By Bob Crawford
That the Connecticut Whale swept division-champion Bridgeport, a team that had played better than .700 hockey since the turn of the New Year, was surprising enough. That they did it without their regular-season scoring leader, Kris Newbury, registering a point, and with second-leading scorer Jonathan Audy-Marchessault being held to one goal, borders on amazing.
Secondary scoring became primary in the three wins against the Sound Tigers, and the biggest contributor was Marek Hrivik, with his four goals in the last two games. Not far behind on the stepping-it-up scale, though, was Ryan Bourque.
Bourque added plenty of hustle, effort and speed to the Whale throughout his rookie season, but the offensive numbers didn’t exactly flow easily for the younger son of Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque. Ryan Bourque scored a total of six goals in 69 regular-season games, with two of those coming in a 6-3 win over Springfield February 17, and totaled 14 regular-season points...