The Worcester Sharks got 32 saves from goaltender Alex Stalock and goals from two amateur try-out players on their way to a 3-0 victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Tuesday night at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut to snap a franchise worse eight game winless streak.
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Press release courtesy of the Worcester Sharks:
Bridgeport, CT– The Worcester Sharks (30-31-3-6, 69pts) snapped a franchise worse eight game losing skid (0-6-2-0) with a 3-0 shutout victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (30-30-6-5, 71pts) on Tuesday evening in front of 5,378 fans at the Webster Bank Arena. With the win, the Sharks are now six points behind the 8th place Hershey Bears in the Eastern Conference playoff picture with six games remaining.
Alex Stalock made 32 saves to surpass Thomas Greiss for his franchise leading 75th victory in a Worcester Sharks sweater. Riley Brace scored in his 2nd straight game for Worcester, Derek Joslin scored his 2nd as a Shark and Matt Nieto scored his 2nd professional goal in the win. Rylan Schwartz added an assist (Colorado College) and Eriah Hayes (Minnesota State-Mankato) each made their professional debuts for Worcester as the Sharks dressed 11 rookies.
Worcester scored the only goal in a quick moving first period to take a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes. Derek Joslin (4th) fried a puck from 50 feet through a screen at 15:15 past goaltender Rick DiPietro to give the Sharks a 1-0 edge. John McCarthy and Rylan Schwartz (1st pro point) picked up the helpers for Worcester. The Sharks outshot the Sound Tigers 10-7 in the first period.
The Sharks scored twice more in the second period to go ahead 3-0. Nick Petrecki sent a snap shot from the left point with Riley Brace (2nd) in front providing a screen and tip at 1:51 to put Worcester ahead 2-0. Dylan Demelo set up Matt Nieto (2nd) who then broke down the right side and ripped a shot past the glove of DiPietro at 19:05 to put the Sharks ahead 3-0. Alex Stalock had 15 saves through 40 minutes of play.
Bridgeport came out flying in the third period and had a goal disallowed with about seven minutes remaining. Slalock made several big saves as he saw 17 shots in final frame to preserve the shutout. After Taylor Doherty (4th FM) knocked down Matt Donovan (4th FM) with a series of rights at 19:49, a brawl almost broke out after the final horn as Brandon DeFazio jumped Travis Oleksuk after time expired.
Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd star: Matt Nieto (1-0-1) 2nd star: Derek Joslin (GWG) 1st star: Alex Stalock (32 save shutout)… Final shots were 32-28 in favor of Bridgeport… Rick DiPietro made 25 saves on 28 shots for Bridgeport… Alex Stalock made 32 saves on 32 shots for Worcester in the win…. Worcester went 0-for-3 on the power play, while Bridgeport went 0-for-6…Curt Gogol (inj), Adam Comrie (inj), Marek Viedensky (inj), Jimmy Bonneau (scr), Bracken Kearns (inj), Dane Walters (scr), Yanni Gourde (inj), Jimmy Bonneau (scr), Denny Urban (scr), and Brodie Reid (inj) did not dress for Worcester… with the one fight; the Sharks now have 78 through 70 games… on Monday, the San Jose Sharks reassigned forward Jon Matsumoto from Worcester to Chicago (AHL)…. With his roughing penalty in the 3rd period, Matt Pelech now has 1,000 penalty minutes in the AHL.
Worcester 1 2 0 – 3
Bridgeport 0 0 0 – 0
1st Period-1, Worcester, Joslin 4 (McCarthy, Schwartz), 15:15. Penalties-Acolatse Wor (hooking), 17:58; Donovan Bri (cross-checking), 18:51.
2nd Period-2, Worcester, Brace 2 (Petrecki, Livingston), 1:51. 3, Worcester, Nieto 2 (Demelo), 19:05. Penalties-served by Stalberg Wor (bench minor – too many men), 5:52; Sundstrom Bri (tripping), 11:13.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Demelo Wor (slashing), 4:03; Pelech Wor (roughing), 8:54; Sundstrom Bri (roughing), 8:54; served by DeFazio Bri (bench minor – too many men), 12:41; Hayes Wor (slashing), 14:52; Crane Wor (tripping), 18:29; Doherty Wor (elbowing, fighting), 19:49; Donovan Bri (fighting), 19:49; Oleksuk Wor (roughing), 20:00; DeFazio Bri (roughing, misconduct – unsportsmanlike conduct), 20:00.
Shots on Goal-Worcester 10-12-6-28. Bridgeport 7-8-17-32.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 3; Bridgeport 0 / 6.
Goalies-Worcester, Stalock 16-14-3 (32 shots-32 saves). Bridgeport, DiPietro 8-7-0 (28 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Jean Hebert (43).
Linesmen-Paul Simeon (66), Luke Galvin (2).