Connecticut Whale 2, Worcester Sharks 1 (SO)
By Brian Ring
Hartford, CT, February 28, 2012 – The Connecticut Whale defeated the Worcester Sharks, 2-1 in a shootout, Tuesday afternoon at the XL Center in Hartford. Connecticut goaltender Chad Johnson made 33 saves through regulation and overtime, and four more in the shootout to help guide the Whale to two points.
Mats Zuccarello picked up the only regulation goal for the Whale, and also scored in the shootout, along with Kris Newbury. Brandon Mashinter had the only goal of the game for the Sharks.
“[Johnson’s] been a very important part of our recent success here,” said Whale head coach Ken Gernander. “He’s been very good for us, very solid and he’s been a big factor in our turnaround in February.”
The Sharks took the first lead of the game at 9:15 of the opening period, when Mashinter redirected a shot and then buried the rebound past Johnson in the waning seconds of the first power-play of the game. Nathan Moon and Mike Moore both ...