The Connecticut Whale and Norfolk Admirals kick-off their Eastern Conference Semi-Finals Series (ECSF Series ‘I’) on Wednesday at 7:15pm (ET), with game 1 being played at The Scope in Norfolk, Virginia. The Whale is coming off a three-game sweep over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in round 1, while Norfolk advanced with a game 4 win over the Manchester Monarchs.
—during the series, the Whale power-play struck for three goals on 14 chances, giving it a 21.4-percent conversion rate—the sixth-best from round 1. Connecticut’s penalty-killing was an impressive 12-for-13 (92.3-percent) in the series, which was good enough for third-best in the first-round.
—Connecticut’s top scorers from round 1 included rookie Marek Hrivik (4-0-4), Casey Wellman (1-3-4), rookie Ryan Bourque (2-1-3), and Kelsey Tessier (1-2-3).
—the Whale started Cam Talbot for all three games, and he finished the series with a 3-0-0 record, two shutouts, .92 goals-against-average (GAA), and a .977 save-percentage (SVP).
—the Whale recently added defenseman Dylan McIlrath to its roster, and there is a chance that he dresses during the series. Forward Shane McColgan and defenseman Samuel Noreau were both released from their Amateur Tryout’s (ATO’s) with the Whale.
—both teams have injured players that they hope will return during the series, with the Whale missing forward Andrew Yogan (lower-body injury) and the Admirals missing forward Tyler Johnson (upper-body injury).
—the Admirals power-play was 4-for-24 in the series, giving them the ninth-best in round 1 at 16.7-percent. The Admirals penalty-killing was 24-for-25 in the series, giving them the second-best in round 1 at 96-percent.
—Norfolk’s top scorers in series were Alexandre Picard (4-4-8), Trevor Smith (2-4-6) and rookie Alex Killorn (1-5-6).
—the Admirals started both of their goaltenders during the series, giving Jaroslav Janus games 1 and 2 and Dustin Tokarsi appeared in games 3 and 4. Janus was 1-1-0 with a 3.08 GAA and .897 SVP, while Tokarsi was 2-0-0 with a 2.25 GAA and .904 SVP. Janus was the better goaltender against the Whale during the regular-season.
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