McCarthy, WorSharks Stun Pirates 5-4

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

The Worcester Sharks gave up three early goals but turned the tide with a Patrick Davis unassisted shorthanded tally and then used a Joe Loprieno game tying goal in the third period to get to overtime, where John McCarthy scored just 16 second into the extra session to give the WorSharks a 5-4 victory over the Portland Pirates in a Tuesday morning contest at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine in front of 5,108 fans.

Sharkspage didn’t make the trip due to the game having an 11am start and the Cumberland County Civic Center being full of several thousand screaming children on a field trip to the game, so the particulars you’ll have to check out Bill Ballou of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette with his game story and notes column all rolled into one. For the Portland side of the story Paul Betit of the Portland Press Herald has his musings. Chris Roy of the Maine Hockey Journal also braved the mass of school children to file a story.

And as per usual, the WorSharks and Pirates official sites have their unique points of view.

As was expected after the Manchester game, T.J. Trevelyan was added to the injury list. To take his place in the line-up the WorSharks signed former Boston University winger Joe Pereira to an ATO. He was released after the game.

Tommy Wingels six game point streak ended after he was given in the first period game misconduct during a line brawl. Sean Sullivan was also ejected in the altercation.

The three stars of the game were
1. WOR – 7 John McCarthy (ot gwg,a)
2. WOR – 3 Joe Loprieno (game tying goal)
3. POR – 12 Paul Byron (g)

John McCarthy was also the AHL’s number two star for the day.

The Sharkspage player of the game was Jamie McGinn.

Worcester 1 2 1 1 – 5
Portland 3 1 0 0 – 4

1st Period-1, Portland, Tropp 10 0:13. 2, Portland, Whitmore 25 (Persson, Lagace), 15:09. 3, Portland, McCauley 11 (Brennan), 16:05. 4, Worcester, Davis 5 17:38 (SH). Penalties-Tropp Por (hooking), 2:53; McCarthy Wor (roughing), 16:24; McGinn Wor (charging, fighting), 16:24; Sullivan Wor (fighting, game misconduct – secondary altercation), 16:24; Wingels Wor (fighting, game misconduct – secondary altercation), 16:24; Conboy Por (roughing), 16:24; Crawford Por (fighting), 16:24; Stuart Por (fighting, game misconduct – secondary altercation), 16:24; Tropp Por (fighting, game misconduct – secondary altercation), 16:24.

2nd Period-5, Worcester, DaSilva 16 (Henderson, Irwin), 3:06 (PP). 6, Portland, Byron 20 (Adam), 5:03. 7, Worcester, Schaus 4 (Quirk), 12:29. Penalties-Biega Por (holding), 2:34; Adam Por (tripping), 7:49; served by McCauley Por (bench minor – too many men), 10:10; Landry Wor (high-sticking), 14:31; Ferriero Wor (hooking), 18:20.

3rd Period-8, Worcester, Loprieno 3 (McGinn, McCarthy), 16:37. Penalties-Ellis Por (tripping), 3:07; McLaren Wor (hooking), 8:14.

OT Period-9, Worcester, McCarthy 4 (McGinn, Moore), 0:16. Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Worcester 9-14-7-1-31. Portland 7-12-9-0-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 1/5; Portland 0/4.
Goalies-Worcester, Hutton 9-4-2 (28 shots-24 saves). Portland, Leggio 21-6-0 (31 shots-26 saves).
Referees-Mark Lemelin (84), Marcus Vinnerborg (45). Linesmen-Jeremy Lovett (78), Landon Bathe (80).

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