The Worcester Sharks have had issues the last couple weeks putting the puck into the net, but Sunday against Portland it all seemed to come together for the WorSharks as four different players lit the lamp and 11 total players notched points during a 5-3 win over the Pirates at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts in front of a crowd of 3,604 that sounded like ten thousand with each passing goal.
Not only did Worcester light the lamp five times they also hit the posts behind Pirates goalie Chad Johnson four times, with Freddie Hamilton doing it twice within a couple minutes. It has been a long time since the WorSharks swarmed the net like they did Sunday, and if they want to make the playoffs that’s the way they’re going to need to play.
Head coach Roy Sommer only made one change from Saturday night’s line-up, with Jimmy Bonneau taking Tommy Grant’s place in the line-up. Bonneau got into it with Joel Rechlicz at the 16:33 mark of the opening period, and this writer won’t be shocked if Rechlicz gets a phone call from the AHL over his abuse of linesman Todd Whittemore. The general consensus along press row was that Rechlicz should have gotten a game misconduct for his actions.
The regular season series between the WorSharks and Pirates is over, with Worcester going 6-5-0-1 against the division rivals. In the 12 games 26 different WorSharks players scored points against Portland.
The three stars of the game were
1. WOR – 44 Adam Comrie (2a)
2. POR – 18 Jordan Martinook (g,a)
3. WOR – 26 James Livingston (g)
The Sharkspage player of the game is Bracken Kearns.
Portland 0 1 2 – 3
Worcester 2 1 2 – 5
1st Period-1, Worcester, Livingston 5 (Gogol, Oleksuk), 5:11. 2, Worcester, Kearns 14 (Groulx, Comrie), 16:39 (PP). Penalties-Rechlicz Por (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting), 16:33; Bonneau Wor (fighting), 16:33; Gormley Por (cross-checking), 18:42.
2nd Period-3, Worcester, Tarasov 8 (Petrecki, Tennyson), 5:55. 4, Portland, Rundblad 7 (Gormley, Martinook), 11:14 (PP). Penalties-served by Stalberg Wor (bench minor – too many men), 2:57; Comrie Wor (tripping), 10:21.
3rd Period-5, Portland, Bolduc 21 (Dziurzynski, Brodeur), 0:43. 6, Portland, Martinook 6 (Szwarz, Miele), 1:34. 7, Worcester, Viedensky 3 (Comrie, Hamilton), 1:57. 8, Worcester, Kearns 15 (Hamilton, Doherty), 18:56 (EN). Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Portland 14-11-7-32. Worcester 13-5-9-27.
Power Play Opportunities-Portland 1 / 2; Worcester 1 / 2.
Goalies-Portland, Johnson 15-12-1 (26 shots-22 saves). Worcester, Sateri 12-12-3 (32 shots-29 saves).
Referees-Jeff Smith (49), Chris Brown (86).
Linesmen-Kiel Murchison (79), Todd Whittemore (70).