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.