Found March 17, 2012 on Blue Seat Blogs:
Buffalo_sabres_v_7179

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 penalty.

The Whale would outshoot the Sound Tigers, 10-9, in the first period, but Bridgeport goaltender Kevin Poulin (31 saves) was strong, stopping several key chances.

Wellman would tie the game for Connecticut with 3:07 left to play in the second period, burying a Jonathan Audy-Marchessault rebound past a sprawling Poulin for his 21st goal of the season. Newbury also assisted on the score.

Johnson kept the Whale alive in a second period that saw the home team outshot, 18-10, and at one point, 15-5.

Tim Erixon would put the Whale ahead, 2-1, while on a five-on-three power-play 3:30 into the third frame. Erixon’s shot snuck through traffic in front, clipping the glove of Poulin on the way into the net for Erixon’s third goal of the season. Audy-Marchessault and Wellman would both register their second points of the game with assists on the score.

The lead would be increased to 3-1 on Newbury’s 22nd goal of the season with 2:27 remaining, as he beat Poulin with a wrist shot from the right face-off circle, providing the Whale with the eventual game-winning tally. Newbury’s goal was assisted by Wellman, notching his third point of the game.

The Sound Tigers would score with Poulin pulled for the extra attacker with 1:08 left in the final period, when Trevor Frischmon forced a rebound past Johnson. Bridgeport, however, would not be able to pull even in the frantic final moments, as the Whale went on to win, 3-2.

The Whale will be back in action Saturday night at the XL Center for another divisional tilt, against their I-91 rivals, the Springfield Falcons (7:00 PM).

Tickets to all 2011-12 Whale home games are on sale now at the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center, as well as on-line at www.ctwhale.com and through TicketMaster Charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000.

College students can get discounted tickets to Whale weekday games with the Whale’s “Ditch the Dorms” deal.  For Monday through Friday home games, students who show a valid student ID at the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center can get $2 off Upper Level tickets and $5 off Lower Level seats.

Save on your tickets, and get the best seats, with a ticket plan for the Whale’s 2011-12 AHL campaign, which are on sale now. For information on season seats, mini plans and great group discounts, visit www.ctwhale.com, or call the CT Whale ticket office at (860) 728-3366 to talk with an account executive today.

Bridgeport Sound Tigers 2 at Connecticut Whale 3
Friday, March 16, 2012 – XL Center Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Bridgeport 1 0 1 – 2
Connecticut 0 1 2 – 3

1st Period-1, Bridgeport, DiBenedetto 18 (Landry), 7:20. Penalties-Wishart Bri (tripping), 3:45; Thuresson Ct (interference), 5:04.

2nd Period-2, Connecticut, Wellman 21 (Audy-Marchessault, Newbury), 16:53. Penalties-Grant Ct (hooking), 3:25; Gillies Bri (fighting), 15:08; Nightingale Ct (fighting), 15:08; Erixon Ct (tripping), 18:09.

3rd Period-3, Connecticut, Erixon 3 (Audy-Marchessault, Wellman), 3:30 (PP). 4, Connecticut, Newbury 22 (Wellman), 17:33. 5, Bridgeport, Frischmon 9 (Haley, McNeely), 18:52. Penalties-Landry Bri (holding), 1:32; Marcinko Bri (slashing), 3:01; Tanski Ct (hooking), 14:58.

Shots on Goal-Bridgeport 9-18-13-40. Connecticut 10-10-14-34.
Power Play Opportunities-Bridgeport 0 / 4; Connecticut 1 / 3.
Goalies-Bridgeport, Poulin 17-16-3 (34 shots-31 saves). Connecticut, Johnson 21-13-5 (40 shots-38 saves).
A-4,177
Referees-Marcus Vinnerborg (45).
Linesmen-Brent Colby (7), Jim Briggs (83).

THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Rangers Recall Tim Erixon

As many of us here on the blog expected, the New York Rangers have recalled defenseman Tim Erixon from the Connecticut Whale of the AHL this morning.  #NYR have officially recalled defenseman Tim Erixon from @CTWhale — New York Rangers (@thenyrangers) March 17, 2012 Erixon has not been told by the coaching staff that he will be in the lineup tonight yet, but I presume...

Dubinsky’s biggest problem

No, it isn’t Carl Hagelin although that’s a pretty big issue for Dubinsky right now. Dubinsky is clearly the forgotten man in the Rangers offense right now. No, Brandon Dubinsky’s biggest problem this season is consistency. Anyone that watched the Islanders game will have seen Dubinsky strong on the puck, his line generate plenty of chances and all round, the line  – led...

Tim Erixon called up?

Per Paul Doyle of The Hartford Courant, it appears that Tim Erixon has been called up from the Connecticut Whale. This will be Erixon’s fourth stint with the Rangers this year. Erixon has been held pointless in his previous 13 NHL contests, but has 33 points (3-30-33) in 43 games in the AHL. Erixon is currently the most NHL ready Rangers defensive prospect in the system. The Erixon...

Postgame: Rangers Meet Their Match in Disappointing Loss to Penguins

New York Rangers GM Glen Sather stated earlier in the week that the Pittsburgh Penguins were the best team in the National Hockey League. The general manager's theory was proven true this evening at Madison Square Garden, but unfortunately it came at the expense of his own club. You can take various routes when analyzing this game from the standpoint of the Rangers, but the...

Postgame: Varlamov Steals the Show as Rangers Drop Second Straight to Avs

It’s not often that you see an opposition goaltender steal the spotlight at Madison Square Garden, but that was the case tonight. All things considered, the Rangers responded well to Thursday’s 5-2 loss to the Penguins. That response, however, was nothing Semyon Varlamov couldn’t handle. Varlamov led his team to a 3-1 victory tonight, because if it weren’t for him, this...

Anisimov Could Be Out Long Term

Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that there has been no update on Artem Anisimov's injury, but if it's a shoulder injury, which it looked like it was, a long-term absence is certainly a concern....a long term Anisimov injury should pretty much guarantee Kreider signing with the Rangers for the playoffs. Although with the way the secondary scoring has been struggling...

Rangers Recall Chad Johnson from Whale

New York, March 15, 2012 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has recalled goaltender Chad Johnson from the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL) on an emergency basis. Johnson, 25, dressed as Martin Biron’s backup in a 4-2 win on Tuesday vs. Carolina following his recall from Connecticut earlier in the day...

Rangers Receiving Reality Check at the Right Time

There were definitely some mixed emotions among the fans after Thursday night’s 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden. Some were satisfied with the effort and just plainly admitted that the Rangers had lost to a better team. Others were rather disappointed at the end of the night, saying that the effort from the club could have and should have been much...

Rangers Recall Tim Erixon from Whale

New York, March 17, 2012 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Tim Erixon from the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL). Erixon, 21, has tallied eight points (one goal and seven assists) in his last nine games with Connecticut, including a power play goal in a 3-2 win last night against...

Pens, Rangers' stars don't shine alone

The NHL, like all other North American professional sports leagues, is driven by its stars. Sure, it is more of a team game than Major League Baseball, which revolves around one-on-one matchups between pitchers and hitters, or the NBA, where one or two superstars can turn any team (except maybe the Knicks) into an instant contender. In the NHL, throwing together a talented fantasy...

Pregame: Rangers Counting On Major Response Tonight Against Avalanche

The New York Rangers were understandably displeased with the outcome of Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at MSG, which cut their first place lead down to just four points in the Eastern Conference. But as was noted earlier today on the blog, that game served as a useful reality check for this hockey team, as they finally met their match in a team that is undoubtedly...

Guest Post: Rangers/Avalanche in review

Last night none of us could get the recap, so we reached out to Glen Miller, who has done some terrific recaps here before, and he was more than happy to write last night’s recap. Thanks Glen, great stuff as usual. Make sure to follow Glen on Twitter. That is exactly how fans of other teams have felt so often after Hank has stolen a game from them. Colorado Avalanche G Semyon...

Recap: Rangers v. Penguins

The return of Sidney Crosby promptly ended the Rangers mini-winning streak as the Pens dropped the Rangers tonight 5-2 at Madison Square Garden.  The Blue shirt’s Jekyll and Hyde play in this game ultimately was their undoing.  There was a lot of positives to take away from this game as well as quite a few negatives.  To the bullets… 1st Period The Rangers started off the...

Rangers G Lundqvist, C Callahan to return vs. Avalanche

All-Star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and captain Ryan Callahan will return to the ice for Saturday's game against the Colorado Avalanche. Lundqvist had been sidelined with the flu while Callahan has been idled with a nagging foot injury. The Rangers enter Saturday's contest with a four-point edge over the hard-charging Pittsburgh Penguins, who have won 10 in a row.

Will the Bruins Make the Playoffs This Season?

If you'd been asked whether or not the Bruins will make the playoffs two months ago, you might have laughed at the question. After all, the B's had a comfortable lead over Ottawa in the standings and were challenging the New York Rangers for tops in the Eastern Conference. Now, it's suddenly becoming a real question not only whether Boston can hold onto the Northeast...
NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.