The Worcester Sharks, in what is becoming an all too common theme this season, once again shot themselves in the foot and fell behind by multiple goals early without the weapons available to come from behind to catch up and dropped a 5-2 contest Saturday night to the Providence Bruins at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts in front of 5,616 fans.
Worcester Sharks rookie forward Eriah Hayes celebrates scoring his second goal of the
season during the WorSharks 5-2 loss to the Providence Bruins Saturday Night.
Photo courtesy of TEAMSHRED
For video of the game we again look toward AHLlive.com, although to be blunt it doesn’t look all that different from most previous games. As you can tell from the Hayes photo the Autism Awareness jerseys looked pretty cool, so at least the WorSharks are wearing something different to see.
The WorSharks went with the same line-up as Friday night in Portland, with Jimmy Bonneau (leg), Adam Comrie, Nick Petrecki, and Lane Scheidl (knee) all not dressing for Worcester. The only difference was Harri Sateri was the back-up goaltender. Word is that both Comrie and Petrecki will see action Sunday against the Portland Pirates.
With Worcester having so many issues scoring one has to wonder why Matt Pelech is on the ice for the power play. If he was out there to stand in front of the opponent’s goaltender that would be something that on paper might be a positive, but head coach Roy Sommer is sending the defenseman turned forward on to the ice with Travis Oleksuk and Sebastian Stalberg. Those two have bigger stone hands than Roberto Durán and generate virtually no scoring chances so it makes zero sense to send that line out there.
Former WorSharks captain Mike Moore made his first trip back to the DCU Center since his departure a couple of season ago, but while he was around for the start he was long gone by the time it ended after he received a third-man-in game misconduct for interfering in a bout between current Worcester captain Rob Davison and PBruins rookie Anthony Camara. Moore didn’t interfere much, and as soon as he did it he immediately started to plead his case to referees J.M. McNulty and Dave Lewis. It didn’t sway their opinion and he was shown the gate.
This writer’s second least favorite rule is the automatic delay of game minor a player gets for accidentally shooting the puck out of play from his defensive end, and the exact reason why was what happened Saturday night. Twice Worcester did that, once by Davison and once by Rylan Schwartz. Neither time was it intentional, and in the case of Davison it was back-breaking as his minor turned a 14 second two man advantage for Providence into a 2:06 five on three power play for the PBruins.
Boston Bruins first round pick (2012, 24th overall) Malcolm Subban came out the winner if the battle of rookie goaltenders as he made 25 saves on 27 shots for Providence for his first professional win. Troy Grosenick picked up his first pro loss making 22 saves on 26 shots for Worcester.
The three stars of the game were
1. PRO – 24 Ryan Spooner (3a)
2. PRO – 19 Carter Camper (2g)
3. PRO – 14 Craig Cunningham (g,a)
The Sharkspage player of the game is Eriah Hayes.
Even strength lines
Providence 1 2 2 – 5
Worcester 0 0 2 – 2
1st Period-1, Providence, Camper 1 (Morrow, Spooner), 16:15 (PP). Penalties-Knight Pro (hooking), 2:04; Schwartz Wor (delay of game), 4:55; Warsofsky Pro (tripping), 9:51; Kearns Wor (hooking), 15:00; Hamilton Wor (tripping), 16:09.
2nd Period-2, Providence, Cunningham 6 (Khokhlachev, Spooner), 6:30. 3, Providence, Camper 2 (Spooner, Warsofsky), 13:27 (PP). Penalties-Camara Pro (fighting), 2:44; Moore Pro (game misconduct – third man in), 2:44; Davison Wor (roughing, fighting), 2:44; Cross Pro (interference), 8:38; Pelech Wor (cross-checking), 10:21; Abeltshauser Wor (hooking), 12:07; Davison Wor (delay of game), 12:15; Demelo Wor (slashing), 19:11.
3rd Period-4, Worcester, Hayes 2 (Doherty, Hamilton), 4:16. 5, Providence, Lindblad 1 (Florek, Cunningham), 7:59. 6, Worcester, Kearns 3 (Tarasov, Acolatse), 15:09 (PP). 7, Providence, Robins 1 (Lindblad, Florek), 19:58 (EN). Penalties-Cross Pro (fighting), 5:39; Pelech Wor (checking to the head, fighting), 5:39; Cross Pro (tripping), 13:55.
Shots on Goal-Providence 13-5-9-27. Worcester 7-10-10-27.
Power Play Opportunities-Providence 2 / 9; Worcester 1 / 4.
Goalies-Providence, Subban 1-3-0 (27 shots-25 saves). Worcester, Grosenick 2-1-0 (26 shots-22 saves).
Referees-J.M. McNulty (9), Dave Lewis (46).
Linesmen-Jim Harper (59), Todd Whittemore (70).