Worcester Sharks vs. Portland Pirates
Cumberland County Civic Center –Portland, ME
February 4, 2009
Five straight goals by Sharks send Pirates off the plank
Worcester trailed 3-0, but scored five straight in come-from-behind victory
PORTLAND, ME — The Sharks trailed early but scored late and shocked the Portland Pirates 5-3 in Portland on Wednesday night.
The Pirates would strike for three goals in the first period, the first coming on the power play at 7:44 from Felix Schutz. Rookie Tim Kennedy would then score two goals within 59 seconds of the opening period past Thomas Greiss to give Portland a 3-0 lead. Kennedy, who had not scored since November 19th, finished of a beautiful 3on2 to score his 6th and then swiped in a loose puck in front moments later for his 7th after sloppy play by the Sharks defense behind their own net. Worcester outshot the Pirates 14-8 in the first period but trailed 3-0.
Ryan Vesce would extend his franchise record point streak to 15 games with an assist on Patrick Traverse’s 6th goal of the season from a tough angle on the right wing side at 16:11. 43 seconds later, the Sharks would jam the net and Andrew Desjardins would score his 6th of the season past Jhonas Enroth. Rookie Jason Demers was credited with an assist on both tallies for Worcester. The Sharks outshot the Pirates 14-7 in the second period as Worcester trailed 3-2 after 40 minutes of play.
The Sharks would tie the game at 3-3 and it was the captain Ryan Vesce finishing off a play after a steal by Lukas Kaspar deep in the Pirates zone at 12:02. Worcester would keep the pressure on throughout the third period, and Jamie McGinn would backhand a loose puck in front after an initial shot by Brad Staubitz to give the Sharks their first lead of the night at 4-3 at 18:32. Lukas Kaspar would score an empty netter to cap the Sharks wild comeback at 5-3.
The win improves Worcester’s record to 26-20-0-2, while the loss drops the Pirates to 25-20-1-2.
NOTES: Three Stars: (3) Ryan Vesce (2) Tim Kennedy, (1) Jamie McGinn … The Pirates only used 5 defenseman in the first 40 minutes as Marc-Andre Granani was in route from Buffalo and made it for the third… Attendance was announced 2,887… The game was the 7th of ten meetings between the Worcester Sharks and the Portland Pirates this season as they battle for the Unum Cup… Sharks lead the series 4-3-0-0… Thomas Greiss made 19 saves net for Worcester. Jhonas Enroth made 33 saves in net for Portland… The Sharks went 0-1 on the power play while Pirates went 1-3… Vesce ended with three points 1-2-3.
The Sharks continue their seven game road trip as they travel to Manchester for a Friday night affair with the Monarchs and then end the week in Providence for a 4:05p.m. afternoon tilt on Sunday.
All games can be heard live on 580 & 94.9 WTAG as well as online through AHL Live by following the link on the Sharks website, www.sharksahl.com.
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