22 April 2012
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers’ season came to an end this evening as they fell, 4-3, to the Connecticut Whale in game three of their best of five game series. Casey Wellman netted the game winner with just less than five minutes to play in the overtime period to achieve the sweep for the Whale
Cam Talbot was once again forced to make 40 plus saves in the win. Kevin Poulin was forced to make 50 saves, the most he has had to make in a game in this series.
The Whale opened up the scoring in the first period Marek Hrivik scored his third goal of the series at the 6:11 mark. The Sound Tigers evened the score at one in the final minute of the period. Justin Dibenedetto put a shot past Talbot to score Bridgeport’s first goal of the game and series.
Ryan Bourque put the Whale back on top in the third at 5:32. David Ullstrom answered back with a goal of his own to tie the game back up. Hrivik scored his second goal of the game, fourth of the series, a minute later to make it 3-2 Connecticut.
Rhett Rakhshani gave the Sound Tigers hope, tying the game with four minutes left in regulation and force an overtime period.
Late in OT, Tony Romano took a slashing penalty and the Whale’s Wellman capitalized on the man advantage to win the game for Connecticut. Romano was given 10-minute misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct and a game misconduct for abuse of officials (Rule 39.5 (ii)) at the same time as the game-winning goal. He was sent off the ice and did not partake in the post-game handshake.
After the game several players took to twitter. Poulin took to criticizing one official in particular.
“Francis Charron wasn't even a good major junior reff,” his tweet read. “Still wondering why he's up here with the big guys. #stayHomeNextTime #TC”
Other players took to thank the fans for the season long support.
“Speechless,” Casey Cizikas posted. “But thank you #BST fans for your support all season long, its sad it had to end this way.”
“Thank you for all the support this year @TheSoundTigers and @NYIslanders fans! Wish we could've kept playing for you guys a lil longer,” Tweeted Matt Donovan.
David Ullstrom added: “Thx for the birthday wishes. You guys have been awesome all year and your support means a lot. Not the ending we wanted but we'll be back.”Rhett Rakhshani was sad to see the season end for a different reason.
“Toughest part bout the end of the season is knowing that you will never be with that same exact group of guys. We had a special group,” he tweeted.
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