Wilkes-Barre, PA, April 7, 2012 – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender Scott Munroe shut out the Connecticut Whale for the third time on the season, and second in just over a week, Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, making 27 saves in a 3-0 Penguin win.
Munroe also blanked the Whale last Friday night in Hartford, with 32 stops in another 3-2 verdict.
Rookie defenseman Simon Despres had the game-winning goal and an assist for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, which also got goals from Bryan Lerg and Geoff Walker. Chad Johnson made 24 saves in the Whale net, including one on a Nick Petersen penalty shot at the end of the second period.
The loss dropped the Whale to 35-25-7-5 on the year and, combined with Adirondack’s 5-3 win at Albany, kept Connecticut’s magic number for clinching a playoff spot at three points.
The only goal of a fast-paced first period came at the 12:16 mark, when Despres scored his fifth of the year for the Penguins. Cal O’Reilly fed a pass ou...