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March 4, 2013 - American Hockey League (AHL) Connecticut Whale

The Whale (27-23-5-2, 61 pts.) reached the three-quarter pole of their season this past week, sweeping a pair of Connecticut rivalry games against Bridgeport. The Whale won 7-3 at the XL Center on Friday night and scored a 3-2 overtime victory on the road Sunday. Connecticut has matched its high-water mark of four games above .500 and remains in eighth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Logan Pyett netted the overtime game-winner in Sunday's contest, and he (0-3-3), Christian Thomas (2-1-3) and Kris Newbury (1-2-3) had three points apiece on Friday.

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE STANDINGS

Eastern Conference

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

1 * Springfield Falcons 55 34 14 4 3 75 0.682 178 130 3-0-0-0 6-3-1-0 4-3 935

2 * Syracuse Crunch 57 34 16 3 4 75 0.658 195 152 0-2-1-0 7-2-1-0 2-4 1298

3 * Providence Bruins 56 33 18 0 5 71 0.634 159 145 2-0-0-1 7-1-0-2 7-5 975

4 Binghamton Senators 56 33 17 1 5 72 0.643 168 142 2-0-0-1 5-4-0-1 4-5 1106

5 Portland Pirates 55 32 20 1 2 67 0.609 160 162 0-1-0-1 5-4-0-1 3-2 1167

6 Hershey Bears 57 28 21 3 5 64 0.561 151 141 3-0-0-0 5-2-0-3 4-5 861

7 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 57 30 24 2 1 63 0.553 132 129 1-0-0-0 5-5-0-0 5-1 1152

8 Connecticut Whale 57 27 23 5 2 61 0.535 165 172 2-0-0-0 7-2-1-0 1-2 1034

9 Albany Devils 54 24 19 1 10 59 0.546 145 153 4-0-0-1 5-3-0-2 2-10 841

10 Worcester Sharks 55 26 23 1 5 58 0.527 135 153 0-1-0-0 5-5-0-0 6-5 1165

11 Manchester Monarchs 56 26 24 3 3 58 0.518 163 153 4-0-1-0 5-3-1-1 2-3 782

12 Bridgeport Sound Tigers 55 23 24 4 4 54 0.491 164 187 1-0-1-0 2-5-2-1 2-4 1328

13 Norfolk Admirals 55 25 26 3 1 54 0.491 133 154 0-1-0-0 6-3-1-0 6-1 1113

14 St. John's IceCaps 58 23 31 1 3 50 0.431 140 181 0-3-0-1 2-7-0-1 1-3 944

15 Adirondack Phantoms 55 21 30 2 2 46 0.418 130 163 0-3-0-0 3-6-0-1 4-2 1192

Western Conference

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

1 * Texas Stars 57 33 15 4 5 75 0.658 166 143 0-2-0-1 6-2-0-2 5-5 757

2 * Grand Rapids Griffins 55 32 19 2 2 68 0.618 183 154 1-0-0-0 5-5-0-0 5-2 952

3 * Toronto Marlies 54 29 19 2 4 64 0.593 168 145 1-0-0-0 4-4-0-2 3-4 873

4 Charlotte Checkers 56 33 18 2 3 71 0.634 174 143 1-0-0-0 6-4-0-0 2-3 722

5 Houston Aeros 57 29 21 4 3 65 0.570 154 149 1-0-0-0 7-3-0-0 5-3 712

6 Abbotsford Heat 58 27 23 3 5 62 0.534 127 139 0-1-0-0 2-7-0-1 5-5 823

7 Chicago Wolves 52 27 18 4 3 61 0.587 141 135 0-1-0-0 5-3-1-1 3-3 633

8 Rochester Americans 54 29 22 2 1 61 0.565 175 157 2-0-0-0 4-6-0-0 4-1 830

9 Lake Erie Monsters 58 26 23 2 7 61 0.526 166 173 0-2-0-0 2-6-0-2 5-7 1060

10 Oklahoma City Barons 54 26 21 2 5 59 0.546 169 178 0-1-0-0 6-3-0-1 3-5 879

11 Rockford IceHogs 56 28 26 1 1 58 0.518 171 166 0-1-0-0 7-3-0-0 4-1 1328

12 Milwaukee Admirals 56 26 24 3 3 58 0.518 140 165 0-1-0-0 5-5-0-0 2-3 774

13 San Antonio Rampage 55 25 25 1 4 55 0.500 142 157 1-0-0-0 6-3-1-0 2-4 868

14 Peoria Rivermen 55 24 24 4 3 55 0.500 139 166 1-0-0-0 4-5-0-1 5-3 788

15 Hamilton Bulldogs 55 22 27 1 5 50 0.455 119 165 1-0-0-0 7-3-0-0 3-5 1109

* Division leaders are seeded 1, 2, and 3 in Conference standings. Eight teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs: the three division winners will be seeded first through third in order of points, and the next five teams in order of points will be seeded fourth through eighth.

This week:

The Whale start the final quarter of their regular season with a busy week, playing four games in six days for the third time on the year. It starts with a home game Tuesday night against the Portland Pirates, with faceoff at 7:00 PM at the XL Center. The Whale then hit the road for three games on the weekend, Friday night in Binghamton (7:05), Saturday evening at Adirondack (7:00) and Sunday in Providence (3:05).

Tuesday, March 5 vs. the Portland Pirates at the XL Center, 7:00 p.m.

* This is "Twitter Tuesday". Fans are encouraged to follow the Whale on Twitter @CTWhale, for a special discount on tickets to this game.

* The Pirates (32-20-1-2, 67 pts.), who are four points behind Providence for the Atlantic Division lead, are coming off of a 7-1 loss to the Bruins Sunday in Providence.

* The Whale have won the last three games between themselves and the Pirates, after losing the first three. The last meeting resulted in Connecticut's first home win in three tries in the series, a 4-1 triumph February 15.

* Rookie forward Phil Lane (8-6-14 in 49 GP) has points in five of the last six games (5-1-6) for the Pirates.

* 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.

Friday, March 8 at the Binghamton Senators (Broome County Arena), 7:05 p.m.

* This is the first of two meetings on the season between the Whale and the Senators. Binghamton swept a two-game series between the two teams last year, winning 4-3 in Hartford December 4 and 3-1 at home January 6.

* The Senators' 72 standings points (33-17-1-5) rank third in the Eastern Conference, and Binghamton sits three points behind division-leading Syracuse in the East Division.

* Former Hartford Wolf Pack forward Hugh Jessiman has 9-14-23 in 56 games with Binghamton, and leads the Senators in penalty minutes with 134.

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

Saturday, March 9 at the Adirondack Phantoms (Glens Falls Civic Center), 7:00 p.m.

* The Phantoms (21-30-2-2, 46 pts.) are last overall in the AHL, 15 points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

* The Whale are 2-0-1-0 on the year against Adirondack, and 5-0-1-0 in the last six meetings between the two teams, but Connecticut lost its only previous visit this season to Glens Falls, 2-1 in overtime, January 5.

* Veteran goaltender Michael Leighton saw his first AHL action of the year Sunday for the Phantoms, making 25 saves in a 3-2 home loss to Albany, after being assigned to Adirondack by the parent Philadelphia Flyers on Friday.

* 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, March 10 at the Providence Bruins (Dunkin' Donuts Center Providence), 3:05 p.m.

* The Bruins (33-18-0-5, 71 pts.) have surged to the top of the Atlantic Division by going 7-1-0-2 in their last 10 games, and 13-2-0-2 in their last 17.

* Craig Cunningham (17-12-29 in 56 GP) had a hat trick, and Justin Florek (7-14-21 in 52 GP) added two goals and two assists, in Providence's 7-1 home win over Portland Sunday.

* The Whale have lost three straight to the Bruins after winning the first game of the season series, and are 0-2-0-0 in previous trips to Providence.

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

Recent Transactions:

Christian Thomas - returned to the Whale by the New York Rangers February 25.

Brandon Mashinter - returned to the Whale by the New York Rangers February 27.

Chris Kreider - returned to the Whale by the New York Rangers February 28.

Mike Pelech - released by the Whale from a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement February 28.

Whale Tales:

The Whale's next Friday-night home game is March 22, when the storied Hershey Bears invade the XL Center for a 7:00 game. At each and every Friday Whale home game this year, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers until the end of the first intermission.

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.

At every Sunday Whale home game this year, fans can take advantage of the Whale's "Click It or Ticket Sunday Family Value Packs", which include a ticket, a hot dog or a pizza slice and a soda, all for just $18. The next Sunday home outing at the XL Center is March 17, a 3:00 PM game vs. the Springfield Falcons.

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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