Sunday, January 29, 2012
The Weekly Whale
For the first time since Sad City started The Weekly Whale column, the Whale have fallen from first place. After once having a commanding lead in the Northeast Division, the Whale are still winless in 2012 and have fallen to second place being surpassed by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. While the Whale haven't managed a win in 11 games, the Sound Tigers have been white hot and have't lost in 11 games.
The Whale only played two games this week, both at the XL Center on Friday and Saturday. While the Whale continued to play competitive hockey, they continue to not be able to get goals at the crucial times and they fell to Scranton Wilkes-Barre 3-2 on overtime Friday night. Penalties continued to plague the Whale as all three of the Penguins goals game on the powerplay.
Saturday night saw the largest crowd of the season as 11,181 visited the XL Center to see the Whale take on the Springfield Falcons. The teams put on an exciting and spirited game but the Whale once again lost by one goal as they fell 2-1. Several times during the final minutes of the game it looked as if the Whale would be able to get the tying goal, but they couldn't manage to draw even and remain winless on 2012. In 2011, it seemed like the Whale managed to come up victorious in one goal games, but in 2012 the scales have tipped the other way and the one goal games keep going down as losses.
The AHL now breaks for the All-Star game and the Whale resume at home on Friday against the Albany Devils.