The Worcester Sharks took their modest three game points streak an hour north to the Granite State where they have had little success in the recent past, and in a game that was slightly less than the irresistible force meeting the immovable object the WorSharks dropped a 4-1 contest to the Manchester Monarchs at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire in front of 3,741 fans. Worcester has only a single point in its last seven games against Manchester.
Scratches for Worcester were Sena Acolatse, Jimmy Bonneau (leg), Lane Scheidl (knee), Matt Pelech, Nick Petrecki, and Daniil Tarasov (groin). Troy Grosenik was the backup goaltender. Earlier this week the WorSharks dipped into the ECHL and signed former “Crazed Rats” winger Dan DaSilva to a PTO. DaSilva is expected to add some scoring punch to the otherwise lackluster Worcester lineup. Friday night he was lined up with Bracken Kearns and Freddie Hamilton, and it was a “not so good” night for the line as they were pointless and finished a whopping (-3) each.
Speaking of Kearns, a look at the video highlights shows a pretty poor penalty shot attempt. This writer has no idea what Kearns was thinking there, and it might be safe to say Kearns doesn’t know what he was thinking either. If you look at it, that one shot is a microcosm of Worcester’s season so far–full of promise, poor execution, and a slightly less than spectacular outcome.
Giving up goals has been a big issue for Worcester this season, and it happened again in Manchester when Worcester gave up a goal on the Monarchs first shot at 3:54 of the first period. The WorSharks then did it again when Manchester scored on the first shot of the second period (at 1:46) to take a 2-1 lead. Worcester does not have the weapons to come from behind, so perhaps head coach Roy Sommer might want to find a way for his team to stop falling behind early in periods and games?
The three stars of the game were
1. MCH – 25 Scott Sabourin (g,a)
2. MCH – 21 Mike Ullrich (g)
3. MCH – 35 Jean-Francois Berube (22 saves)
The Sharkspage player of the game was Curt Gogol.
Worcester 1 0 0 – 1
Manchester 1 1 2 – 4
1st Period-1, Manchester, Backman 3 (Sabourin, Burt), 3:54. 2, Worcester, Gogol 2 (Brace, Hayes), 7:22. Penalties-No Penalties
2nd Period-3, Manchester, Ullrich 1 (Bishop, Bodnarchuk), 1:46. Penalties-Davison Wor (roughing), 7:19; Burt Mch (roughing), 7:19; Demelo Wor (roughing, fighting), 9:53; Bishop Mch (boarding, fighting), 9:53; Deslauriers Mch (double minor – high-sticking), 19:03.
3rd Period-4, Manchester, Sabourin 3 (Campbell, Forbort), 7:21. 5, Manchester, Kozun 5 (Deslauriers), 17:20. Penalties-Oleksuk Wor (hooking), 5:06; Gogol Wor (roughing), 10:07; Andreoff Mch (roughing, unsportsmanlike conduct), 10:07.
Shots on Goal-Worcester 4-12-7-23. Manchester 5-7-9-21.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 3; Manchester 0 / 1.
Goalies-Worcester, Sateri 3-7-0 (21 shots-17 saves). Manchester, Berube 3-2-0 (23 shots-22 saves).
Referees-Trevor Hanson (47).
Linesmen-Joe Andrews (32), Landon Bathe (80).