The Worcester Sharks headed west for their final two games of the 2012-2013 season, and with nothing but pride left to play for got two late third period shorthanded goals from Freddie Hamilton to defeat the playoff bound Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 4-2 Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in front of 7,995 clearly stunned fans.
Scratches for the WorSharks were Mike Brennan, Curt Gogol, Yanni Gourde, Tommy Grant, Bracken Kearns, Christophe Lalancette, John McCarthy, Matt Pelech, Brodie Reid, Marek Viedensky, and Dane Walters. Lalancette is the only player to not see action so far, and if he does Saturday night he’ll become the 51st player to play for them this season. That would tie the team record for most players used in games over the course of the season with the 2000-01 squad, although technically in 2000-01 Worcester had a 52nd player dress for a game that didn’t play, PTO backup goaltender Billy Sauer.
It’s funny to listen to Penguins broadcaster Tom Grace talk about the Worcester Sharks in general and Alex Stalock specifically on the highlight video. Folks call me and WorSharks broadcaster Eric Lindquist “homers”, but holy moly Grace makes us look downright impartial.
The three stars of the game were
1. WOR – 12 Freddie Hamilton (2shg/gwg)
2. WOR – 44 Adam Comrie (g,2a+3)
3. WBS – 26 Riley Holzapfel (g)
The Sharkspage player of the game was Rylan Schwartz.
Worcester 1 0 3 – 4
W-B/Scranton 1 0 1 – 2
1st Period-1, W-B/Scranton, Payerl 3 (Farnham, Gibbons), 3:08. 2, Worcester, Schwartz 1 (Comrie, Scheidl), 14:39. Penalties-Demelo Wor (hooking), 0:40; Payerl Wbs (high-sticking), 7:50; Doherty Wor (roughing, roughing), 16:16; Farnham Wbs (goaltender interference, roughing), 16:16.
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Acolatse Wor (tripping), 2:46; Dumoulin Wbs (roughing), 12:14.
3rd Period-3, Worcester, Comrie 3 (Urban, Stalberg), 6:00 (PP). 4, W-B/Scranton, Holzapfel 21 (Dumoulin, Smith), 12:56. 5, Worcester, Hamilton 12 (Comrie), 18:06 (SH). 6, Worcester, Hamilton 13 (Demelo), 19:02 (SH EN). Penalties-Doherty Wor (interference), 3:24; Gibbons Wbs (goaltender interference), 5:00; Bonneau Wor (misconduct), 6:19; Doherty Wor (instigating, fighting, misconduct – instigating), 6:19; Petrecki Wor (fighting, game misconduct – secondary altercation), 6:19; Farnham Wbs (major – boarding, fighting, game misconduct – boarding), 6:19; Grant Wbs (fighting, game misconduct – secondary altercation), 6:19; Tarasov Wor (interference), 8:29; Schwartz Wor (roughing), 12:13; Kolarik Wbs (roughing), 12:13; Urban Wor (cross-checking), 17:08.
Shots on Goal-Worcester 9-7-9-25. W-B/Scranton 6-7-9-22.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 1 / 5; W-B/Scranton 0 / 4.
Goalies-Worcester, Stalock 17-16-3 (22 shots-20 saves). W-B/Scranton, Zatkoff 26-20-0 (24 shots-21 saves).
Referees-Jean Hebert (43).
Linesmen-Tom George (61), Scott Pomento (25).