The Connecticut Whale completed the Hartford portion of their regular season schedule Sunday, losing 1-0 to the Providence Bruins.
They finished 20-14-2-2 at the XL Center, including 15-4-1-2 in the last 22 home games. With 78 points, the Whale are in seventh place in the AHL's Eastern Conference and hold a three-point lead over Hershey and Norfolk.
The Whale end the season with five road games. Hershey has six games remaining, five on the road before ending with Manchester at home. Norfolk ends the season with six road games.
Courtesy of the Whale, here's a preview of what's ahead this week:
The Whale’s last five games of the regular season are all on the road, starting with a visit to Manchester this Friday (7:00 PM faceoff). Saturday night the Whale will travel to Glens Falls, NY to battle Adirondack (7:00), and Sunday finds the Whale in Springfield for a 3:00 game, as the Whale and Falcons wrap up their 12-game season series.
Friday, April 12 at the Manchester Monarchs (Verizon Wireless Arena), 7:00 p.m.
· The Monarchs (32-31-3-4, 71 pts.) are tied for tenth place in the Eastern Conference, four points out of a playoff spot and seven points behind the seventh-place Whale.
· Manchester won its last game, 4-3 in overtime, Sunday at Worcester, but that was only the Monarchs’ third win in their last ten games.
· The Whale suffered a 9-2 road loss the first time they played the Monarchs this year December 8, but since then have won four straight against Manchester.
· Monarchs rookie Jordan Weal (14-18-32 in 57 GP) comes into the week on a three-game goal-scoring streak (3-2-5).
Saturday, April 13 at the Adirondack Phantoms (Glens Falls Civic Center), 7:00 p.m.
· The Whale have won only two of five previous games (2-2-1-0) against the 28-35-3-4 (63 pts.) Phantoms, and have posted an overtime loss and a regulation loss in two earlier visits to Glens Falls.
· Adirondack trails the field in the Eastern Conference, one point behind 14th-place St. John’s and 12 points out of a playoff spot.
· Phantom points leader Jason Akeson (16-32-48 in 56 GP) has 5-2-7 in five games against the Whale this year.
· Radio – live with Bob Crawford on “The Rock” 106.9 WCCC-FM. All Whale Saturday night games this year will be beamed on The Rock 106.9 WCCC’s 50,000 watts of power. Also available on-line at www.ctwhale.com. Video streaming at www.ahllive.com.
Sunday, April 14 at the Springfield Falcons (MassMutual Center), 3:00 p.m.
· The Falcons (41-20-5-4, 91 pts.) have clinched the Northeast Division title, and are only two points behind the AHL-leading Providence Bruins in the Eastern Conference.
· This game finishes the 12-game I-91 rivalry series between the Whale and Falcons. Connecticut is 5-6-0-0 thus far in the series, 2-3-0-0 in Springfield.
· Former Whale defenseman Blake Parlett, who was acquired by Columbus from the New York Rangers last week in the Marian Gaborik trade, scored the power-play game-winner for Springfield in Sunday’s 4-2 win in Portland and has at least a point in all three games he has played since joining the Falcons (1-2-3).
Whale Community Appearances:
The Whale have the following appearances scheduled this week. For further information on these, or any other Whale community initiatives, contact Whale community relations manager Frank Berrian, at (860) 541-4728:
· Tuesday, April 9, 5:30-7:30 PM, McDonald’s, 2915 Main St., Glastonbury, CT
Pucky, the Whale’s lovable mascot, does a baseball turn, as he meets and greets young ballplayers and their families at a Glastonbury Little League event.
· Thursday, April 11, 6:30-8:00 PM, XL Center
Pucky joins in the fun of the HYPE Scavenger Hunt.