By Brian Ring
Portland, ME, March 2, 2012 - The Connecticut Whale were defeated, 3-2, by the Portland Pirates Friday night at the Cumberland County Civic Center. The Pirates would score twice in the third period to rally from a 2-1 deficit, culminating with Ryan Duncan’s game-winning tally at 10:45 of the final frame.
Patrick O’Sullivan scored once and added an assist for Portland, with Andy Miele recording two assists. Wade Redden and Casey Wellman scored for the Whale.
“Coverage mistakes and lack of urgency on the backcheck cost us two goals,” said Whale head coach Ken Gernander. “We turned down some shot opportunities, we’re better offensively when we’re straightforward, getting pucks to the net.”
The Whale were 0-for-6 on the power-play.
Neither team scored in the opening period, although the Whale carried the majority of the play with two power-play opportunities and outshot the Pirates, 9-6. Each team had quality chances towards the end of the frame, with Whale goaltender...