The Worcester Sharks have all season found different ways to lose games, but after failing to hold two one leads they found a new way this season to win one as for the first time in the 2013-14 campaign the WorSharks went into a shootout and behind some key saves from goaltender Harri Sateri Worcester got the bonus point when defenseman Sena Acolatse lit the lamp in round nine to give the WorSharks a 3-2 shootout win at the Mile One Centre at St. John’s Newfoundland in front of another sellout crowd of 6,287
Worcester Sharks goaltender Harri Sateri makes a save against the IceCaps Kyle MacKinnon
in round 7 of the shootout Friday night. The WorSharks would score in round 9 to win.
Photo courtesy of the ST. JOHN'S ICECAPS
This highlight video, courtesy of the IceCaps YouTube channel, is worth it just to listen to Brian Rogers’ play by play. It’s a well known fact that in the AHL broadcasters tend to be on the homerish side–Worcester’s Eric Lindquist is no exception–but this is to the point of being a caricature.
Scratches for Worcester were Jimmy Bonneau (leg), Lane Scheidl (knee), Matt Pelech (suspended, game two of two), Nick Petrecki, and Daniil Tarasov (unknown). Troy Grosenick was the back-up goaltender. With Pelech serving the last game of his suspension the WorSharks now wait to see if captain Rob Davison will also be getting a couple games off for his boarding major (and game misconduct) in the middle of the second period after hitting Kyle MacKinnon. Bigger worries are with Tarasov, who was announced as an injury scratch just prior to warm-ups Friday night.
Friday was the second time in WorSharks franchise history where a shootout went nine rounds. They first did it November 6, 2009 against Manchester when Worcester’s Alex Stalock outdueled Jonathan Bernier for the Monarchs. That shootout also ended in a Worcester win with a goal by a defenseman, Danny Groulx. The nine round shootout Friday sets the IceCaps team record.
Even strength lines (thanks to Al Parker in St. John’s)
The three stars of the game were
1. WOR – 35 Harri Sateri (27 save win)
2. STJ – 17 Jerome Samson (gtg)
3. WOR – 14 Sena Acolatse (SO game winner)
The Sharkspage player of the game is Adam Comrie.
Worcester 0 1 1 0 – 3
St. John’s 0 1 1 0 – 2
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Doherty Wor (fighting), 3:51; Schnell Stj (fighting), 3:51; Demelo Wor (kneeing), 8:46; Gogol Wor (fighting), 8:46; Gordon Stj (fighting), 8:46; Lowry Stj (slashing), 15:46.
2nd Period-1, Worcester, Tennyson 1 (Comrie, Kearns), 10:55 (PP). 2, St. John’s, Jaffray 6 (Kichton), 12:16 (PP). Penalties-Doherty Wor (high-sticking), 8:08; O’Dell Stj (cross-checking), 8:53; MacKinnon Stj (delay of game – faceoff violation), 10:37; Davison Wor (major – boarding, game misconduct – boarding), 11:43; Cormier Stj (interference), 12:39; Stalberg Wor (roughing), 19:11.
3rd Period-3, Worcester, Hamilton 3 (Reid, Comrie), 7:16. 4, St. John’s, Samson 5 (Gordon, Kichton), 9:50 (PP). Penalties-Klingberg Stj (interference), 3:46; Doherty Wor (slashing), 9:18; Acolatse Wor (tripping), 10:41.
OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties
Shootout – Worcester 3 (Reid NG, Kearns NG, Hamilton NG, Comrie NG, Livingston G, Stalberg G, Schwartz NG, Viedensky NG, Acolatse G), St. John’s 2 (Samson NG, Mouillierat NG, O’Dell G, Gordon NG, Jaffray NG, Albert G, MacKinnon NG, Kichton NG, Klingberg NG).
Shots on Goal-Worcester 4-10-4-4-1-23. St. John’s 11-6-12-0-0-29.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 1 / 4; St. John’s 2 / 8.
Goalies-Worcester, Sateri 2-6-0 (29 shots-27 saves). St. John’s, Pasquale 7-6-1 (22 shots-20 saves).
Referees-David Banfield (77), Keith Kaval (40).
Linesmen-Jim Vail (5), Joe Maynard (24).