The Worcester Sharks spent 11 hours on a bus on Wednesday for a weekend trip south to Norfolk, Virginia, and for the first 35 minutes of Friday night’s game it was like they never left home as their hot streak from last weekend’s three-in-three victories continued in The Old Dominion State. Unfortunately a momentum changing penalty and a tough third period for the WorSharks allowed their two goal lead to disappear, but goaltender Harri Sateri came up big to carry Worcester into overtime and a shootout where Dan DaSilva connected in the sixth round to give the WorSharks a 3-2 win over the Norfolk Admirals at the Scope in front of a good crowd of 5,807
Worcester Sharks forward Curt Gogol gets ready to take on Norfolk's John Kurtz after Gogol
took a hit along the sideboards by Admirals defenseman Alex Grant. WorSharks defenseman
Sena Acolatse went after Grant, leaving Kurtz for Gogol to battle.
Photo courtesy of WAVY.COM
It appears that AHLlive is having technical issues because there are no highlights packages for any games since Wednesday. Should they get that fixed we’ll add the highlights and will update via twitter (@210Darryl).
EDIT: Found some video highlights, which are courtesy of Sendittonews.com.
Scratches for the WorSharks were Rob Davison (flu-like symptoms), Troy Grosenick (knee), Matt Pelech (hand), Brodie Reid (unknown). With Grosenick injured Worcester dipped into their past again and signed Thomas Heemskerk to a PTO to back up Sateri. Reid was injured in the pregame skate on Friday, and there were no details as to what occurred.
The opening goal for the WorSharks came from Lane Scheidl at 1:50 of the first period, and was the quickest opening goal for Worcester this season and fastest since Daniil Tarasov scored at 1:26 on April 2, 2013 in a 4-2 loss to Bridgeport. The quickest opening goal in WorSharks franchise history was by Mike Iggulden, who scored 35 seconds into a 7-3 win in Houston on March 31, 2007.
Both Sateri and Norfolk goaltender John Gibson had incredible games, and they would look even better if the off ice officials at The Scope counted all the shots on goal. Officially Worcester outshot the Admirals 27-19, but there sure seemed to be a whole lot more shots from each side.
Worcester had many chances to put the game away, but Gibson and the crossbar had other ideas. On an extended five on three early both Tarasov and Adam Comrie both found the iron. In the third period Marek Viedensky also hit the crossbar, and with Gibson pulled for an extra attacker James Livingston and Travis Oleksuk both missed the empty net. Gibson also had about ten great saves to keep his team in the game.
Norfolk winger Max Friberg might be hearing from the AHL after his high hit on Tarasov at 14:46 of the third period. Friberg butt-ended Tarasov in the head while they were along the boards, and received a major and game misconduct for his actions. Referee Dave Lewis called it boarding, but the result is the same. Worcester had a stick infraction of their own called when Jimmy Bonneau accidentally highsticked Norfolk’s John Kurtz along the board to the right of Sateri. It drew blood earning Bonneau a double minor, and that’s where the Admirals really stepped up their play and grabbed their first goal of the game.
After the game Sharkspage minion Tyler Lowell reported via twitter (@TmanLowell11) that Tarasov suffered a cut and had 11 stitches above his eye.
The three stars of the game were
1. WOR – 11 Lane Scheidl (g)
2. NOR – 39 Dave Steckel (g,a)
3. WOR – 14 Sena Acolatse (g)
No Gibson? No Sateri? Really? Well, that makes this easy, the Sharkspage player of the game is Sateri.
Even strength lines
Worcester 1 1 0 0 – 3
Norfolk 0 1 1 0 – 2
1st Period-1, Worcester, Scheidl 2 (Livingston, Viedensky), 1:50. Penalties-Acolatse Wor (fighting), 1:57; Gogol Wor (fighting), 1:57; Grant Nor (roughing, fighting), 1:57; Kurtz Nor (fighting), 1:57; Etem Nor (goaltender interference), 2:16; Gourde Wor (high-sticking), 17:36.
2nd Period-2, Worcester, Acolatse 2 (Abeltshauser, Gourde), 6:23 (PP). 3, Norfolk, Whitney 9 (Steckel, Grant), 16:06 (PP). Penalties-Wagner Nor (slashing), 5:15; Bonneau Wor (double minor – high-sticking), 14:26.
3rd Period-4, Norfolk, Steckel 4 (Smith-Pelly, Grant), 19:34. Penalties-Friberg Nor (major – boarding, game misconduct – boarding), 14:46; DaSilva Wor (high-sticking), 18:15.
OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Etem Nor (delay of game), 4:55.
Shootout – Worcester 2 (Gron NG, Livingston NG, Gourde G, Hamilton NG, Tarasov NG, DaSilva G), Norfolk 1 (Etem NG, Blacker G, Whitney NG, Sarault NG, Smith-Pelly NG, Steckel NG).
Shots on Goal-Worcester 9-8-7-2-1-27. Norfolk 8-7-3-1-0-19.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 1 / 5; Norfolk 1 / 3.
Goalies-Worcester, Sateri 10-12-1 (19 shots-17 saves). Norfolk, Gibson 11-9-4 (26 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Dave Lewis (46).
Linesmen-Mark Hamlett (81), Bill Lyons (27).