The Connecticut Whale completed its 76 game regular-season on Saturday, losing to the Syracuse Crunch in a shootout, 2-1. Connecticut’s season isn’t over, though, with its 2012 playoff season beginning on Thursday in Bridgeport with game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (ECQF). The Whale clinched the sixth-seed in the Eastern Conference—as well as a first-round date with the Sound Tigers—after losing to the Manchester Monarchs, 5-4, in a shootout on Friday. Bridgeport clinched the Northeast Division title—and third-place spot in the Eastern Conference—on the same day.
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Thomas, Hrivik and Moses record firsts
“It’s definitely a huge weight off my back,” said Christian Thomas after Friday’s 5-4 shootout loss to Manchester, during which the former second-round selection of the New York Rangers recorded his first professional goal, assist and points. “Getting that first one is always nice, but hopefully I can get some more.”
Thomas, 19, wasn’t the only player to register his first pro goal on Friday, as 22-year-old winger Steve Moses beat Thomas to the milestone one period earlier. Moses, who scored twice against the Monarchs, had a similar reaction to the exciting feat.
Following Friday’s 5-4 shootout loss to the Manchester Monarchs, the Connecticut Whale announced the winners of five team awards.
The first award, Gorman Community Service Award, was given to center Kelsey Tessier for his outstanding work on and off the ice. Tessier also won the Seventh Man award for his terrific all-around effort this season.
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