The Worcester Sharks got their first hat trick in 263 games when Daniil Tarasov scored three goals in the first half of their Saturday night contest against the Springfield Falcons, and that was more than enough for goaltender Harri Sateri as the two combined to lead the WorSharks to a 3-1 victory over their Mass Pike rivals at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts in front of a crowd reported at 2,986 that contained a fair number of supporters of Team Teal.
Prior to the start of the game the Falcons held a moment of silence for Muriel Strauss, a longtime Springfield season ticket holder that passed away on October 20th. She was an AHL season ticket holder since 1936, starting with the Springfield Indians through their various name changes and then with the Falcons when the Indians franchise moved to, ironically enough, Worcester. Mrs Strauss served in the U.S. Navy (WAVES) during World War II, and was 92 when she passed.
Scratches for Worcester were Konrad Abeltshauser, Collin Bowman (head), Dylan Demelo, Lane Scheidl (knee), and Marek Viedensky (unknown injury). Troy Grosenick was the back-up goaltender.
Sateri’s save, such as it was, on Jake Hansen’s penalty shot attempt improved WorSharks goaltenders already impressive save percentage against penalty shots to 84.6% (11 for 13). Sateri (2-2) stayed perfect, along with Alex Stalock (4-4), Thomas Greiss (2-2), and Dmitri Patzold (1-1). Taylor Dakers faced three in his Worcester career and saved two, while Tyson Sexsmith allowed a goal in the only attempt he faced. To complete the record, WorSharks shooters are 4 of 12 in penalty shots, with Grant Stevenson, Mike Moore, Sean Sullivan, and Jon Matsumoto all lighting the lamp. Worcester has never faced nor taken a penalty shot in the playoffs.
In one of those things that makes you scratch your head, on Wednesday the Polar Beverages trivia question on Sharksvision at the DCU Center in the game between Worcester and the Manchester Monarchs asked who scored the last hat trick for the WorSharks. The answer then was Dan DaSilva on February 14th, 2010. Perhaps on Friday they can ask the last time the WorSharks made the playoffs.
The three stars of the game were
1. WOR – 19 Daniil Tarasov (hat trick)
2. WOR – 15 Brodie Reid (a, +2)
3. SPR – 21 Jake Hansen (g)
The Sharkspage player of the game is Bracken Kearns
Worcester 1 2 0 – 3
Springfield 0 1 0 – 1
1st Period-1, Worcester, Tarasov 3 (Kearns, Acolatse), 5:44 (PP). Penalties-Hayes Wor (slashing), 0:32; Joudrey Spr (high-sticking), 5:05; Petrecki Wor (holding), 9:17; Petrecki Wor (tripping), 12:52; Machacek Spr (diving/embellishment), 12:52; Aleardi Spr (high-sticking), 17:14.
2nd Period-2, Springfield, Hansen 3 1:54 (SH). 3, Worcester, Tarasov 4 (Reid, Kearns), 11:26. 4, Worcester, Tarasov 5 (Doherty, Comrie), 15:22. Penalties-Weber Spr (elbowing), 0:30; McNeill Spr (interference), 3:02; Gogol Wor (fighting), 6:48; Smith Spr (interference, fighting), 6:48; Pelech Wor (fighting), 16:46; Smith Spr (fighting), 16:46.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Acolatse Wor (slashing), 5:36; Collins Spr (high-sticking), 5:44; Pelech Wor (slashing), 11:09; Madaisky Spr (interference), 11:09; Livingston Wor (charging), 11:45; Pelech Wor (slashing), 13:20; Boyce Spr (roughing), 18:01.
Shots on Goal-Worcester 13-11-10-34. Springfield 7-5-6-18.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 1 / 7; Springfield 0 / 5.
Goalies-Worcester, Sateri 1-3-0 (18 shots-17 saves). Springfield, McKenna 2-1-0 (34 shots-31 saves).
Referees-Tom Chmielewski (43).
Linesmen-Luke Galvin (2), Chris Low (88).