The Worcester Sharks twice overcame single goal deficits on goals by Adam Comrie and Nick Petrecki, and took a third period lead on James Livingston’s tally only to have Portland winger Chris Brown score two goals of his own to help the Pirates defeat the WorSharks 4-3 Sunday afternoon at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts in front of 2,779 fans.
Worcester defenseman Nick Petrecki celebrates his second period game tying
goal Sunday afternoon. The WorSharks would eventually lose 4-3 to Portland.
Photo courtesy of TEAMSHRED
For video of Sunday’s game we again point to AHLlive.com.
Scratches for Worcester were Konrad Abeltshauser, Jimmy Bonneau (leg), Rob Davison (foot), and Lane Scheidl (knee). Troy Grosenick was the back-up goaltender. Prior to posting time–which is usually this late for Sunday games–the WorSharks recalled Riley Brace from San Francisco (ECHL). Worcester will be heading to St. John’s Tuesday for three straight this week in Newfoundland.
An early contender for ‘hit of the year’ goes to Petrecki’s huge check on Phil Lane early in the second period. Lane never saw Petrecki coming and the Pirates forward was very slow to get up and went straight to the dressing room. Lane did not return.
Petrecki also had another big hit, only this one accidental, when he crushed referee Terry Koharski into the boards in the first period. It was a tough night for Koharski as this writer can’t recall ever seeing a referee get hit with the puck more than Koharski did Sunday. And it wasn’t like Koharski was in the wrong spots either; no matter where he went the puck would just follow him. It was uncanny.
Head coach Roy Sommer really mixed up the lines from the previous two games. What we say early on was:
The three stars of the game were
1. POR – 11 Chris Brown (2g)
2. WOR – 14 Sena Acolatse (2a)
3. POR – 9 Tobias Rieder (2g)
The Sharkspage player of the game was James Livingston.
Portland 2 0 2 – 4
Worcester 1 1 1 – 3
1st Period-1, Portland, Rieder 3 3:55. 2, Worcester, Comrie 1 (Acolatse, Oleksuk), 12:17 (PP). 3, Portland, Rieder 4 (Kennedy, Yip), 16:59. Penalties-Miele Por (hooking), 12:00.
2nd Period-4, Worcester, Petrecki 1 (Tarasov, Hamilton), 6:58. Penalties-Pelech Wor (tripping), 7:59; Kennedy Por (high-sticking), 13:24; Demelo Wor (cross-checking), 15:05; Tarasov Wor (hooking), 17:44; Petrecki Wor (slashing), 18:24; Tennyson Wor (delay of game), 19:15.
3rd Period-5, Worcester, Livingston 2 (Acolatse), 3:52. 6, Portland, Brown 2 (Lessio, Miele), 8:01. 7, Portland, Brown 3 (Kennedy), 11:27. Penalties-Rieder Por (hooking), 8:27; Hagel Por (tripping), 13:01.
Shots on Goal-Portland 6-8-8-22. Worcester 11-14-8-33.
Power Play Opportunities-Portland 0 / 5; Worcester 1 / 4.
Goalies-Portland, Visentin 4-3-1 (33 shots-30 saves). Worcester, Sateri 1-6-0 (22 shots-18 saves).
Referees-Terry Koharski (10).
Linesmen-Jack Millea (23), Robert St. Lawrence (10).