Worcester Sharks vs. Portland Pirates
Cumberland County Civic Center –Portland, ME
February 13, 2009
Shorthanded Sharks fall to Pirates
Tom Cavanagh scores and Taylor Dakers makes 25 saves in one-goal loss in Portland
PORTLAND, ME — Tom Cavanagh scored a first period power play goal but the Pirates scored two in the second and held off a late Sharks attack in Portland.
The Sharks would score first for the first time on the seven game road trip as Tom Cavanagh scored a 5on3 power play goal at 11:06 of the first period after a nice feed by Riley Armstrong. Riley fired the puck from the right corner to Cavanagh set up in the right slot as Cavanagh notched his 10th of the season. The Sharks would take a 1-0 lead into the first intermission outshooting the Pirates 12-8.
The Pirates would even the score at 7:00 of the 2nd period after their power play expired. Mark Mancari’s 60-foot shot went off a skate in front of Taylor Dakers for Mancari’s 20th of the season. Then, with the Sharks on the power play, Felix Schutz was stopped by Dakers on a breakaway but referee Nigel Pelletier ruled that Patrick Traverse was hooking him and issued a penalty shot. Schutz would score the first ever penalty shot against the Sharks after he broke in down the right side, cut across the net slowly, and shot the puck above a sprawled Dakers at 13:16. The Sharks would trail 2-1 after 40 minutes and the Pirates had a 21-19 shot advantage.
The two teams would combine for just 12 shots in the third period with each team recording six a piece and neither team would find the back of the net as the Pirates held off a late Sharks attack.
The loss drops Worcester’s record to 27-23-0-2 and are 1-4-0-0 on their seven game road trip.
NOTES: Three Stars: (3) Taylor Dakers (2) John DeCaro, (1) Felix Schutz … The Sharks only used 17 skaters as Ryan Vesce, Jamie McGinn, Derek Joslin, and Lukas Kaspar are all on recall to San Jose… Attendance was announced 4,529… The game was the 8th of ten meetings between the Worcester Sharks and the Portland Pirates this season as they battle for the Unum Cup… the series is tied 4-4-0-0… Taylor Dakers made 25 saves net for Worcester. John DeCaro made 25 saves in net for Portland… The Sharks went 1-4 on the power play while Pirates went 0-5… Ashton Rome and P.J. Fenton suited for the Sharks after their recall from Phoenix (ECHL)
The Sharks continue their seven game road trip as they travel to Wilkes-Barre Scranton for a Sunday afternoon affair with the Penguins at 5:05p.m.
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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