The Worcester Sharks played a good opening twenty minutes where they got goals from Freddie Hamilton and Brodie Reid, and then had a sloppy last two periods where they needed an odd deflection goal from Eriah Hayes to finally be able to put the Portland Pirates away 3-2 Saturday night at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts in front of 5,455 fans.
Worcester Sharks forward Brodie Reid (#15) tips one past Pirates goaltender
Louis Domingue with just 1.5 seconds remaining in the first period. The
WorSharks would go on to defeat Portland 3-2.
Photo courtesy of TEAMSHRED
No idea what’s happening with AHLlive and highlights this weekend, but the WorSharks don’t have any highlights listed and they most certainly put a package together because it’s on their main site, so we’ll link to there. You might have to dig around a little, but they do have them (was story #2 as we post this).
Scratches for Worcester were Jimmy Bonneau, J.P. Anderson (hand), Sena Acolatse (leg), Rob Davison (hand), and Rylan Schwartz. Troy Grosenick was the back-up goaltender. After Friday night’s game against Providence there were several reports that captain Rob Davison had suffered a catastrophic injury to his hand, which included a compound fracture. Just like the San Jose Sharks, the WorSharks seldom talk about the severity of injuries to their players but were clear in their comments that the injury to Davison was nowhere as serious as the reports indicated. The fact Davison bussed back with his teammates Friday night is a sign that the injury wasn’t as initially thought.
In other roster news, at the end of Saturday night’s game Yanni Gourde’s 25 game professional try-out deal ended and as of last night he still had not signed another deal with the team. His point per game scoring pace is badly needed by Worcester if they wish to keep their extremely faint playoff hopes alive, and if rumors are true that Gourde is looking for an AHL deal that includes next season GM Joe Will should absolutely sign Gourde, and should have done it the second Gourde asked. Wayne Thomas made a huge error last season not re-signing Gourde during the summer, so now we’ll get to see if Will makes the same error.
Despite him being traded Wednesday Saturday night was still James Livingston bobblehead night at the DCU Center, and in kind of a humorous irony Livingston notched two goals for his new team, the Manchester Monarchs. Livingston has had only two multi-goal games in his pro career, the first being his second game with Worcester to go along with last night’s in his second game with Manchester.
In a head scratcher, the only two WorSharks without a shot on goal last night were puck moving defensemen Dylan DeMelo and Konrad Abeltshauser. Both did have great scoring chances, and both missed with shots going wide right. Abeltshauser’s miss could have been a big one as Worcester played some tic-tac-toe on an odd man rush and Abeltshauser missed a yawning net by about six inches.
The three stars of the game were
1. WOR – 35 Harri Sateri (28 save win)
2. WOR – 25 Marek Viedensky (a)
3. WOR – 44 Adam Comrie (a)
It’s odd that no goal scorers were named stars, so we’ll fix that by picking Freddie Hamilton as the Sharkspage player of the game.
Even strength lines
Portland 0 1 1 – 2
Worcester 2 0 1 – 3
1st Period-1, Worcester, Hamilton 18 (Tarasov, Gourde), 14:06 (PP). 2, Worcester, Reid 9 (Comrie, Viedensky), 19:58. Penalties-Gourde Wor (hooking), 1:04; Gourde Wor (slashing), 5:30; Klassen Por (slashing), 13:51; Scheidl Wor (tripping), 15:48; Rieder Por (tripping), 17:02.
2nd Period-3, Portland, Todd 3 11:18. Penalties-Murphy Por (cross-checking), 3:39; Tarasov Wor (tripping), 13:29; Miele Por (unsportsmanlike conduct), 20:00; DeMelo Wor (unsportsmanlike conduct), 20:00.
3rd Period-4, Worcester, Hayes 7 (Doherty, Rau), 7:54. 5, Portland, Martinook 10 (Lessio, Miele), 18:46. Penalties-Doherty Wor (high-sticking), 1:48; Hextall Por (slashing), 8:13; Hextall Por (interference), 13:34; Hextall Por (hooking), 16:01.
Shots on Goal-Portland 9-10-11-30. Worcester 12-9-16-37.
Power Play Opportunities-Portland 0 / 5; Worcester 1 / 6.
Goalies-Portland, Domingue 7-11-2 (37 shots-34 saves). Worcester, Sateri 14-20-1 (30 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Jon McIsaac (45), Jarrod Ragusin (54).
Linesmen-Ed Boyle (81), Todd Whittemore (70).