On Wednesday the Worcester Sharks found themselves in a familiar position after two periods in Portland: outshooting the Pirates but behind on the scoreboard. It seemed like the WorSharks were destined for another heartbreaking loss at the recently renamed Cross Insurance Arena when rookie forward Jeremy Langlois pulled off the rare natural hat trick to give Worcester a shocking 3-2 win over the Pirates and extend the WorSharks winning streak to a franchise record eight games. Evan Trupp assisted on all three goals while goaltender J.P. Anderson has 16 saves in the winning effort.
Due to a sudden illness to Worcester Sharks scheduled starter Troy Grosenick rookie J.P. Anderson
got the call for Wednesday's game in Portland, and with no other back-up goaltender available
WorSharks tough-guy and fan favorite Jimmy Bonneau served as the emergency goaltender.
Photo courtesy of THE AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
For video highlights we’ll link to AHLlive.com.
Scratches for Worcester were Petter Emanuelsson (shoulder), Troy Grosenick (ill), and Nick Jones. With Grosenick taking ill while the team was in Portland and rookie J.P. Anderson the only other goaltender on the roster WorSharks tough-guy and fan favorite Jimmy Bonneau served as the emergency goaltender. Bonneau wore Grosenick’s gear and was wearing the #1 jersey. There are several pictures of him on twitter and he has an ear to ear grin in all of them.
Since Sunday there has been a bucket load of transactions for Worcester. On Tuesday PTO forward Greger Hanson was released and returned to the Allen Americans (ECHL) while defenseman Mirco Mueller was assigned to the WorSharks on a conditioning loan. Mueller played in the game Wednesday. Dylan DeMelo also received his first NHL recall and was a healthy scratch for San Jose’s 4-2 win over the LA Kings Wednesday night. On Thursday Worcester PR man Eric Lindquist got quite the workout with all the comings and goings as DeMelo was assigned back to the WorSharks, along with Tomas Hertl and Barclay Goodrow, for the NHL’s All Star break. With the extra defensemen around Worcester reassigned Jones to the Indy Fuel (ECHL), although it’s a safe bet he’ll be back at some point next week. The WorSharks also recalled goaltender Aaron Dell from Allen, likely looking to give Grosenick a few days to recover from his illness.
With all the reports coming out on the WorSharks likely move to the west coast this writer will once again point out that we’re going to stick with just the hockey side of things here and let the chips fall where they may in other areas. No matter what happens it will be business as usual here on Sharkspage.
With the win Anderson ties Nolan Schaefer for the WorSharks and all-time Worcester pro hockey record for wins by a right-catching goalie with five. In case you were wondering, number three on that list is the IceCats Alex Westlund with, well, none. Presuming Anderson gets one more win the next record for him will be Schaefer’s minutes plated by a right-catching goaltender at 921:28. Anderson is over three full games behind that right now. Once again Westlund is third on that list with 7:35 during a relief appearance of Brent Johnson.
The three stars of the game were
1. WOR – 28 Jeremy Langlois (hat trick)
2. WOR – 13 Evan Trupp (3a)
3. POR – 17 Jordan Martinook (g,a)
Really want to name Bonneau the Sharkspage player of the game, but we’re going to go with captain Bryan Lerg.
Even strength lines
Worcester 0 0 3 – 3
Portland 1 1 0 – 2
1st Period-1, Portland, H. Samuelsson 7 (Martinook, Bolduc), 11:58. Penalties-Bolduc Por (interference), 15:36.
2nd Period-2, Portland, Martinook 10 (Reese, H. Samuelsson), 16:17. Penalties-Gormley Por (holding), 1:47; Carpenter Wor (double minor – high-sticking), 5:43; Oberg Por (hooking), 11:30; P. Samuelsson Por (elbowing), 16:59.
3rd Period-3, Worcester, Langlois 12 (Trupp), 7:06. 4, Worcester, Langlois 13 (Trupp, Lerg), 12:07. 5, Worcester, Langlois 14 (Trupp, Lerg), 18:10. Penalties-Coetzee Wor (high-sticking), 8:02; McCarthy Wor (hooking), 15:04.
Shots on Goal-Worcester 6-10-12-28. Portland 6-2-10-18.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 4; Portland 0 / 4.
Goalies-Worcester, Anderson 5-6-1 (18 shots-16 saves). Portland, Domingue 6-3-0 (28 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Michael Mullen (18), Tim Mayer (19).
Linesmen-Landon Bathe (80), Alex Stagnone (7).