WorSharks blanked by Bears 4-0

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Monday, December 23, 2013 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

The Worcester Sharks went into Sunday afternoon’s contest on a two game winning streak and were looking for a hard earned six point weekend, but despite firing 44 shots on Hershey goaltender David Leggio the WorSharks couldn’t get one past him that counted and were defeated 4-0 by the Bears at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania in front of a crowd announced at 8,986. It was the first time this season Worcester was blanked in a game.

WorSharks defenseman Adam Comrie is checked by Bears forward Ryan Stoa as Worcester goaltender
Harri Sateri guards the goal line during the WorSharks 4-0 loss to Hershey on Sunday.
Photo courtesy of HARVEY LEVINE | Special to PennLive

For the highlights, such as they are, we’ll look toward the Hershey Bears and their YouTube upload.

Scratches for Worcester were Konrad Abeltshauser, Dan DaSilva, Matt Pelech (shoulder), Nick Petrecki (back), Lane Scheidl (knee), and Sebastian Stalberg. Troy Grosenick was the backup goaltender. San Jose Sharks scout Bryan Marchment once again joined coaches Roy Sommer and Dave Cunniff behind the bench.

It was the fourth time this season that the WorSharks registered 40 or more shots in a game, but oddly enough the only win Worcester has of the four was the 8-2 shellacking of Portland earlier this month. In the other three contests Worcester has lost and has been outscored 12-2. In Sunday’s case more than a handful of the WorSharks shots were high quality bids, but Bears netminder David Leggio was doing a great impression of a sheet of plywood. It also didn’t hurt that on more than a couple occasions the Hershey net would be “accidentally” knocked off the pegs.

This writer would love to see another angle of the goal Daniil Tarasov “scored” that was waved off by referee Brett Iverson. The AHL rulebook mentions the following in rule 63.6…

In the event that the goal post is displaced, either deliberately or accidentally, by a defending player, prior to the puck crossing the goal line between the normal position of the goalposts, the Referee may award a goal. In order to award a goal in this situation, the goal post must have been displaced by the actions a defending player, the puck must have been shot (or the player must be in the act of shooting) at the goal prior to the goal post being displaced, and it must be determined that the puck would have entered the net between the normal position of the goal posts.

…and it would be interesting to see if the net is actually off the pegs when Tarasov shoots the puck. It looks like it might be off in the angle shown, but the actual rule states that as long as the peg is in the hole and touching the post the net is considered still in position even if it’s off the goal line. That goal would have made it a 2-1 game, so who knows what might have transpired afterward.

Looking at the video you’ll be hard pressed to find Curt Gogol’s two minute roughing minor that allegedly took place during the Matt Tennyson/Dane Byers fight. Gogol can been clearly seen twice trying to intervene on Tennyson’s behalf, but not once does he do anything that would, according to the rules as written, cause a roughing minor to be called.

In some odd AHL news, in the span of 24 hours Rod Pelley (Albany), Denver Manderson (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton), and Mike Keenan (Bridgeport) all got minors for playing with a broken stick. You could go all season and not get three of those called.

The three stars of the game were
1. HER – 30 David Leggio (44 saves)
2. HER – 24 John Mitchell (2g)
3. HER – 32 Nicolas Deschamps (g)

The Sharkspage player of the game is Matt Tennyson.

Even strength lines



Worcester 0 0 0 – 0
Hershey 1 1 2 – 4

1st Period-1, Hershey, Brittain 3 (LeBlanc, Kolomatis), 19:04. Penalties-Schmidt Her (delay of game), 5:31; Gogol Wor (delay of game), 11:34; Hayes Wor (kneeing), 15:23.

2nd Period-2, Hershey, Mitchell 2 (Walker), 3:35. Penalties-Hayes Wor (elbowing), 4:58; Mitchell Her (tripping), 11:08; Strachan Her (hooking), 11:34.

3rd Period-3, Hershey, Deschamps 8 (Stoa, Segal), 1:41. 4, Hershey, Mitchell 3 (Watkins), 16:30 (SH EN). Penalties-Comrie Wor (roughing), 5:07; Gogol Wor (roughing, game misconduct – third man in, game misconduct – abuse of officials), 12:59; Tennyson Wor (fighting), 12:59; Byers Her (instigating, fighting, misconduct – instigating), 12:59; Wellman Her (roughing), 12:59; Wellar Her (tripping), 16:23; Hayes Wor (slashing), 18:03.

Shots on Goal-Worcester 7-22-15-44. Hershey 13-6-15-34.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 5; Hershey 0 / 5.
Goalies-Worcester, Sateri 6-9-1 (33 shots-30 saves). Hershey, Leggio 7-8-2 (44 shots-44 saves).
Referees-Tom Chmielewski (43), Brett Iverson (51).
Linesmen-Tom George (61), Jud Ritter (34).

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