Connecticut Whale 5, Portland Pirates 4 (SO)
By Brian Ring
Hartford, CT, March 18, 2012 – The Connecticut Whale defeated the Portland Pirates, 5-4 in a shootout, Sunday afternoon at the XL Center in a wild affair. Connecticut twice rallied from behind to defeat the Pirates, with Tommy Grant picking up a pro career-high four points for the Whale (2-2-4).
Jonathan Audy-Marchessault also scored twice for the Whale, while Ethan Werek tallied twice for the visiting Pirates.
Combined with Bridgeport’s defeat against the Worcester Sharks, the Whale moved four points ahead of the Sound Tigers in the Northeast Division standings.
“I give the guys full credit,” said Whale head coach Ken Gernander. “Three games in three days on a Sunday, but they stuck with it to get the goal with two minutes remaining.”
Andy Miele put the Pirates ahead 1-0 at the 5:40 mark of the first period, capitalizing on hard work in the corner. Mathieu Beaudoin got the puck to Miele, who was knocked down but gathered th...