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Connecticut Whale
Rangers prospects just one notch away from the NHL spend their 2012-13 seasons in the AHL with the Connecticut Whale in Hartford, Conn. Current Rangers Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Ryan McDonagh, Michael Sauer, and Carl Hagelin all began their professional hockey careers in Hartford.

RECORD: 35-32-9
DIVISION: 2nd place in Northeast Division
CONFERENCE: 9th in Eastern Conference


WHALE SCORING LEADERS
Totals Power Play
Player GP G A PTS +/- G A PTS
Kris Newbury 70 20 42 62 -3 7 21 28
Brandon Segal 72 24 20 44 +4 3 4 7
Logan Pyett 74 7 32 39 +10 2 14 16
2012-13 SEASON IN REVIEW

GAME 76: 5-1 Road Loss at Portland (Record: 35-32-9)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
4/20 at Portland
1-5 L
Hrivik Cam Talbot (13 saves)
Jason Missiaen (21 saves)
0-for-2; 2-for-2
NOTES: Portland scored three times in a four-minute span late in the first period to take a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes. All three goals came at even-strength and led to the removal of starting goaltender Cam Talbot, who stopped 13 of 16 shots. Talbot was replaced by Jason Missiaen, who settled things down as the Whale outshot Portland 17-11 in the second period. Connecticut forward Marek Hrivik got the middle period's only goal, scoring at 9:07 of the second off assists from Benn Ferriero and J.T. Miller. Hrivik's even-strength goal cut the lead to 3-1 heading into the third. Knowing that a loss would eliminate them from the playoff race, the Whale came out flying in the third period, and fired the period's first three shots on goal to pull even in shots at 27-27. Portland, however, got the period's first goal to take a 4-1 lead at 10:19 of the third. The Pirates scored another even-strength goal at 13:08 to make it 5-1. That goal would close out the scoring, as the Pirates outshot the Whale 12-8 in the third period and 39-32 for the game. Missiaen finished with 21 saves.

GAME 75: 3-2 Road Loss at Albany (Record: 35-31-9)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
4/19 at Albany
2-3 L
Newbury, Thomas Cam Talbot (32 saves) 0-for-2; 2-for-3
NOTES: The Whale struck first on Kris Newbury's 20th goal of the season at 10:21 of the opening period. Defenseman Sean Collins and Newbury linemate Brandon Segal picked up the assists on the even-strength goal that made it 1-0. Albany tied the score 1-1 on a power play at 15:35 of the first, and the period ended with the Devils outshooting the Whale 9-5, as Connecticut goaltender Cam Talbot had eight saves through 20 minutes. Christian Thomas put the Whale up 2-1 with his 19th goal of the season at 11:45 of the second period, scoring off assists from Kelsey Tessier and Collins. The Devils came back to tie the game 2-2 with an even-strength goal of hteir own at 14:34 of the second period. Through 40 minutes, Albany was outshooting Connecticut 22-17, and Talbot had 20 saves. Albany ended up winning the game on the third period's lone goal with 4:59 remaining. The Devils outshot the Whale 35-23, as Talbot made 32 stops. Collins was the game's No. 3 star.

GAME 74: 4-3 Road Loss at Springfield (Record: 35-30-9)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
4/14 at Springfield
3-4 L (OT)
Newbury, Haley, Mashinter Jason Missiaen (18 saves) 1-for-4; 4-for-4
NOTES: Springfield scored the game's first goal at 6:50 of the first period, but the Whale came back with two goals to have a 2-1 lead heading into the second. Kris Newbury made it a 1-1 game with a power-play goal from defensemen Logan Pyett and Mike Vernace at 10:43 of the first, and Micheal Haley scored at even-strength off an assist from Christian Thomas at 14:53. Springfield pulled into a 2-2 tie at 7:11 of the second, but the Whale regained the lead just under four minutes later at the 11:00 mark when Brandon Mashinter scored at even-strength. J.T. Miller and Benn Ferriero assisted on Mashinter's goal. The Falcons, however, managed to get out of the period with a tie when Springfield scored at the 18:54 mark to make it 3-3. Through 40 minutes, goaltender Jason Missiaen had 14 saves for the Whale, who were being outshot 17-14. Springfield managed the only goal of the third period with only 29 seconds left in regulation time for a 4-3 win. Shots were event at 5-5 in the third period, as the Falcons outshot the Whale 22-19 for the game, and Missiaen finished with 18 saves.

GAME 73: 4-3 Road Overtime Loss at Adirondack (Record: 35-29-9)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
4/13 at Adirondack
3-4 L (OT)
Hrivik, Ferriero, Mashinter Cam Talbot (32 saves) 0-for-3; 5-for-5
NOTES: Adirondack scored the game's first goal, shorthanded, at 16:28 of the opening period. That was the period's only goal, as the Phantoms outshot the Whale 10-9, and Connecticut goaltender Cam Talbot and Adirondack's Cal Heeter each made nine stops. Adirondack stretched its lead to 2-0 at 3:19 of the second period, but the Whale came right back with two straight even-strength goals within the next three minutes. Marek Hrivik, set up by Christian Thomas, cut the lead to 2-1 at 6:03 of the second, and Benn Ferriero tied it 2-2 at the 6:38 mark off assists from Brandon Mashinter and J.T. Miller. The Whale then took a 3-2 lead on Mashinter's even-strength goal off assists from defensemen Mike Vernace and Dylan McIlrath at 13:12 of the second, but the Phantoms came back with another shorthanded goal ato make it 3-3 at 16:15. The wild second period saw the Whale outshoot the Phantoms 14-10, and after 40 minutes, Connecticut had a 23-20 shots advantage. There was no scoring in the third period, and the game went to overtime with the Phantoms outshooting the Whale 34-29. Adirondack notched the winner at 3:31 of overtime, as the Whale were forced to settle for one point. The Phantoms outshot the Whale 36-31, as Talbot finished with 32 saves. Mashinter was named the game's No. 3 star.

GAME 72: 3-1 Road Loss at Manchester (Record: 35-29-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
4/12 at Manchester
1-3 L
Kreider Cam Talbot (42 saves) 1-for-1; 4-for-6
NOTES: The Whale struck first on a power play with 1:10 remaining in the opening period, as Chris Kreider notched his 12th goal of the season off assists from Benn Ferriero and Kris Newbury for a 1-0 lead. Whale goalie Cam Talbot was especially sharp over the opening 20 minutes, making all 12 saves in a period where the visitors were outshot 12-9. Manchester tied the game on its third power-play of the night, making it 1-1 at 17:05 of the second period. Manchester then went up 2-1 just under two minutes later with an even-strength goal at 18:57 of the second. Through 40 minutes, the Monarchs were outshooting the Whale 31-15. Manchester got the only goal of the third period -- on a power play and into an empty net -- with 37 seconds left in the game to close it out at 3-1. The Monarchs outshot the Whale 45-20 on the night, as Talbot finished with 42 saves in defeat and was named the game's No. 2 star.

GAME 71: 1-0 Home Loss to Providence (Record: 35-28-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
4/7 Providence
0-1 L
  Jason Missiaen (31 saves) 0-for-3; 4-for-4
NOTES: Providence scored the game's first goal, even-strength, at 12:28 of the opening period. Through 20 minutes, the Bruins led 1-0 and were outshooting the Whale 13-8, and Connecticut goalie Jason Missiaen had made 12 saves. There was no scoring in the second period, and after 40 minutes, the Bruins were outshooting the Whale 26-21, and Missiaen had 25 saves. The tight-checking third period saw the Whale outshoot the Bruins 7-6, but no more goals were scored, as Providence held on for the 1-0 win despite 31 saves by Missiaen on an afternoon in which the Bruins outshot the Whale 32-28. Missiaen was named the game's No. 3 star.

GAME 70: 3-2 Road Win at Bridgeport (Record: 35-27-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
4/6 at Bridgeport
3-2 W
Ferriero, Bourque, Segal Cam Talbot (38 saves) 1-for-2; 1-for-2
NOTES: The Whale got on the board first on a power play at 12:40 of the opening period. Benn Ferriero got the goal, his seventh of the season, off an assist from defenseman Mike Vernace. The Whale maintained their 1-0 lead through the end of the period, thanks to 13 saves from starting goalie Cam Talbot, as Bridgeport outshot Connecticut 13-10. Bridgeport tied the game 1-1 at 10:27 of the second period, but the Whale regained their lead on an even-strength goal by Ryan Bourque just 59 seconds later at 11:26. Kelsey Tessier and Kyle Jean assisted on Bourque's eighth goal of the season. Just over a minute later, Bridgeport came back to tie it 2-2 on a power play at 12:37 of the second. The period ended with the score tied and Bridgeport outshooting Connecticut 26-17. Brandon Segal scored his team-leading 24th goal of the season off assists from Chris Kreider and defenseman Sean Collins at 1:54 of the third period to restore the Whale's lead at 3-2. Segal's goal stood up as the game-winner. Talbot proved to be the difference with a remarkable 38 saves on a night the Sound Tigers outshot the Whale 40-20. Talbot was the game's No. 1 star, and Segal was the No. 2 star.

GAME 69: 4-3 Home Win Over Springfield (Record: 34-27-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
4/5 Springfield
4-3 W
Vernace, Hrivik, Segal, Fast Cam Talbot (21 saves) 1-for-2; 2-for-2
NOTES: Springfield got the game's first two goals in a 21-second span of the first period. Both were scored at even strength, with the first goal coming at 11:04 and the second at 11:25 of the first. There was no further scoring in the period, as the Falcons outshot the Whale 12-1, and Connecticut needed a 10-save performance from Cam Talbot to stay within two goals by period's end. The Whale wasted no time getting on the scoreboard to start the second period, as defenseman Mike Vernace made it 2-1 off assists from Kris Newbury and Chris Kreider just 13 seconds into the period's first shift. That goal ignited the whale, who erupted for three more to take a 4-2 lead going into the third period. Marek Hrivik made it 2-2 off an assist from Christian Thomas at 11:29 of the second, and Brandon Segal put Connecticut in front for good with an even-strength goal from Newbury at the 16:00 mark. Jesper Fast, playing his first AHL game after coming over from Sweden, then scored on a power play off assists from Kreider and Newbury at 19:11 of the second to finish off a period that saw the Whale outshoot Springfield 9-4. Springfield cut the lead to 4-3 with a goal at 7:25 of the third period. That was as close as the Falcons would come, as the Whale hung on for the 4-3 win behind a 21-save effort by Talbot. Newbury, who had three assists, was named the game's No. 1 star, Kreider the No. 2 star, and Fast -- whose goal stood up as the winner -- was the No. 3 star.

GAME 68: 2-1 Road Loss at Springfield (Record: 33-27-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/30 at Springfield
1-2 L
Segal Jason Missiaen (26 saves) 0-for-5; 3-for-5
NOTES: There was no scoring in the first period, as the Whale outshot the Falcons 10-8. Connecticut goaltender Jason Missiaen stopped all eight Springfield shots. The Falcons broke through Missiaen for the game's first goal on a power play at 3:32 of the second period with Brandon Segal off for slashing. Segal tied the game for the Whale 1-1 just two minutes after the Springfield goal, as he scored at even-strength off assists from Nick Palmieri and Stu Bickel. The Falcons came back to make it 2-1 on a power play at 7:29 of the second. The period ended with the Falcons up 2-1 and outshooting the Whale 25-19 on the strength of a 17-9 advantage in that second period. There was no scoring in the third period, which saw the Whale outshoot the Falcons 7-3. Springfield outshot Connecticut 28-26 on the night, as Missiaen finished with 26 saves.

GAME 67: 3-0 Home Win Over Worcester (Record: 33-26-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/28 Worcester
3-0 W
Thomas, Segal, Klassen Cam Talbot (29 saves) 1-for-4; 5-for-5
NOTES: There was no scoring in the first period, as Worcester outshot the Whale 13-7, only to be denied by Connecticut goaltender Cam Talbot, who made all 13 saves. The Whale broke the scoreless tie just 17 seconds into a power play at 1:23 of the second period, when Christian Thomas scored off assists from defensemen Logan Pyett and Mike Vernace. The period ended with Connecticut up 1-0 and the Sharks holding a slim 22-20 lead in shots on goal but unable to get one past Talbot. Connecticut's Brandon Segal made it a 2-0 game at 2:07 of the third period on an even-strength goal assisted by Andrew Yogan and Nick Palmieri. The goal was Segal's team-leading 21st of the season. Defenseman Sam Klassen stretched the lead to a commanding 3-0 at 6:53 of the third, as Kelsey Tessier and Micheal Haley picked up assists on the goal. That closed out the scoring on a night when the Whale outshot the Sharks 31-29, and Talbot was perfect with 29 saves. Talbot was the game's No. 1 star. Segal was the No. 2 star, and Klassen was the No. 3 star.

GAME 66: 6-1 Home Win Over Binghamton (Record: 32-26-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/24 Binghamton
6-1 W
Ferriero, Yogan 2, Thomas 2, Segal Cam Talbot (30 saves) 0-for-3; 4-for-4
NOTES: The Whale were quick to strike, scoring two even-strength goals in the game's opening 8:17. Benn Ferriero got the first goal at 4:04 of the first off assists from Ryan Bourque and Dylan McIlrath, and Andrew Yogan notched the second goal off an assist from Blake Parlett at the 8:17 mark. The Whale continued their onslaught in the second period, as Christian Thomas made it 3-0 at the 7:17 mark, and Yogan followed with his second goal just 33 seconds later at 7:50 for a 4-0 lead. Defensemen Mike Vernace and Dylan McIlrath picked up the assists on Yogan's second goal. Thomas took the lead up to 5-0 at 14:26 of the second period. Binghamton finally broke Whale goalie Cam Talbot's shutout bid at 16:18 of the second, but after 40 minutes the Whale were up 5-1 and outshooting the Senators 28-17. Brandon Segal made it a 6-1 lead for the Whale with his 20th goal of the season at 6:12 of the third period off assists from Nick Palmieri and Yogan. That closed out the scoring in a game where the Whale outshot the Senators 35-31, and Talbot finished with 30 saves. Yogan was named the game's No. 1 star, while Thomas was the No. 2 star, and McIlrath the No. 3 star.

GAME 65: 5-2 Home Loss to Adirondack (Record: 31-26-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/23 Adirondack
2-5 L
Bourque, Segal Jason Missiaen (30 saves) 0-for-4; 1-for-5
NOTES: The Whale went up 1-0 at 11:09 of the first period, when Ryan Bourque scored his seventh goal of the year off assists from Nick Palmieri and Logan Pyett. Adirondack came back to tie it 1-1 by scoring with 2:18 left in the first. After 20 minutes, the Phantoms were outshooting the Whale 11-8, but the score was tied 1-1 on the strength of Connecticut goalie Jason Missiaen's 10 first-period saves. Adirondack scored twice in the first 14:27 of the second period to tak e 3-1 lead, but the Whale cut it to 3-2 with only five seconds remaining in the period. Brandon Segal got the late goal, his 19th of the season, off assists from Benn Ferriero and Pyett at even-strength. The Phantoms outshot the Whale 15-6 in the second period, and heading into the third, Missiaen already had 23 saves. Adirondack scored for a 4-2 lead on a power play at 5:55 of the third period. The Phantoms added another power-play goal at 7:25 of the third to close out the scoring. Adirondack outshot Connecticut 35-24, and Missiaen finished with 30 saves.

GAME 64: 3-2 Home Overtime Shootout Win Over Hershey (Record: 31-25-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/22 Hershey
3-2 W (SO)
Palmieri, Parlett Jason Missiaen (35 saves) 0-for-1; 2-for-2
NOTES: The Whale got on the board first at 5:32 of the opening period, as Nick Palmieri scored off an assist from defenseman Logan Pyett at even-strength. Connecticut's 1-0 lead held up for just under seven minutes until Hershey tied the game 1-1 with its own even-strength goal. Through one period, the Bears were outshooting the Whale 11-8, but Connecticut goalie Jason Missiaen was very sharp with 10 first-period saves. Hershey broke the tie to go up 2-1 with an even-strength goal at 11:45 of the second period. But the Whale rebounded to tie it on an even-strength goal by defenseman Blake Parlett at 19:04 of the second. Parlett's goal, assisted by Kris Newbury, made it a 2-2 game going into the third period with the Bears outshooting the Whale 22-12. There was no scoring in the third period or overtime, even though Connecticut's Christian Thomas was awarded a penalty shot at the 3:18 mark. and through 65 minutes, the Bears were outshooting the Whale 37-28, but Missiaen was the difference with 35 saves. The game wnet to a shootout where Newbury scored the lone goal, and Missiaen stopped all five Hershey shooters for a 3-2 win. Parlett was named the game's No. 1 star, and Newbury was the No. 3 star.

GAME 63: 3-2 Home Win Over Springfield (Record: 30-25-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/17 Springfield
3-2 W
Kreider, Bourque, Parlett Jason Missiaen (29 saves) 0-for-6; 5-for-5
NOTES: Springfield got the game's first goal at 3:45 of the opening period, but the Whale came right back to make it 1-1 on an even-strength goal from Chris Kreider at the 6:32 mark. Kris Newbury and Benn Ferriero assisted on Kreider's goal, which was the rookie's 11th of the season and his sixth in eight games since rejoining the team. Ryan Bourque gave the Whale a 2-1 lead just over three minutes later on an even-strength goal assisted by defenseman Sean Collins at 9:36 of the first. The Falcons outshot the Whale 9-5 over the first 20 minutes, but Connecticut goalie Jason Missiaen's eight saves enabled the home team to hold the lead. Defenseman Blake Parlett made it a 3-1 game at 14:56 of the second period with the Whale's third straight goal. The 3-1 lead held up going into the third period with Springfield outshooting Connecticut 18-15, and Missiaen having stopped 17 shots. Springfield cut the lead to 3-2 with a goal at 16:45 of the third period, but could get no closer despite outshooting the Whale 31-18. Missiaen finished with 29 saves to earn No. 1 star honors for the second straight game. Kreider was the game's No. 2 star, and Bourque was the No. 3 star.

GAME 62: 3-0 Home Win Over Manchester (Record: 29-25-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/16 Manchester
3-0 W
Kreider, Mashinter, Carroll Jason Missiaen (27 saves) 1-for-6; 7-for-7
NOTES: Chris Kreider got the Whale off to a fast start with a shorthanded goal at 5:22 of the second period. Just 38 seconds after Andrew Yogan went off for hooking, Kreider made it 1-0 with his 10th goal of the season off assists from Kris Newbury and goaltender Jason Missiaen. There was no further scoring in the first, as shots were even at 9-9. Connecticut stretched its lead to 2-0 in the second period when Brandon Mashinter scored his 10th of the season on a power play off assists from Yogan and defenseman Logan Pyett. Andrew Carroll made it a 3-0 game just over two minutes later at 17:41 with an even-strength goal, assisted by defenseman Mike Vernace and forward Kyle Jean. There was no scoring in the third period, as the 3-0 shutout held up for Missiaen. The Monarchs outshot the Whale 27-24, but Missiaen made all 27 stops and was named the game's No. 1 star. Kreider was the No. 2 star, and Vernace was the No. 3 star.

GAME 61: 4-2 Road Win at Providence (Record: 28-25-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/10 at Providence
4-2 W
Vernace, Yogan, Palmieri, Mashinter Jason Missiaen (37 saves) 0-for-4; 3-for-4
NOTES: There was no scoring in the first period, as the Bruins outshot the Whale 17-10, but Connecticut goaltender Jason Missiaen was superb in net, stopping all 17 Bruins shots. Providence finally broke through Missiaen at 5:49 of the second period, taking a 1-0 lead at even-strength. The Whale pulled into a 1-1 tie when defenseman Mike Vernace scored even-strength off assists from Brandon Mashinter and defense partner Blake Parlett at 17:42 of the second, even though Providence outshot Connecticut 12-3 in that middle period and Missiaen had to come up with 28 saves to keep it a tie game through 40 minutes. Providence took a 2-1 lead on a power play at 4:31 of the third period, but the Whale came right back just 32 seconds later to tie the score on a goal by Andrew Yogan, assisted by Brandon Segal, at the 5:03 mark. The Whale then went ahead 3-2 when Nick Palmieri scored even-strength off assists from Benn Ferriero and Parlett at 7:43 of the third. Connecticut added an empty-net goal from Mashinter, assisted by Segal and Yogan, to close out the scoring at 19:!5 of the third. The Bruins outshot the Whale 39-26, but Missiaen was outstanding with 37 saves. Palmieri was named the game's No. 1 star, and Missiaen was the No. 2 star.

GAME 60: 4-3 Road Loss at Adirondack (Record: 27-25-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/9 at Adirondack
3-4 L
Ferriero, Pyett, Segal Cam Talbot (28 saves) 1-for-3; 5-for-5
NOTES: Adirondack opened the scoring at 8:49 of the first period, but the Whale responded less than two minutes later, when Benn Ferriero scored off assists from Chris Kreider and Dylan McIlrath at the 10:25 mark. Defenseman Logan Pyett then gave Connecticut a 2-1 lead on a ower play at 13:53 of the first with Brandon Segal and Kris Newbury picking up the assists. The Whale stretched the lead to 3-1 on an even-strength goal by Segal, assisted by Andrew Yogan, at 6:13 of the second period. After 40 minutes, The Phantoms were outshooting the Whale 22-14, but Connecticut goalie Cam Talbot had 21 stops. Momentum changed in the third period, however, as the Phantoms scored three unanswered even-strength goals down the stretch. It became a 3-2 game 1t 14:08 of the third and a 3-3 game just 29 seconds later at 14:37. Adirondack's Jason Akeson then completed a hat trick with the game-winning goal with 2:48 remaining in the game. The Phantoms outshot the Whale 32-28 on the night, as Talbot finished with 28 saves. Segal was named the game's No. 3 star.

GAME 59: 3-0 Road Loss at Binghamton (Record: 27-24-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/8 at Binghamtom
0-3 L
  Cam Talbot (35 saves) 0-for-0; 6-for-6
NOTES: Binghamton got the game's first goal just 56 seconds into the opening period. After 20 minutes, the Senators had a 1-0 lead. Whale goaltender Cam Talbot kept his team in the game during the first period by stopping 13 shots. There was no scoring in the second period, as the Whale outshot the Senators 13-12, and Talbot had 25 saves heading into the third. The Senators extended their lead to 2-0 at 17:21 of the third period and 3-0 with an empty-net goal at 18:08. The Senators outshot the Whale 38-34 on the night. Talbot finished with 35 saves, while Nathan Lawson got the shutout for Binghamton with 34.

GAME 58: 4-3 Home Overtime Shootout Loss to Portland (Record: 27-23-8)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/5 Portland
3-4 L (SO)
Kreider 2, Segal Cam Talbot (10 saves)
Jason Missiaen (26 saves)
1-for-6; 5-for-8
NOTES: Portland scored the game's first goal on a power play at 6:19 of the first period -- just 20 seconds after Whale defenseman Sean Collins was called for interference. The Pirates stretched their lead to 2-0 with another power-play goal at 10:01 of the first. The Whale cut the lead to 2-1 on a power play of their own, as Chris Kreider scored his eighth goal of the season off assists from defenseman Logan Pyett and linemate Kris Newbury at 14:11 of the first. Portland regained a two-goal lead with the period's fourth power play goal to make it 2-1 in the final second of the first. The Pirates outshot the Whale 13-5 over the opening 20 minutes, as Connecticut goaltender Cam Talbot make 10 stops. Whale head coach removed Talbot for the start of the second period, replacing him with Jason Missiaen, and Connecticut responded to the change. Kreider scored his second of the game, off assists from Newbury and Pyett, at 8:02 of the middle period to cut the lead to 3-2. The Whale turned the tables in the second, outshooting Portland 18-11 and the score remained 3-2 through 40 minutes. With only 23 seconds left in the third period and Missiaen pulled for an extra attacker, Brandon Segal pulled the Whale into a tie on an even-strength goal from Nick Palmieri and Collins, forcing the game to overtime. There was no scoring in OT, and after 65 minutes, the Pirates had forced Missiaen to finish with 26 saves in outshooting Connecticut 39-36. Segal and Brandon Mashinter scored in the fourth and fifth rounds of the shootout to keep it going, but Portland ended up with the extra point on a goal by Andy Miele in the sixth round of the shootout. Kreider was named the game's No. 1 star, and Segal was the No. 2 star.

GAME 57: 3-2 Road Overtime Win at Bridgeport (Record: 27-23-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/3 at Bridgeport
3-2 W (OT)
Haley, Kreider, Pyett Cam Talbot (31 saves) 1-for-3; 3-for-3
NOTES: The Whale notched the first period's only goal when Micheal Haley scored off an assists from defenseman Mike Vernace and Andrew Yogan at 15:06. The Whale outshot the Sound Tigers 10-5 over the opening 20 minutes, as Connecticut goaltender Cam Talbot stoped all five Sound Tigers shots. The Whale stretched their lead to 2-0 on a power-play goal by Chris Kreider at 18:16 of the second period. Kreider's seventh goal of the season was assisted by Brandon Segal and Kris Newbury. Through 40 minute,s the Whale were outshooting the Sound Tigers 15-14, and Talbot was perfect with 14 stops. Bridgeport broke through Talbot, cutting the lead to 2-1 at 1:43 of the third period. The Sound Tigers managed to tie the game with another even-strength goal at 15:42 of the third period. There was no further scoring in the third, and the game went to overtime with Bridgeport outshooting Connecticut 32-26. The Whale went on to win the game in overtime when defenseman Logan Pyett scored off assists from Segal and Christian Thomas at the 2:17 mark. The Sound Tigers outshot the Whale 33-27, as Talbot picked up the win with 31 saves. Pyett was named the game's No. 1 star, and Talbot was the No. 2 star.

GAME 56: 7-3 Home Win Over Bridgeport (Record: 26-23-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
3/1 Bridgeport
7-3 W
Kreider, Segal, Vernace, Thomas 2
Newbury, Mashinter
Cam Talbot (35 saves) 3-for-5; 6-for-6
NOTES: The Whale jumped out to a 2-0 lead with two power-play goals in the game's first four minutes against Brigeport goaltender Rick DiPietro. Chris Kreider made it a 1-0 game at 2:59 of the first, scoring off assists from Logan Pyett and Kris Newbury. Brandon Segal followed just 56 seconds later with another power-play goal, assisted by Newbury and Pyett at 3:55. Defenseman Mike Vernace then increased the lead to 3-0, scoring off an assist from Andrew Yogan at 10:33 of the first. The remarkable first-period onlsaught against DiPietro continued with Christian Thomas scoring off an assist from Brandon Mashinter at 16:29, and Newbury getting an unassisted goal at 17:03. Through 20 minutes, Bridgeport had outshot the Whale 13-12, and Connecticut goalie Cam Talbot had stoppped all 13 Sound Tigers shots. Bridgeport removed DiPietro from the game to start the second period after DiPietro had allowed five goals on 12 shots. Kenny Reiter replaced DiPietro, and the Sound Tigers mounted a comeback, cutting the lead to 5-3 by the end of the second period. But Mashinter scored at 12:25 of the third off assists from Thomas and Vernace, and Thomas added a power-play goal at the 19:05 mark off assists from Pyett and Benn Ferriero to close out the scoring. Pyett's assist was his third on the night, as he, Thomas, and Newbury all finished the game with three points. The Sound Tigers outshot the Whale 38-30 for the game, and Talbot had 35 saves for the win. Newbury was named the game's No. 1 star, and Talbot was the No. 2 star.

GAME 55: 4-0 Road Loss at Syracuse (Record: 25-23-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/24 Syracuse
0-4 L
  Cam Talbot (34 saves) 0-for-2; 3-for-5
NOTES: Syracuse got the game's first goal, scoring even-strength at 9:11 of the opening period. The Crunch extended their lead to 2-0 with a power-play goal at 14:29 of the first. The period ended with Syracuse outshooting Connecticut 13-9 and Whale goalie Cam Talbot having stopped 11 shots. The Crunch scored on another power play at 18:16 of the second period to make it a 3-0 game. Through 40 minutes, the Crunch were outshooting the Whale 29-22, and Talbot had 26 saves. Syrcacuse got another goal in the third period, scoring at the 7:34 mark to make it 4-0. There was no further scoring in the game. Syracuse outshot Connecticut 9-6 for the third and 38-28 on the afternoon, as Talbot finished with 34 saves in defeat.

GAME 54: 2-1 Road Overtime Loss at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (Record: 25-22-7)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/23 at W-B/Scranton
1-2 L (OT)
Segal Cam Talbot (30 saves) 1-for-5; 1-for-2
NOTES: There was no scoring in the first period, as the Penguins outshot the Whale 8-5, but Connecticut goaltender Cam Talbot was sharp in making all eight stops. The second period was also scoreless, as Talbot was outstanding in stopping all 15 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton shots. Through 40 minutes, the Penguins were outshooting the Whale 23-13 but had nothing to show for it. The Penguins got the game's first goal at 4:16 of the third period, as former Whale player Chad Kolarik scored on a power play, but the Whale came right back on a power play of their own just over a minute later. Brandon Segal got the tying goal -- his 15th of the season -- to make it 1-1 at 5:43 of the third off assists from Kris Newbury and defenseman Logan Pyett. There was no further scoring in the third period, and both teams earned a point as the game went to overtime. The host Penguins then pulled out a 2-1 win when Joe Morrow scored at 4:07 of the OT. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton outshot the Whale 32-27 on the night, as Talbot finished with 30 saves.

GAME 53: 5-1 Home Loss to St. John's (Record: 25-22-6)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/20 St. John's
1-5 L
Yogan Cam Talbot (8 saves)
Jason Missiaen (24 saves)
0-for-1; 4-for-5
NOTES: St. John's got off to a fast start by scoring the game's first three goals against Connecticut netminder Cam Talbot in the first period. The IceCaps struck first on a power play the 7:19 mark, and again at even-strength just under a minute later at 8:05. They stretched their lead to 3-0 on a goal with 1:29 remaining in the first -- a period that saw them outshoot the Whale 11-5. Head coach Ken Gernander removed Talbot from the game to start the second period, replacing him with Jason Missiaen. The Whale then broke through St. John's goalie Mark Dekanich to make it a 3-1 game at 10:40 of the second period. Andrew Yogan scored his fourth goal of the season, even-strength, off assists from Kris Newbury and Nick Palmieri. That was all the scoring in the second period, and after 40 minutes, St. John's had a 25-15 advantage in shots. The IceCaps added two more even-strength goals in the third period, including one from Eric O'Dell to complete a hat trick. The goals came in a span of 34 seconds at 2:02 and 2:36. Shots on goal were even at 11-11 in the third period, and St. John's ended the game outshooting Connecticut 37-26. Missiaen finished with 24 saves to go with Talbot's eight.

GAME 52: 3-2 Home Win Over Manchester (Record: 25-21-6)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/17 Manchester
3-2 W
Thomas, Eminger, Mashinter Jason Missiaen (27 saves) 0-for-3; 1-for-2
NOTES: Manchester got the game's first goal on a power play at 6:24 of the opening period with 32 seconds left on a hooking penalty to Christian Thomas. There was no further scoring in the period, as the Whale outshot the Monarchs 12-8, and Connecticut goaltender Jason Missiaen stopped seven shots vs. a perfect 12 saves for Manchester netminder Martin Jones. The Whale came back in the second period, when a Thomas tied the game with his 13th goal of the season, even-strength off assists from Micheal Haley and Blake Parlett, at the 7:34 mark. Manchester broke the tie with less than a minute remaining in the second period, making it 2-1 at the 19:06 mark. After 40 minutes, the Monarchs were outshooting the Whale 20-91, and Missiaen had 18 stops. Connecticut tied the game on an even-strength goal by defenseman Steve Eminger, assisted by Brandon Segal and defenseman Sean Collins, at 17:17 of the third period. Only 16 seconds later, Brandon Mashinter delivered the win for the Whale, scoring off another assist from Segal at 17:33 of the third. Each team had 29 shots in the game, as Missiaen got the win with 27 saves, including nine in the third period. Segal was named the game's No. 1 star. Mashinter was the No. 2 star, and Eminger was the No. 3 star.

GAME 51: 2-1 Home Win Over Norfolk (Record: 24-21-6)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/16 Norfolk
2-1 W
Pyett, Segal Cam Talbot (26 saves) 1-for-5; 7-for-7
NOTES: Norfolk got on the board first, scoring an even-strength goal for a 1-0 lead at 15:42 of the first period. The Whale tied the score late in the first when defenseman Logan Pyett notched his fifth goal of the year on a power play. Pyett's defense partner, Mike Vernace, and Brandon Mashinter assisted on the goal, which made it 1-1 through 20 minutes. The Whale outshot the Admirals 13-11 in the first, as Connecticut starting goaltender Cam Talbot had 10 saves. There was no scoring in the seocnd period, as the Whale held a 20-18 advantage in shots after 40 minutes. The third period remained scoreless, too, as shots were 31-27 in the Whale's favor through 60 minutes. Connecticut dominated the overtime, outshooting Norfolk 4-0 until Brandon Segal delivered the game-winner off assists from defensemen Sean Collins and Pyett at 2:08 of OT. The Whale outshot the Ads 35-27, as Talbot made 26 saves. Segal was named the game's No. 1 star, and Talbot was the No. 2 star.

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