The Worcester Sharks came out of the AHL’s All-Star break exactly how a team would want to, with a goal on their first shot. Unfortunately for the WorSharks it was downhill for much of the rest of the game and a late two goal spurt at the end of the third period wasn’t enough as Worcester dropped a 5-4 contest to the Providence Bruins Friday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. Jeremy Langlois had two goals in the losing effort with Taylor Fedun assisting on both goals.
Worcester Sharks rookie Jeremy Langlois notched his team leading 15th and 16th goals
Friday night against Providence in a 5-4 loss to the Bruins. Langlois also leads the
WorSharks in points with 26. File photo courtesy of TEAMSHRED
For video highlights we’ll point to AHLlive.com. Video packages like this, when compared to those of other AHL teams, show what a little effort can do. The PBruins should be embarrassed about this.
Scratches for the WorSharks were Petter Emanuelsson (shoulder), Troy Grosenick (ill), and the recently recalled defenseman from Ontario (ECHL) Kyle Bigos. Daniil Tarasov was recalled to San Jose earlier in the week so Worcester doesn’t have any healthy scratched forwards. Word from Worcester Telegram reporter Bill Ballou of Grosenick’s illness doesn’t seen good as apparently doctors can’t figure out what’s wrong with the second year goaltender.
The WorSharks have historically had issues coming out of the all-star break, but with the team having good luck so far against Providence this season it appeared that Worcester might have a chance to get out of the gate a little quicker than past seasons. That was until the Boston Bruins decided to send Niklas Svedberg to the AHL for a brief conditioning stint. Entering the game Svedberg’s AHL record was a very impressive 62-23-6, and with the win he’s now 30 games over .500 in his minor league career. No word as of post time if Svedberg plays tonight when the teams meet again at the DCU Center.
The was one fight in the game, and with Jimmy Bonneau in the lineup for the first time in over a week one would think it wouldn’t take too long for the fan favorite to jump back into action. You’d have thought wrong as it was Travis Oleksuk dropping the gloves for the first time in his 170 game pro career when he took on PBruins defenseman Ben Youds after Youds had taken down Micheal Haley. It was more than a hugfest than anything else, but the boxscore says “fighting” so Oleksuk can now add that check mark to his pro résumé.
While this writer has decided to not cover the now official move of the Worcester Sharks to California on this blog and instead keeping the focus on just the hockey portion of the story, over on 210Sports I’ve written a couple stories that look more at the fan’s side of things as opposed to the straight news facts of the WorSharks leaving. For those interested you can check out Sportsmanship wins every time and AHL’s western move bad news for some, worse news for others.
The three stars of the game were
1. PRO – 17 Seth Griffith (2g,a)
2. PRO – 7 Joe Morrow (g,a)
3. PRO – 49 Colin Stuart (a)
The Sharkspage player of the game is Jeremy Langlois.
Even strength lines
Worcester 1 1 2 – 4
Providence 3 1 1 – 5
1st Period-1, Worcester, Langlois 15 (Fedun, Doherty), 0:43. 2, Providence, Trotman 1 (Knight, Sexton), 5:27. 3, Providence, Khokhlachev 11 (Stuart, Griffith), 6:41. 4, Providence, Morrow 2 (Lindblad, Youds), 9:27 (PP). Penalties-Young Wor (interference), 6:57; DeMelo Wor (slashing), 8:37.
2nd Period-5, Providence, Griffith 4 (Morrow, Khokhlachev), 6:03. 6, Worcester, Hamilton 9 (Coetzee, Haley), 19:33 (PP). Penalties-Morrow Pro (holding), 9:25; Morrow Pro (slashing), 17:30; Youds Pro (interference), 18:42.
3rd Period-7, Providence, Griffith 5 (Spooner, Youds), 4:36 (PP). 8, Worcester, Langlois 16 (Lerg, Fedun), 17:56 (PP). 9, Worcester, Taormina 6 (Tierney), 18:48. Penalties-Fedun Wor (hooking), 3:13; Fedun Wor (unsportsmanlike conduct), 4:49; Ferlin Pro (hooking, unsportsmanlike conduct), 4:49; Casto Pro (interference), 7:46; Oleksuk Wor (fighting), 10:36; Youds Pro (tripping, fighting), 10:36; Sexton Pro (hooking), 16:41; Fedun Wor (tripping), 20:00.
Shots on Goal-Worcester 9-10-10-29. Providence 18-14-10-42.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 2 / 7; Providence 2 / 3.
Goalies-Worcester, Anderson 6-8-1 (42 shots-37 saves). Providence, Svedberg 1-0-0 (29 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Cameron Voss (78), Michael Mullen (18).
Linesmen-Brian MacDonald (72), Todd Whittemore (70).