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February 11, 2013 - American Hockey League (AHL) Connecticut Whale

The Whale (22-21-4-2, 50 pts.) improved to better than .500, and moved into a tie for the last Eastern Conference playoff spot, with a 2-0-0-1 week this past week. After a 4-3 shootout loss at home to Albany Tuesday, the Whale headed up to St. John's, Newfoundland, where they swept a pair of clashes with the St. John's IceCaps. The Whale posted a 4-1 win Saturday night, their first triumph in six all-time meetings with the IceCaps, and then equaled their biggest goal output of the year Sunday afternoon, winning by a score of 7-3. Micheal Haley (3-2-5) and Kris Newbury (2-3-5) led the Whale offense in the three games, and defenseman Mike Vernace registered 2-2-4 and a +6.

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE STANDINGS

Atlantic Division

Rank Team GP W L OTL SL PTS PCT GF GA STK P10 S/O PIM

1 Portland Pirates 46 27 17 1 1 56 0.609 132 135 0-1-0-0 5-5-0-0 3-1 918

2 Providence Bruins 45 26 16 0 3 55 0.611 118 116 6-0-0-0 7-2-0-1 6-3 772

3 Worcester Sharks 46 22 18 1 5 50 0.543 116 130 2-0-0-0 3-4-0-3 5-5 1023

4 Manchester Monarchs 47 21 22 2 2 46 0.489 127 125 0-5-0-0 4-6-0-0 1-2 651

5 St. John's IceCaps 50 21 26 1 2 45 0.450 115 148 0-4-0-0 4-6-0-0 1-2 779

Northeast Division

Rank Team GP W L OTL SL PTS PCT GF GA STK P10 S/O PIM

1 Springfield Falcons 45 28 11 3 3 62 0.689 151 107 3-0-0-0 8-2-0-0 2-3 710

2 Connecticut Whale 49 22 21 4 2 50 0.510 144 152 2-0-0-1 6-2-1-1 1-2 893

3 Albany Devils 45 20 16 1 8 49 0.544 120 123 3-0-0-0 5-3-0-2 2-8 662

4 Bridgeport Sound Tigers 45 21 19 2 3 47 0.522 138 146 2-0-0-1 4-5-0-1 2-3 1002

5 Adirondack Phantoms 46 19 24 2 1 41 0.446 112 135 1-0-0-0 4-5-1-0 4-1 994

East Division

Rank Team GP W L OTL SL PTS PCT GF GA STK P10 S/O PIM

1 Binghamton Senators 46 28 13 1 4 61 0.663 140 110 0-1-0-1 4-5-0-1 2-4 888

2 Syracuse Crunch 46 26 14 2 4 58 0.630 154 134 0-2-0-0 2-7-0-1 1-4 1146

3 Wilkes-Barre/Scr. Penguins 47 25 19 2 1 53 0.564 115 109 1-0-0-0 8-2-0-0 3-1 888

4 Hershey Bears 48 23 19 3 3 52 0.542 122 117 3-0-1-2 4-2-2-2 4-3 755

5 Norfolk Admirals 47 20 24 2 1 43 0.457 115 139 1-0-0-0 5-5-0-0 5-1 966

North Division

Rank Team GP W L OTL SL PTS PCT GF GA STK P10 S/O PIM

1 Abbotsford Heat 49 26 16 3 4 59 0.602 113 106 2-0-0-0 6-4-0-0 5-4 683

2 Lake Erie Monsters 48 24 17 2 5 55 0.573 143 143 0-1-0-3 5-1-0-4 5-5 856

3 Toronto Marlies 45 25 16 2 2 54 0.600 148 122 0-1-0-0 3-6-1-0 2-2 733

4 Rochester Americans 44 25 16 2 1 53 0.602 156 132 1-0-0-0 8-2-0-0 4-1 706

5 Hamilton Bulldogs 46 16 24 1 5 38 0.413 98 147 1-0-0-0 3-5-0-2 2-5 964

Midwest Division

Rank Team GP W L OTL SL PTS PCT GF GA STK P10 S/O PIM

1 Grand Rapids Griffins 47 27 16 2 2 58 0.617 152 131 0-2-0-0 6-4-0-0 5-2 866

2 Chicago Wolves 44 23 16 3 2 51 0.580 120 118 0-1-0-0 6-4-0-0 2-2 568

3 Milwaukee Admirals 45 20 19 3 3 46 0.511 116 128 1-0-0-0 3-5-1-1 2-3 552

4 Peoria Rivermen 47 20 21 4 2 46 0.489 117 146 0-2-1-0 4-4-2-0 5-2 658

5 Rockford IceHogs 48 22 24 1 1 46 0.479 143 150 0-1-0-0 3-7-0-0 3-1 1206

South Division

Rank Team GP W L OTL SL PTS PCT GF GA STK P10 S/O PIM

1 Texas Stars 48 28 13 4 3 63 0.656 138 122 1-0-0-0 6-2-1-1 3-3 638

2 Charlotte Checkers 49 28 16 2 3 61 0.622 150 127 1-0-0-0 5-5-0-0 2-3 629

3 Houston Aeros 49 24 18 4 3 55 0.561 133 132 2-0-0-0 6-4-0-0 3-3 599

4 Oklahoma City Barons 47 23 18 2 4 52 0.553 151 156 3-0-0-0 5-4-0-1 2-4 750

5 San Antonio Rampage 48 21 23 0 4 46 0.479 118 129 0-1-0-0 6-4-0-0 0-4 778

This week:

The Whale have a busy weekend at home this weekend, playing three games at the XL Center. The Atlantic Division-leading Portland Pirates pay a visit to Hartford on Friday night for a 7:00 game, and then the Whale battle the Norfolk Admirals on Saturday night at 7:00. Sunday's game is a 3:00 contest against the Manchester Monarchs.

Friday, February 15 vs. the Portland Pirates at the XL Center, 7:00 p.m.

- At this and all Whale Friday-night home games, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers until the end of the first intermission.

- The Pirates are the pacesetters in the Atlantic Division, ten games above .500 at 27-17-1-1 for 56 points, one point ahead of Providence.

- After having a scheduled visit to Bridgeport Saturday postponed by the snowstorm, Portland was shut out Sunday in Springfield, 3-0. That result snapped a three-game Pirate winning streak.

- The Whale lost the first three games of the season series with the Pirates, including both of their previous home games, but have taken the last two meetings, both in Portland, by a combined margin of 10-2.

- The Pirates received leading goal-scorer Alexandre Bolduc (17-15-32 in 35 GP) back from the parent Phoenix Coyotes Wednesday, after the veteran forward had missed the previous 10 games while on NHL recall.

- For this and all Whale home games, tickets start as low as $10 each ($12 each when tickets are purchased on the day of the game), at the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center, through TicketMaster Charge-by-Phone at 1-800-745-3000 and on-line at www.ticketmaster.com .

- Radio - live with Bob Crawford and Mark Bailey on "Beethoven Radio" AM 1290, and on-line at www.ctwhale.com . Video streaming at www.ahllive.com .

Saturday, February 16 vs. the Norfolk Admirals at the XL Center, 7:00 p.m.

- The first 3,000 fans into this game will receive a bobblehead t-shirt, courtesy of the CT-DOT's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.

- This is the last of four games on the year between the Whale and Admirals. After an overtime loss and a regulation defeat in two games in Norfolk, the Whale won the last meeting, 5-2, November 24 at the XL Center.

- The Admirals won the first Calder Cup in franchise history last season as the AHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and now are affiliated with the Anaheim Ducks. At 20-24-2-1 for 43 points, Norfolk sits fifth in the East Division and 14th in the Eastern Conference, seven points out of a playoff spot.

- Admiral leading scorer Peter Holland (16-19-35 in 39 GP) has goals in four of the last five games (4-0-4) and points in six of his last seven (4-2-6).

- For this and all Whale home games, tickets start as low as $10 each ($12 each when tickets are purchased on the day of the game), at the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center, through TicketMaster Charge-by-Phone at 1-800-745-3000 and on-line at www.ticketmaster.com .

- 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, February 17 vs. the Manchester Monarchs at the XL Center, 3:00 p.m.

- At this game, and all Whale Sunday home games, fans can purchase "Click It or Ticket Sunday Family Value Packs", which include a ticket, a hot dog or a slice of pizza and a soda, for just $18 each ($20 each on the day of the game).

- The Monarchs, who are 21-22-2-2 for 46 points, enter the week four points behind the Whale in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Manchester has lost five straight games, all on the road, starting with a 4-1 defeat to the Whale January 25 at the XL Center.

- That January 25 game was the only previous visit by the Monarchs to Hartford, and the Whale have won the last two meetings between the two teams, after a 9-2 loss in Manchester in the first game of the season series December 8.

- The Monarchs' Tyler Toffoli leads all AHL rookies in goals with 20, and ranks sixth in points with 35.

- For this and all Whale home games, tickets start as low as $10 each ($12 each when tickets are purchased on the day of the game), at the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center, through TicketMaster Charge-by-Phone at 1-800-745-3000 and on-line at www.ticketmaster.com .

- Radio - live with Bob Crawford and Mark Bailey on "Beethoven Radio" AM 1290, and on-line at www.ctwhale.com . Video streaming at www.ahllive.com .

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, February 12, 7:45 PM, Newington Arena, 300 Alumni Rd., Newington, CT

Pucky, the Whale's lovable mascot, meets and greets youngsters from the Central youth hockey organization.

- Wednesday, February 13, 6:30-7:30 PM, Winding Trails, 50 Winding Trails Dr., Farmington, CT

Selected Whale players help conduct an outdoor hockey clinic at Winding Trails.

- Thursday, February 14, 5:30 PM, Hamden Hockey House, 109 Sanford St., Hamden, CT

Pucky meets and greets youngsters from the Wallingford Hawks youth hockey organization.

Recent Transactions:

Benn Ferriero - returned to the Whale by the New York Rangers February 4.

J.T. Miller - recalled from the Whale by the New York Rangers February 4.

Nick Palmieri - loaned to the Whale by the New York Rangers, after being acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Wild, February 4.

Brandon Mashinter - recalled from the Whale by the New York Rangers February 4, and returned to the Whale February 5.

Jyri Niemi - reassigned by the New York Rangers to the Whale from Greenville (ECHL) February 7.

Micheal Pelech - signed to a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement by the Whale February 7.

Whale Tales:

The Whale will hold a "Winter Carnival" event Thursday, February 21 at The Russian Lady, 191 Ann Uccello St. in Downtown Hartford, to benefit Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. The event will run from 5:00-7:00 PM, all the Whale players will be in attendance, and all ages are welcome. An admission charge of $20 includes a happy hour-style buffet and tickets for two complimentary beers (for those 21 or older). Whale players will be serving drinks from behind the bar, and fans can challenge the players to games of EA Sports NHL 2013 as well. There will also be a silent auction. Tickets to the Winter Carnival will be available for purchase at Whale home games at the XL Center, at the Prize Den behind section 124, through February 20, and also can be purchased at the event. Tickets can also be purchased, and more information obtained, by contacting Frank Berrian at fberrian@xlcenter.com or (860) 541-4728.

Whale fans can present their Whale ticket stub at the Russian Lady, which is located at 191 Ann Uccello Street, directly across from the XL Center, and not only skip the line at the door, but get in with no cover charge as well.

Before and after Whale games, fans showing their Whale tickets at the Tavern Downtown, located just steps from the XL Center at 100 Allyn St. in Hartford, can enjoy $3 Bud and Bud Lights.

For information on season seats, and all of the Whale's many ticketing options, visit www.ctwhale.com, or call the CT Whale ticket office at (860) 548-2000 to talk with an account executive today.

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