The Worcester Sharks six game point streak came to an end not with a bang but with a slow yawn as the WorSharks sleepwalked through a 2-1 loss to the Manchester Monarchs Friday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire in front of a crowd laughingly listed at 4,507. Matt Tennyson notched the only goal for Worcester, while Harri Sateri had 25 saves in a losing effort.
Worcester Sharks defenseman Matt Tennyson scored a goal in Friday night's
2-1 loss for his second in consecutive games. Tennyson has four points (2-2)
since returning from his recall to San Jose last week.
File photo courtesy of TEAMSHRED
For highlights, which somehow the folks in Manchester made look mildly interesting, we look toward the Monarchs YouTube channel.
Scratches for Worcester were Jimmy Bonneau, Troy Grosenick (knee), Matt Pelech (hand), Brodie Reid (back), and Daniil Tarasov (concussion). Thomas Heemskerk was once again the back-up goaltender. Word from the WorSharks was Grosenick skated with the team and is close to returning, with a guess saying they have next weekend penciled in for him being ready. In one of those head scratching moments Worcester used a defenseman (Adam Comrie) at forward and Manchester used a player that had primarily been playing forward (Nick Deslauriers) on defense. Chris Crane made his debut for the WorSharks this season, wearing #33 instead of the #45 he sported last season.
The AHL did make the scoring change on Dan DaSilva’s hat trick goal Tuesday night in Portland, taking an assist away from Travis Oleksuk and correctly giving it to Yanni Gourde. That makes Gourde’s scoring line 2-8-10 in the seven games he’s played with Worcester this season.
Upon further review…a couple weeks ago this writer mentioned that 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. Turns out that was incorrect, that the quickest goal in team history actually belongs to Curt Gogol, who scored 28 seconds into the March 9, 2012 contest against the Portland Pirates. To make matters worse, the Iggulden tally isn’t even the second fastest for the WorSharks, with both Andrew Desjardins and Patrick Traverse scoring 34 seconds into games.
It was an interesting night for a few former WorSharks, with Benn Ferriero scoring the game winner for the Utica Comets in overtime against Abbotsford, and in Texas Brennan Evans (Grand Rapids) threw a nasty elbow at Stars center Justin Dowling which caused former San Jose draft pick and Worcester PTO’er William Wrenn to drop the gloves against Evans.
The three stars of the game were
1. MCH – 35 Jean-Francois Berube (32 save win)
2. MCH – 10 Zach O’Brien (g)
3. MCH – 23 Brian O’Neill (g)
For the second game in a row, the Sharkspage player of the game was Matt Tennyson.
Even strength lines
Worcester 0 0 1 – 1
Manchester 1 0 1 – 2
1st Period-1, Manchester, O’Neill 10 (Shore, O’Brien), 14:36. Penalties-Miller Mch (tripping), 6:06; DeMelo Wor (hooking), 12:28; Andreoff Mch (boarding), 18:57.
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Gourde Wor (roughing), 0:54; Deslauriers Mch (delay of game), 6:35.
3rd Period-2, Manchester, O’Brien 4 (Shore), 6:20. 3, Worcester, Tennyson 4 (DeMelo, Hamilton), 11:46 (PP). Penalties-Bodnarchuk Mch (interference), 11:06.
Shots on Goal-Worcester 5-15-13-33. Manchester 10-11-6-27.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 1 / 4; Manchester 0 / 2.
Goalies-Worcester, Sateri 11-14-1 (27 shots-25 saves). Manchester, Berube 16-12-2 (33 shots-32 saves).
Referees-Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Luke Galvin (2), Derek Wahl (46).