The Worcester Sharks, hard hit by several key players being held out of the contest due to they potentially being recalled for the start of San Jose’s training camp, jumped out to an early lead thanks to Freddie Hamilton’s sixth goal of the season–with Daniil Tarasov grabbing his first AHL point with the lone assist–but couldn’t create much other offense and eventually fell 4-1 to the Albany Devils Saturday night at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York.
Do to other obligations this writer had to change his plans of heading to Albany to watch the game, so for the particulars readers can check out Bill Ballou of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette with his game article Devils drop short-handed Worcester Sharks and his notes column Devils’ Bobby Butler playing with blinders on. Pete Dougherty of the Albany Tines Union has a trio of articles, Devils win the numbers game, Devils defeat Sharks in front of season-high 7,321, and Petrecki may be getting his first shot at NHL. Phil Janack of the Troy Record has his story Devils overcome slow start to defeat Sharks that includes a decent picture of Worcester defenseman Michael Wilson.
Scratches for the WorSharks were Danny Groulx (concussion), Taylor Doherty (achilles), Matt Tennyson (healthy), John McCarthy (healthy), Frazer McLaren (healthy), Sena Acolatse (jaw), James Sheppard (healthy), Bracken Kearns (healthy), Matt Irwin (healthy), Tim Kennedy (lower body), Matt Pelech (healthy), and Nick Petrecki (healthy). According to David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News Matt Tennyson, Matt Irwin and James Sheppard had already skated at Sharks Ice Saturday morning and word was that four more from Worcester (McLaren, McCarthy, Pelech and Petrecki) would be arriving soon. That leaves just Kearns as the lone healthy scratch not mentioned as heading to San Jose, and since it’s pretty safe to assume Kearns didn’t get lost somewhere in Worcester and missed the bus to Albany the presumption is he’s also in (or heading to) San Jose for training camp.
Worcester 1 0 0 – 1
Albany 1 2 1 – 4
1st Period-1, Worcester, Hamilton 6 (Tarasov), 7:16. 2, Albany, Zalewski 6 (Butler), 19:25. Penalties-Wiseman Alb (tripping), 4:18; Tam Wor (cross-checking), 7:42; Leach Alb (hooking), 12:21; Livingston Wor (roughing), 14:49.
2nd Period-3, Albany, Tedenby 9 (Larsson), 3:15 (PP). 4, Albany, Gelinas 3 (Zalewski, Wiseman), 18:54. Penalties-Guimond Wor (holding), 2:55; Sislo Alb (holding the stick), 7:34; Wohlberg Alb (slashing), 11:11; Larsson Alb (holding), 16:08.
3rd Period-5, Albany, Zajac 4 (Tedenby, Gelinas), 8:44. Penalties-Tarasov Wor (hooking), 8:56.
Shots on Goal-Worcester 4-8-5-17. Albany 8-11-9-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 5; Albany 1 / 4.
Goalies-Worcester, Stalock 12-8-1 (28 shots-24 saves). Albany, Kinkaid 11-7-3 (17 shots-16 saves).
Referees-Jean Hebert (43).
Linesmen-Mike Emanatian (69), Glen Cooke (6).