CONNECTICUT WHALE -- 2012-13 SEASON GAMES 11-20

GAME 20: 5-0 Home Loss to Springfield (Record: 9-9-2)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/2 Springfield
0-5 L
  Jason Missiaen (23 saves) 0-for-2; 5-for-7
NOTES: Springfield took a 1-0 lead at 2:23 of the first period, capitalizing on a flurry in front of the net that saw Whale goalie Jason Missiaen forced out of position ong enough for the Falcons to score. The Falcons then went up 2-0 with a give-and-go power-play score at 12:16 of the first. A deflection goal from the slot at 16:02 of the first gave Springfield a 3-0 lead. The period ended with the Whale outshooting the Falcons 13-7 but unable to solve Springfield goaltender Curtis McElhinney. Springfield scored again at 9:46 of the second period, taking a 4-0 lead just moments before McElhinney robbed Ryan Bourque on a 2-on-1. There was no further scoring in the second, and after 40 minutes, the Whale were outshooting the Falcons 23-21. Springfield added a power-play goal at 14:09 of the third period for a 5-0 lead that stood up for the remainder of the game. The Whale outshot the Falcons 11-7 in the third period and 34-28 for the game as McElhinney earned a shutout with 34 saves. Whale rookie Chris Kreider left the game and did not return after he took a high hit behind the net in the second period.

GAME 19: 4-3 Home Overtime Loss to Syracuse (Record: 9-8-2)    WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/1 Syracuse
3-4 L (OT)
Thomas, Parlett, Hrivik Cam Talbot (42 saves) 1-for-6; 2-for-2
NOTES: The Whale drew first blood at 18:49 of the up-tempo first period when Whale rookie Christian Thomas took a pass from behind the net and came out in front of the crease to roof a pretty shot over Syracuse netminder Riku Helenius. The primary assist went to Michael Haley, who had stayed on his feet when he took a hard hip check entering the Crunch zone, and then worked his way behind the Crunch goal before finding Thomas for a 1-0 lead. Syracuse, the Tampa Bay Lightning's affiliate, outshot Connecticut 11-7 in the first period, but Whale netminder Cam Talbot was perfect with 11 saves. Defenseman Blake Parlett made it a 2-0 game at 13:53 of the second period, when he one-timed a cross-ice pass from the top of the left circle past Helenius. Forward Brandon Segal picked up the lone assist after alertly feeding Parlett for the defenseman's first goal of the season. The second period ended with the Crunch outshooting the Whale 23-15, and the story of the first 40 minutes was Talbot, who had stopped all 23 of the visitors' shots, including several highlight-reel saves in the middle period. Marek Hrivik stretched the lead to 3-0 when he scored on a 4-on-3 power play off assists from Kris Newbury and Chad Kolarik at 3:03 of the third period. Hrivik had been stopped in front of the net on the rebound of a Newbury shot, but the puck bounced forward off Helenius and then went back in off a Syracuse defenseman's skate. The Crunch spoiled Talbot's shutout bid with a goal from AHL goals leader Tyler Johnson at 6:37 of the third to cut the lead to 3-1. Syracuse made it a 3-2 game at 12:45 of the third, capitalizing on a 3-on-1 opportunity. Only 35 seconds later, at 13:20 of the third, the Crunch tied the game on a breakaway. There was no further scoring in the third period, and the game went to overtime with Syracuse outshooting Connecticut 40-26. Syracuse completed its comeback when Mark Barberio scored with 46.7 seconds left in overtime. Talbot finished the game with 42 saves as the Whale, who gained a point in the standings, were outshot 6-1 in overtime and 46-27 on the night. Hrivik was named the game's No. 3 star.

GAME 18: 4-2 Road Loss at Providence (Record: 9-8-1)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/30 at Providence
2-4 L
Kolarik 2 Cam Talbot (33 saves) 1-for-3; 2-for-3
NOTES: The Whale took an early lead, scoring on the game's first power play at 7:40 of the opening period. Chad Kolarik got the goal, his seventh of the season, with 47 seconds remaining in a Providence penalty drawn by Micheal Haley. Kolarik took Kris Newbury's pass from the right circle and one-timed it from the slot past Bruins goaltender Niklas Svedberg. The goal, also assisted by Marek Hrivik, came on the Whale's first official shot of the game. The Bruins outshot the Whale 10-9 in the first period, but Whale goalie Cam Talbot was perfect with 10 saves. Providence tied the game 1-1 with an even-strength goal at 2:47 of the second period. The Whale grabbed a 2-1 lead at the second period's 12:48 mark when Kolarik notched his second goal of the game off a fluke play. Coming out of a faceoff, Kolarik drove a shot from the right circle that Svedberg saved, but the rebound came out to defenseman Garnet Exelby, who inadvertently shot it into his own net while trying to clear the crease area. Newbury and defenseman Logan Pyett got assists on Kolarik's goal. Less than two minutes later, the Bruins came back to tie it at 14:44, making it a 2-2 game. Providence then made it 3-2 with a blast from the left circle at 15:53 of the second. Through 40 minutes, the Bruins were outshooting the Whale 29-18. The Bruins stretched their lead to 4-2 on a power play at 5:15 of the third period, when the Bruins jammed a rebound past Talbot. With time running out and Talbot off for an extra attacker, Kolarik drew a penalty shot opportunity when his apparent goal was nullified because a Providence player pulled the net off its mooring before the puck crossed the line. Kolarik took the penalty shot, but fired just wide of Svedberg in his bid for a hat trick at 18:20 of the third. The Whale outshot the Bruins 8-7 in the final period, but Providence had a 37-26 shots advantage for the game, as Talbot finished with 33 saves.

GAME 17: 3-2 Road Win at Springfield (Record: 9-7-1)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/25 at Springfield
3-2 W
Gilroy, Hrivik, Bourque Jason Missiaen (32 saves) 0-for-3; 3-for-3
NOTES: The Whale continued their trend of scoring early and scoring first when defenseman Matt Gilroy fired a long shot that trickled past Springfield goalie Paul Dainton at 2:23 of the opening period. Ryan Bourque and Tommy Grant assisted on the even-strength tally, which was Gilroy's sixth goal of the season. Springfield tied the game 1-1 on an even-strength goal at 6:29 of the first, but Marek Hrivik quickly responded at just 1:38 later at 8:07. Hrivik picked up a loose puck just outside the crease to Dainton's right -- following a shot by Blake Parlett -- and roofed it over a sprawling Dainton for a 2-1 lead. The goal, assisted by Parlett and Chad Kolarik, was Hrivik's first of the season. The Whale outshot the Falcons 10-9 in the first period, as Connecticut goaltender Jason Missiaen made eight saves. Springfield tied the game 2-2 on a partial breakaway at 15:11 of the second period. Through 40 minutes, the Falcons were outshooting the Whale 21-15, and Missiaen had 19 saves to keep the game tied. There was no further scoring until Ryan Bourque delivered the winner with 15.6 seconds left in the third period. Bourque scored on a hard wrister from the left faceoff circle. The Falcons outshot the Whale 13-11 in the third period and 34-26 for the game, but Missiaen earned the win with 32 saves. Bourque was named the game's No. 1 star.

GAME 16: 5-2 Home Win Over Norfolk (Record: 8-7-1)    WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/24 Norfolk
5-2 W
Kolarik 3, Grant, Newbury Cam Talbot (29 saves) 1-for-6; 3-for-3
NOTES: The Whale got off to another fast start when a quick-moving Chad Kolarik scored on a power play off assists from Marek Hrivik and Christian Thomas just 2:40 into the first period. Connecticut outshot Norfolk 15-10 in the first period, and Whale goalie Cam Talbot was perfect with 10 saves against 14 by Frederik Andersen. Norfolk tied the game 1-1 with a rebound goal at 7:56 of the second, but the hot Kolarik quickly responded at the 9:28 mark when he put in the rebound of a shot from the right point by defenseman Logan Pyett that had deflected off Hrivik. Kolarik's second goal of the night gave the Whale a 2-1 lead through two periods in which Connecticut outshot Norfolk 25-21. The third period belonged to the Whale, as Kolarik got it going by completing his hat trick just 64 seconds in. Hrivik fired a shot from the right circle that trickled past Andersen and was loose in the crease until Kolarik knocked it into the net for a 3-1 lead. Kris Newbury also assisted on the hat-trick goal. Shortly after Kolarik's sixth of the season, Whale forward Tommy Grant regained sole possession of the team goal-scoring lead when he got in behind the Ads' defense on a 2-on-2 rush with Kelsey Tessier and beat Andersen for his seventh of the season and a commanding 4-1 Whale lead at 2:18 of the third. Ryan Bourque, who sprung the rush, also assisted on Grant's goal. Norfolk cut the lead to 4-2 at 13:26 of the third period, but Newbury sealed the 5-2 win when he found the empty net from the base of his own faceoff circle at 18:46 to tie Grant for the team lead with seven goals. The Whale outshot the Admirals 38-31, as Talbot finished with 29 saves. Kolarik was named the game's No. 1 star. Hrivik was the No. 2 star, and Talbot was the No. 3 star as the Whale beat Norfolk at home for the first time in four years.

GAME 15: 7-5 Road Win at Bridgeport (Record: 7-7-1)    WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/23 at Bridgeport
7-5 W
Kreider 2, Grant, Newbury, Gilroy 2,
Kolarik
Cam Talbot (36 saves) 1-for-4; 1-for-2
NOTES: The Whale wasted no time grabbing the lead, as Chris Kreider took a pass from Brandon Segal at the blue line and used his great speed to fly down the left wing and blast a shot past Bridgeport goalie Anders Nilsson just 1:39 into the game. The goal was the second in back-to-back games for Kreider. After some relentless forechecking by the line of Chad Kolarik, Tommy Grant and Kelsey Tessier, Grant made it a 2-0 game with his team-leading sixth goal of the season off a scramble in front that saw him convert a short pass from Kolarik. Bridgeport broke through Whale goalie Cam Talbot on a power play at 14:27 to cut the lead to 2-1 through 20 minutes. The Sound Tigers outshot the Whale 12-9 in the first period, but Talbot was sharp with 11 saves. Bridgeport tied it 2-2 at 1:36 of the second period. The Sound Tigers took a 3-2 lead by capitalizing on a center-ice turnover for a partial-breakaway goal by Sean Backman at the 4:11 mark. Kris Newbury tied the game two seconds after a power play expired, finishing off a give-and-go with Chad Kolarik as he cut into the slot at 8:19 of the second. Defenseman Logan Pyett also picked up an assist on the goal, which tied Newbury with Grant for the team lead at six. The Sound Tigers outshot the Whale 18-10 in the second period, and Talbot was the difference with 26 saves heading into the third period of a 3-3 tie. Bridgeport took advantage of a third-period turnover to make it 4-3 at 4:02 of the third period. Bridgeport scored again for a 5-3 lead at 7:36 of the third. The goal was John Persson's second of the game. The Whale quickly responded 57 seconds later and cut it to 5-4 when defenseman Matt Gilroy drove home a slapper from just inside the blue line at 8:33. Ryan Bourque and J.T. Miller picked up the assists on Gilroy's goal. Kolarik then tied the game when Blake Parlett sent the puck in off the boards and it took a wild bounce right in front of the net to Kolarik, who easily tucked it in for the 5-5 tie at 13:30. Parlett and Newbury assisted on the goal. Kreider than delivered the game-winner at 15:27 of the third, capping off ferocious 4-on-4 pressure with a hard wrister from the right side of the slot for his second goal of the game. Defensemen Pyett and Sean Collins assisted on the goal, which made it 6-5. Gilroy added an insurance goal on a power play, assisted by Marek Hrivik and Kyle Jean at 17:54 of the third for his second of the night and a 7-5 lead. Bridgeport outshot the Whale 41-34, as Talbot finished with 36 saves. Kreider was named the game's No. 1 star, and Gilroy was the No.3 star.

GAME 14: 2-1 Road Win at Worcester (Record: 6-7-1)    WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/17 at Worcester
2-1 W
Kreider, Bourque Cam Talbot (23 saves) 1-for-3; 3-for-3
NOTES: The first period saw some wide-open play with strong defensive efforts at both ends. Worcester, the San Jose Sharks' affiliate, finally broke the scoreless tie with an even-strength goal at 17:29 of the first, but the Whale surged over the final 2:31 and nearly tied it on prime scoring chances by Kyle Jean and Blake Parlett. Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock was outstanding, stopping seven Connecticut shots over the first 20 minutes, while the Whale's Cam Talbot, making his ninth consecutive start, stopped four Worcester shots. The second period featured plenty of end-to-end action, some great saves by both goaltenders, and a sequence that saw the Whale hit three posts in less than two minutes, but there was no scoring in the period. Second-period shots were 9-7 in favor of Connecticut, and through two periods Worcester's Stalock was the difference with 16 saves. The Whale wasted little time getting to Stalock and tying the score when they got their first power play at 1:37 of the third period. Immediately after the Sharks were called for having too many men on the ice, Whale center Kyle Jean won the faceoff in the left circle and sent the puck back to defenseman Matt Gilroy, who blasted a shot from just inside the blueline. Stalock made a pad save on Gilroy, but the puck rebounded out to Chris Kreider in front of the net, and he scored his second goal of the season at the 1:40 mark to tie it at 1-1. Only 1:17 after Kreider's power-play goal, the Whale went up 2-1 when Ryan Bourque stole the puck behind the net and came out front to beat Stalock back to the crease for an unassisted goal at 2:57 of the third. Taking over the game's momentum, the Whale killed off a double-minor to Logan Pyett in the final 10 minutes and went on to a hard-earned 2-1 win. Worcester outshot Connecticut 24-23, as Talbot finished with 23 saves for his fifth win of the season. Kreider was named the game's No. 1 star, and Talbot was the No. 3 star.

GAME 13: 2-1 Home Loss to Portland (Record: 5-7-1)    WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/16 Portland
1-2 L
Segal Cam Talbot (31 saves) 0-for-9; 3-for-3
NOTES: There was no scoring in the opening period, and the Whale got outstanding netminding from starting goaltender Cam Talbot as they were outshot 13-8 over the game's first 20 minutes. At the other end of the ice, former Whale and Rangers goalie Chad Johnson was also sharp, making his biggest stop of the first period against Connecticut's Brandon Segal. The goaltending standoff continued through the second period, as the teams remained scoreless heading into the third. Portland outshot the Whale 12-8 in the second, but could not solve Talbot, who had 25 saves through 40 minutes. His best third period stops came against Jordan Szwarz at 12:53 and on a breakaway by Rob Klinkhammer at 18:16. Portland, the Phoenix Coyotes' affiliate, broke up Talbot's shutout bid at 2:01 of the third period and scored again for a 2-0 lead at 9:39. With time winding down in the third period and Talbot off for an extra attacker, the Whale scored when Brandon Segal found the rebound of a shot by Matt Gilroy in the right circle and rifled it past Johnson to make it 2-1 with 36 seconds left to play. Defenseman Mike Vernace, whose initial shot had rebounded out to Gilroy, also picked up an assist on Segal's fifth goal of the season. That was as close as it would get, and Portland held off late Whale pressure for the victory. The Pirates outshot the Whale 33-30, as Talbot finished with 31 saves, and Johnson had 29.

GAME 12: 4-3 Road Loss at Bridgeport (Record: 5-6-1)    WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/11 at Bridgeport
3-4 L
Haley 2, Jean Cam Talbot (28 saves) 0-for-4; 5-for-7
NOTES: The Whale got off to a fast start, grabbing a 1-0 lead when Micheal Haley scored just 28 seconds into the game against his former AHL team, which is the Islanders' top minor-league affiliate. Positioned in front of the Sound Tigers net, Haley redirected a pass from linemate Marek Hrivik in the high slot up over sprawling Bridgeport goaltender Anders Nilsson. J.T. Miller also picked up an assist on the play. Bridgeport tied the game 1-1 on a goal by Matt Donovan at 9:06 of the first, but the Whale regained the lead just under four minutes later, when Kyle Jean stole the puck in the left faceoff circle, went around behind the net from Nilsson's right to left, and scored on a wraparound to make it 2-1 at 13:57. Ryan Bourque and Brandon Segal assisted on Jean's goal. Only 39 seconds later, Haley made it 3-1 -- scoring on a centering pass into the slot from Hrivik at 14:36. Defenseman Blake Parlett also assisted on Haley's second goal of the game. The Sound Tigers outshot the Whale 12-9 in the first, but Connecticut goalie Cam Talbot was outstanding with 11 saves as the Whale built up their two-goal lead. Just 1:16 into the second period, Whale defenseman Jyri Niemi was hurt when hit hard behind the Whale net by Bridgeport's Colin McDonald. Niemi left the game on a stretcher, and the Whale received a five-minute power play when McDonald was assessed a major for boarding and a game misconduct. Unable to score on their man-advantage, the Whale were then beaten for a power-play goal by Bridgeport's Brock Nelson at 8:57 of the second, cutting the lead to 3-2. Bridgeport defenseman Travis Hamonic later tied the game 3-3, scoring on another power play at 14:40. Through 40 minutes, the Sound Tigers had a 23-14 advantage in shots, and Talbot had 20 saves. A penalty-filled third period saw the Sound Tigers snap the tie on a breakaway goal by Mike Halmo at 15:06. That goal stood up as the winner. Bridgeport outshot Connecticut 9-5 in the third period and 32-19 for the game, as Talbot ended the afternoon with 28 saves. Haley was named the game's No. 3 star.

GAME 11: 6-2 Road Win at Worcester (Record: 5-5-1)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/10 at Worcester
6-2 W
Newbury, Thomas 2, Pyett, Grant,
Miller
Cam Talbot (21 saves) 2-for-7; 5-for-6
NOTES: The Whale wasted no time taking control of the game against the San Jose Sharks' affiliate, as Kris Newbury came back from a game misconduct the previous night to give Connecticut a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal at 1:24 of the opening period. Newbury, playing on the team's top line with Chris Kreider and Christian Thomas, scored on the Whale's first shot of the game. Thomas then made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 14:40 of the first, scoring just under a minute into the Whale's first man-advantage. Newbury started the play, picking up his second point of the night with a pass to Chad Kolarik, who shanked his shot into the skate of Sena Acolatse. The puck rebounded into the slot to Thomas, who snapped his third goal of the season past Sharks netminder Harri Sateri for a two-goal lead. Shots on goal were even at 7-7 in the first period, and Whale starter Cam Talbot stopped all seven Sharks shots. The whale stretched the lead to 3-0 with the second period's only goal when defenseman Logan Pyett scored 19 seconds into a 4-on-4 situation. Jumping into the rush on the right side, Pyett took a cross-ice lead pass from Kreider that deflected off Newbury's stick and straight to Pyett, who burned Sateri with a wrister at 10:19 of the second. The Sharks outshot the Whale 8-6 in the middle period, and Talbot remained perfect with 15 saves through 40 minutes. Worcester broke up Talbot's shutout bid on a power play at 0:49 of the third period, but it was all Whale after that. Thomas made it a 4-1 lead with his second goal of the night at 3:22 of the third, scoring on a long power-play blast from just inside the blueline. Kreider and defenseman Matt Gilroy picked up assists on Thomas' goal. Tommy Grant extended the lead to 5-1 just under two minutes after Thomas scored when he took a perfect centering pass from Gilroy and smacked it past Sateri at 5:17 of the third period. Kolarik also assisted on Grant's goal. Worcester cut the lead to 5-2 at 15:51 of the third period and then pulled Sateri for an extra attacker with more than three minutes remaining. J.T. Miller made the Sharks pay, hitting the empty net off assists from Kyle Jean and Brandon Segal at the 18:31 mark to close out the scoring. The Whale outshot the Sharks 12-8 in the third period and 25-23 for the game, as Talbot finished with 21 saves. Newbury, who had a goal and two assists, was named the game's No. 1 star. Thomas was the No. 2 star, and Gilroy was the No. 3 star.

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