Shots on Goal: Whale Cam Talbot tops Monarchs 5-2
With the exception of a 46-second span in the middle period, Cam Talbot (10-10-0) was perfect on Thursday night.
With the Whale holding a 2-0 lead, Monarchs Captain Marc-Andre Cliché netted his first tally on the night when he tipped a Jake Muzzin wrister from the left point to cut the lead in half.
Less than a minute later Cliché struck again when he put a centering pass from Stefan Legein on net that Tabot made the initial save on but Cliché collected the rebound and put it past Talbot for his 5th of the season.
The Monarchs appeared to be gaining momentum when Connecticut’s Kelsey Tessier scored the eventual game winner with a high wrist shot from between the circles with 24 seconds remaining in the second frame.
The Whale got on the board first when Marek Hrivik, all alone in front of the net, made a quick fake that got Jones to commit early and leave the left side of the net wide open for Hrivik to deposit his third goal of the season.
Connecticut went up 2-0 with a Kris Newbury slap shot that Jones was able to get piece of , but just not enough as the puck tricked past the netminder and into the cage.
The night ended for the embattled goaltender when a Chris Kreider wrist shot beat him high stick stick side with 4:46 left in the game.
Peter Mannino came in for mop up duty and stopped all five of Connecticuts offerings.
The fifth and final goal was a Kris Newbury empty-netter with 46 seconds to go.
Jones (7-12-2) took his 12th loss of the season making 19 saves on 23 shots and continued his record eight game losing streak (0-6-2).
Goalie Notes: Goaltender Bryan Hince was signed to a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement earlier this month by the Whale from its ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Road Warriors. Hince previously played for the Knoxville Ice Bears and is still sporting his Tennessee themed lid.