Connecticut Whale 4, Springfield Falcons 2
Springfield, MA, December 29, 2012 – Former Springfield Falcon Chad Kolarik scored two goals, and Christian Thomas added a goal and an assist, as the Connecticut Whale defeated the Falcons 4-2 Saturday night at the MassMutual Center.
Logan Pyett also scored for the Whale, who snapped a three-game losing streak with the victory, and Cam Talbot made 23 saves. Ryan Craig and Ryan Russell scored for Springfield.
The Whale got the jump on the Falcons in the first period with a pair of special-teams goals, both scored by Kolarik.
Kolarik netted his team-best 11th of the season on a power play at 12:52. Kris Newbury won a faceoff back to Matt Gilroy, who fed to Thomas at the left point. Thomas’ shot went wide of the net, but a Springfield defender overskated the carom and Kolarik jumped on it and lifted it behind Falcon goaltender Curtis McElhinney (26 saves).
The Whale penalty kill then struck for a shorthanded goal at 19:16, which came off of a...