CONNECTICUT WHALE -- 2012-13 SEASON GAMES 31-50

GAME 50: 4-1 Home Win Over Portland (Record: 23-21-6)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/15 Portland
4-1 W
Thomas 2, Mashinter, Tessier Cam Talbot (23 saves) 0-for-8; 6-for-6
NOTES: Christian Thomas got the Whale off to a fast start, scoring an even-strength goal at 8:39 of the opening period. Linemates Kelsey Tessier and Micheal Haley assisted on Thomas' 11th goal of the season -- scored against former Whale netminder Chad Johnson for the 1-0 lead. Portland answered back at 11:40 of the first, tying the game at 1-1. The Whale regained their lead at 18:10 of the first when Brandon Mashinter scored off assists from Kris Newbury and defenseman Mike Vernace. The period ended with the Whale up 2-1 and outshooting Portland 14-6. There was no scoring in the second period, and through 40 minutes the Whale had a 26-15 advantage in shots on goal. Thomas scored again, his 12th of the season, at 4:43 of the third period to make it 3-1 -- an even-strength goal assisted by Blake Parlett. Tessier closed out the scoring with a shorthanded goal from Haley at 9:06 of the third. The Whale outshot the Pirates 40-24, as Connecticut goalie Cam Talbot made 23 saves for the win. Thomas was named the game's No. 1 star. Mashinter was the No. 2 star, and Tessier the No. 3 star.

GAME 49: 7-3 Road Win at St. John's (Record: 22-21-6)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/10 at St. John's
7-3 W
Haley 2, Newbury, Palmieri, Jean,
Yogan, Niemi
Cam Talbot (25 saves) 2-for-7; 4-for-5
NOTES: Micheal Haley got the Whale off to a fast start, scoring even-strength at 1:08 of the first period off assists from Mike Vernace and Christian Thomas. Haley then made it a 2-0 game less than three minutes later with another even-strength goal, assisted by Brandon Segal and Blake Parlett, at 4:03 of the first. Kris Newbury made it 3-0 on power play at the 12:01 mark, scoring off assists from Logan Pyett and Vernace. Nick Palmieri extended the lead to 4-0 with his first goal since joining the Rangers organization, also scored on a power play, off assists from Newbury and Jyri Niemi at 13:19 of the first. St. John's got one goal back before the end of the period, which saw the Whale outshoot the IceCaps 13-8. The Connecticut onslaught continued in the second period when Kyle Jean scored his ninth goal of the season, assisted by Andrew Yogan, at the 10:54 mark to make it 5-1. The IceCaps cut the lead to 5-2 at 14:34 of the second, but Yogan made it a 6-1 game off an assist from Jean at 15:07 before the period ended with the Whale up 6-3. Niemi closed out the scoring with the third period's lone goal, assisted by Newbury at the 5:04 mark. The IceCaps outshot the Whale 28-25 on the afternoon, but Whale goalie Cam Talbot stopped 25 shots for the runaway win. Haley was named the game's No. 1 star. Newbury was the No. 2 star, and Vernace was the No. 3 star.

GAME 48: 4-1 Road Win at St. John's (Record: 21-21-6)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/9 at St. John's
4-1 W
Tessier, Haley, Vernace, Thomas Cam Talbot (37 saves) 1-for-3; 3-for-3
NOTES: The Whale got off to a fast start, scoring twice in the game's first 6:32 and taking a 3-1 lead through one period. Kelsey Tessier got Connecticut on the board with an even-strength goal, assisted by Christian Thomas and Micheal Haley, at 5:07 of the first. Haley then made it 2-0 off a lone assist from Thomas at the 6:32 mark. St. John's cut the lead to 2-1 at 9:41 of the first, but the Whale came right back on a power play at 12:30 to make it 3-1. Defenseman Mike Vernace got the man-advantage goal off assists from Brandon Mashinter and Kris Newbury. Through 20 minutes, the IceCaps were outshooting the Whale 13-8, but Connecticut goalie Cam Talbot had 12 saves. There was no scoring in the second period, as the IceCaps outshot the Whale 9-4 and had a 22-12 advantage -- forcing Talbot to make 21 saves -- through 40 minutes. Thomas added the only goal of the third period -- into an empty net at the 17:46 mark -- to close out the scoring. Thomas' third point of the night was assisted by Andrew Yogan. The IceCaps outshot the Whale 38-20, but Talbot was especially sharp with 37 saves. Talbot was named the game's No. 1 star, and Haley was the No. 2 star.

GAME 47: 4-3 Home Overtime Shootout Loss to Albany (Record: 20-21-6)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/5 Albany
3-4 L (SO)
Newbury, Vernace, Tessier Jason Missiaen (7 saves)
Cam Talbot (25 saves)
0-for-2; 7-for-8
NOTES: Albany needed only 27 seconds to beat Whale starting goaltender Jason Missiaen for the game's first goal on the game's first shift. Albany extended its lead to 2-0 on a power play at 5:17 of the first period. That prompted Whale head coach Ken Gernander to remove Missiaen and put in Cam Talbot for the remainder of the game. There was no further scoring in the period, and after 20 minutes the Devils had outshot the Whale 14-4, with Talbot making five stops. There was no scoring in the second period, as the Devils outshot the Whale 7-6 and had a 21-10 advantage in shots on goal heading into the third. Albany made it a 3-0 game at 8:58 of the third period, before the Whale mounted a remarkable comeback with three even-strength goals to force overtime. Kris Newbury cut the lead to 3-1 at 9:18 of the first period, scoring off assists from Logan Pyett and Micheal Haley. Defenseman Mike Vernace made it 3-2 at 13:46 of the third, scoring off a lone assist from Brandon Segal, and Kelsey Tessier tied the game with an unassisted shorthanded goal at 16:39. There was no scoring in overtime, and through 65 minutes, Albany had outshot Connecticut 35-23 with Talbot making 25 saves -- 12 in the third period alone -- as the teams headed to a shootout. The Devils got the extra point in the shootout for a 4-3 win when both Chad Wiseman and Matt Anderson scored on Talbot while Albany goalie Keith Kinkaid stopped Brandon Mashinter, Nick Palmieri, Newbury, and Segal.

GAME 46: 3-2 Home Loss to Springfield (Record: 20-21-5)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/2 Springfield
2-3 L
Mashinter, Miller Cam Talbot (30 saves) 0-for-3; 3-for-5
NOTES: Springfield got the game's first goal even-strength at 8:09 of the first period, which ended with the Falcons up 1-0 and outshooting the Whale 13-9. Connecticut goaltender Cam Talbot was very sharp in the period, keeping it a one-goal game with 12 saves. Springfield increased its lead to 2-0 with a power-play goal at 13:29 of the second period. There was no more scoring in the period, and after 40 minutes the Falcons were outshooting the Whale 23-21. The Falcons took a 3-0 lead on a power play at 4:32 of the third period, before the Whale started a rally with a goal by Brandon Mashinter, assisted by Kelsey Tessier and Blake Parlett, at the 9:50 mark. J.T. Miller then cut the lead to 3-2 off even-strength assists from Brandon Segal and Kyle Jean. The Whale could come no closer, however, as Springfield held on for the win. The Whale outshot the Falcons 35-33, as Talbot finished with 30 saves. Connecticut's Christian Thomas was named the game's No. 3 star.

GAME 45: 5-4 Home Overtime Loss to Bridgeport (Record: 20-20-5)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
2/1 Bridgeport
4-5 L (OT)
Tessier, Segal, Haley, Parlett Cam Talbot (36 saves) 2-for-4; 1-for-2
NOTES: The Whale needed only 38 seconds to take the lead, as Kelsey Tessier scored even-strength off an assists from J.T. Miller and Andrew Yogan on the game's first shift. Brandon Segal made it a 2-0 game just over five minutes later, scoring at even-strength from Kris Newbury and defenseman Mike Vernace at the 5:41 mark. Bridgeport cut the lead to 2-1 with a goal at 7:41 of the first. There was no more scoring in the period, and through 20 minutes, the Whale were outshooting the Sound Tigers 11-6 and Connecticut goalie Cam Talbot had five saves. Bridgeport tied the game 2-2 just 22 seconds into the second period, but the Whale came back on a power play to take a 3-2 lead at the 7:24 mark. Micheal Haley got the power play goal off a lone assist from Vernace. The wild second period continued with Bridgeport tying the game 3-3 at 15:49 before Whale defenseman Blake Parlett notched another power-play goal with only 26 seconds left in the period. Parlett's fourth goal of the season, assisted by Miller and Christian Thomas, made it 4-3 heading into the third. Through 40 minutes the Whale were outshooting the Sound Tigers 28-19. Bridgeport seized momentum and evened the score 4-4 on a power play at 7:10 of the third and there was no further scoring in the period, as the the teams went to overtime with the Sound Tigers outshooting the Whale 37-35. Only the outstanding play of Talbot, who had 17 third-period saves, kept the Whale in the lopsided period. Bridgeport then broke through Talbot for the game-winner at 1:57 of overtime. The Sound Tigers outshot the Whale 4-1 in the third period and 41-36 for the game, as Talbot finished with 36 saves in defeat. Miller was named the game's No. 2 star.

GAME 44: 3-2 Home Win Over Springfield (Record: 20-20-4)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/26 Springfield
3-2 W
Yogan, Parlett, Vernace Cam Talbot (26 saves) 1-for-7; 2-for-4
NOTES: The Whale wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, as Andrew Yogan made it a 1-0 game off assists from Micheal Haley and defenseman Logan Pyett just 2:08 in to the opening period. The goal came only two seconds after a Springfield player came out of the penalty box. With another early first-period power play, Connecticut had the game's first nine shots on goal, making the early going very easy for starting goaltender Cam Talbot. Through 20 minutes, the Whale had outshot the Falcons 14-8 and led 1-0. Springfield tied the game on a power play at 8:20 of the second period, but the Whale came right back to regain the lead at 2-1 when defenseman Blake Parlett scored an unassisted goal at the 13:16 mark. Mike Vernace added the eventual game-winner on a power play with only 16 seconds left in the second period. The goal, which made it 3-1, was assisted by Brandon Segal and Brandon Mashinter. Springfield managed to get one back on a power play at 13:22 of the third period, but it was not enough, as Talbot finished with 26 saves for a 3-2 win going into the AHL All-Star break. The Whale outshot the Falcons 33-28. Parlett was named the game's No. 1 star. Vernace was the No. 2 star, and Yogan the No. 3 star.

GAME 43: 4-1 Home Win over Manchester (Record: 19-20-4)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/25 Manchester
4-1 W
Mashinter, Thomas, Segal, Vernace Cam Talbot (28 saves) 1-for-3; 1-for-1
NOTES: The Whale got the only goal of the first period when Brandon Mashinter scored in his second straight game on a power play at the 17:54 mark. Mashinter's goal was assisted by Brandon Segal and newly-acquired Benn Ferriero, who picked up his first point in the Rangers organization. Connecticut outshot Manchester 14-12 over the first period, as Whale goalie Cam Talbot stopped all 12 shots. Manchester tied the game 2:30 into the second period, but Connecticut broke it open after that when Christian Thomas and Segal scored back-to-back even-strength goals in a span of just under six minutes. Thomas scored unassisted at 7:32 of the second, and Segal made it a 3-1 game off assists from Kris Newbury and defenseman Blake Parlett at a 13:31. Defenseman Mike Vernace added an unassisted goal at 19:05 of the second period to close out the scoring at 4-1. The scoreless third period saw the MOnarchs outshoot the Whale 8-5, but Connecticut finished with a 32-29 advantage for the game, and Talbot got the win with 28 saves. Segal was named the game's No. 1 star. Talbot was the No. 2 star, and Mashinter the No. 3 star.

GAME 42: 6-5 Home Overtime Win Over Adirondack (Record: 18-20-4)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/23 Adirondack
6-5 W (OT)
Mashinter, Segal 2, Wilson
Tessier, Haley
Jason Missiaen (34 saves) 2-for-5; 3-for-6
NOTES: Forward Brandon Mashinter got the Whale off to a fast start, scoring his first goal since joining the Rangers organization in a trade with San Jose. Mashinter found the net at even-strength off assists from Chad Kolarik and Kris Newbury at 5:39 of the opening period. Adirondack came back to tie the game 1-1 on a power play at 15:54, but Brandon Segal quickly regained the lead with his own power-play goal at 17:56 of the first. J.T. Miller and defenseman Blake Parlett assisted on Segal's goal. The first period ended with the Whale outshooting the Phantoms 13-11 and Connecticut goalie Jason Missiaen had 10 stops. Jason Wilson stretched the lead to 3-1 with his first goal of the season, assisted by Christian Thomas, while skating even-strength at 3:10 of the second period. Kelsey Tessier kept pouring it on at 7:53 of the second, scoring at even-strength for a 4-1 lead off assists from Mashinter and defenseman Sean Collins. Micheal Haley made it 5-1 on a power play at 10:33 of the second. Defensemen Mike Vernace and Parlett assisted on Haley's fourth goal of the season. Adirondack got one back on a power play at 12:48 of the second to make it a 5-2 game. Adirondack outshot the Whale 13-12 in the second period, and through 40 minutes, Missiaen had already come up with 22 saves. The Phantoms cut the lead to 5-3 with a shorthanded goal at 2:07 of the third period and then made it 5-4 on a power play at 18:15. Then, with only 21 seconds to go, Adirondack scored its fourth straight goal to force overtime, where the Whale rebounded to win it on Segal's second goal of the night at the 4:03 mark. Vernace and Mashinter assisted on the game-winner. The Phantoms outshot the Whale 39-33, as Missiaen finished with 34 saves. Segal was named the No. 1 star. Mashinter was the No. 2 star, and Thomas the No. 3 star.

GAME 41: 4-1 Road Loss at Providence (Record: 17-20-4)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/20 at Providence
1-4 L
Miller Jason Missiaen (34 saves) 0-for-5; 3-for-4
NOTES: The Whale scored the first goal of the game just 4:26 into the opening period. Rookie J.T. Miller got the goal, his seventh of the season, off an assist from recently acquired forward Brandon Mashinter. It was Mashinter's first point for Connecticut. Providence evened the score with an even-strength goal at 16:32 of the first and then took a 2-1 lead just over a minute later at 17:57. Through 20 minutes, the Bruins were outshooting the Whale 12-6, and Connecticut starter Jason Missiaen had 10 saves. Providence continued to outshoot the Whale by a big margin in the second period, and the Bruins beat Missiaen again to make it 3-1 on a power play at 7:34 of the middle period. The Bruins ended the period outshooting the Whale 14-5 and had a 26-11 shots advantage over 40 minutes, with Missiaen having made 23 saves. Providence made it a 4-1 game at 14:49 of the third period to close out the scoring. The Bruins outshot the Whale 12-4 in the third and 38-15 for the game, as Missiaen finished with 34 saves in defeat.

GAME 40: 4-1 Road Win at Portland (Record: 17-19-4)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/19 at Portland
4-1 W
Newbury, Kolarik, Wiebe, Tessier Jason Missiaen (32 saves) 2-for-3; 7-for-7
NOTES: Portland came out flying, firing the game's first seven shots, but Whale goaltender Jason Missiaen was sharp. Portland eventually broke through Missiaen for the game's first goal at 8:49 of the first period, but the Whale responded on a power play just under five minutes later. Red-hot Kris Newbury scored his 15th goal of the season -- and fifth in the last three games -- to make it 1-1 off assists from Chad Kolarik and defenseman Blake Parlett at the 13:38 mark. The goal came on the Whale's first man-advantage of the night. The first period ended 1-1 with Portland outshooting Connecticut 13-8 and Missiaen stopping 12 of those first 13 shots. The Whale took a lead early in the second period, when Kolarik scored his 16th goal of the season on a power play off assists from Newbury and defenseman Logan Pyett at the 1:21 mark. There was no further scoring in the second, as the Whale outshot the Pirates 10-9, and Missiaen had 21 saves after 40 minutes. Connecticut broke open the game in the third period on an unassisted shorthaned goal by Shane Wiebe at 4:32 and an even-strength tally from Kelsey Tessier at 8:26. Parlett and Pyett each picked up their second assists of the game on Tessier's goal. That closed out the scoring, as the Whale scored a 4-1 win despite being outshot 33-25 by Portland. Missiaen was outstanding in net with 32 saves and earned No. 1 star honors. Kolarik was named the game's No. 2 star, and Pyett was the No. 3 star.

GAME 39: 4-2 Road Loss at Springfield (Record: 16-19-4)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/18 at Springfield
2-4 L
Newbury 2 Cam Talbot (24 saves) 0-for-1; 2-for-3
NOTES: The Whale scored in the game's first minute when Kris Newbury notched his 14th goal of the season off assists from defensemen Mike Vernace and Sean Collins. Just over three minutes later, it was a 1-1 game when Tim Erixon scored for the Falcons. Springfield then made it 2-1 with another even-strength goal at 9:57 of the first. The Falcons outshot the Whale 10-9 in the opening 20 minutes. Springfield stretched its lead to 3-1 with a goal at 8:34 of the second period and 4-1 by scoring on the power play at the second period's 18:35 mark. The Falcons outshot the Whale 10-6 in the second, and through 40 minutes Whale goaltender Cam Talbot had 16 saves. The third period saw only one goal, as Newbury notched his second of the game and 14th of the season at the 19:26 mark. Chad Kolarik and Vernacet assisted on the even-strength goal. The Falcons outshot the Whale 28-26 on the night, as Talbot finished with 24 saves.

GAME 38: 6-1 Road Win at Portland (Record: 16-18-4)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/15 at Portland
6-1 W
Tessier, Newbury 2, Miller, Pyett, Segal Cam Talbot (29 saves) 0-for-3; 6-for-6
NOTES: The Whale scored the game's first goal on a shorthanded situation with Sean Collins off for holding. Just 40 seconds into the Collins penalty, Kelsey Tessier tallied off an assist from Blake Parlett at 13:27 of the opening period for a 1-0 lead. The 1-0 lead hed up through the first period, as Connecticut goalie Cam Talbot stopped all 11 Pirates shots. Portland tied the game with an even-strength goal at 7:27 of the second period, but it was all Whale after that, as Connecticut erupted for five unanswered goals down the stretch. Kris Newbury got the eventual winner at even-strength. Chad Kolarik assisted on Newbury's goal for the 2-1 lead at 12:54 of the second. J.T. Miller came back less than a minute later to make it 3-1 off assists from Mike Vernace and Andrew Yogan at the 13:46 mark. Through two periods, the Whale were up 3-1, and Talbot had 14 saves. Talbot was especially sharp in the third period, stopping all 14 shots while the Whale scored on three of their seven shots. Defenseman Logan Pyett made it 4-1 with an unassisted goal at 4:29 of the third, and Brandon Segal picked up an unassisted shorthanded goal at 11:33 of the third. Newbury closed out the scoring with his second of the game, assisted by Kolarik and rookie defenseman Dylan McIlrath at 12:34. McIlrath's assist was his first professional point. The Pirates outshot the Whale 30-22, but Talbot was the difference with 29 saves. Newbury was named the game's No. 1 star. Segal was the No. 2 star, and Talbot the No. 3 star.

GAME 37: 5-0 Road Loss at Hershey (Record: 15-18-4)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/13 at Hershey
0-5 L
  Cam Talbot (26 saves) 0-for-4; 6-for-9
NOTES: Hershey built up a 4-0 lead over the first 20 minutes, scoring even-strength just 42 seconds into the game and adding power-play goals at 11:58, 15:39 ,and 18:51 of the first period. After one period, the Bears were outshooting the Whale 17-4, but Connecticut turned the tide in the second period, outshooting Hershey 12-9. There was no scoring in the middle period, and heading into the third, Connecticut goaltender Cam Talbot had made 22 saves despite the rough early-going. Hershey added the game's final goal at 10:25 of the third period and finished up outshooting the Whale 31-27 on the day, as Talbot finished with 26 saves.

GAME 36: 4-3 Road Overtime Shootout Loss at Hershey (Record: 15-17-4)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/12 at Hershey
3-4 L (SO)
Jean, Tessier, Kolarik Jason Missiaen (19 saves) 0-for-2; 3-for-4
NOTES: The Whale took a 1-0 lead late in the first period when Kyle Jean scored at even-strength off assists from Andrew Yogan and Logan Pyett at 17:07 of the first period. Hershey came right back to tie the game just 28 seconds later with a goal against Whale starting netminder Jason Missiaen. After 20 minutes, the Whale were tied 1-1 despite having outshot Hershey 13-6 in the first period. Hershey took a 2-0 lead with a goal just 17 seconds into the second period. There was no further scoring in the middle period, which saw the Whale outshoot Hershey 13-5 to take a 26-11 shots avantage heading into the third. The Whale rallied to tie the game 2-2 when Kelsey Tessier scored at even strength, assisted by Pyett and Tommy Grant, at 11:56 of the third period. The Whale then took a 3-2 lead at 13:50 of the third when Chad Kolarik scored his 15th goal of the season, shorthanded, off an assist from defenseman Mike Vernace. Less than a minute after Kolarik's goal, Hershey came back to make it 3-3 on a power play at 14:44 of the third. Both goals came with Kris Newbury off for cross-checking. There was no more scoring in the third period or overtime, and after 65 minutes, the Whale had outshot Hershey 35-22. The game went to a shootout, where Kolarik had the lone shootout goal for the Whale, who also had attempts by J.T. miller, Newbury, Christian Thomas and Jean. Hershey won the game with a pair of shootout goals, forcing the Whale to settle for one point.

GAME 35: 2-0 Home Win Over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (Record: 15-17-3)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/6 W-B/Scranton
2-0 W
Jean 2 Jason Missiaen (35 saves) 1-for-2; 3-for-3
NOTES: The Whale took a 1-0 lead, scoring on their first power play of the game at 12:24 of the opening period. Kyle Jean notched the goal off assists from defensemen Logan Pyett and Blake Parlett j43 seconds after the Pens' Dylan Reese went off for high-sticking. Connecticut's lead held up through the first period, in which the Penguins outshot the Whale 11-9, but could not beat goaltender Jason Missiaen, who made all 11 saves. Jean picked up his second goal of the game, even-strength, at 9:29 of the second period to make it a 2-0 game. Shane Wiebe and Tommy Grant had assists on Jean's goal. There was no further scoring in the second period, as Missiaen remained perfect with another 13 saves. Missiaen's great play continued into the third, where he stopped 11 more shots to earn his first AHL shutout in the 2-0 Whale win. The Penguins outshot the Whale 35-18. Missiaen was named the No. 1 star of the game. Jean was the No. 2 star, and Kris Newbury was the No. 3 star.

GAME 34: 2-1 Road Overtime Loss at Adirondack (Record: 14-17-3)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/5 at Adirondack
1-2 L (OT)
Kolarik Cam Talbot (34 saves) 0-for-2; 4-for-5
NOTES: Adirondack got the game's first goal, scoring even-strength at 2:57 of the first period. On the faceoff after the goal, Whale defenseman Dylan McIlrath dropped the gloves with Adirondack's Oliver Lauridsen -- marking McIlrath's third fight in three games. The Phantoms' 1-0 lead held up through an opening period that saw Adirondack outshoot Connecticut 10-9. Red-hot Chad Kolarik tied the score with an even-strength goal at 16:20 of the second period. Brandon Segal and Kris Newbury assisted on Kolarik's goal, which was his team-leading 14th of the season and his fourth in the past four games. The second period ended 1-1 with the Phantoms outshooting the Whale 24-18. Connecticut goaltender Cam Talbot was outstanding in the second period, stopping all 14 Phantoms shots to keep his team in the game. There was no scoring in the third period, and the game went to overtime with the Phantoms outshooting the Whale 34-31 and Talbot having made 33 saves through regulation. The Phantoms, however, managed to solve Talbot with a power-play game-winner by Sean Couturier at 3:08 of the overtime. Couturier scored just 11 seconds after the Whale's Micheal Haley went off for slashing. The Phantoms outshot the Whale 36-31 on the night, as Talbot finished with 34 saves and was named the game's No. 1 star.

GAME 33: 3-0 Home Win Over Adirondack (Record: 14-17-2)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/4 Adirondack
3-0 W
Segal, Kolarik, Grant Cam Talbot (21 saves) 1-for-6; 3-for-3
NOTES: Connecticut scored the first period's only goal when Brandon Segal scored on a rebound at even-strength off assists from Kris Newbury and Chris Kreider at the 4:12 mark. The difference in the first period was Whale netminder Cam Talbot, who made all 11 stops as the Whale were outshot 11-6 and had to kill off two penalties. The Whale stretched their lead to 2-0 when Chad Kolarik scored his team-leading 13th goal of the season during an extended power play at 6:28 of the second period. Marek Hrivik picked up the lone assist on Kolarik's goal. There was no further scoring in the middle period, which ended with the Phantoms outshooting the Whale 20-18 and Talbot perfect with 20 saves. Defenseman Dylan McIlrath fought Adirondack's Zack FitzGerald at 6:08 of the third period, after Fitzgerald drew a five-minute major and game misconduct for charging. Tommy Grant made it a 3-0 game with an even-strength goal, assisted by Blake Parlett, at 13:16 of the third period. The Whale outshot the Phantoms 15-5 in the third period and 33-25 for the game, as Talbot earned his first shutout of the season with 25 saves. Talbot was named the game's No. 1 star. Kolarik was the No. 2 star, and Grant was the No. 3 star.

GAME 32: 4-3 Road Loss at Portland (Record: 13-17-2)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/31 at Portland
3-4 L
Segal, Haley, Grant Cam Talbot (21 saves) 0-for-5; 3-for-4
NOTES: Brandon Segal gave the Whale a 1-0 lead when he scored a 4-on-4 goal at 12:37 of the opening period. Segal scored when he backhanded in the rebound of a shot by Marek Hrivik, beating former Connecticut goaltender Chad Johnson. Hrivik had stolen the puck in the right corner of the Portland zone and fired the shot at Johnson, while Segal crashed the net. Portland outshot Connecticut 9-8 over the first period, but Whale goalie Cam Talbot was perfect with all nine saves. Micheal Haley made it a 2-0 Whale lead at 1:44 of the second period, sneaking in behind the Portland defense to take a long, home-run pass from Logan Pyett that sent Haley in on a partial breakaway. Only 58 seconds later, the Whale were up 3-0 when Tommy Grant hacked away at the puck just outside the crease until he fought through traffic in front of the Portland net and banked it in off Johnson at 2:42 of the second. Portland ended Talbot's shutout bid, making it a 3-1 game, at 18:40 of the second period. The Pirates then scored again at 19:44 of the second, and it was 3-2 Whale after 40 minutes with Connecticut outshooting Portland 24-14 for the game on the strength of 16-5 shots advantage in the middle period. Portland tied the game on a power play at 3:51 of the third period, scoring on a blast from just inside the blue line. Portland's Ethan Werek broke the tie, making it a 4-3 game, when he backhanded the puck into the net even-strength at 12:04 of the third period. The Whale made a frantic push to tie the game on a power play in the final 90 seconds, but were unable to beat Johnson down the stretch. Johnson was the difference, making 32 saves on a night the Whale outshot their hosts 35-25. Talbot finished with 21 stops.

GAME 31: 4-2 Road Win at Springfield (Record: 13-16-2)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/29 at Springfield
4-2 W
Kolarik 2, Pyett, Thomas Cam Talbot (23 saves) 1-for-1; 7-for-8
NOTES: The Whale jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Chad Kolarik scored five seconds into a power play. Kolarik picked up a loose puck just outside the crease to the right of Springfield goaltender Curtis McElhinney and roofed it up over McElhinney for his team-leading 11th goal of the season at 12:52 of the first period. Christian Thomas and Matt Gilroy picked up the assists on Kolarik's goal. The red-hot Kolarik then made it 2-0 with a shorthanded goal in the final minute of the first period -- scoring on a rebound during a 2-on-0 break with Kris Newbury at the 19:16 mark. Newbury earned the lone assist on Kolarik's second goal of the game and 12th of the season. The goal came 35 seconds into a holding penalty against the Whale's Blake Parlett. The Whale outshot the Falcons 12-9 over the opening 20 minutes, as Connecticut goaltender Cam Talbot, making his 11th consecutive start, stopped all nine Springfield shots. The Whale stretched their lead to 3-0 at 6:47 of the second period when defenseman Logan Pyett scored his third goal of the season a hard wrister from the left point that passed through a screen by Micheal Haley. Ryan Bourque assisted on the goal. Thomas kept the onslaught going when he made it 4-0 off a centering pass from Tommy Grant at 8:39 of the second. Defenseman Sean Collins picked up the other assist on Thomas' eighth goal of the season. Through two periods, the Whale were outshooting the Falcons 25-14, and Talbot remained perfect with 14 saves. Springfield broke up Talbot's shutout bid with a 5-on-3 power play goal at 6:06 of the third period, cutting the lead to 4-1. The Falcons made it a 4-2 game with an even-strength goal at 12:51 of the third. The Whale outshot the Falcons 30-25, as Talbot finished with 23 saves. Kolarik was named the game's No. 1 star, and Thomas was the No. 2 star.

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