WorSharks bomb before a sellout crowd in 5-2 loss to Providence

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment


The Worcester Sharks played well enough over the first 40 minutes to trail just 1-0 going into the final period, but then fell asleep for the early part of the third and nearly got blown out their own building in front of a sell out crowd against the Providence Bruins Friday night at the DCU Center before showing some signs of life and grabbed a couple late to make the 5-2 score look at least moderately respectable.

This writer was so angry–and if you follow along on Twitter (@210Darryl) you sure heard about it–that he threw away his notes for the game before leaving the building. Bill Ballou of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, the true professional that he is, has a game story and notes column. Like the WorSharks in the early part of the third period the Providence Journal apparently forgot there was a hockey game going on and didn’t send a reporter 45 minutes north on Rt 146 to cover the contest.

As usual, the WorSharks and P-Bruins have their own unique perspectives.

GAME NOTES
Despite having only 11 healthy forwards in Worcester for some time now San Jose doesn’t seem in any hurry to sign a player out of the low minors–which they have to do seeing as they have no skaters playing on their ECHL “affiliate” in Stockton–so Sena Acolatse was again skating up front for the WorSharks. Worcester went with the same line-up as Friday in Springfield, and both goaltenders got in the game when head coach Roy Sommer pulled Tyson Sexsmith with about ten minutes to go in the contest in favor of Harri Sateri. The only logical reason I can think of is Sommer plans on coming back with Sexsmith this afternoon.

Fight fans will be happy to hear the WorSharks streak has reached 20 games. Unlike Friday night where it took 64:30 of action to extend the streak Jimmy Bonneau decided to get it out of the way quickly by dropping the mitts with Bobby Robins in a fairly one-sided bout won easily by Bonneau. He also got into an altercation with Marc Cantin where Bonneau pummeled the rookie forward with several unanswered shots.

After taking a shot to the face during the second period and then being high-sticked in the third period Friday against Springfield Mike Moore looked like a prize fighter on the wrong end of a beating, and wore a full face cage to start the game. He switched to a larger visor and jaw guard after the first intermission.

All scoring changed needed to be made from the Springfield game have been made.

The three stars of the game were
1. PRO – Hutchinson (29 saves–largely untested in the game)
2. PRO – Miller (2a)
3. PRO – Ridderwall (g)

For the second game in a row the Sharkspage player of the game was Sean Sullivan

BOXSCORE

Providence 1 0 4 – 5
Worcester 0 0 2 – 2

1st Period-1, Providence, Tardif 9 (MacDermid, Miller), 2:27. Penalties-Robins Pro (fighting), 0:02; Bonneau Wor (fighting), 0:02.

2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Cantin Pro (fighting), 6:40; Bonneau Wor (fighting), 6:40; MacDermid Pro (boarding), 15:27.

3rd Period-2, Providence, Arniel 2 (Caron, Hennessy), 1:18. 3, Providence, Ridderwall 3 (MacDonald), 5:22. 4, Providence, MacKinnon 5 (Bartkowski, Miller), 8:35. 5, Providence, Cunningham 6 (Whitfield, Robins), 9:48. 6, Worcester, Sullivan 5 (Viedensky, McCarthy), 17:03. 7, Worcester, Connolly 6 (Moon, Reid), 18:31. Penalties-Petrecki Wor (misconduct – continuing altercation), 5:22; Pelech Wor (charging), 19:34.

Shots on Goal-Providence 11-13-6-30. Worcester 13-12-6-31.
Power Play Opportunities-Providence 0 / 1; Worcester 0 / 1.
Goalies-Providence, Hutchinson 3-6-0 (31 shots-29 saves). Worcester, Sexsmith 8-7-4 (29 shots-25 saves); Sateri 7-5-0 (1 shots-0 saves).
A-7,257
Referees-Chris Brown (86).
Linesmen-Jack Millea (23), Joe Ross (92).

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