BRIDGEPORT -- For the whole third period the Bridgeport Sound Tigers battled back in a game they needed.
An odd-man rush did them in in overtime and denied them the second point they needed. Logan Pyett's goal on a two-on-one gave the Connecticut Whale a 3-2 win at Webster Bank Arena before 8,203, the eighth-largest Sound Tigers crowd ever at Harbor Yard.
Defenseman Jordan Hill joined a three-on-two rush and had his stick lifted in the slot.
The Whale emerged and broke out two-on-one. Brandon Segal fed Pyett on the left, and Pyett's quick release ended things 2:17 into overtime.
The Whale lead Bridgeport by seven points for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Sound Tigers have 21 games to play.
"It's really frustrating," defenseman Nathan McIver said. "It was a good job for us battling back (from) down 2-0 with a couple of big goals, forcing overtime. It would've been huge."
The Whale took a two-goal lead to the third, but Scott Campbell tied the game with 4:18 left.
McIver came down the right-wing boards to get the puck deep to DeFazio. DeFazio passed up high to Campbell, whose shot through traffic beat Cam Talbot high to the blocker side.
"We'd been battling," Campbell said. "We'd been going against the grain a little bit lately. It definitely felt good to get the tying goal, collectively."
They had the chance because Kenny Reiter kept Bridgeport in the game in a first period when the Whale outshot the Sound Tigers 10-5. He finished with 24 saves.
"I've never seen a kid play so well and not get a win," Bridgeport coach Scott Pellerin said. "He's been a star in every game he's started."
The power-play's official drought reached a team-record 37 chances, almost 63 minutes of time without a goal. Bridgeport didn't score on a 47-second five-on-three in the second period.
But Brock Nelson scored on a rebound seven seconds after the Sound Tigers' last penalty expired early in the third, beginning the comeback.
Former Sound Tigers forward Micheal Haley got his ninth of the year (his fourth against Bridgeport) in the first after a blocked shot bounced right to him.
The game began after a delay of almost 20 minutes. Electrical wires under the benches were exposed and began smoking after warmup.
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Connecticut 1 1 0 1 --3
Bridgeport 0 0 2 0 -- 2
First Period -- 1, Connecticut, Haley 9 (Vernace), 15:06. Penalties -- Mashinter, Con, major (fighting), 5:34; McIver, Bpt, major (fighting), 5:34; Backman, Bpt (hooking), 12:56.
Second Period -- 2, Connecticut, Kreider 7 (Segal, Newbury), 18:16 (pp). Penalties -- Kabanov, Bpt (hooking), :35; Ferriero, Con (holding), 8:11; Carroll, Con (delay of game), 9:25; Palmieri, Con (roughing), 12:43; Donovan, Bpt (unsportsmanlike conduct), 12:43; Huxley, Bpt (hooking), 17:49; Ferriero, Con (tripping), 19:36.
Third Period -- 3, Bridgeport, Nelson 16 (Jackson, Landry), 1:43. 4, Bridgeport, Campbell 3 (DeFazio, McIver), 15:42. Penalties -- None.
Overtime -- 5, Connecticut, Pyett 6 (Segal, Thomas), 2:17. Penalties -- None.
Shots on goal -- Connecticut 10-8-8-1--27. Bridgeport 5-13-14-1--33.
Power play opportunities -- Connecticut 1 of 3, Bridgeport 0 of 3.
Goaltenders -- Connecticut, Talbot 21-22-1 (33 shots-31 saves). Bridgeport, Reiter 0-3-1 (27-24).
Attendance -- 8,203. Referees -- Leduc, Lemelin. Linesmen -- Colby, Redding.
1. LOGAN PYETT, CONNECTICUT: Defenseman jumped forward to score the winning goal.
2. KENNY REITER, BRIDGEPORT: Goalie made big saves early to keep the Sound Tigers in the game.
3. SCOTT CAMPBELL, BRIDGEPORT: Scored to tie the game late.
UNSUNG HERO: Nathan McIver came back from a bloody fight to help set up Campbell's goal.
UP NEXT: Wednesday at Manchester, 7 p.m.
-- MICHAEL FORNABAIO