The Worcester Sharks continue to struggle late in hockey games and Wednesday night at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts in a trend that continues from seasons past gave up three third period goals to the Manchester Monarchs in dropping a 4-1 contest to their division rivals in front of 1,567 fans and nearly the entirety of the San Jose Sharks hockey front office staff.
Because of WorSharks head coach Roy Sommer’s error in filling out his lineup card for the contest Worcester was forced to go with just 17 skaters (11 forwards and six defensemen). The scratches for Worcester were Jimmy Bonneau (who was listed on the game roster but was apparently unavailable), Collin Bowman (head), Adam Comrie (who was dressed but was not on game roster), Nick Petrecki, Lane Scheidl (knee), Marek Viedensky (unknown injury). Troy Grosenick was the backup netminder. It was the third time this writer can remember Sommer making an error on his lineup card.
Prior to the start of the game there was a “State of the Sharks” style meeting for WorSharks season ticket holders. There was pretty much no information talked about at the gathering that one wouldn’t already be able to read in a newspaper. San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson and head coach Todd McLellan did most of the talking and answering of questions. WorSharks GM Joe Will answered a few questions about waivers and specifically answered about why in the past players like Benn Ferriero and Tim Kennedy weren’t send back to Worcester during the AHL playoff chance. Again, great information but not something that wasn’t already out there. John Tortora, Chief Operating Officer of SS&E, was available for questions and comments but did not speak at all.
The three stars of the game were
1. MCH – 14 Tanner Pearson (g,a)
2. MCH – 31 Martin Jones (32 saves)
3. WOR – 2 Dylan Demelo (a)
The Sharkspage player of the game was James Livingston.
Manchester 0 1 3 – 4
Worcester 0 0 1 – 1
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Kearns Wor (hooking), 15:00.
2nd Period-1, Manchester, Pearson 4 (Toffoli), 0:32. Penalties-Tarasov Wor (high-sticking), 11:50; Shore Mch (hooking), 13:46.
3rd Period-2, Manchester, Toffoli 4 (Vey, Schultz), 4:29. 3, Worcester, Tarasov 2 (Demelo, Kearns), 7:32 (PP). 4, Manchester, Deslauriers 2 (Miller), 18:30. 5, Manchester, Toffoli 5 (Vey, Pearson), 19:11 (EN). Penalties-Campbell Mch (roughing), 2:00; Kozun Mch (tripping), 7:02; Demelo Wor (interference), 10:45; Deslauriers Mch (slashing), 12:11; Backman Mch (cross-checking), 13:54.
Shots on Goal-Manchester 15-7-10-32. Worcester 16-8-9-33.
Power Play Opportunities-Manchester 0 / 3; Worcester 1 / 5.
Goalies-Manchester, Jones 5-0-2 (33 shots-32 saves). Worcester, Sateri 0-3-0 (31 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Geno Binda (22), Mark Lemelin (41).
Linesmen-Brian MacDonald (72), Todd Whittemore (70).