By Brian Ring
Springfield, MA, February 25, 2012 - The Connecticut Whale were defeated by the Springfield Falcons, 2-0, Saturday night at the MassMutual Center. The Falcons’ Maksim Mayorov had the game-winning goal and an assist, and defenseman Brent Regner added two assists. Springfield goaltender Paul Dainton made 30 saves to record the shutout in goal, the first of his AHL career, and the first against the Whale since the second game of the season.
“We had a couple good opportunities,” said Whale head coach Ken Gernander. “We couldn’t bury any of them, it could have been a different game. That being said, [Springfield] did a good job protecting the front of the net. Dainton challenged and we didn’t get a lot of second and third chances on him.”
The Falcons would get on the board at 12:15 of the first period, as Dane Byers got a greasy goal past Whale goaltender Chad Johnson (29 saves) just seconds after Springfield’s first power-play expired. Mayorov’s shot was deflected in fr...