CONNECTICUT WHALE -- 2012-13 SEASON GAMES 1-10

GAME 10: 2-0 Road Loss at Springfield (Record: 4-5-1)    WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/9 at Springfield
0-2 L
  Cam Talbot (38 saves) 0-for-7; 9-for-11
NOTES: The scoreless first period was the Cam Talbot Show, as the Connecticut goaltender put on a clinic with 18 saves against the same Springfield team that had chased him from the net five days earlier. Springfield, the Columbus Blue Jackets' affiliate and the No. 1 team in the AHL, limited the Whale to only seven shots at its goaltender, Curtis McElhinney, in the first period, but Talbot and the Whale managed to kill off three Falcons power plays. The netminding duel continued throughout the scoreless second period, which featured highlight-reel saves by both Talbot and McElhinney. Springfield outshot the Whale 9-6 in the second period and had a 27-13 shots advantage after 40 minutes, with Talbot making all 27 saves. Penalties were the story of the third period -- and the difference in the game. Working on a power play that carried over from the second period, Tim Erixon scored the eventual game-winner on a slap shot from just inside the blue line at 1:03 of the third. The Whale's penalty parade continued with a total of seven minor penalties in the third, which led to another goal from Erixon, scored 5-on-3 at the 13:55 mark. The calls, including a controversial boarding call against Whale scoring leader Kris Newbury, overshadowed a remarkable 38-save performance from Talbot on a night the Whale were outshot 40-20.

GAME 9: 10-2 Home Loss to Springfield (Record: 4-4-1)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/4 Springfield
2-10 L
Grant, Gilroy Cam Talbot (8 saves)
Jason Missiaen (15 saves)
1-for-4; 1-for-2
NOTES: Springfield, the Columbus Blue Jackets' affiliate, took an early lead, scoring the gaem's first goal at 3:54 of the opening period to make it 1-0. The Indians went up 2-0 at 11:53 of the first period on a goal by former Whale forward Jonathan Audy-Marchessault. Only 23 seconds later, Springfield had a 3-0 lead, prompting Whale head coach Ken Gernander to remove starting goalie Cam Talbot and replace him with Jason Missiaen. The Falcons outshot the Whale 13-12 in the first period, as Talbot had eight saves on 11 shots and Missiaen stopped both shots he faced over the final 7:44. Springfield scored three more goals in the second period to build up a 6-0 lead, with those tallies coming at the 3:56, 9:32, and 16:23 marks. Only 24 seconds after Ryan Johansen scored his second of the game for the Falcons, Tommy Grant broke through Springfield goalie Curtis McElhinney for the Whale's first goal. Positioned in the slot, Grant redirected Micheal Haley's long shot from the top of the right faceoff circle past McElhinney to cut the lead to 6-1. Christian Thomas also assisted on the goal, Grant's fourth of the season. Surging over the period's final three minutes, he Whale outshot Springfield 10-7 in the second and held a 22-20 edge heading into the third. Defenseman Matt Gilroy got the second straight Whale goal on a power play at 1:40 of the third period when he fired home a shot from the slot after taking a pass from Kris Newbury. Chris Kreider, who had started the play in the Springfield zone, also assisted on the man-advantage goal. The 6-2 deficit was as close as the Whale would come, because Springfield scored four more times over the last 13:12 of the third period to close out its rout. Springfield outshot Connecticut 13-7 in the third period and 33-29 for the game.

GAME 8: 2-1 Road Overtime Shootout Win at Albany (Record: 4-3-1)    WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/2 at Albany
2-1 W (SO)
Thomas Cam Talbot (43 saves) 0-for-3; 7-for-7
NOTES: Albany took a 1-0 lead at 4:30 of the first period with an even-strength goal by Mattias Tedenby, who backhanded the puck under Whale goalie Cam Talbot. With time winding down in the first period, Christian Thomas tied it 1-1 off a feed from Tommy Grant just five seconds after Thomas had hit the crossbar on a breakaway. The puck was collected by Grant at the blueline off a turnover coming out of the Albany zone, and Grant fed Thomas for the wide-open goal from just outside the crease in front of Albany goalie Jeff Frazee at the 18:05 mark. Micheal Haley also picked up an assist on Thomas' goal, which was his second of the season. The Devils outshot the Whale 12-6 in the opening period, but Talbot was outstanding after giving up the early goal and finished the period with 11 saves. Talbot was even more sensational in the second period, stopping all 18 Albany shots in a period that saw the Devils outshoot the Whale 18-2. Through 40 minutes, Talbot had stopped 29 of 30 shots to keep his team in the game. The third period was also scoreless, with the Devils outshooting the Whale 11-7 in the third. Talbot had 40 saves in the 60 regulation minutes to clinch the first standings point for Connecticut. He continued to put on a show in the OT, stopping three more shots to tie his career high with 43 for the game. The game went to a five-round shootout, where Matt Gilroy scored in the first round, and Talbot stopped all five Albany shooters to seal the win. Talbot was named the game's No. 1 star, and Thomas was the No. 2 star.

GAME 7: 6-3 Home Win Over Providence (Record: 3-3-1)    WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
10/27 Providence
6-3 W
Bourque, Kolarik, Kreider,
Pyett, Grant, Newbury
Cam Talbot (37 saves) 1-for-2; 4-for-6
NOTES: Providence, the Boston Bruins' AHL affiliate, got off to a strong start by scoring just 2:06 into the game, but the Whale quickly regrouped and gained momentum from a one-sided fight won by Micheal Haley at the six-minute mark. Connecticut made it a 1-1 tie at the 7:52 mark, capitalizing on a great individual effort by Chris Kreider. The rookie picked the puck up just outside Providence's blueline and drove past the defense before dropping a one-handed backhand pass to Ryan Bourque, who wasted no time sending it past the Bruins' Michael Hutchinson. Defenseman Logan Pyett also picked up an assist on the goal, which was Bourque's second in two games. The 1-1 score held up through 20 minutes. Providence outshot Connecticut 12-6 in the opening period, but Whale goalie Cam Talbot was the difference with 11 saves. The Whale took the lead for the first time early in the second period when Chad Kolarik hammered in the rebound of a long shot by Blake Parlett. Kolarik's goal, which made it 2-1 at 1:26 of the second, came after Kris Newbury had sent a pass from behind the net all the way to Parlett, who was just inside the blueline. Kreider stretched the lead to 3-1 on a power play at 8:54, when he put in the rebound of a shot by Mike Vernace from just outside the crease to the left of Hutchinson. Kreider, who scored five times in last spring's Stanley Cup playoffs, recorded his first regular-season goal as a professional. Newbury picked up the other assist for his second of the game. Only 2:36 after Kreider's goal, the Whale scored again when Pyett fired a shot from the right point that sailed through traffic for a 4-1 lead at 11:30 of the second. Pyett's goal prompted a goalie change for the Bruins, who brought in Niklas Svedberg. Rookie Kyle Jean extended his season-long point streak to seven games with an assist on Pyett's goal, while Marek Hrivik got the other assist. Tommy Grant soon made it 5-1 just over two minutes later, converting a Christian Thomas pass fed to him from the right point for a back-door goal at 13:39. Haley also assisted on Grant's goal. Providence cut the lead to 5-2 with a power-play goal at 18:43 of the second period. Through 40 minutes, the Bruins had outshot the Whale 24-15, and Talbot had 22 saves. Providence capitalized on another power play to make it a 5-3 game at 3:00 of the third period. Newbury later closed out the scoring when he capitalized on a bad pass out of the corner from Bruins goalie Svedberg to put the Whale up 6-3 while shorthanded at 8:07 of the third. Newbury picked off Svedberg's pass and deposited it into the net just eight seconds after Jean had gone to the penalty box. Providence outshot Connecticut 40-23 for the game, as Talbot finished with 37 saves. Newbury was the game's No. 1 star. Kreider was the No. 2 star, and Pyett the No. 3 star.

GAME 6: 3-1 Home Win Over Hershey (Record: 2-3-1)    WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
10/26 Hershey
3-1 W
Segal, Grant, Bourque Cam Talbot (26 saves) 0-for-3; 2-for-3
NOTES: Connecticut dominated Hershey, the Washington Capitals' AHL affiliate, throughout the first period -- outshooting the Bears 12-9 through 20 minutes. The Whale took full advantage of that momentum by scoring twice in a span of two minutes for a 2-0 lead just 6:45 into the game. Forward Brandon Segal continued to have the hot stick, when he notched his fourth goal of the season off a centering pass from Marek Hrivik at the 4:25 mark. Hrivik had collected a pass from rookie Kyle Jean behind the net to the right of Hersey goaltender Dany Sabourin. Jean's assist on the play extended his point streak to six games. Connecticut then made Hershey pay for a mistake just outside the Whale blueline when the puck cleared by Whale defenseman Logan Pyett went through the legs of a Bears defenseman and was picked up by Christian Thomas in the neutral zone. Thomas blazed into the right side of the Bears zone and sent a perfect centering pass to Tommy Grant, who scored a slam-dunk goal for a 2-0 lead. Pyett also picked up his fourth assist of the season on the play. Making his first start of the season after missing four games with an injury, Whale goalie Cam Talbot was perfect in the first period, stopping all nine Hershey shots. There was no scoring in the second period, as the Whale got some outstanding netminding from Talbot, who made another eight saves and had 17 through 40 minutes. Connecticut outshot Hershey 10-8 in the middle period as they carried their two-goal lead into the third. Hershey ended Talbot's shutout bid with a power-play goal that cut the lead to 2-1 at 13:25 of the third period, but the Whale iced their victory at 18:45 of the third when Ryan Bourque took a Matt Gilroy pass and hit the empty net for a 3-1 win. The Whale outshot the Bears 29-27 on the night, as Talbot sparkled in goal with 26 saves. Talbot was named the game's No. 1 star. Grant was the No. 2 star, and Segal the No. 3 star.

GAME 5: 5-2 Road Win at Albany (Record: 1-3-1)    WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
10/24 at Albany
5-2 W
Segal, Miller, Grant, Yogan, Jean Jason Missiaen (31 saves) 1-for-5; 3-for-4
NOTES: Albany, the New Jersey Devils' affiliate, got the first period's lone goal at the 17:44 mark, when Mike Hoeffel jammed a rebound past Whale netminder Jason Missiaen. The Devils outshot the Whale 12-10 over the first 20 minutes, with Missiaen making 11 saves. The Whale erupted for three goals in the middle period to take control of the game. Brandon Segal started the scoring parade at 8:56 of the second, tying it up 1-1 after stealing the puck just outside his own blueline and muscling down the left wing to crash the net with a backhander. J.T. Miller made it 2-1 just 61 seconds later when he took a lead pass from Chad Kolarik, split the defense, and scored on his forehand. The goal, Miller's first as a professional, was a milestone for the 19-year-old Rangers 2011 first-round draft pick. Late in the period, the Whale stretched the lead to 3-1 when Tommy Grant capitalized on a bad Albany giveaway in front the net and buried a shot from the base of the left circle for his first goal of the season. The Whale outshot the Devils 11-9 in the second period, as Missiaen was perfect with nine stops, giving him 20 saves through 40 minutes. Connecticut extended the lead to 4-1 on a power play at 9:18 of the third period, when Andrew Yogan scored his first of the season off a pass into the slot from Kolarik. Defenseman Logan Pyett also assisted on the goal by Yogan. Fellow AHL rookie Kyle Jean then made it 5-1 off a perfect centering pass from Marek Hrivik, who had been fed by Segal from the right corner. The goal, scored at 12:11 of the third, extended Jean's scoring streak to five games. Albany broke the Whale run of five goals when Jacob Josefson closed out the scoring on a Devils power play with 3:18 left to play. The third period featured multiple, loud "Let's Go Rangers" chants from the fans. The Devils outshot the Whale 33-26, as Missiaen finished with 31 saves in recording his first AHL victory. Segal was named the game's No. 1 star. Defenseman Blake Parlett, plus-3 for the night, was the No. 2 star, and Miller was the No. 3 star.

GAME 4: 6-3 Road Loss at Norfolk (Record: 0-3-1)    WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
10/20 at Norfolk
3-6 L
Jean, Thomas, Kolarik Scott Stajcer (25 saves) 1-for-7; 5-for-8
NOTES: Norfolk, the Anaheim Ducks' AHL affiliate, scored the game's first two goals -- connecting on a shorthanded situation for a 1-0 lead at 4:33 of the first period and on a 5-on-3 power play to make it 2-0 at 8:03 of the first. The Whale, who outshot the Admirals 14-10 over the opening 20 minutes, cut the lead to 2-1 when rookie Kyle Jean registered a point in his fourth straight game by scoring off assists from Sean Collins and Brandon Segal at 16:00 of the first. The Admirals extended their lead to 3-1 by beating Whale goalie Scott Stajcer on another power play just 29 seconds into the middle period, but Christian Thomas made it a one-goal game again with his first goal of the season at 5:31 of the second. Thomas' goal, assisted by Kris Newbury, made it a 3-2 game. The second period also featured a fight between the Whale's Mike Vernace and Norfolk's Troy Bodie only 26 seconds after Thomas scored. Norfolk stretched the lead to 4-2 with its second shorthanded goal at the 18:08 mark, but the Whale went back on the power play with seven seconds left in the period. Through 40 minutes, Connecticut was outshooting Norfolk 30-22, and Stajcer had 18 saves. Chad Kolarik wasted little time cutting the lead to 4-3 on the power play that carried over from the second period, scoring his first goal of the season off assists from Logan Pyett and Newbury, who also has a four-game point streak, at just 35 seconds into the third period. Norfolk extended the lead back to two goals at 5-3 with a power-play goal, scored at 13:42 of the third -- just one second after Chris Kreider had come out of the penalty box to end a Norfolk 5-on-3 advantage. The Admirals closed out the scoring with a goal by Kyle Palmieri at 19:15 of the third period. The Whale outshot the Admirals 35-31 for the game, as Stajcer finished with 25 saves.

GAME 3: 5-4 Road Overtime Loss at Norfolk (Record: 0-2-1)    WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
10/19 at Norfolk
4-5 L (OT)
Gilroy 2, Segal 2 Jason Missiaen (24 saves) 2-for-7; 5-for-6
NOTES: Norfolk, the Anaheim Ducks' affiliate, got a goal from Corey Elkins for a 1-0 lead just 62 seconds into the game, but defenseman Matt Gilroy quickly pulled the Whale into a tie when he scored his first goal of the season on a power play off assists from Chad Kolarik and Kris Newbury at 2:55 of the opening period. Elkins then notched his second goal of the game at 9:47 of the first to give the Admirals a 2-1 lead through 20 minutes. Norfolk outshot the Whale 11-6 in the first period, as Connecticut goalie Jason Missiaen stopped nine shots. Early in the second period, Chris Kreider drew a boarding major and a game misconduct, giving the Admirals an extended power play that the could not convert. Gilroy then picked up his second power-play goal of the game at 9:13 of the second period, making it a 2-2 game off assists from Kyle Jean and Newbury, who each extended their point streaks to three games. Norfolk's Jay Rosehill put his team back up 3-2 just under three minutes later, beating Missiaen at 12:02 of the second period, and Peter Holland made it 4-2 on a power play at 14:16 of the second. Through 40 minutes, the Whale had a 19-17 advantage in shots, which Missiaen making 13 saves. Forward Brandon Segal scored his first goal as a member of the Whale, even-strength, at 4:03 of the third peroid off assists from J.T. Miller and defenseman Mike Vernace to cut the Norfolk lead to 4-3. The Whale completed their comeback by tying the game on Segal's second goal with just 1:36 remaining in regulation to make it 4-4. The tying goal was assisted by Jean and Vernace, forcing the teams to overtime where Norfolk pulled out the victory on Elkins' third goal at the 4:30 mark. The Whale outshot the Admirals 30-29, as Missiaen finished with 24 saves. Segal was named the game's No. 3 star.

GAME 2: 3-2 Home Loss to St. John's (Record: 0-2-0)   WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
10/14 St. John's
2-3 L
Newbury, Jean Scott Stajcer (22 saves) 2-for-5; 3-for-5
NOTES: The Whale came out strong, outshooting the Winnipeg Jets affiliate IceCaps 7-3 over the first 10 minutes of the period while killing off a pair of penalties. Connecticut eventually broke through on a power play of its own, when Kris Newbury scored his third goal in two games off assists from Sean Collins and Chris Kreider with 15 seconds left in a St. John's penalty to Dean Arsene. The IceCaps came back to tie the game 1-1 with 2:25 remaining in the period, when Maxime Macenauer beat Scott Stajcer, who was making his first career start for the Whale. The period ended with the Whale outshooting the IceCaps 10-9. The Whale grabbed the lead on a second-period power play, when Kyle Jean scored his second goal of the season by putting home the rebound of a shot by J.T. Miller to make it 2-1. Logan Pyett also assisted on the play, and the Whale began to dominate the game from that point. The IceCaps, however, managed to tie the game with just under four seconds left in the second period when St. John's scored on a a power-play drive from the high slot. The Whale outshot the IceCaps 15-5 in the second period, forcing St. John's goalie Mark Dekanich to come up with 23 saves through 40 minutes. The IceCaps then took the lead with another power-play goal at 7:55 of the third period, and that goal would stand up as the winner despite the Whale's furious pressure on a power play drawn by Kreider with just over five minutes left in the game. Connecticut outshot St. John's 37-25 on the afternoon, but Dekanich was the difference with 35 saves. Jean was named the game's No. 3 star.

GAME 1: 6-4 Home Loss to Bridgeport (Record: 0-1-0)   WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
10/12 Bridgeport
4-6 L
Newbury 2, Jean, Vernace Jason Missiaen (33 saves)
Scott Stajcer (6 saves)
3-for-8; 5-for-7
NOTES: Kris Newbury, the team's leading scorer last season, got Connecticut off to a fast start when he scored on a power play at 2:31 of the first period for a 1-0 lead. Defenseman Matt Gilroy assisted on the play, which came just 14 seconds before the end of a penalty to Johan Sundstrom -- the first Whale power play of the season. The Whale made it 2-0 on a penalty shot by Kyle Jean at 14:52 of the first period. Jean had been pulled down on a shorthanded breakaway sprung by J.T. Miller. The shorthanded goal, which beat Bridgeport goalie Kevin Poulin, was Jean's first as a professional, coming in his first pro game. The wild first period saw the Sound Tigers outshoot the Whale 19-15, but Bridgeport couldn't solve goaltender Jason Missiaen, who stopped all 19 shots in the first period of his first AHL start. The Sound Tigers got through to Missiaen just over three minutes into the second period, cutting the lead to 2-1. The power-play goal by Casey Cizikas at 3:23 of the second set off a five-goal run by the Sound Tigers. Nino Niederreiter tied the game 2-2 at 5:13, and Cizikas made it 3-2 just over one minute later. Bridgeport added goals at 8:39 and 18:55 of the second to take a 5-2 lead into the third. Scott Stajcer relieved Missiaen in net to start the the third after Missiaen had stopped 33 of 38 shots through 40 minutes. Bridgeport went up 6-2 with its sixth unanswered goal at the one-minute mark, but Connecticut defenseman Mike Vernace cut the lead to 6-3 while the Whale were on a 5-on-3 power play at 4:27, firing one in from the top of the right circle. Miller and Jean each picked up assists on the play. With the Whale still on a power play just under two minutes later, Newbury scored his second of the game off assists from Blake Parlett and Chris Kreider to make it 6-4 at 6:16. The assist marked Kreider's first career AHL point. Bridgeport outshot Connecticut 45-31 for the night, and Stajcer finished with six saves. Newbury was named the game's No. 1 star.

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