Connecticut Whale 3, Bridgeport Sound Tigers 2 (OT)
By Brian Ring
Hartford, CT, November 18, 2011 - Defenseman Brendan Bell’s breakaway goal with 6.8 seconds left in overtime gave the Connecticut Whale a 3-2 win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Friday night at the XL Center.
The win pushed the Whale (8-4-1-2) into first place in the Northeast Division with 19 points.
David Ullstrom had two goals for the Sound Tigers, while Bridgeport goaltender Kevin Poulin made 42 saves on the night. Carl Hagelin and Francois also scored for Connecticut, and Tim Erixon had two assists.
“It was a good finish,” said Whale head coach Ken Gernander of the winning goal, on which Bell converted a lead pass from Mats Zuccarello. “It was a pretty big play by a couple pretty talented players and an exciting finish for the fans that made it out tonight.”
Poulin made a number of excellent stops, and kept the game scoreless in the first period with sprawling saves on Kris Newbury and Ryan Bourque at the 2:53 m...