By Wil Goldsholl
Hartford, CT, January 4, 2013 - After losing four of their last five games, the Connecticut Whale beat the Adirondack Phantoms 3-0 in Hartford on Friday, in the first of six meetings scheduled between the teams. A home-and-home series will conclude between the teams in Glen Falls Saturday night. Throughout Friday’s game Connecticut protected keystone goalkeeper Cam Talbot from second and third opportunities on the way to his first shutout of the 2012-2013 season. Talbot, as well protected as he was, still finished with 25 saves.
The top line of Chris Kreider, Brandon Segal and Kris Newbury were cycling well early and it paid off. Adirondack goaltender Cal Heeter was stickless in net as Kreider picked up the puck in the corner. The Boston College product fed it on the backhand to Newbury in the circle, and Segal was able to collect and tuck the rebound home. Segal’s eighth of the year came at 4:12 in the first.
Adirondack picked up a number of quick shoo...