Connecticut Whale 3, Bridgeport Sound Tigers 2
By Brian Ring
Hartford, CT, March 16, 2012 – The Connecticut Whale defeated the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 3-2, Friday night at the XL Center, moving into sole possession of first place in the AHL’s Northeast Division.
Kris Newbury had the game-winning goal and an assist, and Casey Wellman had his second straight three point game with a goal and two assists, to back a 38-save performance by goaltender Chad Johnson.
“I thought Johnson had a great game,” said Whale head coach Ken Gernander. “There were stretches in the second, late in the third, where he made numerous saves.
“I thought that was really the catalyst as far as getting us going.”
Justin DiBenedetto got the Sound Tigers on the board first, scoring his 18th goal of the season 7:20 into the first period. DiBenedetto deflected Jon Landry’s shot from the left point perfectly past the blocker of Johnson, just seconds after the Whale finished killing off an Andreas Thuresson minor pen...