Courant, the Rangers deal with the XL Center in Hartford and management company AEG's deal with the building expire after this season.

Doyle says that the Rangers have been unable to try and negotiate an extension because they don't have a management company to negotiate with.

AHL President Dave Andrews says that the league has been working with the Rangers on finding a potential new home for the Rangers AHL affiliate if they can't return to Hartford.

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According to Renaud Lavoie, the Rangers have placed Sean Collins, Michael Haley, Chad Kolarik, Kris Newbury, Logan Pyett, Brendon Segal, Mike Vernace and Tommy Grant on waivers.

All of those players had been playing with the Whale in the first half of the season.

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  • Dylan McIlrath had one shot on goal. He did not fight.
  • Kyle Jean had two goals on two shots
  • Ryan Bourque had one shot and a tripping penalty
  • Christian Thomas had two shots
  • Matt Gilroy didn't register on the score sheet
  • Chris Kreider and Marek Hrivik didn't play?yesterday.
  • Jason Missiaen stopped all 35 shots that he faced
  • The Whale were 1-2 on the PP
http://youtu.be/EzTTTmeFCqE
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  • Kyle Jean was a minus one and had five shots
  • Ryan Bourque had an assist and was a plus one
  • Marek Hrivik took two shots
  • Chris Kreider was a minus one and took an interference penalty. He didn't have a shot on goal
  • Chad Kolarik had two goals and six shots
  • Christian Thomas had a goal, an assist and one shot
  • Matt Gilroy had an assist
  • Cam Talbot stopped 23 of 25 shots
  • The Whale were 1-1 on the PP
  • They were 7-8 on the PK
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  • Dylan McIlrath was a minus one, had a fight and an elbowing penalty
  • Kyle Jean had one shot and a charging penalty
  • Ryan Bourque had two shots
  • Marek Hrivik was a minus one with two shots
  • Chris Kreider had two shots and a holding penalty
  • Christian Thomas was a minus one and had five shots
  • Matt Gilroy was a minus two and had three shots
  • Cam Talbot stopped 23 of 26 shots
  • The Whale were 0-7 on the PP


http://youtu.be/4DUKtXSC1oA

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  • Kyle Jean was a minus one with two shots
  • Ryan Bourque was a minus two with one shot
  • Marek Hrivik had a goal, an assist, three shots and a tripping power play
  • Chris Kreider had one shot and a hooking penalty
  • Christian Thomas was a minus one with two shots
  • Matt Gilroy was a minus three with tree shots
  • Cam Talbot stopped 24 of 28 shots
  • The Whale were 0-6 on the PP
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  • Chad Kolarik scored for the Whale
  • Kyle Jean had one shot
  • Ryan Bourque had two shots
  • Marek Hrivik had an assist and three shots
  • Chris Kreider had zero shots
  • Christian Thomas was a minus one and had four shots
  • Matt Gilroy had three shots? and was a minus one
  • The Whale were 0-5 on the PP
  • Cam Talbot stopped 20 of 22 shots
http://youtu.be/xhGGPo2lLDA
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  • Kyle Jean had an assist, two shots and a tripping penalty
  • Ryan Bourque had an assist and two shots
  • Marek Hrivik had a goal, an assist and two shots
  • Chris Kreider had a goal, four shots and a hooking penalty
  • Christian Thomas had three shots
  • Matt Gilroy had an assist and one shot
  • Cam Talbot stopped 39 of 41 shots
  • Kris Newbury had two goals and Kelsey Tessier had the other
  • The Whale were 1-3 on the PP
http://youtu.be/-7Jpl7MjXcM
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  • Kyle Jean had one shot
  • Ryan Bourque had two shots
  • JT Miller had three shots
  • Marek Hrivik had two shots
  • Chris Kreider had one shot and two penalties(Interference and Elbowing)
  • Christian Thomas had one shot on goal
  • Matt Gilroy was a minus one and had three shots on goal
  • Cam Talbot stopped 31 of 32 shots
  • The Whale were 0-4 on the PP
On the season, the Whale are 11-13-2

http://youtu.be/uYKkrJJBVhM

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  • Kyle Jean was a minus one with one shot
  • Ryan Bourque had a goal, a shot and an interference penalty. He was a plus 1
  • JT Miller had an assist and was a minus one
  • Marek Hrivik was a minus one and had one shot
  • Chris Kreider was a minus one. He had ZERO shots
  • Christian Thomas had a goal (PP) and two shots. He was a minus one
  • Matt Gilroy had an assist, one shot and a minus one
  • Kris Newbury scored the other Whale goal
  • Cam Talbot stopped 28 of 32 shots
http://youtu.be/6IDaJaJr9NE
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  • Kyle Jean had three shots
  • Ryan Bourque was held off the scoresheet
  • JT Miller scored the game winner and had an assist. He was a plus one and had four shots on goal. Miller also took a hooking penalty
  • Marek Hrivik had two assists and one shot
  • Chris Kreider had one shot on goal
  • Christian Thomas had two shots and was a minus one
  • Matt Gilroy had two shots and was a minus one
  • Cam Talbot stopped 25 of 26 shots
  • Chad Kolarik, on the PP, scored the other Whale goal
  • The Whale were 1-3 on the PP
http://youtu.be/i4vXcSgVga8
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The Whale lose 9-2 to the Manchester Monarchs last night. The Monarchs are the AHL team for the Kings.

  • Kyle Jean was a minus two
  • Ryan Bourque was a minus three with one shot
  • JT Miller had an assist, was a minus two and had one shot
  • Marek Hrivik was a minus two and had two shots
  • Chris Kreider was a minus one and had one shot
  • Christian Thomas had a goal, three shots and was a minus one
  • Matt Gilroy was a minus two with two shots
  • Jason Missiaen stopped 12 of 16 shots
  • Cam Talbot stopped 17 of 22 shots
  • Kelsey Tessier scored the other Whale goal
  • The Whale only took one penalty and were not scored on during the PP
http://youtu.be/QszlhxUbYRg
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The Whale defeated the baby Islanders 4-2 tonight in Hartford.

  • Kyle Jean had an assist and a shot on goal
  • JT Miller had two goals and three shots
  • Ryan Bourque had an assist
  • Marek Hrivik had one assist and one shot
  • Chris Kreider was a minus one and had three shots
  • Christian Thomas had an assist and one shot
  • Matt Gilroy had three shots
  • Brandon Segal and Kelsey Tessier scored the other goals.
John Tortorella was in the crowd to see the Whale along with other Rangers hockey personnel.
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At 6:36 of the third period last night the Whale were up 3-0. By 13:20 the score was tied and the Whale ended up losing 4-3 in OT.

  • Kyle Jean had one shot
  • Ryan Bourque had one shot
  • JT Miller had an assist and one shot
  • Marek Hrivik scored a goal, had two shots and was a minus two
  • Chris Kreider was a plus one and had one shot
  • Christian Thomas had one goal on one shot
  • Matt Gilroy was a minus two, had two shots and took a penalty
  • Cam Talbot stopped 42 shots
  • The Whale were out-shot 46-27
https://twitter.com/byndblueshirts/status/275064545985302528
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  • Ryan Bourque was a minus one with one shot
  • JT Miller had one shot
  • Marek Hrivik had an assist and three shots
  • Chris Kreider was a minus one, had five shots, and took a holding penalty
  • Christian Thomas had one shot
  • Matt Gilroy was a minus one with two shots
  • Chad Kolarik scored two goals and had six shots
  • The Whale were 1-3 on the PP
  • Cam Talbot stopped 33 of 37 shots
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  • Kyle Jean had three shots
  • Ryan Bourque had one goal, one assist, was a plus two and had two shots on goal
  • JT Miller was a minus one
  • Marek Hrivik had a goal and three shots
  • Chris Kreider had one shot
  • Christian Thomas didn't register on the scoresheet
  • Matt Gilroy had a goal, 3 shots and was a plus two
Before the game, Bob Crawford tweeted that the lines were:

  • Hrivik-Newbury-Kolarik
  • Kreider-Jean-Segal
  • Haley-Miller-Thomas
  • Grant-Tessier-Bourque
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  • Chad Kolarik had a hat trick and ten shots on goal
  • Kyle Jean had one shot
  • Ryan Bourque had an assist and one shot
  • JT Miller was a minus two, had one shot and 15 minutes in penalties. He had a fight and a game misconduct in the last minute of the third period
  • Marek Hrivik had three assists and seven shots on goal
  • Chris Kreider had two shots on goal
  • Christian Thomas had an assist and was a minus one
  • Matt Gilroy is a plus 1 and had two shots on goal
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The Whale defeated the Sound Tigers 7-5 tonight and scored four goals in the third period.

  • Chris Kreider had two goals (including the game winner) on two shots
  • Kyle Jean had an assist and one shot
  • Ryan Bourque had an assist and was a minus one
  • JT Miller had an assist and two shots
  • Christian Thomas was a minus one with ZERO shots
  • Matt Gilroy had two goals on four shots
  • The Whale were 1-4 on the PP
  • Other goals were scored by Chad Kolarik, Tommy Grant and Kris Newbury
  • Cam Talbot stopped 36 of 41 shots
https://twitter.com/TheSoundTigers/status/272130140572622848

https://twitter.com/TheSoundTigers/status/272165339406671872

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  • Kyle Jean had an assist and one shot on goal
  • Ryan Bourque scored, was a plus one and had 3 shots
  • JT Miller was a minus one, had one shot and took a hooking penalty in the second period
  • Chris Kreider scored on the PP on his only shot
  • Christian Thomas had one shot
  • Matt Gilroy was a minus one and had seven shots
  • Cam Talbot stopped 23 of 24 shots
  • The Whale were 1-3 on the PP
  • Kreider was named the first star of the game
http://youtu.be/giw7ei4FimM
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  • Kyle Jean was a minus one and had one shot
  • Ryan Bourque was a minus one with one shot
  • JT Miller had five shots on goal and was a plus one
  • Chris Kreider had two shots and took a third period slashing penalty
  • Christian Thomas was a plus one and had three shots
  • Matt Gilroy had six shots on goal and was a plus one
  • Jason Missiaen Cam Talbot stopped 31 of 33 shots
  • The Whale were 0-9 on the PP
http://youtu.be/jCkCl2W57Xs
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The Whale beat the baby Sharks 6-2 last night.

  • Chris Kreider had two assists, was a plus two, had two shots and took a slashing penalty
  • Kyle Jean had an assist and took a tripping penalty in the first period
  • JT Miller had am empty net goal and two shots
  • Christian Thomas had two PP goals, three shots and was a plus one
  • Matt Gilroy had two assists, was a plus three and had three shots on goal
  • Ryan Bourque had one shot
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The Whale dropped a game to Springfield last night 10-2 at the XL Center in Hartford.

  • The scoring breakdown was 3-3-4 for Springfield and 0-1-1 for the Whale.
  • Tim Erixon had a goal and three assists and was a plus six
  • Jonathan Audy-Marchessault had a goal, two assists and was a plus four
  • Matt Gilroy scored a goal and was a minus five
  • Christian Thomas had two shots, and assist and was even
  • Chris Kreider had a PP assist, took one shot, another penalty (holding late in the third) and was a minus two
  • Kyle Jean was a minus four and had two shots
  • Ryan Bourque was a minus two and had two shots
  • JT Miller was a minus three and had one shot
  • Jason Missiaen gave up seven goals in 47:34 and Cam Talbot gave up three in 12:16
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The Whale opened up their training camp today and Jim Schoenfeld, assistant coach and GM with the Rangers and assistant GM of the Whale met with reports.

Schoenfeld said:

  • On Marek Hrivik, "He got everyone's attention with his play when there was more on the line. He was arguably one of the best playoff performers. Now it's a matter of continued improvement and working on every facet to his game. His head is a bit ahead of others. He thinks that half step ahead, he knows what he is going to do with the puck before he gets it. He has good size, good puck handling ability and we see him as a legit prospect."
  • On Chris Kreider starting with the Whale, "He is going to be a big player with the Whale and they will rely on him to be a big leader."
  • On JT Miller and where he will play "right now we think he is physically ready to play in the American level. Mentally and emotionally he isn't intimidated. His skill level is high enough to play here. I think that the best place for him to develop would be with the Whale but we haven't made that decision yet."
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The CT Whale have opened up their training camp and are in the process of their first scrimmage.

According to the team's twitter feed, John Tortorella is watching the scrimmage at the Rangers training facility in Westchester.

The Whale open their season on October 12th.

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In an interview with Blueshirts United, CT Whale assistant coach Jeff Beukebook spoke about his role and what he hopes to do with the Whale.

Beuk said "It's exciting for me to have an opportunity to work with these kids as they come through the system. I feel honored and I feel like I have a lot to give to these players."

He added that his role in Hartford will be one that will have a big impact on the organization long-term, "In today's age with a salary cap you can't be an elite team without a good minor league team and developing good young talent. You can see the youth that is only going to get better and we have to make sure to do our job in Hartford to supplement that."

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Ken Gernander enters his sixth season as coach of the Rangers top minor league affiliate in Hartford when the Whale open up training camp this weekend.

Gernander has been in Hartford since 1997 when he became captain of the Wolf Pack after the team moved from Binghamton.

In a talk with the Rangers website, Gernander praised the organization for always having good personnel around in Hartford and said that he is exited to be part of the Rangers winning atmosphere, "for me, it's just fun to be a part of all of that---a great organization and a winning atmosphere---and more than anything I was just happy for those kids because I know the hard work they put in and the type character they posses."

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6:09PM: Bob McKenzie tweets that Plymouth may lose a good player in JT Miller to the Whale. McKenzie adds that since Miller wasn't drafted out of the CHL he can play in the AHL.

Jeff Gorton said that the team will watch Miller at training camp and decide which level they think he should play at.

2:35PM: The Whale have announced their roster for training camp which starts on Saturday at the MSG training center.

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The Rangers have announced that the Whale will have their training camp at the MSG training center in Westchester.

Training camp opens on the 29th and the first on-ice day will be Sunday.

Chris Kreider, Christian Thomas and JT Miller will all be at training camp. Dylan McIlrath is still questionable due to his knee injury.

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Forwards: Ryan Bourque, Tommy Grant, Michael Haley, Marek Hrivik, Kyle Jean, Chad Kolarik, Chris Kreider, JT Miller, Kris Newbury, Brandon Segal, Christian Thomas, Jason Wilson, Andrew Yogan.

Defense: Sean Collins, Steven Delisle, Dylan McIlrath, Jyri Niemi, Blake Parlett, Logan Pyett, Mike Vernace.

Goalies: Jason Missiaen, Cam Talbot and Scott Stajcer

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Over the past two seasons John Tortorella has given lots of credit to Ken Gernander and his staff in Hartford for their work in getting players ready and developed to play for the Rangers when needed.

Jeff Beukeboom joined Gernander's staff this summer after JJ Daigneault left to become an assistant with the Montreal Canadians.

Beukeboom will work with the defense prospects and told Bruce Berlet that he wants to continue the streak of sending productive players to New York

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At Howlings, Bruce Berlet writes about some of the players expected to have big roles this season with the Whale.

On Christian Thomas, Berlet writes "Short in stature, Thomas must use his hockey savvy and increase his strength to absorb contact and handle play on the boards."

He called Ryan Bourque one of the Whale's top penalty killers and praised his speed, hockey sense and grit.

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Bruce Berlet recently spoke with Connecticut coach Ken Gernander and Gernander said that he was preparing as if this season will be normal and that if a deal isn't reached by September 15th for a new CBA, he will "plan accordingly."

Whale training camp is expected to start on September 28th, one week after the Rangers are scheduled to start, Berlet writes that the leading contenders from the Rangers to join the Whale are Carl Hagelin and Chris Kreider.

Gernander told Berlet, "They might make a ruling as to who?s available to you, and that prohibit certain players from coming to us. But you can?t prepare for things that may or may not occur. Now we?re preparing for a season just like we would any other season, and if something terrible happens on Sept. 15, we can adjust accordingly.?

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After 76 regular-season games and nine playoff contests, the Connecticut Whale saw its season come to an end on Friday when the Norfolk Admirals won game 6 of their Eastern Conference Semi-Final series (ECSF series ?I?) with the Whale, 2-1 in overtime; eliminating sixth-place Connecticut from the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs.

The Whale entered The Norfolk Scope on Friday needing a victory to force game 7, which would have taken place on Sunday. After two periods on Friday, the Whale appeared to be in the driver?s seat, heading towards a huge game 6 win. The Whale carried a 1-0 lead into period 3, and hoped that its defense and goaltender, Cam Talbot, could withstand any offensive pressure that the Admirals would create.

But that was not the case, as the Admirals took complete control of the third period starting at the opening face-off. Norfolk outshot the Whale, 18-3, in the third frame, and scored once to force overtime. In 13 minutes of overtime, the Admirals maintained their offensive pressure and outshot the Whale, 16-4. Norfolk winger Richard Panik ended the game on a breakaway goal at 13:01, scoring on Talbot after breaking past Whale defenseman Brendan Bell near the blueline. Panik?s goal was his second of the playoffs, and it provided the Admirals with the game 6 win and series win.

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On Friday, the Connecticut Whale and Norfolk Admirals met for game 6 of their Eastern Conference Semi-Final series (ECSF series ?I?), as the Whale attempted to win and force game 7.

The Whale caught a break just 41 seconds into the game, when an apparent Norfolk goal was waived-off by the officials. Originally, the call was a good goal for Admirals forward Alexandre Picard and Norfolk was going to have an early 1-0 lead. But after some discussion at center ice, the officials agreed that Picard touched the puck with a high-stick, and the goal was erased.

Nonetheless, the Whale had a poor start to the game, allowing Norfolk to control the puck for most of the opening three minutes.

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The Connecticut Whale and Norfolk Admirals meet for game 6 of their Eastern Conference Semi-Final series (ECSF series ?I?) tonight at 7:30pm (ET) at The Scope in Norfolk, Virginia. For the Whale, game 6 is a must win, as they trail the series, 3-2, after losing on Wednesday.

Pregame notes

?in game 5 on Wednesday, the Admirals struck for four goals against Whale? goaltender Cam Talbot, en route to a 4-0 win. The Whale fired 22 shots at Jaroslav Janus, but the Admirals netminder stopped everything.

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After losing, 4-0, to Norfolk in game 5 on Wednesday, the Connecticut Whale faces elimination for the first time this post-season when their Eastern Conference Semi-Final series (ECSF series ?I?) resumes on Friday in Virginia with game 6 (7:30pm ET).

The Admirals made hockey look easy on Wednesday, shutting out the Whale, 4-0, and outshooting them by a margin of 14 (36-12), en route to a 3-2 series lead. Norfolk started goaltender Jaroslav Janus for the first time in the series, and the 22-year-old netminder successfully stopped each shot that the Whale fired in his direction.

Cam Talbot made his ninth-straight appearance in goal (dating back to the Whale?s final regular-season game in Syracuse on April 14), and allowed four goals on 36 shots. As expected, Talbot?s performance in game 5?along with the fact that he has started in nine-straight games for the first time in his pro career?has led to speculation that the Whale may turn to Chad Johnson for game 6, in hopes that he can save the season.

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On Wednesday, the Connecticut Whale and Norfolk Admirals played game 5 of their Eastern Conference Semi-Final series (ECSF series ?I?), at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT. The teams battled for a 3-2 series lead, and in the end it was the Admirals who were victorious, 4-0.

The Admirals rode goaltender Jaroslav Janus? 22-save shutout to victory, as the 22-year-old netminder made his first appearance of the series. Janus was named the games second star for his performance.

Norfolk opened the scoring at 15:15 of the first-period, on a goal by winger Alexandre Picard, his fifth of the post-season. Picard?s goal came on a wraparound attempt, as the 26-year-old forward picked-up a loose puck behind the Whale net, skated it in front and slid a shot past goaltender Cam Talbot near the left goal-post to give the Admirals a 1-0 lead. Norfolk forward Pierre-Cedric Labrie recorded an assist on the tally.

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Tonight, the Connecticut Whale and Norfolk Admirals will meet for game 5 of their Eastern Conference Semi-Final series (ECSF series ?I?) at 7pm (ET) at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT. Both teams will battle for an all-important 3-2 series lead tonight, after the Whale defeated Norfolk on Monday, 4-1, to even the series at 2-2.

Pregame notes

?in game 4 on Monday, the Whale beat the Admirals, 4-1, on goals by Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Scott Tanksi, Casey Wellman, and Kris Newbury. The Whale carried a 2-1 lead out of period 2, and struck for two goals in the third period to distance themselves from Norfolk. Cam Talbot made 19 saves in the win.

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When the Connecticut Whale finished its first-round playoff series with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers three weeks ago, the team?s top playoff scorers were 20-year-old right-winger Marek Hrivik and centerman Casey Wellman, who both recorded four points in the three-game round.

Now, four games into their second-round series with the Norfolk Admirals, the scoring leaders remain the same for the Whale, as Hrivik and Wellman are tied with eight points in seven total playoff contests. Hrivik?who joined the team on March 30 on an Amateur Tryout (ATO) agreement?leads the Whale in playoff goals with five, and Wellman?who joined the Whale on February 3 after being acquired through trade by the New York Rangers?is second on the team in goals with four.

Entering the post-season, Hrivik scored only once in eight games with the Whale. But the 6-foot-1, 197-pound, winger continues to produce in the playoffs, and is currently riding a six-game scoring-streak into game 5 on Wednesday.

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The Connecticut Whale and Norfolk Admirals met at the XL Center on Monday for game 4 of their Eastern Conference Semi-Final series (ECSF series ?I?). The Whale needed a win to even the series, 2-2, and a brilliant defensive effort led them to a 4-1 victory.

The first period of the tilt started off at an extremely slow pace, with only 10 total shots being fired in the first 19 minutes. Each team traded power-play chances as well, but no goals were scored on the advantages.

In the final minute of the period, however, the Whale caught a break as the normally steady Norfolk defense made a sloppy error that led to a late-Whale goal.

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Tonight, the Connecticut Whale and Norfolk Admirals will meet for game 4 of their Eastern Conference Semi-Final series (ECSF series ?I?) at 7pm at the XL Center in Hartford. The Whale will attempt to tie the series, 2-2, after the Admirals won game 3 on Sunday, 4-3, and took a 2-1 series lead.

Pregame notes

?in game 3, the Admirals rode a three-goal second period to victory, as they defeated the Whale, 4-3. Connecticut led early in the game, as the Whale exited the first period with a 2-1 lead, but Norfolk received goals from Alex Killorn, Trevor Smith and Mike Angelidis in period 2 en route to its victory.

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On Sunday, the Connecticut Whale and Norfolk Admirals met for game 3 of their Eastern Conference Semi-Finals series (ECSF series ?I?) at the XL Center, as the clubs battled for the 2-1 series lead. Despite scoring first for the first time in the series?and carrying a 2-1 lead in to the second period?the Whale was unable to stop a powerful offensive surge by Norfolk in the final half of period 2. The Admirals struck for two quick goals mid-way through the second period, and one late-goal, as they topped the Whale, 4-3, in front of a Hartford crowd of 3,319.

The story of game 2 was discipline, or lack thereof, as the Whale faced 11 Norfolk power-plays. Team discipline was a major goal entering tonight?s tilt, but just 14 seconds into the game, Whale? defenseman Pavel Valentenko was called for interference and the Whale found themselves killing a penalty right away.

Luckily for the Whale, the penalty-killing tandems, led by goaltender Cam Talbot, successfully eliminated Norfolk?s opportunity to keep the game scoreless. The whistle-happy officials made another quick penalty call, sending the Whale to a power-play at 3:53 after calling Admirals? Trevor Smith for boarding.

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The Connecticut Whale and Norfolk Admirals meet for game 3 of their Eastern Conference Semi-Finals series (ECSF series ?I?) at 7pm (ET) tonight, at the XL Center in Hartford. The series is knotted, 1-1, after the Admirals defeated the Whale in game 2 on Friday, 4-1.

Pregame notes

?in game 2, the Admirals struck for two early first period goals off the sticks of Alex Killorn and Mike Kostka. In the second period, the Whale cut the score to 2-1 on a goal by Andre Deveaux, but Norfolk recorded two unanswered goals later in the game to secure the 4-1 victory.

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