Originally written on Sox and Dawgs  |  Last updated 11/13/14

By Brian Ring

Hartford, CT, March 31, 2012 - The Connecticut Whale defeated the Adirondack Phantoms, 3-0, Saturday night before a crowd of 6,253 at the XL Center. The win allowed the Whale to snap a four-game losing streak on the back of goaltender Cam Talbot, who notched his third shutout of the season with 26 saves.

Kelsey Tessier scored twice and Casey Wellman had a goal and an assist to lead the Connecticut offense.

“That was a good rebound game for us,” said Whale head coach Ken Gernander. “Obviously everyone is watching the standings and points, and with every passing day it becomes more important to get the two points, and gets closer to playoff-type hockey.”

Tessier gave the Whale a 1-0 lead, with what would turn out to be the game-winning goal, 13:19 into the first period, as he finished off a rebound left by Adirondack goaltender Michael Leighton (25 saves). Wade Redden’s shot from the point could not be buried by Andre Deveaux, but the puck bounced off of the pad of Leighton to Tessier, who tallied his eleventh goal of the season.

Connecticut afforded the Phantoms three power-play opportunities in the first period, but good penalty-killing kept the visitors off the board.

The Whale would extend their lead to 2-0 on the power-play 8:49 into the second period, as Leighton once again gave up a rebound, this time to Wellman. Wellman banged the puck home between the left pad of Leighton and the post for his 22nd goal of the season. Deveaux notched his second assist of the night on the goal, and Kris Newbury also had a touch on the play.

The home team would keep the pressure on the Phantoms the rest of the way, outshooting Adirondack 18-14 over the final two periods.

Tessier would finish the game off for Connecticut at 19:53 of the third period, taking a pass from Wellman before sending the puck into an empty net to give the Whale a 3-0 lead.

“I thought we had a much better start, a much better team game and a better game in general (than Friday night’s 3-0 loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton),” said Gernander.

The Whale will close out their three-games-in-three-nights homestand Sunday afternoon at the XL Center, as they host the Providence Bruins (2:00).

Tickets to all 2011-12 Whale home games are on sale now at the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center, as well as on-line at www.ctwhale.com and through TicketMaster Charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000.

College students can get discounted tickets to Whale weekday games with the Whale’s “Ditch the Dorms” deal.  For Monday through Friday home games, students who show a valid student ID at the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center can get $2 off Upper Level tickets and $5 off Lower Level seats.

Save on your tickets, and get the best seats, with a ticket plan for the Whale’s 2011-12 AHL campaign, which are on sale now. For information on season seats, mini plans and great group discounts, visit www.ctwhale.com, or call the CT Whale ticket office at (860) 728-3366 to talk with an account executive today.

To continue reading, please click on the read more button below if you're on the home page.

Adirondack Phantoms 0 at Connecticut Whale 3
Saturday, March 31, 2012 - XL Center Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Adirondack 0 0 0 - 0
Connecticut 1 1 1 - 3

1st Period-1, Connecticut, Tessier 11 (Deveaux, Redden), 13:19. Penalties-Prough Ct (high-sticking), 4:10; Redden Ct (interference), 7:30; Mathers Adk (roughing), 9:49; Nightingale Ct (roughing), 9:49; Rowe Adk (tripping), 11:16; Newbury Ct (high-sticking), 14:39.

2nd Period-2, Connecticut, Wellman 22 (Deveaux, Newbury), 8:49 (PP). Penalties-Moses Ct (hooking), 4:20; Eddy Adk (interference), 8:28.

3rd Period-3, Connecticut, Tessier 12 (Wellman), 19:53 (EN). Penalties-Eddy Adk (holding), 6:31; Manning Adk (cross-checking), 8:00; Deveaux Ct (holding), 8:00.

Shots on Goal-Adirondack 12-7-7-26. Connecticut 10-7-11-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 4; Connecticut 1 / 3.
Goalies-Adirondack, Leighton 25-24-1 (27 shots-25 saves). Connecticut, Talbot 13-13-0 (26 shots-26 saves).
A-6,253
Referees-Francis Charron (46).
Linesmen-Derek Wahl (46), Brent Colby (7).

Follow Ian on Twitter @soxanddawgs. And be sure to like us on Facebook as well.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jameis Winston cleared in code of conduct case

Sherman: Patrick Peterson would be benched on Seahawks

Fans struck by lightning after Buccaneers-Packers game

Report: Philip Rivers playing through painful back injury

Report: Bears could have interest in Jim Harbaugh

Report: Shanahan interested in coaching next season

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Michigan has its eye on several NFL coaches

Report: Titans, Jay Cutler have mutual interest in trade

Phillies GM told Ryan Howard team is better off without him

Report: Browns interested in drafting Marcus Mariota

Chargers keep playoff hopes alive with comeback win

Robin Lopez responds to Khloe Kardashian dating rumors

WATCH: Three players ejected after Giants-Rams fight

WATCH: Dominic Raiola stomps on Bears player's ankle

WATCH: Arian Foster throws TD pass, drops scoreboard taunt

WATCH: Johnny Manziel leaves with injury after taking big hit

NHL has warned 22 players about diving

Nick Mangold wears NYDP hat to honor fallen officers

Five things we learned from the first day of bowl games

WATCH: South Alabama coach bloodied after kick to the face

Dan Mullen wears funny 'Christmas Vacation' sweater

WATCH: Redskins FB gets in Eagles fan's face after TD

WATCH: Utah runs trick play on first offensive play of game

Mick Cronin misses game with unruptured aneurysm

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Raiola stomps on Bears player's ankle

Bears interested in Jim Harbaugh?

Shanahan to return to 2015?

Browns interested in drafting Mariota?

Mullen wears funny Christmas sweater

RG3 returning to Redskins?

Tom Izzo hot after bad loss

Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

WATCH: DeSean mocks Eagles

Vick: Winston is the future of the NFL

No NFL team in LA next season?

UNC rocking Jordan-era throwbacks

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.