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CONNECTICUT WHALE -- 2012-13 SEASON GAMES 21-30

GAME 30: 3-0 Home Loss to Bridgeport (Record: 12-16-2)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/27 Bridgeport
0-3 L
  Cam Talbot (23 saves) 0-for-7; 6-for-7
NOTES: Bridgeport got the game's first goal when the Sound Tigers' Chad Costello backhanded in a centering pass at 1:57 of the opening period. Dylan McIlrath, playing his first game of the season after coming off a knee injury, dropped the gloves for his first fight of the season with Bridgeport's Greg Gallant at the 9:53 mark -- just seconds after serving an elbowing penalty. Later in the period, after impressively killing off a two-minute 5-on-3 Sound Tigers advantage, the Whale allowed a 5-on-4 power-play goal at 18:59 to make it a 2-0 lead for Bridgeport. After 20 minutes, the Whale were outshooting the Sound Tigers by a wide 13-8 margin, but Sound Tigers goaltender Kevin Poulin was the difference in making all 13 saves, while Connecticut's Cam Talbot had six. Bridgeport made it 3-0 at 4:15 of the second period, scoring off a no-look pass from the slot to the right side. There were no other goals in the second period, and after 40 minutes the Whale were still looking to solve Poulin despite having outshot the Sound Tigers 22-18. There was no scoring in the third period, as Poulin made another 14 stops to finish with a 36-save shutout. Talbot finished with 23 stops in defeat for the Whale, who outshot their guests 36-26.

GAME 29: 5-2 Road Loss at Bridgeport (Record: 12-15-2)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/26 at Bridgeport
2-5 L
Hrivik, Parlett Cam Talbot (24 saves) 0-for-6; 3-for-4
NOTES: Bridgeport got the game's first goal just 1:03 into the first period when Nino Niederreiter picked up a rebound amid traffic in front of Whale goaltender Cam Talbot and fired it in for a 1-0 lead. The Sound Tigers made it a 2-0 game when Niederreiter scored his second of the game at 7:04 of the first. The first-period lead went up to 3-0 with eight seconds left in a power play at the 11:45 mark. There was no further scoring in the period, as the Sound Tigers outshot the Whale 11-7 over the opening 20 minutes. Bridgeport picked up its fourth goal of the game late in the second period, scoring on a wild scramble right in front of the crease at the 18:09 mark for a 4-0 lead through 40 minutes that saw the Sound Tigers outshooting the Whale 22-13. The Whale finally broke through for their first goal against Bridgeport netminder Kevin Poulin when Marek Hrivik picked up the rebound of a shot from the left point by defenseman Mike Vernace at 3:43 of the third period. Hrivik, who was cutting from left to right in front of the goal, notched his fourth goal of the season when he hauled in the rebound and steered to around Poulin to make it 4-1. Chad Kolarik also assisted on the goal Defenseman Blake Parlett then cut the lead to 4-2, scoring on the deflection of a hard drive from the high slot by Kolarik, who had taken a centering pass from Hrivik at the 7:07 of the third. The goal was Parlett's second of the season, with Hrivik and Kolarik both picking up their second points of the night. Bridgeport closed out the game with an empty-net goal in the final second of the third period. The Whale outshot the Sound Tigers 14-7 in the third period but were outshot 29-27 for the game, as Talbot finished with 24 saves.

GAME 28: 3-1 Home Loss to Providence (Record: 12-14-2)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/22 Providence
1-3 L
Kolarik Cam Talbot (20 saves) 0-for-5; 2-for-3
NOTES: There was no scoring in the first period, which the Whale dominated in outshooting Providence 9-6. Connecticut was unable to solve Bruins goalie Michael Hutchinson over the first 20 minutes, as he stopped all nine shots in an early goaltending duel with Connecticut's Cam Talbot. The Whale finally broke the scoreless tie when Chad Kolarik scored even-strength at 4:44 of the second period, prompting the fans to throw toys onto the ice as part of the team's Teddy Bear Toss for the children of Newtown, Conn. The goal, Kolarik's 10th of the season, came when he moved down to the crease area to Hutchinson's left and banged in the rebound of Kris Newbury's shot from the right circle. Marek Hrivik, who had worked the puck to Newbury, also picked up an assist on Kolarik's goal. Providence tied the game 1-1 on a power play at 12:06 of the second, scoring on a rebound after sustained pressure in the Connecticut zone. The second period ended with a 1-1 tie and the Whale outshooting Providence 16-14 through 40 minutes. Providence's Chris Bourque broke the tie with a goal off his own rebound at 13:58 of the third period. The Bruins sealed their victory, making it 3-1, by scoring into an empty-net with 44.5 seconds to go. The Whale outshot the Bruins 25-23 on the night, as Talbot finished with 20 saves. Kolarik was named the game's No. 2 star.

GAME 27: 5-2 Road Win at Manchester (Record: 12-13-2)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/21 at Manchester
5-2 W
Hrivik, Newbury 2, Tessier, Kreider Cam Talbot (39 saves) 1-for-3; 4-for-5
NOTES: The Whale got the game's first goal when Marek Hrivik took a perfect centering pass from Kris Newbury out of the left corner and stickhandled around Manchester goalie Martin Jones to make it 1-0 at 7:54 of the opening period. Defenseman Steven Delisle, making his 2012-13 AHL debut after a call-up from Greenville of the ECHL, picked up the other assist on Hrivik's goal for having dumped the puck into the corner, where Newbury retrieved it. The Whale then made it 2-0, cashing in on their first power play of the game. Newbury got the goal with a hard slapper from the left circle at 12:40. The puck hit Manchester's Jones before trickling in behind him for a 2-0 lead as Marek Hrivik put himself position to bang it in if necessary. Chad Kolarik and Matt Gilroy assisted on the goal, which was Newbury's ninth of the season. Manchester outshot Connecticut 15-8 in the first period, but Whale goalie Cam Talbot was outstanding, making all 15 saves as his team built up the two-goal lead. Manchester cut the lead to 2-1 on a power play at 13:18 of the second period, finally breaking trhough Talbot with a deflection goal from the slot. The Monarchs then pulled into a tie just 46 seconds later at 14:04 of the second, scoring on a centering pass. Both goals in the 46-second span were scored by former Rangers draft pick Marc-Andre Cliche. Kelsey Tessier regained the lead for Connecticut with only 24 seconds to go in the third period when he took a centering pass off the left boards from Ryan Bourque and moved down the slot for a wrister past Jones at the 19:36 mark. Delisle picked up his second assist of the night on the go-ahead goal. Through 40 minutes, the Monarchs were outshooting the Whale 35-21, but Talbot held the fort with 33 saves. Chris Kreider made it 4-2 even-strength early in the third period, scoring on a blazing snapshot from the top of the right circle after taking a pass from Kyle Jean at the 4:46 mark. Kreider's goal, assisted by Jean and defenseman Blake Parlett prompted a goaltending change by Manchester, as Peter Mannino came in for Jones. Newbury sealed the victory with his second goal and third point of the night, fired into an empty net, with 45.8 seconds left. The empty-netter, assisted by Kolarik and Hrivik, made Newbury the first Whale player to score 10 goals this season. The Monarchs outshot the Whale 41-29 in Connecticut's 5-2 win, but Talbot was the difference with 39 saves. Newbury was named the game's No. 1 star.

GAME 26: 1-0 Home Loss to Portland (Record: 11-13-2)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/15 Portland
0-1 L
  Cam Talbot (31 saves) 0-for-4; 6-for-6
NOTES: Portland got the game's first goal just after killing off the Whale's first power play of the night. After emerging from some chaos in front of their own goal, the Pirates worked the puck up ice to score at 13:04 of the opening period. The Pirates outshot the Whale 12-6 over the opening period, as Whale goaltender Cam Talbot made 11 saves. Shayne Wiebe had the best scoring chance for Connecticut in the first, but he was denied on a spectacular pad save by Mark Visentin, a 2010 Phoenix Coyotes first-round draft pick. There was no scoring in the second period, and through 40 minutes, Portland had a 20-15 shots advantage. No goals were scored in the third, as Visentin hung on for the 1-0 shutout. The Pirates outshot the Whale 32-28 for the game, and Talbot finished with 31 saves in defeat to earn No. 3 star honors.

GAME 25: 4-3 Home Loss to Albany (Record: 11-12-2)    WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/14 Albany
3-4 L
Bourque, Newbury, Thomas Cam Talbot (28 saves) 1-for-3; 1-for-2
NOTES: Ryan Bourque got the Whale out to a fast start, scoring on a rebound at 6:50 of the opening period. Micheal Haley started the play, working the puck behind the net until he spotted Kelsey Tessier just outside the crease. Haley's pass went over Tessier's stick but came out to Bourque, who rifled it past Albany goalie Keith Kinkaid from the base of the right circle for a 1-0 lead. Defenseman Mike Vernace also assisted on the goal. There was no further scoring in the period, as the Devils outshot the Whale 8-5. Connecticut netminder Cam Talbot was sharp over the opening 20 minutes, stopping all eight shots. Albany tied the game 1-1 at 1:35 of the second period, scoring on a Tim Sestito backhand from the slot. Kris Newbury then gave the Whale a 2-1 lead with a shorthanded goal at 8:26 of the second, capping off a pretty give-and-go play with Chad Kolarik, who found Newbury alone just outside the crease to Kinkaid's left. Albany responded just 18 seconds later with a power-play goal to make it 2-2 at the 8:44 mark. Christian Thomas restored the lead for Connecticut with a 5-on-3 goal from the top of the left circle at 12:18 of the second that made it 3-2. The play came after Thomas had drawn a penalty during the initial Whale power play. Matt Gilroy and J.T. Miller picked up assists on Thomas' seventh goal of the season. Albany came back with a goal to make it 3-3 at 17:27 of the second, capitalizing on a turnover by the Whale's Sam Klassen. The Devils outshot the Whale 17-5 in the second period and had a 25-10 shots advantage heading into the third. Albany's Harri Pesonen broke the 3-3 tie at 17:41 of the third, scoring on a breakaway to give the Devils their first lead at 4-3. Albany held on for the win, outshooting Connecticut 32-18. Talbot finished with 28 saves, and Bourque was named the game's No. 2 star.

GAME 24: 2-1 Home Win Over Worcester (Record: 11-11-2)    WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/12 Worcester
2-1 W
Kolarik, Miller Cam Talbot (25 saves) 1-for-3; 6-for-6
NOTES: There was no scoring in the first period, as Whale netminder Cam Talbot and Worcester's Harri Sateri were perfect. Sateri had the tougher test, as Connecticut applied significant pressure throughout the period and ended up outshooting the Sharks 13-6 over the first 20 minutes. Worcester finally broke through for the game's first goal at 18:22 of the second period, beating Talbot on a 2-on-1 to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead. Kelsey Tessier appeared to respond quickly -- nearly scoring on a breakaway with 31.1 seconds left in the period. Tessier's shot was stopped by Sateri, but the Worcester goalie slid backward toward the net with the puck under him. The subsequent replay didn't show conclusive evidence of a goal, although a penalty was called, and the Whale took a power play into the third period. Through 40 minutes, Connecticut was outshooting Worcester 24-20. With seven seconds remaining on the power play drawn by Tessier, the Whale pulled even at 1-1 when Chad Kolarik scored from the right faceoff dot off a pass from J.T. Miller at 1:23 of the third period. Marek Hrivik also assisted on Kolarik's man-advantage goal. Miller than gave the Whale their first lead of the game at 6:09 of the third, making it 2-1 on a 2-on-1 with defenseman Blake Parlett. Hrivik and Parlett picked up the assists on Miller's go-ahead goal, which found the top right corner of the net past Sateri's shoulder. That was all the Whale would need, as Connecticut outshot Worcester 14-6 in the third period and 38-26 for the game to give Talbot a 25-save victory. Miller was named the game's No. 1 star. Kolarik was the No. 2 star, and Hrivik the No. 3 star.

GAME 23: 1-0 Home Loss to Albany (Record: 10-11-2)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/9 Albany
0-1 L
  Cam Talbot (26 saves) 0-for-4; 3-for-3
NOTES: There was no scoring in the first period, which the Whale dominated offensively. Connecticut outshot Albany 12-6 over the first 20 minutes, but could not solve Devils starter Keith Kinkaid, who stopped all 12 shots. Whale starter Cam Talbot was also strong in the period with six saves. Albany broke the scoreless tie at 6:48 of the second period, scoring on a rush down the right wing. Heading into the third, the Devils were holding on to their 1-0 lead after outshooting the Whale 15-6 in the second period to take a 21-18 shots advantage through 40 minutes. Kinkaid was outstanding 30-27, as Talbot finished the game with 26 saves to earn No. 3 star honors.

GAME 22: 9-2 Road Loss at Manchester (Record: 10-10-2)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/8 at Manchester
2-9 L
Thomas, Tessier Cam Talbot (17 saves)
Jason Missiaen (12 saves)
0-for-2; 1-for-1
NOTES: Manchester got the game's first goal, as Jordan Nolan beat Whale goaltender Cam Talbot on a breakaway at 5:34 of the opening period. The Monarchs then made it 2-0 with a goal from the high slot at the 7:21 mark. Manchester stretched the lead to 3-0 when a centering pass from the right corner was banged in from in front of the net at 12:06 of the first. Christian Thomas cut the lead to 3-1 late in the period, picking up a Tommy Grant rebound outside the crease to the left of Monarchs goalie Peter Mannino and putting it in for his sixth goal of the season at 17:59. J.T. Miller, coming off a two-goal game on Wednesday, also assisted on the Thomas goal. Manchester outshot the Whale 15-7 in the first period, as Talbot made 12 saves. Manchester went up 4-1 early in the second period with a goal scored off a scramble in front of Talbot at the 0:47 mark. The Monarchs then took a 5-1 lead at 7:08 with a goal from just outside of the crease. That goal prompted Connecticut coach Ken Gernander to replace Talbot with backup netminder Jason Missiaen. Talbot exited the game having stopped 17 of 22 Manchester shots. There was no further scoring in the period, and after 40 minutes, the Monarchs were outshooting the Whale 27-21. The Whale made it a 5-2 game at 2:57 of the third period when Kelsey Tessier knocked in the rebound of a shot from the left point by defenseman Mike Vernace, beating Mannino low on the ice as Grant, who also assisted on the play, crashed the net. Manchester finally beat Missiaen at 11:28 of the third, pushing its lead back to four goals at 6-2. The Monarchs scored again at the 14:12 mark, making it 7-2. Another goal just 16 seconds later at 14:28 of the third made it 8-2. Linden Vey then scored his second straight goal for Manchester at 17:51 of the third, pushing the lead up to 9-2. Manchester outshot the Whale 11-4 in the third period and 38-25 for the game, as Missiaen finished with 12 saves.

GAME 21: 4-2 Home Win Over Bridgeport (Record: 10-9-2)    WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/5 Bridgeport
4-2 W
Tessier, Segal, Miller 2 Cam Talbot (23 saves) 0-for-4; 5-for-6
NOTES: Kelsey Tessier gave the Whale an early 1-0 lead when he scored off a pass from Ryan Bourque during a delayed penalty call against Bridgeport. Tommy Grant, who had been working behind the Sound Tigers net with Bourque, also got an assist on the play at the 3:46 mark. A forechecking Bourque fed Tessier just outside the crease for a snapshot past Bridgeport goalie Anders Nilsson. The Sound Tigers tied the game 1-1 with a power-play goal that beat Whale netminder Cam Talbot at 16:34 of the first period, as Bridgeport capitalized on a series of four Whale penalties. Only 21 seconds after the tying goal, Brandon Segal restored the lead at 2-1, scoring from the slot off a centering pass from Marek Hrivik at 16:55. Kyle Jean also assisted on the goal, which quickly swung the momentum back in Connecticut's favor and led to a subsequent Bridgeport penalty. The period ended with the Sound Tigers outshooting the Whale 9-7. Bridgeport tied the game 2-2 at 18:17 of the second period -- a period in which the Whale outshot the Sound Tigers 8-6 to give each goaltender 13 saves through 40 minutes. Whale rookie J.T. Miller got the lead back for Connecticut at 1:41 of the third period when he stole the puck in the offensive zone while forechecking with Christian Thomas and walked in for a shot that fooled Nilsson from just outside the crease to the Bridgeport goalie's right to make it 3-2. Miller than scored his secon goal of the game ate 4:39. when he grabbed a loose puck in the the left circle and walked in on Nilsson for a pretty backhander that made it 4-2. The goal, assisted by Micheal Haley and Thomas, gave Miller the first multi-goal game of his pro career. The goal also closed out the scoring, as Connecticut outshot Bridgeport 8-4 in the third period and 23-19 for the game. Talbot finished with 17 saves in earning the win. Miller was named the game's No. 1 star.

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