The Worcester Sharks managed just to score just a single goal against the Portland Pirates Saturday night, but that Sebastian Stalberg power play tally combined with a 37 save outing by goaltender Harri Sateri was enough to get them a point for going into overtime and the shootout, where Marek Viedensky connected for the only score in the bonus round to give the WorSharks a 2-1 victory at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine in front of 6,164 fans. It was Worcester’s first win in the building since the day after Christmas, 2011.
Worcester actually got a few pucks past Pirates goaltender Chad Johnson, who was playing his first game since suffering a concussion on February 15th in a game against the Connecticut Whale, but each time the puck slid just wide of the goal mouth. Johnson also had issues controlling rebounds but the WorSharks, who have gone 133:47 without an even strength goal, couldn’t bang one home. Johnson got stronger as the game went on and was the single reason the Pirates even made it to the shootout as he made some great saves in the overtime period when Worcester was given a rare power play in the extra session.
The shootout win was the sixth for the WorSharks on the season, breaking the team mark of five wins set during the 2010-2011 campaign. In general Worcester has been woeful in the bonus skill competition, going just 25-41 all time. Only twice, in 2009-10 (3-3) and 2008-09 (2-2), have the WorSharks been .500 or better in a season in the shootout.
Scratches for Worcester were Tommy Grant, Mike Brennan (lower body), Denny Urban, and Brodie Reid (shoulder). Alex Stalock was the back-up netminder.
The three stars of the game were
1. WOR – 35 Harri Sateri (37 saves)
2. POR – 30 Chad Johnson (31 saves)
3. WOR – 25 Marek Viedensky (shootout game winner)
The Sharkspage player of the game was Sebastian Stalberg.
Worcester 1 0 0 0 – 2
Portland 0 1 0 0 – 1
1st Period-1, Worcester, Stalberg 8 (Comrie, Tennyson), 17:42 (PP). Penalties-Brodeur Por (roughing), 0:57; Valabik Por (roughing), 16:05.
2nd Period-2, Portland, Lane 8 (Dziurzynski, Martinook), 4:19. Penalties-Louis Por (delay of game), 4:23; Tennyson Wor (hooking), 9:25; Petrecki Wor (tripping), 13:27; Viedensky Wor (tripping), 16:16; Acolatse Wor (boarding), 19:21.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Kearns Wor (cross-checking), 13:39.
OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Goncharov Por (interference), 2:54.
Shootout – Worcester 1 (Tarasov NG, McCarthy NG, Kearns NG, Viedensky G), Portland 0 (Werek NG, Conner NG, Martinook NG, Shinnimin NG, Bolduc NG).
Shots on Goal-Worcester 14-7-6-5-1-33. Portland 10-16-12-0-0-38.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 1 / 4; Portland 0 / 5.
Goalies-Worcester, Sateri 11-11-2 (38 shots-37 saves). Portland, Johnson 14-10-1 (32 shots-31 saves).
Referees-Dave Lewis (46).
Linesmen-Joe Andrews (32), Jeremy Lovett (78).