WorSharks lose 2-1 to Providence in record-tying game

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Monday, March 24, 2014

The Worcester Sharks tied two records Sunday afternoon, with head coach Roy Sommer matching long time Hershey Bears coach Frank Mathers in career AHL games coached at 1,265 and Dan DaSilva tying Riley Armstrong and Mike Iggulden with 59 career WorSharks goals, but the thing Worcester desperately two of were points and it got none of those after dropping a 2-1 contest to the Providence Bruins at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island in front of a crowd announced at 8,869. The loss now means the WorSharks slim playoff hopes got a lot slimmer, and they’ll need a lot of help to even get their chances to “poor”.


Worcester Sharks head coach Roy Sommer tied Frank Mathers in career AHL games coached
and Dan DaSilva equaled the WorSharks career goal scoring record during Worcester's 2-1 loss
Sunday to Providence. The WorSharks playoff chances dropped to .6% with the loss.
Photos courtesy of the WORCESTER SHARKS

For video highlights we once again point to AHLlive.com.

Because of a prior commitment Sharkspage did not catch any part of the game, so for the particulars and notes we’ll send a shout out to WorSharks beat reporter Bill Ballou with his game story “Providence deals Worcester crucial loss in playoff race” and notes column “Injuries sideline key players for Worcester Sharks”. The WorSharks have some further info on their site. There is virtually no information available for the Providence Bruins side of things, so we’ll not bother including any here.

The three stars of the game were
1. PRO – 37 Zach Trotman (g)
2. PRO – 17 Seth Griffith (2a)
3. PRO – 47 Malcolm Subban (38 saves)

Because the PBruins only seem to think there’s one team on the ice they make it simple to pick a Sharkspage player of the game without seeing a second of the contest: Worcester’s lone goal scorer Dan DaSilva.

BOXSCORE

Worcester 0 0 1 – 1
Providence 0 1 1 – 2

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Davison Wor (boarding), 4:41; Abeltshauser Wor (roughing), 6:26; Robins Pro (roughing), 6:26; Oleksuk Wor (hooking), 7:59; Davison Wor (fighting), 14:02; Moore Pro (fighting), 14:02; McCarthy Wor (fighting), 15:41; Camara Pro (fighting), 15:41.

2nd Period-1, Providence, Florek 16 (Spooner, Griffith), 18:00. Penalties-Robins Pro (charging), 6:47; Bigos Wor (fighting), 10:32; Flick Pro (fighting), 10:32.

3rd Period-2, Providence, Trotman 6 (Cunningham, Griffith), 13:10 (PP). 3, Worcester, DaSilva 16 (Kearns, Schwartz), 14:06. Penalties-Knight Pro (tripping), 3:29; Johnson Pro (hooking), 9:49; DeMelo Wor (hooking), 11:56.

Shots on Goal-Worcester 10-13-16-39. Providence 12-7-11-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 3; Providence 1 / 3.
Goalies-Worcester, Sateri 17-21-1 (30 shots-28 saves). Providence, Subban 13-8-4 (39 shots-38 saves).
A-8,869
Referees-Dave Lewis (46), Pierre Lambert (39).
Linesmen-Jack Millea (23), Chris Millea (33).

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WorSharks rally in third period to stun Hershey 4-2

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Worcester Sharks played uninspired, mistake-filled hockey for most of the first 54 minutes of Saturday’s contest against the Hershey Bears to find themselves trailing by a goal and their playoff heartbeat rapidly approaching a flat line, but three quick strikes by Dan DaSilva at 14:04 of the third period, Taylor Doherty at 15:10 and Travis Oleksuk at 17:19 gave the WorSharks a shocking 4-2 win over the Bears at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts in front of 4,820 fans. DaSilva’s goal makes him the Worcester Sharks all-time leading scorer.


Dan DaSilva (#22), pictured from Friday night's game with former 'Crazed Rats' linemate John McCarthy (#7),
scored the game tying goal Saturday night to become the Worcester Sharks all-time leading scorer at 139
points. DaSilva is also just one goal shy of tying the WorSharks record for career goals.
Photo courtesy of TEAMSHRED

For video highlights we once again point to AHLlive.com.

Scratches for Worcester were Sena Acolatse (leg), Matt Pelech, Mike Pereira, Brodie Reid, Chad Rau, and Lane Scheidl (concussion). Troy Grosenick was the back-up goaltender.

With his goal DaSilva passed Tom Cavanagh to become the WorSharks all time leading scorer at 139 points. That total ties DaSilva for 7th all-time in Worcester scoring with Dan Corso and Stephane Roy. DaSilva’s 58 career goals is good enough for third all-time for the WorSharks, just one behind the 59 of both Riley Armstrong and Mike Iggulden. Presuming DaSilva gets into the 60s he’ll start picking off players on the career goals list pretty quickly with Stephane Roy (61), Jeff Panzer (62), and Jame Pollock (63) within easy reach. In one of the rare Worcester records not held by Terry Virtue, the all-time Worcester goals record is held by Marc Brown at 79.

As you may have expected, the DCU center got pretty rowdy late in the third period with the WorSharks stunning comeback. Save for Hamilton’s second period goal the loudest cheers early in the game came from the large Holy Cross contingent rooting on newcomer Adam Schmidt, who skated four years for the Crusaders. Schmidt holds the Holy Cross record for most career games played at 151 and lead the Crusaders in scoring this season (14-15-29). When asked recently about Schmidt this writer called him “a potential diamond in the rough”. While making any decisions about a player’s talent after one game is silly, Schmidt certainly didn’t do anything to change my opinion–there looks to be something there, and hopefully the Sharks organization can get his game to work at the pro level.

Another ATO player, Brock Higgs, has slowed his torrid scoring pace of last weekend but still looks like a keeper. After a ‘no so good’ first period–and to be honest, not many WorSharks looked good in the opening 20 minutes–he got back into the flow of things and led all players with six shots on goal. Higgs best bid came in the third period when Hershey goaltender David Leggio made two great acrobatic-style saves and still managed to get a pad down to stop Higgs from stuffing the puck in the net.

The three stars of the game were
1. WOR – 22 Dan DaSilva (g)
2. WOR – 4 Taylor Doherty (gwg)
3. WOR – 12 Freddie Hamilton (g,a)

The Sharkspage player of the game was John McCarthy

Even strength lines
McCarthy/Kearns/DaSilva
Tarasov/Oleksuk/Hamilton
Schwartz/Higgs/Schmidt
Bonneau/Viedensky/Hayes

Abeltshauser/Doherty
Davison/DeMelo
Comrie/Bigos

BOXSCORE

Hershey 1 0 1 – 2
Worcester 0 1 3 – 4

1st Period-1, Hershey, Wellman 16 (Deschamps, Stoa), 10:40. Penalties-Watkins Her (tripping), 12:05; Newbury Her (slashing), 13:29; Oleksuk Wor (slashing), 19:02; Kolomatis Her (hooking), 20:00.

2nd Period-2, Worcester, Hamilton 19 (Tarasov, Davison), 18:47. Penalties-Kearns Wor (hooking), 1:36.

3rd Period-3, Hershey, Deschamps 14 (Wellman), 9:36. 4, Worcester, DaSilva 15 (McCarthy, Kearns), 14:04. 5, Worcester, Doherty 4 (Viedensky, Hayes), 15:10. 6, Worcester, Oleksuk 14 (Hamilton, Abeltshauser), 17:19. Penalties-Latta Her (cross-checking), 6:50; Newbury Her (high-sticking), 9:52.

Shots on Goal-Hershey 10-8-9-27. Worcester 16-6-18-40.
Power Play Opportunities-Hershey 0 / 2; Worcester 0 / 5.
Goalies-Hershey, Leggio 18-17-3 (40 shots-36 saves). Worcester, Sateri 17-20-1 (27 shots-25 saves).
A-4,820
Referees-Keith Kaval (40), Nic Leduc (12).
Linesmen-Ed Boyle (81), Todd Whittemore (70).

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WorSharks third period collapse puts slim playoff hopes in jeopardy

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Worcester Sharks once again found themselves behind and scoreless after the first period, but unlike Sunday against Manchester their second period offensive onslaught didn’t put away their opponent and the Springfield Falcons came roaring back for three third period goals to defeat the WorSharks 4-2 at the DCU Center in front of a crowd of 4,241. With his goal and an assist in the game Dan DaSilva tied the late Tom Cavanagh as the franchise’s career scoring leader at 138 points.


Worcester Sharks Dan DaSilva had a goal and an assist to move into second place for the
season in team scoring and to tie Tom Cavanagh for most points as a WorSharks player.
File photo courtesy of TEAMSHRED

For video highlights we’ll point to AHLlive. It’s too bad it doesn’t show more of the action leading up to the Jimmy Bonneau/Will Weber fight as we’ll have more on that later.

Scratches for Worcester were Sena Acolatse (leg), Mike Pereira, Brodie Reid (foot), Chad Rau (vet limit), Lane Scheidl (concussion), and newly signed ATO forward Adam Schmidt (from Holy Cross). Harri Sateri was the backup goaltender. Word is both Reid and Scheidl are close–if not already ready–to return.

There was some sad news for WorSharks head coach Roy Sommer and his family as they mourn the passing of Roy’s nephew. Roy traveled to California to be with his family and it’s believed Sommer will be back for Saturday’s game. Associate coach David Cunniff took over for Sommer for the night, with Bryan Marchment handling the defensemen and Mike Ricci assisting with the forwards. The standard policy of the AHL is games that head coaches miss under these circumstances count in their game totals/statistics, so he still on target to break the AHL’s all-time games coached record. Sharkspage sends its condolences to Roy and his family during their time of troubles.

As noted above DaSilva is now tied as the all-time scoring leader for the Worcester Sharks, but he is a long way from the top of the Worcester professional hockey list. DaSilva’s (and Cavanagh’s) 138 points ranks them both at 9th on that list. One more point will tie DaSilva with Daniel Corso and Stephane Roy at 139, and both Justin Papineau (143) and Jeff Panzer (146) are in reach. The next three on the list are Eric Boguniecki (155), Marc Brown (160), and Jame Pollock (167). As with most all-time hockey record in Worcester, the highest point total belongs to Terry Virtue at 210.

This writer is very outspoken about how poorly the AHL is officiated, and while the referees didn’t cause the WorSharks to lose they certainly played a small part in it. After the Bonneau/Weber fight referee Dave Lewis somehow decided that Bonneau deserved an extra two minutes. Of course, Springfield scored on that power play to take a 4-2 lead. For more on that, we turn to Worcester Sharks beat writer Bill Ballou:

It wasn’t the goal so much as the power play, which Springfield got when Jimmy Bonneau was given an extra two minutes by referee Dave Lewis for roughing as a result of a fight with Will Weber at 2:32.

“I’m not happy about this,” said Bonneau, who headed directly to the Sharks’ videotape machine at the buzzer. “I have always given respect to the refs and the job they do, but Dave Lewis called the name on the back of the jersey, not the play…it cost us the game.”

Bonneau took an elbow to the head from Weber and skated toward him to ask him to fight. Weber’s gloves were off before Bonneau’s, and Bonneau won the bout easily. It seemed like a standard double major, but Lewis felt differently. The ref told Bonneau he was the instigator and deserved an extra two minutes, but not the full 17 he would have gotten otherwise. “He told me it was for distance traveled, that I went blue line to blue line, and that’s insane,” Bonneau said. Lewis added insult to injury, according to Bonneau, who said the referee told him, “Jimmy, that’s the fastest I’ve seen you skate in five years.”

The reason it’s a shame the highlight video doesn’t show the pre-fight action is that it would show Bonneau didn’t go blue line to blue line, nor did he skate a significant amount of distance to get to Weber. It would show two players known for fighting deciding they were going to fight, and they did. Not only did referee Lewis get the call wrong his comments are out of line. It’s also pure laziness that determined Lewis didn’t call an instigator and not any other reason. Every instigator call results in the referee having to file paperwork with the league. That’s why you see the two for roughing added to a player in the AHL on so many occasions; it’s a lazy referee not wanting to fill out the paperwork.

The WorSharks also got the short of the stick, no pun intended, when Adam Comrie was highsticked late in the third period. As often happens when the whistle blows the two teams scrummed a bit with nothing really happening, but referee Lewis somehow determined that of all the players in that pile Bracken Kearns did something worth two minutes, so the skaters were evened up four on four. With Grosenick puled for an extra attacker Lewis struck again, calling DaSilva for a trip after the Falcons player tripped over his own stick. By that point DaSilva had seen enough and lit into Lewis, who gave in an extra ten minutes misconduct. In reality the AHL should be showing Lewis the door.

EDIT: This video of the Bonneau/Weber fight just surfaced. Note where Bonneau and Weber both start (in front of the WorSharks bench) and where thye fight (the blue line in front of the Falcons bench). They are never more than a stick length apart. So much for referee Dave Lewis’ call.

The three stars of the game were
1. SPR – 17 Sean Collins (g,a)
2. WOR – 22 Dan DaSilva (g,a)
3. SPR – 14 Dana Tyrell (g)

The Sharkspage player of the game is Bracken Kearns.

Even strength lines
McCarthy/Kearns/DaSilva
Tarasov/Oleksuk/Hamilton
Schwartz/Higgs/Hayes
Bonneau/Viedensky/Pelech

Abeltshauser/Doherty
Davison/DeMelo
Comrie/Bigos

BOXSCORE

Springfield 1 0 3 – 4
Worcester 0 2 0 – 2

1st Period-1, Springfield, Joudrey 11 (Urban, Camper), 3:27 (PP). Penalties-DaSilva Wor (kneeing), 3:20; Hayes Wor (boarding), 13:08; Davison Wor (delay of game), 13:43; Sedlak Spr (interference), 18:42.

2nd Period-2, Worcester, Kearns 6 (DaSilva, McCarthy), 5:44. 3, Worcester, DaSilva 14 (Abeltshauser, Kearns), 18:45 (PP). Penalties-Thompson Spr (goaltender interference), 8:10; Goloubef Spr (cross-checking), 18:13.

3rd Period-4, Springfield, Tyrell 12 (Vogelhuber, Joudrey), 0:22. 5, Springfield, Taormina 8 (Jacques, Collins), 4:18 (PP). 6, Springfield, Collins 13 (Camper, Bass), 11:41. Penalties-Weber Spr (fighting), 2:32; Bonneau Wor (roughing, fighting), 2:32; Hansen Spr (hooking), 7:05; Bass Spr (high-sticking), 14:48; Kearns Wor (roughing), 14:48; DaSilva Wor (tripping, misconduct – abuse of officials), 19:02.

Shots on Goal-Springfield 13-8-9-30. Worcester 7-15-10-32.
Power Play Opportunities-Springfield 2 / 5; Worcester 1 / 4.
Goalies-Springfield, McKenna 20-7-1 (32 shots-30 saves). Worcester, Grosenick 14-11-0 (30 shots-26 saves).
A-4,241
Referees-Dave Lewis (46), Pierre Lambert (39).
Linesmen-Chris Aughe (74), Joe Ross (92).

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WorSharks stun Monarchs 5-1 for sixth win in a row

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Monday, March 17, 2014

The Worcester Sharks found themselves Sunday afternoon where they have been far too often this season after one period, scoreless and trailing. But thanks to a four goal second period explosion the WorSharks were riding high and on their way to a second consecutive three-in-three weekend sweep by stunning the Manchester Monarchs, the number one team in the AHL’s Eastern Conference, 5-1 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts in front of 4,645 fans. The win was the sixth in a row for Worcester.


UMass alum Mike Pereira scored his first AHL goal, the game winner, Sunday during the Worcester
Sharks 5-1 win over Manchester. The WorSharks wore specialty jerseys to benefit the SHINE Initiative
to raise awareness about mental illness in children and young adults as a mainstream health issue.
Photo courtesy of TEAMSHRED

For video highlights, and they’re well worth watching for a number of nice goals, we point to AHLLive.com

Scratches for Worcester were Sena Acolatse (leg), Eriah Hayes (neck), Matt Pelech (vet limit), Brodie Reid (foot), and Lane Scheidl (concussion). Troy Grosenick was the back-up goaltender.

For the first time this season the WorSharks have six wins and a row, which is one shy of the team record of seven set from March 16 to 31, 2007. It won’t be an easy task to get the streak to seven as after dispatching the best team in the East on Sunday Worcester takes on the number two team in the Springfield Falcons at a game at the DCU Center on Friday. The rest of next weekend’s schedule isn’t that much easier as on Saturday the WorSharks will face perennial Calder Cup contender Hershey Bears before heading down route 146 to take on the Providence Bruins Sunday afternoon. This could easily be called a “make or break” weekend for Worcester.

Worcester was shutout in the first period Sunday so their streak for scoring in consecutive periods stopped at 11, although looking at the streak it was a hodgepodge of information as it counted some overtime periods and not others. Yesterday this writer guessed it was, or had to be close to, a team record. Nope, it’s not. The team record is 15 periods in a row with a goal, and the streak didn’t contain a single overtime period so there’s no ambiguity. It was set from December 27th 2009 to January 8, 2010.

In one of those plays that doesn’t end up in the boxscore, during the second period in a faceoff at the Manchester blue line the Monarchs decided to try something different and had their three forwards and a defenseman lined up to make four players along the “line”. Kyle Bigos, who was spent most if the year in the ECHL, quickly nudged his defensive partner Konrad Abeltshauser toward the “open” Monarchs player to cover him directly off the faceoff. Worcester won the faceoff right to Bigos, and with Abeltshauser blocking the path of the fourth Manchester player the WorSharks we able to get full control and set up a good entry into the Monarchs zone.

The three stars of the game were
1. WOR – 19 Daniil Tarasov (2g)
2. WOR – 13 Brock Higgs (g,a)
3. WOR – 35 Harri Sateri (26 saves)

The Sharkspage player of the game was Travis Oleksuk.

Even strength lines
McCarthy/Kearns/DaSilva
Tarasov/Oleksuk/Hamilton
Schwartz/Viedensky/Higgs
Bonneau/Rau/Pereira

Abeltshauser/Doherty
Davison/DeMelo
Comrie/Bigos

BOXSCORE

Manchester 1 0 0 – 1
Worcester 0 4 1 – 5

1st Period-1, Manchester, Crescenzi 2 (O’Connor, Livingston), 16:26. Penalties-Andreoff Mch (fighting), 1:55; Bonneau Wor (fighting), 1:55; Kearns Wor (cross-checking), 10:25; Bodnarchuk Mch (roughing), 13:47.

2nd Period-2, Worcester, Oleksuk 13 (DaSilva, Bigos), 3:17 (PP). 3, Worcester, Pereira 1 (Rau, Abeltshauser), 5:24. 4, Worcester, Tarasov 16 (Oleksuk, Hamilton), 7:10. 5, Worcester, Higgs 3 (Schwartz, Abeltshauser), 12:12. Penalties-Bishop Mch (tripping), 2:31; McCarthy Wor (slashing), 16:21.

3rd Period-6, Worcester, Tarasov 17 (Higgs, Oleksuk), 15:14 (PP). Penalties-DaSilva Wor (slashing), 10:18; Schultz Mch (slashing), 14:14; Sateri Wor (delay of game), 15:44; O’Neill Mch (high-sticking), 16:27.

Shots on Goal-Manchester 3-14-10-27. Worcester 7-9-5-21.
Power Play Opportunities-Manchester 0 / 4; Worcester 2 / 4.
Goalies-Manchester, Berube 23-15-2 (15 shots-11 saves); Niederberger 1-1-1 (6 shots-5 saves). Worcester, Sateri 16-20-1 (27 shots-26 saves).
A-4,645
Referees-Geno Binda (22), David Banfield (77).
Linesmen-Chris Low (88), Todd Whittemore (70).

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WorSharks make it five with 4-0 shutout of Bridgeport

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Worcester Sharks, after not being able to get out their own way for the longest time, once again dug into their bag of tricks and used two goals from newcomer Brock Higgs, two point nights from John McCarthy, Konrad Abeltshauser, and Dylan DeMelo and a 25 save shutout by Harri Sateri to defeat the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 4-0 at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut in front of a crowd of 4,135. The win gives the WorSharks their first five game winning streak of the season.


RPI alum Brock Higgs, shown from his AHL debut on Friday against Providence,
scored his first two professional goals and his first pro game winner Saturday
night against Bridgeport in the WorSharks 4-0 win over the Sound Tigers.
Photo courtesy of TEAMSHRED

For video highlights we’ll use the Sound Tigers YouTube channel.

Scratches for Worcester were Sena Acolatse (leg), Eriah Hayes (upper body), Matt Pelech, Brodie Reid (foot), and Lane Scheidl (concussion). Troy Grosenick was the back-up goaltender. For the first time since early 2013 the WorSharks had too many veterans on the roster, so Matt Pelech was forced to sit out. Needing a forward Worcester–and one would presume San Jose–reached out to UMass winger Mike Pereira and signed the forward to an ATO. Pereira’s brother Joe skated with the WorSharks one game toward the end of the 2010-11 season, making them the second set of brothers to play for the team. Matt and Michael Pelech were the first, and they actually skated on the same line together a couple games during the 2012-13 season.

Like Friday night, Worcester dodged another bullet thanks to video replay. This time the circumstances were different, as it was used Saturday to determine if the net was still on the pegs when–or even if–the puck crossed the goal line. With the puck behind Sateri and moving toward the yawning net captain Rob Davison intentionally crashed into the cage knocking it off its pegs. Referee Trevor Hanson immediately ruled no-goal, but then went to video. Now had the puck crossed the goal line after Davison knocked the net off by rule Hanson probably should have counted the goal. It’s covered under rule 63.6:

63.6 Awarded Goal – In the event that the goal post is displaced, either deliberately or accidentally, by a defending player, prior to the puck crossing the goal line between the normal position of the goalposts, the Referee may award a goal. In order to award a goal in this situation, the goal post must have been displaced by the actions a defending player, the puck must have been shot (or the player must be in the act of shooting) at the goal prior to the goal post being displaced, and it must be determined that the puck would have entered the net between the normal position of the goal posts.

Now watching the TV angle all those conditions were met except for if the puck crossed the goal line, which couldn’t be seen clearly. Referee Hanson confirmed his no-goal call, so he either got the rule wrong or the puck didn’t cross the goal line. Unlike the NHL the AHL does not provide clarifications for goal reviews one way or the other. To add further confusion to all this the ensuing faceoff was in the neutral zone, meaning it was Bridgeport that knocked the net off the pegs. Enough said about that.

Looking at Jimmy Bonneau’s line in the boxscore (0-0-0, 2 shots, 0 PIMs) you’d just presume it was a standard game without a fight for the WorSharks tough man, but that would be far from the truth. Bonneau had three great scoring chances early, and when Brett Gallant tried to goad Bonneau into fighting while Worcester was leading 2-0 Bonneau, being the cagy veteran he is, knew where the line was and didn’t cross it. Gallant, on the other hand, was intent on starting something so when it didn’t occur decided to take his frustrations out in a brief conversation with Referee Hanson. That didn’t turn out so well as Gallant was invited to sit for a couple minutes in the sin bin.

Worcester has scored a goal in 11 straight periods, which if it isn’t a team record it had to be close. Maybe more on that tomorrow. The Sound Tigers haven’t scored a goal in 170:59, their fourth-longest streak in team history. According to Sound Tigers beat reporter Michael Fornabaio the team record is 215:58, so that’s in play for their game against Adirondack today.

The three stars of the game were
1. WOR – 10 Konrad Abeltshauser (g,a)
2. WOR – 7 John McCarthy (2a)
3. WOR – 22 Dan DaSilva (g)

Head scratcher here as they didn’t list Harri Sateri nor Brock Higgs. With all due respect to Sateri’s shutout, we’re going with the young man from RPI as the Sharkspage player of the game is Higgs. I’m sure Harri will understand…

Even strength lines, courtesy of the aforementioned Fornabaio
McCarthy-Kearns-DaSilva
Tarasov-Oleksuk-Hamilton (A)
Schwartz-Higgs-Viedensky
Pereira-Rau-Bonneau (A)

Davison (C)-Bigos
Abeltshauser-Doherty
Comrie-DeMelo

BOXSCORE

Worcester 1 1 2 – 4
Bridgeport 0 0 0 – 0

1st Period-1, Worcester, Higgs 1 (DeMelo, Oleksuk), 12:56 (PP). Penalties-DeMelo Wor (cross-checking), 7:45; Leboeuf Bri (holding), 12:31; Persson Bri (slashing), 15:09.

2nd Period-2, Worcester, DaSilva 13 (McCarthy, Abeltshauser), 5:28 (PP). Penalties-Pedan Bri (slashing), 4:31; Sateri Wor (tripping), 7:42; Broda Bri (high-sticking), 9:02; Gallant Bri (cross-checking), 12:40; Gallant Bri (unsportsmanlike conduct), 15:25.

3rd Period-3, Worcester, Abeltshauser 5 (McCarthy, DeMelo), 3:01 (PP). 4, Worcester, Higgs 2 (Schwartz, Viedensky), 15:26. Penalties-Langlois Bri (interference), 1:17; served by Clark Bri (bench minor – too many men), 2:52; Viedensky Wor (hooking), 5:13; Hamilton Wor (interference), 12:06.

Shots on Goal-Worcester 16-8-10-34. Bridgeport 8-7-10-25.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 3 / 8; Bridgeport 0 / 4.
Goalies-Worcester, Sateri 15-20-1 (25 shots-25 saves). Bridgeport, Poulin 0-5-0 (34 shots-30 saves).
A-4,135
Referees-Trevor Hanson (47).
Linesmen-Luke Galvin (2), Kevin Redding (16).

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WorSharks snatch victory from jaws of defeat in 4-3 OT win against Providence

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Worcester Sharks have spent all season finding new ways to lose games, but over the last week or so the WorSharks are using some old ways to win some when after trailing in the last minute against the Providence Bruins Brodie Reid scored with 45.4 seconds remaining in regulation for the WorSharks first goal of the season with an extra attacker on the ice and then Daniil Tarasov scored Worcester’s first overtime marker since January 11, 2013 to give the WorSharks a 4-3 win over the Baby-Bs Friday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island in front of a crowd of 8,038.


The Worcester Sharks celebrate Brodie Reid's (#15) game tying goal with under a minute
left in regulation Friday night against Providence. The team would celebrate again a few
minutes later when Daniil Tarasov connected in OT for the 4-3 WorSharks win.
Photo courtesy of TEAMSHRED

For highlights we’ll point to AHLlive.com, who have apparently fixed the issues of last weekend. The Providence Bruins still haven’t fixed theirs as they still continue to refuse to show replays of opponent’s goals, although as the Baby-Bs often think their the only team in the league that’s understandable.

Usually we do scratches first, but with so many transactions lately we’ll start there. As of the last posting the Worcester Sharks still hadn’t signed Yanni Gourde, whose contract ran out after last Saturday’s game against Portland. Sunday morning Gourde signed an NHL contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning, ending his run with the WorSharks. Gourde will report to the Syracuse Crunch on an AHL contract until the end of the season and then start a two year NHL entry level contract. When you consider the total lack of offensive talent under contract to San Jose in the minors it’s inexcusable that the Sharks organization didn’t sign a player like Gourde. The AHL’s trade deadline was last Wednesday, and Worcester GM Joe Will was pretty busy shipping guys away as Nick Petrecki was reassigned to the Rochester Americans and Sebastian Stalberg was sent to the Portland Pirates. In neither case did the WorSharks get a player in return. Later in the week Worcester recalled defenseman Kyle Bigos from the Ontario Reign (ECHL) and signed forward Brock Higgs (RPI) to an amateur contract. Higgs made his AHL debut Friday and had an assist on Rob Davison’s first period goal.

Scratches for the WorSharks were Sena Acolatse (leg), Kyle Bigos, Bracken Kearns (was recalled under emergency conditions Thursday and was reassigned to Worcester Friday evening), and Lane Scheidl (concussion). Harri Sateri was the back-up netminder. Hopefully the injury list won’t be getting longer after Eriah Hayes was boarded by Providence’s Bobby Robins in the third period. Hayes did not play afterward, but according to Bill Ballou of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette it was head coach Roy Sommer that decided not to play Hayes.

Just when you though you’d seen everything a new one happened for Worcester Friday night. While trailing Providence late in the game Sommer signaled Grosenick to the bench for an extra attacker…and then never sent out an extra attacker. In a head’s up play by Grosenick, the rookie netminder raced back from the bench area into his goal while the five on five action commenced in the Baby-Bs zone. Worcester did finally get it right a little later on and scored with the sixth skater. Grosenick later raced the entire 200′ length of the ice surface to celebrate Tarasov’s overtime winner. It’s likely the second jaunt down the ice was less stressful than the first.

Providence had a goal overturned at the horn to end the second period when after referee Fred Leblanc signaled goal even though the green light to end the period was on instead of the red goal light. When LeBlanc checked the video he overturned his call and ruled no goal. Having no access to the overhead replay video it’s impossible to tell what he saw–or didn’t see–but from the angle of the highlights shown it looked like a good goal when shown live.

This writer keeps track of just about every stat possible…except extra attacker goals. Would have come in handy right now. Such is the life of a blogger.

The three stars of the game were
1. WOR – 19 Daniil Tarasov (2g,OTgw)
2. PRO – 24 Ryan Spooner (g,a)
3. WOR – 15 Brodie Reid (tying goal, a)

The Sharkspage player of the game is Rob Davison.

Even strength lines
McCarthy/Viedensky/DaSilva
Tarasov/Oleksuk/Hamilton
Schwartz/Higgs/Reid
Bonneau/Rau/Hayes

Abeltshauser/Doherty
Davison/DeMelo
Comrie/Pelech

BOXSCORE

Worcester 1 1 1 1 – 4
Providence 1 2 0 0 – 3

1st Period-1, Worcester, Davison 3 (Reid, Higgs), 7:46. 2, Providence, Warsofsky 6 (Khokhlachev, Spooner), 9:41 (PP). Penalties-Viedensky Wor (hooking), 0:12; Abeltshauser Wor (hooking), 8:25; Schwartz Wor (cross-checking), 12:53; Robins Pro (slashing), 19:55.

2nd Period-3, Worcester, Tarasov 14 (DaSilva, Oleksuk), 2:48 (PP). 4, Providence, Spooner 7 (Cunningham, Parlett), 5:43. 5, Providence, Camara 9 (Khokhlachev, Griffith), 10:48. Penalties-Cross Pro (tripping), 0:49; Bonneau Wor (fighting), 3:57; Robins Pro (fighting), 3:57; Khokhlachev Pro (double minor – high-sticking), 6:26; Cross Pro (hooking), 11:59.

3rd Period-6, Worcester, Reid 10 (Schwartz, Abeltshauser), 19:14. Penalties-Robins Pro (boarding), 13:51.

OT Period-7, Worcester, Tarasov 15 (DeMelo, DaSilva), 3:16. Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Worcester 13-10-9-1-33. Providence 12-9-5-1-27.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 1 / 6; Providence 1 / 3.
Goalies-Worcester, Grosenick 14-10-0 (27 shots-24 saves). Providence, Svedberg 20-14-3 (33 shots-29 saves).
A-8,038
Referees-David Banfield (77), Fred Leblanc (30).
Linesmen-Brian MacDonald (72), Todd Whittemore (70).

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WorSharks sneak past Pirates 3-2

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Sunday, March 9, 2014

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
Gourde/Oleksuk/Hamilton
McCarthy/Kearns/DaSilva
Hayes/Rau/Tarasov
Scheidl/Viedensky/Reid

Abeltshauser/Doherty
Comrie/Pelech
Petrecki/DeMelo

BOXSCORE

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).
A-5,455
Referees-Jon McIsaac (45), Jarrod Ragusin (54).
Linesmen-Ed Boyle (81), Todd Whittemore (70).

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WorSharks stumble way to 5-4 shootout win over Providence

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Worcester Sharks took three different one goal leads Friday night against the Providence Bruins and couldn’t hold any of them, while the Baby B’s had the same problem with their only lead of the game as the division rivals went to and through an overtime period tied 4-4 and into a shootout where Dan DaSilva and Freddie Hamilton connected for the WorSharks and goaltender Troy Grosenick was a perfect four for four in giving the Worcester Sharks the 5-4 win and a rare victory at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island in front of a crowd of 9,363.


WorSharks forward Freddie Hamilton (#12) scored the opening first period goal for
Worcester and the closing shootout goal to give the WorSharks a 5-4 win. He also
added two assists in the contest and was the first star of the game.
File photo courtesy of TEAMSHRED

This is where we usually insert the highlights package, but apparently the Providence Bruins decided not to put one out at the usual–and league required–sites. Perhaps there were issues and for some reason they couldn’t put one together. Although it does seem to happen only when they lose. Hmmm. At least their press release on the game was on their official site’s front page. Oh yeah, it wasn’t. Surely just a coincidence.

Scratches for the WorSharks were Jimmy Bonneau, Sena Acolatse (leg), JP Anderson (hand), Nick Petrecki, and Lane Scheidl. The backup goaltender was Harri Sateri. The NHL trade deadline was Wednesday, and in a minor move for the organization that was a bigger move for Worcester the Sharks dealt James Livingston to the L.A. Kings for a conditional 7th round draft pick. Livingston, who has a bobblehead night Saturday, reported to the Manchester Monarchs. Matt Pelech played for the first time in 25 games Friday night after breaking his hand, and played defense.

If Petrecki, who the WorSharks listed as a healthy scratch but beat reporter Bill Ballou of the T&G has listed as having a back injury, is unable to play Saturday the WorSharks may have to dip into the ECHL for a defenseman as captain Rob Davison was injured during the overtime period blocking a shot while Worcester was shorthanded. Davison shed his gloves before even reaching the bench, and after a few moment on the bench with his hand bleeding badly was sent off to the locker room. A Boston Bruins blogger at the game and with a good view of the situation speculated on the extent of the injury in a text to this writer–which we will not share until confirmed–but called what he saw “(blanking) awful”.

In other transactional news, with the NHL trade deadline on Wednesday at 3pm EST the AHL also had it’s roster deadline at the same time. The rule allows only players on AHL rosters at the deadline to participate in the AHL for the remainder of the season. The San Jose Sharks assigned both Matt Tennyson and Matt Nieto to the AHL just before the deadline and recalled them just after making both eligible. Because San Jose received no salary cap relief for the transactions neither player was required to report to Worcester. The recall of both counts against the four non-emergency recalls that San Jose gets to use post trade deadline, but with unlimited emergency recalls and the other newer roster rules in the current CBA San Jose shouldn’t (and won’t) have any issue getting players as needed. To complete the record, the AHL’s trade deadline is this upcoming Wednesday at 3pm EDT.

The WorSharks have had issues giving up goals on the first shot of games, doing it about a half dozen times this season. A couple games ago a Worcester fan jokingly (or maybe not so jokingly) tweeted that the WorSharks decided to change things up a little and give up a goal on the first shot of the second period. Neither of those things happened Friday night, but instead it was the first–and for a huge portion of the stanza, only–shot of the third period that tied the score for the P-Bruins.

BTW, the last Worcester Sharks OT goal? January 11, 2013 by Nick Petrecki vs Springfield. The WorSharks have lost their last six games that were decided in the five minute sudden death period. They’re 8-1 in the shootout this season.

The three stars of the game were
1. WOR – 12 Freddie Hamilton (g,2a,SO game winner)
2. PRO – 13 Alexander Khokhlachev (g,a)
3. PRO – 47 Malcolm Subban (no idea why; gave up four goals and allowed two in the shootout)

The Sharkspage player of the game was Yanni Gourde.

Even strength lines
Gourde/Oleksuk/Hamilton
McCarthy/Kearns/DaSilva
Hayes/Rau/Tarasov
Schwartz/Viedensky/Reid

Abeltshauser/Doherty
Davison/DeMelo
Comrie/Pelech

BOXSCORE

Worcester 2 0 2 0 – 5
Providence 1 2 1 0 – 4

1st Period-1, Worcester, Hamilton 17 (Gourde), 5:41. 2, Providence, Moore 7 (Griffith, Khokhlachev), 7:09. 3, Worcester, Gourde 4 (Hamilton, DeMelo), 16:45. Penalties-Abeltshauser Wor (tripping), 2:43; Doherty Wor (fighting), 7:06; Randell Pro (fighting), 7:06.

2nd Period-4, Providence, Spooner 6 (Campbell), 9:55. 5, Providence, Khokhlachev 16 (Spooner, Trotman), 11:48 (PP). Penalties-Moore Pro (holding), 5:28; Davison Wor (hooking), 10:43; Robins Pro (holding), 16:50.

3rd Period-6, Worcester, Viedensky 5 (DeMelo), 5:52. 7, Worcester, Tarasov 13 (Oleksuk, Hamilton), 9:37. 8, Providence, Griffith 13 11:57. Penalties-Florek Pro (hooking), 0:24; Davison Wor (hooking), 4:20; Camara Pro (high-sticking), 4:20; Flick Pro (cross-checking), 7:31; Flick Pro (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:37.

OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Gourde Wor (hooking), 2:13.

Shootout – Worcester 2 (Tarasov NG, Reid NG, DaSilva G, McCarthy NG, Hamilton G), Providence 0 (Cunningham NG, Khokhlachev NG, Spooner NG, Camara NG).
Shots on Goal-Worcester 9-9-18-1-1-38. Providence 12-7-3-1-0-23.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 5; Providence 1 / 3.
Goalies-Worcester, Grosenick 12-10-0 (23 shots-19 saves). Providence, Subban 11-7-4 (37 shots-33 saves).
A-9,363
Referees-T.J. Luxmore (49), Jon McIsaac (45).
Linesmen-Ed Boyle (81), Kevin Keenan (22).

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WorSharks end seven game skid with 2-1 win over Bridgeport

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Sunday, March 2, 2014

The Worcester Sharks went into Saturday night’s contest against Bridgeport without a win in their seven games since the AHL’s All Star break, and with the Sound Tigers in the midst of a seven game winning streak of their own and them getting NHL goaltender Kevin Poulin down from the New York Islanders odds weren’t that good that the Worcester losing streak would end, but WorSharks netminder Harri Sateri made Travis Oleksuk’s late first period tie-breaking goal stand up the rest of the way as Worcester shocked the Sound Tigers 2-1 at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut in front of 5,711 fans.


Worcester Sharks forward Travis Oleksuk made his first game winning goal in his pro career count
as his late first period strike held up as the WorSharks ended a seven game losing streak with a
2-1 win over Bridgeport Saturday night. The goal was Olesuk's 12th on the season.
File photo courtesy of TEAMSHRED

For video highlights we’ll use the Sound Tigers YouTube channel. For a game with only three goals it’s inexcusable to not show all of them, but with no highlight packages on AHLlive.com or sendittonews.com this is what’s available

Scratches for the WorSharks were Sena Acolatse (leg), J.P. Anderson (finger), John McCarthy (lower body), Matt Pelech (hand), Lane Scheidl, and Rylan Schwartz. Troy Grosenick was the back-up goaltender.

There was only one fight in the contest, with Taylor Doherty taking on Brett Gallant in an pretty even battle about half way through the first period. Two other times the flame almost got to the powder keg sending the game spiraling out of control of the officials. The first was at the 2:23 mark of the second period when Eriah Hayes ran over Sound Tigers goaltender Kevin Poulin in a hit reminiscent of Logan Couture’s charging major against Hartford netminder Matt Zaba several years ago in the AHL’s Calder Cup playoffs. Cooler head’s prevailed and Hayes was sent off for goaltender interference. The second time was at 7:40 of the third period when Dan DaSilva was leveled on a hit by Bridgeport defenseman Matt Donovan on an offside play. As the players got together DaSilva, who was at that point laying on his back, got up and skated directly over to Bridgeport winger Joe Diamond, pulled him out of the pile, and cross-checked him in the head. Credit the officials for keeping the peace on that one as DaSilva was ejected and given a major for cross-checking. One can expect DaSilva will be hearing from the AHL soon.

Video review was used once in the game, although the WorSharks would have loved to have seen it used a second time. It was used after DaSilva thought he had scored short side on Poulin during the first period. The video on AHLlive was too grainy to tell, but referee Fred Leblanc had access to much better video, and after a long delay ruled no-goal. The time it should have been used was late in the third period when Bracken Kearns threw a centering pass that appeared to deflect off the skate of Daniil Tarasov and into the net. The goal was waved off by the front referee, but the back referee apparently saw it differently. After a brief conference between the two no-goal was the call. Worcester head coach Roy Sommer was livid and demanded an explanation, and shockingly–or perhaps not so much–neither official went to video replay to confirm the call on the ice.

Sommer was unhappy with many incidents in the game, and was quite frank in comments to Worcester Telegram and Gazette reporter Bill Ballou: “They tried to do it again to us,” said Sommer of the officials, “and you can put that in the paper. Tarasov never touched that puck, and how could that hit on DaSilva not have been a penalty? He might have a concussion.” More from Tarasov via Ballou: “I never touched it,” Tarasov said. “If they could do a replay, they would have seen that, but the ref said it wasn’t something they could review.” As Sharkspage found on recently, that is most definitely something that can be reviewed.

The three stars of the game were
1. WOR – 12 Freddie Hamilton (g)
2. WOR – 35 Harri Sateri (25 saves)
3. BRI – 39 Joe Diamond (g)

The Sharkspage player of the game was Travis Oleksuk.

Even strength lines, courtesy of Michael Fornabaio (Connecticut Post)
Tarasov/Kearns/Hamilton
Gourde/Oleksuk/DaSilva
Livingston/Viedensky/Reid
Bonneau/Rau/Hayes

Davison/Comrie
Abeltshauser/Doherty
Petrecki/DeMelo

BOXSCORE

Worcester 2 0 0 – 2
Bridgeport 1 0 0 – 1
1st Period-1, Worcester, Hamilton 16 (Tarasov, Petrecki), 5:38. 2, Bridgeport, Diamond 7 7:39. 3, Worcester, Oleksuk 12 (DaSilva, Gourde), 19:46. Penalties-Davison Wor (high-sticking), 2:08; Doherty Wor (fighting), 9:54; Gallant Bri (fighting), 9:54; Sundstrom Bri (tripping), 13:59.

2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Hayes Wor (goaltender interference), 2:23; Donovan Bri (slashing), 11:19; Hayes Wor (interference), 14:40.

3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-DaSilva Wor (major – cross-checking, game misconduct – cross-checking), 7:40; Johnson Bri (roughing), 7:40.

Shots on Goal-Worcester 14-8-5-27. Bridgeport 8-8-10-26.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 2; Bridgeport 0 / 4.
Goalies-Worcester, Sateri 13-19-1 (26 shots-25 saves). Bridgeport, Poulin 0-1-0 (27 shots-25 saves).
A-5,711
Referees-Jarrod Ragusin (54), Fred Leblanc (30).
Linesmen-Mike Baker (11), Glen Cooke (6).

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WorSharks losing streak hits seven in 6-4 loss to Portland

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Friday, February 28, 2014

The Worcester Sharks certainly have found the easiest way to lose games after once again allowing the opponent to score on their first shot of the game–the third time in four contests the WorSharks have done that–and then after failing to score on an extended five on three situation the only thing really in doubt was the final score as Worcester dropped a 6-4 decision to the Portland Pirates Thursday night at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in front of a crowd of 1,731.


Former WorSharks forward Tim Kennedy (#13) and current Worcester winger Eriah
Hayes (#18) battle for a loose puck during the WorSharks 6-4 loss to Portland
Thursday night. The loss pushed Worcester's losing streak to seven games.
Photo courtesy of Ron Morin/Portland Pirates)

For video highlights we’ll point to AHLlive.com

Scratches for Worcester were Sena Acolatse (leg), J.P. Anderson (upper body), John McCarthy (lower body), Matt Pelech (hand), Rylan Schwartz, and Jimmy Bonneau (upper body). Harri Sateri was the backup goaltender. During this writer’s hockey vacation last week Bracken Kearns and Matt Tennyson switched locations, with Kearns coning back east while Tennyson was summoned to sit in the press box for San Jose.

From the Worcester Sharks press release: “(Wor)Sharks have been outscored 35-10 in the seven game losing streak having scored just 10 goals on 238 shots…the (Wor)Sharks have not had a lead in 420 minutes.” Let’s be blunt here, those stats show how poorly this team is coached. They finally have enough offensive talent to compete and after a handful of weeks head coach Roy Sommer has basically once again killed his team. At what point will San Jose say “enough is enough” and get rid of their perpetually failing minor league head coach? Well, for this writer it needs to be on Thursday, March 27th. That will be, presuming no WorSharks games are postponed, the day after Sommer breaks the AHL record for most games coach, currently held by Frank Mathers. Sommer is already the losingest coach in American Hockey League history at 581 career losses.

The three stars of the game were
1. POR – 16 Brendan Shinnimin (2g)
2. POR – 9 Tobias Rieder (2g,a)
3. POR – 20 Rostislav Klesla (2a)

The Sharkspage player of the game was Yanni Gourde.

BOXSCORE

Worcester 1 1 2 – 4
Portland 2 3 1 – 6

1st Period-1, Portland, Hextall 9 (Martinook, Rieder), 5:13. 2, Worcester, Oleksuk 11 (Gourde, Doherty), 8:05. 3, Portland, Shinnimin 7 (Yip, Klesla), 11:26. Penalties-Werek Por (tripping), 2:52; Martinook Por (tripping), 11:36; Hagel Por (double minor – high-sticking), 14:02; Kennedy Por (cross-checking), 15:27.

2nd Period-4, Portland, Rieder 19 (Yip, Miele), 12:28 (PP). 5, Worcester, Abeltshauser 4 (Gourde), 15:18 (SH). 6, Portland, Miele 22 (Brown, Klesla), 15:29 (PP). 7, Portland, Shinnimin 8 (Lessio, Todd), 17:14. Penalties-Petrecki Wor (double minor – high-sticking), 9:28; Davison Wor (holding, fighting), 13:52; Lane Por (fighting), 13:52; Petrecki Wor (slashing), 18:40.

3rd Period-8, Worcester, Livingston 4 (Doherty, Viedensky), 1:04. 9, Worcester, Davison 2 (Reid, Livingston), 4:29. 10, Portland, Rieder 20 19:31 (EN). Penalties-Livingston Wor (interference), 15:36.

Shots on Goal-Worcester 20-10-9-39. Portland 7-9-6-22.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 5; Portland 2 / 5.
Goalies-Worcester, Grosenick 11-10-0 (21 shots-16 saves). Portland, Visentin 13-16-4 (39 shots-35 saves).
A-1,731
Referees-Graham Skilliter (48), Brett Montsion (80).
Linesmen-Jeremy Lovett (78), Joe Ross (92).

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Worsharks lose 8-0 to Binghamton, worse loss in franchise history

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Sunday, February 16, 2014

Binghamton, NY – The Worcester Sharks (23-21-3-1, 50pts) lost by eight goals for the first time in team history with a 8-0 defeat to the East Division leading Binghamton Senators (31-15-1-3, 66pts) in front of 4,272 fans at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday evening. The Sharks wrap up their season long five game road trip (1-3-0-0) on Sunday afternoon at 3pm in Springfield.

Seven different goals scorers lit the lamp for the Senators while rookie goaltender Andrew Hammond made 29 saves for his first professional shutout. Harri Sateri allowed eight goals on 37 shots as Worcester has now been outscored 13-1 in the two games after the All-Star break.

The high flying Senators took a 2-0 lead in the first period as Stephane Da Costa (13th) fired a one-timer past Harri Sateri at 5:15 after a great feed from Mike Hoffman and Jim O’Brien (11th) snapped home a rebound strike at 16:49. Worcester outshot Binghamton 13-10 in the opening frame.

Four different goal scorers for Binghamton found the back of the net in the middle frame; Cole Schneider (17th) at 4:48, Mike Sdao (3rd) at 6:42, Shane Prince (16th) at 16:13, and Mike Stone (10th) at 19:32 gave the Senators a 6-0 lead through 40 minutes. The Senators outshot the Sharks 17-8 in a period that saw three separate altercations as Jimmy Bonneau (12th FM), Yanni Gourde, and Nick Petrecki (2nd) all dropped the mitts for a frustrated Worcester hockey club.

Mike Sdao (4th) at 4:25 and Mike Puempel (18th) on the power play at 11:34 finished off the scoring on Sateri and the Sharks in the third period as Andrew Hammond made eight more saves for his 1st professional shutout as Worcester fell 8-0.

The Sharks overall record falls to 23-21-3-1, 50pts and 11-12-3-0, 25pts on the road.

Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Mike Stone (1-1-2) 2nd star: Mike Sdao (2-0-2, FM) 1st star: Andrew Hammond (29 save shutout)… Final shots were 37-29 in favor of Binghamton…Andrew Hammond made 29 saves on 29 shots for Binghamton… Harri Sateri made 29 saves on 37 shots for Worcester…. Worcester went 0-for-3 on the power play while Binghamton went 1-for-5… James Livingston (ill), Matt Pelech (inj), John McCarthy (inj), Marek Viedensky (inj), and Konrad Abeltshauser did not dress for Worcester… it was the first time the Sharks played in Binghamton since a 5-2 win on Dec 11, 2011….the Sharks arrived at their hotel after 4am on Saturday after the 5.5 hour trip from Manchester….Rylan Schwartz is the only Sharks player to play in all 48 games…. Daniil Tarasov returned to the lineup after missing the last nine games due to injury….athletic trainer Matt White was behind the bench for his 1,000th professional hockey game….Adam Comrie, who dressed as a forward, was the only skater that was not a minus player for Worcester.

Press release courtesy of the Worcester Sharks.

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WorSharks crowned by Monarchs, lose 5-1

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Worcester Sharks started off their post All-Star break schedule the exactly opposite as they wanted to–sleepwalking through a 5-1 loss to the Manchester Monarchs Friday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire in front of 4,595 fans. Freddie Hamilton scored the lone goal for the WorSharks, while Troy Grosenick had 38 saves in a vain attempt to keep his squad in the contest. It was a game where the score makes it look closer than it really was. 2012–13 Dudley “Red” Garrett Memorial Award (AHL rookie of the year) winner Tyler Toffoli had a hat trick for Manchester, while Linden Vey added four assists for the Monarchs.


Freddie Hamilton scored the loan goal in the Worcester Sharks 5-1 loss to
Manchester Friday night. It took until the middle of the third period for the
WorSharks to match the Monarchs first period shot total (18).
File photo courtesy of TEAMSHRED

For video highlights we’ll look toward the Manchester Monarchs YouTube channel.

Scratches for Worcester were J.P. Anderson (upper body), Jimmy Bonneau, Adam Comrie (travel), Matt Pelech (hand), Daniil Tarasov (concussion), and Marek Viedensky (unknown injury). Harri Sateri was the back-up netminder. Worcester went with seven defensemen in the game. During the All Star break the WorSharks released Scott Fleming from his PTO and returned him to the Fort Wayne Komets (ECHL). They also reassigned Tyler Gron to the Ontario Reign (ECHL). Fleming is a player that has more then enough talent to play in the AHL, but with the return of both John McCarthy and Eriah Hayes there was simply no spot in the line-up for him. Gron, on a two way AHL/ECHL contract with Worcester, will be playing with his fourth team of the season in the Reign as he also played with the now defunct San Francisco Bulls (ECHL) and started the season with the Idaho Steelheads (ECHL). With the huge snowstorm that whacked the New England region Thursday into Friday Comrie got grounded in South Carolina.

The away loss to start the unofficial second half of the season isn’t a shock, as every time the Worcester Sharks take to the road immediately following the All Star break they have lost. They are 0-4-1 in those games, with losses in Philadelphia (who now plays in Adirondack), Syracuse, St John’s, and Portland. The loss to the Pirates last season was in a shootout. In a statistical oddity, the WorSharks are a perfect 3-0-0 at home, with wins over Bridgeport, Springfield, and Manchester.

The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the WorSharks, who had to take a five-plus hour bus ride from Manchester overnight to get to Binghamton for Saturday night’s game against the Senators. From there, another three-plus hour ride back east to Springfield for Sunday’s tilt against the Falcons. And as one would expect from AHL scheduling, both the Sens and Falcons will be resting comfortably in their beds as Worcester busses across the northeast.

There is some possible good news for the WorSharks as it appears Daniil Tarasov will be ready to return from his concussion Saturday. His potential return was mentioned a couple times last night by Eric Lindquist during the radio broadcast of the game, and Sharkspage minion Tyler Lowell posted via twitter that Tarasov will be returning.

The three stars of the game were
1. MCH – 26 Tyler Toffoli (hat trick)
2. MCH – 9 Linden Vey (4a)
3. WOR – 1 Troy Grosenick (38 saves)

The Sharkspage player of the game was Freddie Hamilton.

Even strength lines
Gourde/Oleksuk/DaSilva
Scheidl/Hamilton/Hayes
McCarthy/Rau/Reid
(many)/Schwartz/Livingston

Abeltshauser/Acolatse
Davison/Tennyson
Petrecki/Doherty
DeMelo

BOXSCORE

Worcester 0 1 0 – 1
Manchester 1 2 2 – 5

1st Period-1, Manchester, Weal 12 (O’Brien, Vey), 8:25 (PP). Penalties-Gourde Wor (hooking), 7:01; Hayes Wor (hooking), 13:34; Vey Mch (tripping), 17:07; Bodnarchuk Mch (hooking), 19:31.

2nd Period-2, Worcester, Hamilton 14 (Rau, Acolatse), 1:33 (PP). 3, Manchester, Toffoli 11 (Bodnarchuk, Vey), 11:18. 4, Manchester, Pearson 17 (Deslauriers, Shore), 14:17 (PP). Penalties-LoVerde Mch (interference), 1:10; Petrecki Wor (holding), 12:36; Doherty Wor (double minor – high-sticking), 12:50.

3rd Period-5, Manchester, Toffoli 12 (Vey), 11:03. 6, Manchester, Toffoli 13 (Vey), 14:34. Penalties-Petrecki Wor (cross-checking, roughing), 16:50; O’Neill Mch (roughing), 16:50.

Shots on Goal-Worcester 6-5-13-24. Manchester 18-10-15-43.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 1 / 3; Manchester 2 / 6.
Goalies-Worcester, Grosenick 11-6-0 (43 shots-38 saves). Manchester, Jones 13-3-2 (24 shots-23 saves).
A-4,595
Referees-Trevor Hanson (47), Jean-Philippe Sylvain (16).
Linesmen-Landon Bathe (80), Kevin Keenan (22).

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WorSharks enter All-Star break on a high note beating St John’s 4-2

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Sunday, February 9, 2014

The WorSharks Sharks jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals by Travis Oleksuk, Eriah Hayes, and captain Rob Davison, only to watch that lead slowly shrink to a single goal before Dan DaSilva’s empty netter as time was winding down sealed the deal in the WorSharks 4-2 victory over the St John’s IceCaps Sunday afternoon at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada in front of another sellout crowd of 6,287. The win earned Worcester a split of the two game weekend series.


IceCaps goaltender Michael Hutchinson waves his glove at Worcester Sharks captain
Rob Davison's (#3) one timer during the second period of the WorSharks 4-2 win over
St John's. It was Davison's first AHL goal since March 25, 2011.
Photo courtesy of the St. John's IceCaps

For highlights we’ll do as we did Saturday and grab the video from the IceCaps YouTube channel.

Scratches for Worcester were J.P. Anderson (upper body), Jimmy Bonneau, John McCarthy, Matt Pelech (hand), Nick Petrecki, Daniil Tarasov (concussion), Matt Tennyson, and Marek Viedensky (unknown injury). Harri Sateri was the back-up netminder. Word from the WorSharks was Tarasov skated this weekend and felt “better”, so hopefully that means he’ll be ready for action next weekend.

It hard to believe the newly acquired forward Chad Rau only has one goal for the season so far. In Saturday’s game you could tell he was still getting his feet wet in the WorSharks system, but Sunday afternoon he was in fine form grabbing an assist on Hayes’ game winner after his shot was saved by IceCaps goaltender Michael Hutchinson. All three shots Rau took were quality ones requiring more than an average-type save and his hands with the puck, at least on video, looked superb. This could turn into a very good trade for the organization if Rau can find the scoring touch he showed in previous AHL seasons.

Goaltender Troy Grosenick is showing no ill effects from his knee injury last month, picking up his third win since coming back. His goals against of 2.00 and save percentage of .930 in those three games are both right in line to where he was before his knee sprain. Right now he’s working on a personal five game winning streak. It would be six, but Sateri earned the win in the game Grosenick was injured in despite him leaving with the lead.

With no Worcester player selected for the AHL’s All Star Game it will be a four day vacation for all members of the team. Worcester continues on their usual February road trip next weekend with games in Manchester, Binghamton, and Springfield. There’s a good chance this writer will be heading out to Springfield to catch the WorSharks play the Falcons next Sunday, which will mark the start of my traditional February vacation. As usual, that’s the weekend the DCU Center returns to “Sharks Territory” and there will be a slate of home games. This season I’ll be missing two home games that weekend. Ironically, those two games are both against St John’s.

The three stars of the game were
1. WOR – 3 Rob Davison (g)
2. STJ – 21 Kael Mouillierat (g)
3. WOR – 27 Rylan Schwartz (a)

The Sharkspage player of the game was Travis Oleksuk.

Even strength lines
Gourde/Oleksuk/DaSilva
Scheidl/Hamilton/Reid
Gron/Rau/Hayes
Fleming/Schwartz/Livingston

Abeltshauser/Acolatse
Comrie/Doherty
Davison/DeMelo

BOXSCORE

Worcester 1 1 2 – 4
St. John’s 0 0 2 – 2

1st Period-1, Worcester, Oleksuk 10 (Schwartz, DeMelo), 5:27. Penalties-Acolatse Wor (fighting), 11:25; Riley Stj (fighting), 11:25; Fleming Wor (high-sticking), 12:24.

2nd Period-2, Worcester, Davison 1 (Livingston, Fleming), 14:57. Penalties-Brassard Stj (interference), 3:35; DaSilva Wor (hooking, unsportsmanlike conduct – disputing decision), 5:12; Gordon Stj (high-sticking), 6:39; DeMelo Wor (high-sticking), 15:10; Lowry Stj (tripping), 16:06.

3rd Period-3, Worcester, Hayes 6 (Rau, Hamilton), 2:50 (PP). 4, St. John’s, Riley 3 (Redmond, O’Neill), 8:50. 5, St. John’s, Mouillierat 14 (Klingberg, O’Dell), 14:50. 6, Worcester, DaSilva 11 (Gourde), 19:38 (EN). Penalties-Riley Stj (tripping), 0:59; Acolatse Wor (slashing), 3:12; Abeltshauser Wor (tripping), 12:14.

Shots on Goal-Worcester 11-10-7-28. St. John’s 10-9-12-31.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 1 / 3; St. John’s 0 / 6.
Goalies-Worcester, Grosenick 11-5-0 (31 shots-29 saves). St. John’s, Hutchinson 7-3-0 (27 shots-24 saves).
A-6,287
Referees-Mark Lemelin (41).
Linesmen-Sheldon Keough (63), Todd Horwood (34).

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WorSharks face too many hurdles in St John’s, lose 5-2

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Worcester Sharks got off to a quick start but unfortunately some poor play and two outrageously bad calls by referee Mark Lemelin put the WorSharks too far behind to be able to catch up as they dropped a 5-2 contest to the St John’s IceCaps Saturday night at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada in front of their 100th consecutive sellout crowd of 6,287.


Worcester Sharks Rylan Schwartz scoring from the left circle to get the WorSharks within one, but
that was as close as Worcester would get in dropping a 5-2 contest to the St John's IceCaps.
Photo courtesy of the St John's IceCaps

For highlights we’ll use the IceCaps YouTube channel and take advantage of their video.

Scratches for the WorSharks were J.P. Anderson (upper body), Adam Comrie, Scott Fleming, John McCarthy, Matt Pelech (hand), Daniil Tarasov (concussion), Matt Tennyson, and Marek Viedensky (unknown injury). Troy Grosenick was the back-up goaltender. Both McCarthy and Tennyson were assigned to Worcester but did not make the trip to Canada with the team. Tarasov and Pelech also stayed behind in the Bay State due to their injuries. Eriah Hayes was assigned to the WorSharks earlier in the week and made the trip with the team. On Wednesday San Jose traded forward Curt Gogol to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Chad Rau. Part of that deal sent Riley Brace from Worcester to the Iowa Wild (AHL). Brace had been playing for the Ontario Reign (ECHL), and the Wild reassigned him back to the Reign.

Late in the first period with the WorSharks trailing 2-1 Nick Petrecki beat IceCaps goaltender Michael Hutchinson to apparently tie the score, but referee Mark Lemelin waved off the goal. According to the public address announcer, it was “no goal” because a Worcester player was in the crease. The only problem with that is there is no such rule in the American Hockey League, and even if that was the rule the closest Worcester player to Hutchinson, Yanni Gourde, was not in the crease at all. To make matters worse, early in the third period Lemelin awarded a penalty shot to St John’s penalty killer John Albert after Lemelin ruled Brodie Reid fouled Albert during a breakaway. If Reid hooked Albert, and if he even did is certainly debatable, that foul happened after Albert shot the puck. Albert scored on the penalty shot to make it 4-2.

Konrad Abeltshauser’s goal 35 seconds into the contest was the fourth quickest goal in WorSharks history. The quickest goal in team history belongs to Curt Gogol, who scored 28 seconds into the March 9, 2012 contest against the Portland Pirates. Both Andrew Desjardins and Patrick Traverse have goal 34 seconds into games.

Newly acquired center Chad Rau played in his 300th AHL game Saturday, and was called for his first minor penalty against since March 15, 2013, a span of 47 games without heading to the sin bin.

Worcester wore their home whites for the game as the IceCaps wore a dark third jersey. The WorSharks will again wear white tomorrow.

The three stars of the game were
1. STJ – 16 John Albert (2g)
2. STJ – 47 Adam Lowry (g)
3. WOR – 22 Dan DaSilva (no idea why)

The Sharkspage player of the game was Rylan Schwartz.

Even strength lines
Gourde/Oleksuk/DaSilva
Scheidl/Hamilton/Reid
Gron/Rau/Hayes
Bonneau/Schwartz/Livingston

Abeltshauser/Acolatse
Petrecki/Doherty
Davison/DeMelo

BOXSCORE

Worcester 1 1 0 – 2
St. John’s 2 1 2 – 5

1st Period-1, Worcester, Abeltshauser 3 (Reid), 0:35. 2, St. John’s, Mouillierat 13 (Jaffray, Cormier), 14:07. 3, St. John’s, Albert 7 (Jaffray, Mouillierat), 14:23. Penalties-Melchiori Stj (interference), 4:35; DaSilva Wor (cross-checking), 19:17.

2nd Period-4, St. John’s, Samson 17 (Gordon, MacKinnon), 5:54. 5, Worcester, Schwartz 4 (Livingston), 12:12. Penalties-Davison Wor (fighting), 3:48; Brassard Stj (fighting), 3:48; Rau Wor (high-sticking), 14:30.

3rd Period-6, St. John’s, Albert 8 2:22 (SH PS). 7, St. John’s, Lowry 12 (Riley, Lipon), 8:20. Penalties-Hill Stj (high-sticking), 1:23; Reid Wor (hooking), 8:42.

Shots on Goal-Worcester 12-12-9-33. St. John’s 8-6-13-27.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 2; St. John’s 0 / 3.
Goalies-Worcester, Sateri 12-17-1 (27 shots-22 saves). St. John’s, Hutchinson 7-2-0 (33 shots-31 saves).
A-6,287
Referees-Mark Lemelin (41).
Linesmen-Justin Day (79), Todd Horwood (34).

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WorSharks tickled pink in 3-2 win over Providence

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Worcester Sharks had lots of hills to climb Saturday night; they don’t win many games in front of big crowds, they don’t win often when on local TV, they lately just can’t find a way to beat the Providence Bruins, and don’t get much luck wearing specialty jerseys. Two goals by Brodie Reid and 32 saves by Troy Grosenick later the WorSharks took care of all of those things in a 3-2 win over the Baby-Bs at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts during “Pink in the Rink” night in front of 7,966 fans.


Worcester Sharks forward Brodie Reid scored the game tying goal and game
winning goal Saturday night for the WorSharks on "Pink in the Rink" night
against the Providence Bruins. Worcester won 3-2.
Photo courtesy STEVE LANAVA | T&G staff

For video highlights we once again point at AHLlive.com.

Scratches for Worcester were J.P. Anderson (upper body), Adam Comrie, Chris Crane, Nick Petrecki, Matt Pelech (hand), Daniil Tarasov (concussion), and Marek Viedensky (unknown injury). It’s already been announced that Tarasov will not accompany the WorSharks to St. John’s, Newfoundland next week. Prior to the game John McCarthy cleared waivers and was assigned to Worcester by the San Jose Sharks, but had not arrived by puck drop. As occasionally happens when the WorSharks wear specialty jerseys because of how early the jerseys have to be ordered, there was a number switch as newcomer Scott Fleming was wearing #17 instead of his usual #24.

Notable in the highlight package is the “no goal” call on Freddie Hamilton’s bid in the first period. By rule, referee Jamie Koharski got the call correct as the net was off the pegs when Hamilton scores. But that’s a rule that needs some changing. The net being an inch off the pegs played no role in the puck being fired directly into the center of the net as the puck obviously passed between the spots the net was supposed to sit on. When you consider it was Providence goaltender Niklas Svedberg who knocked it off the pegs himself that really should be the kind of goal that counts. Also take note when Hamilton skates over toward the net after the second period goal. The video cuts off, but he winds the net and bangs the near post with his stick showing the net is indeed on its pegs.

Some notable statistics: Yanni Gourde has as many points in 12 games this season (3-14-17) as he had in his first 58 AHL games (9-8-17). Hamilton has the exact same point totals (13-13-26) in 34 games this season that he had in 76 contests last season. Saturday night was the first time since January 8, 2013 that Reid had two goals in a game. The win for the WorSharks on February 1st as the first ever on that date for the team (1-2-0-1).

The three stars of the game were
1. WOR – 15 Brodie Reid (2g,a)
2. WOR – 12 Freddie Hamilton (g,2a)
3. PRO – 32 Nick Johnson (2a)

The Sharkspage player of the game is Troy Grosenick.

Even strength lines
Gourde/Oleksuk/DaSilva
Scheidl/Hamilton/Reid
Livingston/Schwartz/Gron
Gogol/Fleming/Bonneau
(in the third period Fleming took Schwartz’s spot at 3rd line center)

Abeltshauser/Acolatse
Tennyson/Doherty
Davison/DeMelo

BOXSCORE

Providence 0 1 1 – 2
Worcester 0 1 2 – 3

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Robins Pro (fighting), 1:38; Bonneau Wor (fighting), 1:38; Khokhlachev Pro (tripping), 5:17; Scheidl Wor (hooking), 14:15.

2nd Period-1, Worcester, Hamilton 13 (Reid, Fleming), 5:19 (PP). 2, Providence, Griffith 11 (Johnson, Warsofsky), 14:43. Penalties-Randell Pro (interference), 3:43; Schwartz Wor (hooking), 5:40; Gogol Wor (hooking), 12:39.

3rd Period-3, Providence, Trotman 5 (Johnson, Florek), 6:30 (PP). 4, Worcester, Reid 6 (Hamilton, Gourde), 7:51. 5, Worcester, Reid 7 (Hamilton, Scheidl), 15:24. Penalties-Livingston Wor (hooking), 5:32; Khokhlachev Pro (hooking), 8:37; Gourde Wor (tripping), 15:49.

Shots on Goal-Providence 9-14-11-34. Worcester 14-6-15-35.
Power Play Opportunities-Providence 1 / 5; Worcester 1 / 3.
Goalies-Providence, Svedberg 16-11-3 (35 shots-32 saves). Worcester, Grosenick 10-5-0 (34 shots-32 saves).
A-7,966
Referees-Jamie Koharski (84).
Linesmen-Chris Millea (33), Jack Millea (23).

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WorSharks use quick start to defeat Springfield 5-2

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Worcester Sharks started off slowly Wednesday night, and looked determined not to let that happen against another division leader as the WorSharks came out on firing on all cylinders. Worcester eventually got three assists from Yanni Gourde and two goals each from Dan DaSilva and Travis Oleksuk to defeat the Springfield Falcons 5-2 Friday night at the DCU Center in front of 2,685 fans. Troy Grosenick had 19 saves for the win in his first game back since injuring his knee on January 12th.


Worcester Sharks forward Dan DaSilva (#22) fights for position with Falcons defenseman
Blake Parlett as Springfield goaltender Mike McKenna makes a blocker save on Travis Oleksuk's
shot. DaSilva and Oleksuk would each score twice in the WorSharks 5-2 win.
Photo courtesy of TEAMSHRED

For highlights, as we usually do we’ll once again point to AHLlive.com.

Scratches for Worcester were J.P. Anderson (upper body), Adam Comrie, Chris Crane, Dylan DeMelo, Matt Pelech (hand), Daniil Tarasov (concussion), and Marek Viedensky (unknown injury). Harri Sateri was the back-up goaltender. On Friday the San Jose Sharks put John McCarthy on waivers, and David Pollock of the San Jose Mercury News reported that should McCarthy clear waivers he will be headed to the WorSharks.

While it may take time to get to Jamie Koharski levels, referee Graham Skilliter certainly seems to be headed along that route. The number of clearly missed calls was astounding, and even the ones he called he wasn’t entirely accurate on. Skilliter called six penalties and got half of those wrong. He correctly got the fighting majors to Jimmy Bonneau and Dalton Smith, which was basically a hug-fest, and the tripping call to Sena Acolatse. The interference call on Nick Petrecki was a clean hit on the puck carrier, the minor to Falcons forward Andrew Joudrey for high-sticking Freddie Hamilton should have been a double minor as Hamilton was cut. This writer still hasn’t found anyone other than Skilliter that saw WorSharks PTO’er Scott Fleming hook anybody. Add to that Skilliter missing one of the most obvious hand passes ever. Luckily for him his linesmen saw it and blew the whistle because it looked odd having all ten skaters stop while Skilliter was washing out the call. It doesn’t get better for Worcester Saturday night as the aforementioned Koharski will be officiating their “Pink in the rink” game against Providence.

Speaking of Petrecki, the interference call, deserved or not, was his 500th regular season penalty minute for Worcester. That joins him with Frazer McLaren (577) as the only two WorSharks players at the milestone mark. Petrecki is sixth all-time in Worcester hockey penalty minutes, with Tyler Willis (515) and Reed Low (517) catchable this season. Just behind McLaren on the all-time list is Kevin Sawyer at 567 for third. There’s virtually no chance Petrecki–or anyone else, for that matter–will catch the all-time penalty minute leader. As with most things Worcester hockey, that record is owned by Terry Virtue at a whopping 1,083 minutes.

During the game I tweeted that there was no reason for referee Graham Skilliter to be reviewing DaSilva’s first goal because the AHL only reviews if the puck is in the net and the net on the pegs to determine if a goal was good, and both those things were obviously true without video replay. Turns out those were the rules last season, and this season referees can use the single camera replay system to determine if it’s a good goal by looking for a long list of incidents that mirror the current NHL rule. Skilliter was checking to see if DaSilva kicked the puck in the net. Feel free to watch the video highlights to see how ludicrous that thought was. My apologies for any confusion my error caused.

The three stars of the game were
1. WOR – 22 Dan DaSilva (2g,a)
2. WOR – 21 Travis Oleksuk (2g)
3. WOR – 37 Yanni Gourde (3a)

The Sharkspage player of the game was Rob Davison.

Even strength lines
Gourde/Oleksuk/DaSilva
Scheidl/Hamilton/Reid
Gron/Schwartz/Livingston
Gogol/Fleming/Bonneau

Abeltshauser/Acolatse
Petrecki/Tennyson
Davison/Doherty

BOXSCORE

Springfield 1 1 0 – 2
Worcester 3 2 0 – 5

1st Period-1, Worcester, Oleksuk 8 (Gourde), 1:15. 2, Worcester, Reid 5 (Hamilton, Scheidl), 9:57. 3, Springfield, Collins 8 (Chaput, Madaisky), 14:20. 4, Worcester, DaSilva 9 (Doherty, Davison), 18:42. Penalties-Petrecki Wor (interference), 4:48.

2nd Period-5, Springfield, Sedlak 7 (Aleardi, Erixon), 7:56. 6, Worcester, Oleksuk 9 (DaSilva, Gourde), 15:48. 7, Worcester, DaSilva 10 (Gourde, Acolatse), 18:46. Penalties-Smith Spr (fighting), 6:36; Bonneau Wor (fighting), 6:36; Joudrey Spr (high-sticking), 6:49; Acolatse Wor (holding), 7:06.

3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Fleming Wor (hooking), 8:15.

Shots on Goal-Springfield 6-8-7-21. Worcester 18-20-2-40.
Power Play Opportunities-Springfield 0 / 3; Worcester 0 / 1.
Goalies-Springfield, McKenna 10-5-0 (40 shots-35 saves). Worcester, Grosenick 9-5-0 (21 shots-19 saves).
A-2,685
Referees-Graham Skilliter (48).
Linesmen-Brian MacDonald (72), Todd Whittemore (70).

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WorSharks slow start leads to 6-3 loss to Binghamton

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Worcester Sharks’ schedule said Wednesday night’s game against the Binghamton Senators started at 7pm, but apparently the WorSharks thought it started about 40 minutes later as Worcester fell behind 3-0 early to the American Hockey League’s best offense and could never catch up in dropping a 6-3 contest at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts in front of 2,533 clearly disgruntled fans. Binghamton left wing Mike Hoffman had four goals on his own, while Konrad Abeltshauser lead the WorSharks with a goal and an assist.


Worcester Sharks enforcer Jimmy Bonneau takes on Binghamton winger Darren Kramer during the first period of
Wednesday's game against the Senators. Bonneau won the fight, but the WorSharks lost 6-3 to the Senators.
Photo courtesy of TEAMSHRED

For highlights, and despite the lopsided score there were a bunch of them, we once again point to AHLlive.com. A second highlights package, one that includes the Bonneau/Kramer fight, is at SendItToNews.com. One highlight that didn’t make the cut was an absolutely mind-bogglingly great save by Senators goaltender Nathan Lawson, where Lawson was down and out but still managed to snag Travis Oleksuk’s shot out of the air with the glove.

Scratches for Worcester were Chris Crane, Rob Davison, Matt Pelech (hand), Nick Petrecki, Brodie Reid (back), Daniil Tarasov (concussion). Troy Grosenick was the back-up goaltender. With the folding of the San Francisco Bulls, the San Jose Sharks and WorSharks ECHL affiliate, most of the contracted players to the Sharks organization ended up with the Ontario Reign (ECHL). Those staying on the west coast include defensemen Kyle Bigos and Steve Tarasuk, and forwards Riley Brace and Sebastian Stalberg. Goaltender J.P. Anderson, who currently has the dreaded “upper body injury”, was recalled to Worcester to work with San Jose assistant GM and goaltender coach Wayne Thomas for the week. Forwards Chris Crane and Tyler Gron were already in Worcester. And after all those transaction the WorSharks added another, signing left winger Scott Fleming to a PTO. Fleming was 11-23=34 and +13 in 39 games with the Fort Wayne Komets this season.

As it will be all weekend, the ice at the DCU Center was colored pink for Saturday’s “Pink in the rink” game against the Providence Bruins. It’s just a guess of this writer but it seems that the lines are tough to see for the linesmen–or at least it was for one of them–as many times plays that were obviously one way of the other were called incorrectly. It will be interesting to see what happens if video review is needed because the crease/goal line isn’t all that sharply contrasted either. A by-product of the pick ice is the white “snow” that accumulates during play is clearly visible. With about five minutes to play in the opening period you didn’t need to look at the scoreboard to see who was winning the game as the Worcester defensive end was all chewed up and the Senators side of the ice looked relatively clean.

Unofficial post count: the WorSharks found the iron four times behind Lawson, while Binghamton had three of there own against Worcester and Harri Sateri. There’s nothing better than hearing that sound while on defenseman and usually nothing worse while on offense.

With the oddities of the AHL scheduling the WorSharks and Senators, despite being in the same conference, hadn’t played each other since December 17, 2011. It was a 5-2 Worcester victory at Binghamton in a game that featured a four goal second period outburst by Worcester, including a Sean Sullivan shorthanded penalty shot goal. The two teams will meet again in Binghamton in just about two weeks, on February 15. The WorSharks are 6-3 all time against the Senators.

The three stars of the game were
1. BNG – 27 Mike Hoffman (4g,a)
2. BNG – 44 Jean-Gabriel Pageau (4a)
3. WOR – 37 Yanni Gourde (2a)

The Sharkspage player of the game was Konrad Abeltshauser.

Even strength lines
Gourde/Oleksuk/DaSilva
Scheidl/Fleming/Hamilton
Gron/Schwartz/Livingston
Gogol/Viedensky/Bonneau

Abeltshauser/Acolatse
Comrie/Tennyson
DeMelo/Doherty

BOXSCORE

Binghamton 3 0 3 – 6
Worcester 0 2 1 – 3

1st Period-1, Binghamton, Robinson 8 (Eckford, Dziurzynski), 3:22. 2, Binghamton, Hoffman 19 9:08. 3, Binghamton, Hoffman 20 (Pageau, Wideman), 12:01 (PP). Penalties-Kramer Bng (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting), 2:00; Bonneau Wor (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting), 2:00; Comrie Wor (cross-checking), 10:43.

2nd Period-4, Worcester, Oleksuk 7 (Acolatse, Gourde), 6:45 (PP). 5, Worcester, Abeltshauser 2 (Gourde, DaSilva), 13:35 (PP). Penalties-Blood Bng (interference), 6:34; Viedensky Wor (hooking), 10:12; O’Brien Bng (tripping), 12:43; Cowick Bng (hooking), 15:24.

3rd Period-6, Binghamton, Schneider 15 (Hoffman, Pageau), 3:38 (PP). 7, Worcester, Gron 2 (Livingston, Abeltshauser), 7:38. 8, Binghamton, Hoffman 21 (Pageau, Schneider), 9:28. 9, Binghamton, Hoffman 22 (Pageau), 13:30. Penalties-Puempel Bng (slashing), 0:20; DaSilva Wor (slashing), 1:55; Schwartz Wor (hooking), 15:54; Kramer Bng (tripping), 18:36.

Shots on Goal-Binghamton 12-8-8-28. Worcester 6-15-8-29.
Power Play Opportunities-Binghamton 2 / 4; Worcester 2 / 5.
Goalies-Binghamton, Lawson 15-5-0 (29 shots-26 saves). Worcester, Sateri 12-16-1 (28 shots-22 saves).
A-2,533
Referees-Ryan Hersey (8), Tim Mayer (19).
Linesmen-Bob Bernard (42), Brian MacDonald (72).

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WorSharks lose three goal lead, still win 4-3 in shootout

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Worcester Sharks had a quiet first 27 minutes of Sunday’s game against the Manchester Monarchs, only to explode for three goals in the next seven minutes and then watch that lead slowly roll away as the game headed into overtime and then a shootout where the WorSharks finally prevailed to win 4-3 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts in front of a crowd of 5,091.


Worcester Sharks forward Jimmy Bonneau opened up the scoring Sunday with his second
goal of the season. The WorSharks would lead 3-0 before losing that lead and going to a
shootout when they defeated the Manchester Monarchs 4-3.
File photo courtesy of TEAMSHRED

We’ll use the Sendittonews.com video for now, but because the video autoplays we’ll replace it with a link to AHLlive.com before the next posting.
EDIT: The AHLlive.com link.

Scratches for Worcester were Matt Pelech (hand), Nick Petrecki, Brodie Reid (back), and Daniil Tarasov (concussion). Troy Grosenick was back to his usual spot backing up Harri Sateri, and as such Thomas Heemskerk was released from his PTO. Just prior to game time it was announced that San Jose was returning Taylor Doherty to Worcester, although he was not available for the game. Pelech’s hand has apparently turned into an issue, and word is Pelech plans on going to see a specialist about it. Hockey history is full of the names of players forced to retire because of hand injuries, and as Pelech makes his living using his hands on other players a prolonged injury–or worse, one that doesn’t heal properly–could be a major issue for him.

Looking at the box score you’ll see referee Pierre Lambert called a penalty seldom seen in pro hockey: clipping. This writer could get into a long explanation as to what the rule is, but it’s essentially throwing yourself at someone’s knees to knock them over. It is most often called on failed hip checks. Curt Gogol’s hip check was not failed. It was textbook, exactly as the film shows you how to do it. Referee Lambert miscalled it, and it resulted in a power play goal against. Ironically, Gogol’s hip check happened in almost exactly the same spot as one of the best hip checks ever thrown, by Worcester IceCats defenseman Rory Fitzpatrick in the late 1990′s. Fitzpatrick’s hip check was so good it was used in hockey training videos for years. Oh, by the way, Fitzpatrick was called for clipping too.

What you won’t see in the box score are two penalties to Manchester for players using broken sticks. Both happened right where the puck was and where referee Lambert should have been looking. Alas, no calls. There was also no call when Manchester had nine skaters on the ice and possession of the puck at their own bench. Perhaps there were too many to count…

In sort of a good news/bad news thing, the hit of the game was thrown in the open ice at the WorSharks blue line by Marek Viedensky. The bad news portion was the player he hit was teammate Chris Crane. Worse news for Crane was he also got crushed later in the game by a Monarchs player. Crane really doesn’t seem to have the talent level to play in the AHL, so it won’t be a shock if Worcester looks in a different direction by next Wednesday’s game.

The three stars of the game were
1. MCH – 19 Jordan Weal (g,a)
2. WOR – 5 Matt Tennyson (g)
3. WOR – 22 Dan DaSilva (SO game winner)

The Sharkspage player of the game is Harri Sateri.

Even strength lines
Gourde/Oleksuk/DaSilva
Scheidl/Hamilton/Gron
Gogol/Schwartz/Livingston
Crane/Viedensky/Bonneau

Abeltshauser/Acolatse
Comrie/Tennyson
Davison/DeMelo

BOXSCORE

Manchester 0 2 1 0 – 3
Worcester 0 3 0 0 – 4

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties

2nd Period-1, Worcester, Bonneau 2 (Viedensky, Crane), 7:32. 2, Worcester, Tennyson 5 (Comrie, Gron), 12:26. 3, Worcester, Gourde 3 (DaSilva, Oleksuk), 14:29 (PP). 4, Manchester, Weal 10 (Vey, Deslauriers), 15:24 (PP). 5, Manchester, Miller 3 (Weal, O’Neill), 18:22. Penalties-Andreoff Mch (hooking), 13:53; Gogol Wor (clipping), 14:54; Backman Mch (slashing), 15:42.

3rd Period-6, Manchester, Gale 7 (LoVerde, Shore), 8:54. Penalties-Schwartz Wor (hooking), 2:24.

OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Campbell Mch (slashing), 4:48.

Shootout – Manchester 1 (O’Brien G, Shore NG, Weal NG, Vey NG, Pearson NG), Worcester 2 (Gourde G, Livingston NG, DaSilva G, Gron NG).
Shots on Goal-Manchester 8-11-12-0-0-31. Worcester 9-10-8-4-1-32.
Power Play Opportunities-Manchester 1 / 2; Worcester 1 / 3.
Goalies-Manchester, Niederberger 0-0-1 (31 shots-28 saves). Worcester, Sateri 12-15-1 (31 shots-28 saves).
A-5,091
Referees-Pierre Lambert (39).
Linesmen-Joe Ross (92), Jeremy Lovett (78).

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WorSharks come up small in front of a big crowd, lose 3-2 to Providence

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Sunday, January 26, 2014

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
Gourde/Oleksuk/DaSilva
Scheidl/Hamilton/Gron
Schwartz/Viedensky/Livingston
Gogol/Comrie/Bonneau

Abeltshauser/Acolatse
Petrecki/Tennyson
Davison/DeMelo

BOXSCORE

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).
A-9,005
Referees-Terry Koharski (10), Nic Leduc (12).
Linesmen-Chris Low (88), Brian MacDonald (72).

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WorSharks can’t get it done in Manchester, lose 2-1

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Saturday, January 25, 2014

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
Gourde/Oleksuk/DaSilva
Scheidl/Hamilton/Gron
Schwartz/Viedensky/Livingston
Comrie/Crane/Gogol

Abeltshauser/Acolatse
Petrecki/Tennyson
Davison/DeMelo

BOXSCORE

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).
A-4,507
Referees-Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Luke Galvin (2), Derek Wahl (46).

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