The Connecticut Whale ensured its spot in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals with a 4-3 overtime win on Sunday (game 3), against first-round opponent, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Connecticut isn’t expected to begin its second-round series until the middle of next week, and there is a chance that the Whale may not learn who its round 2 opponent is until Saturday.
However, there is also the possibility that Friday wraps-up the first-round of the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs, with each game being a possible elimination game. All four active series will play tomorrow, including the three remaining Eastern Conference Quarterfinal battles.
The Whale has four different round 2 scenarios, and can play the Norfolk Admirals, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Hershey Bears, or Syracuse Crunch.
On Friday, the first-place Admirals play game 4 of their series against the eighth-place Manchester Monarchs, and a Norfolk victory would seal the series. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (fourth) and Hershey (fifth) will meet for game 4 on Friday, and a Penguins win would conclude that battle; while the seventh-place Crunch takes on the second-place Saint John’s IceCaps for game 4, and Syracuse needs a win to send the series into a decisive game 5.
If Norfolk and Saint John’s win tomorrow, the Whale will play the Admirals in round 2…but, if Norfolk or Saint John’s loses tomorrow, the Whale will not find out its round 2 opponent until Saturday night.
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