Connecticut Whale 1, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 0 (SO)
Wilkes-Barre, PA, October 9, 2011 – Chad Johnson came up with a big performance in his first appearance of the season for the Connecticut Whale Sunday at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, stopping 41 shots in regulation and overtime, and three of five in the shootout, to backstop the Whale to its first victory of the season, a 1-0 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
After a scoreless 65 minutes, John Mitchell, Kris Newbury and Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, with the winner, scored shootout goals for the Whale on Penguin goaltender Scott Munroe, who stopped 24 Whale shots in regulation and overtime. Niko Dimitrakos and Brian Gibbons scored on Johnson in the shootout, but the Whale netminder stopped Colin McDonald and Bryan Lerg, before denying defenseman Simon Despres on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s last attempt to seal the win.
“It was good to get that first win in your first start,” Johnson said. “We battled hard las...