The Worcester Sharks always have problems playing in front of large crowds at home, and despite a Gordie Howe hat trick by Dan DaSilva and a pretty good performance from Harri Sateri the WorSharks once again couldn’t get the job done against the Providence Bruins in dropping a 3-2 contest Saturday night at the DCU center in front of 9,005 fans. It was the third largest crowd in Worcester Sharks franchise history.
The Worcester Sharks Dan DaSilva (#22, far right) heads toward the bench followed by his
teammates after scoring a power play goal in the first period. The WorSharks would grab two
power play markers in the game but still lose 3-2 to the Providence Bruins.
Photo courtesy of STEVE LANAVA | T&G Staff
For the game highlights we once again point at AHLlive.com.
The injury list for the WorSharks remains unchanged; Troy Grosenick (knee), Matt Pelech (hand), Brodie Reid (back), and Daniil Tarasov (concussion). The only line-up change from Friday night was Jimmy Bonneau dressed in place of Chris Crane. Thomas Heemskerk was once again the back-up goaltender.
You can once again add Dan DaSilva to another piece of Worcester Sharks history. Saturday night he became the first WorSharks player ever to record a hat trick and a Gordie Howe hat trick in his Worcester Sharks career. In Worcester hockey lore Terry Virtue is known by many as “Mr. IceCats”. At this rate pretty soon people may start calling DaSilva “Mr. WorSharks”.
As previously mentioned, the Worcester Sharks have had all sort of problem playing in front of big crowds at the DCU center. The WorSharks are just 3-5-2 in front of the top ten attended games in franchise history, and are 0-4 in front of the four largest. Nine of the top ten crowds have been against the Providence Bruins. The tenth game, the second highest attended contest at 9,803 fans, was the first Worcester IceCats night against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on January 22,2011. The largest crowd ever (10,170) witnessed a Rob Gronkowski “puck spike” and a 5-3 loss to Providence on February 24, 2012.
The three stars of the game were
1. PRO – 32 Nick Johnson (2g)
2. WOR – 22 Dan DaSilva (Gordie Howe hat trick)
3. PRO – 13 Alexander Khokhlachev (gwg)
The Sharkspage player of the game was Sena Acolatse.
Even strength lines
Providence 0 2 1 – 3
Worcester 1 0 1 – 2
1st Period-1, Worcester, DaSilva 8 (Abeltshauser, Acolatse), 6:45 (PP). Penalties-Youds Pro (slashing), 6:36; served by DaSilva Wor (bench minor – too many men), 7:43; Camara Pro (fighting), 14:07; DaSilva Wor (fighting), 14:07.
2nd Period-2, Providence, Johnson 15 (Youds, Cunningham), 4:19. 3, Providence, Johnson 16 (Youds, Warsofsky), 15:21 (PP). Penalties-Tennyson Wor (tripping), 15:06.
3rd Period-4, Worcester, Acolatse 4 (DaSilva, Abeltshauser), 2:04 (PP). 5, Providence, Khokhlachev 9 (Camara, Robins), 9:08. Penalties-Florek Pro (tripping), 0:52.
Shots on Goal-Providence 10-13-4-27. Worcester 10-8-12-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Providence 1 / 2; Worcester 2 / 2.
Goalies-Providence, Subban 7-6-2 (30 shots-28 saves). Worcester, Sateri 11-15-1 (27 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Terry Koharski (10), Nic Leduc (12).
Linesmen-Chris Low (88), Brian MacDonald (72).