Sharks win 3-1 in Coach Roy Sommer's 1,000th AHL game

Worcester Sharks at Springfield Falcons
Mass Mutual Center – Springfield, MA
January 14th, 2011
Meeting 4-of-8 vs. the Springfield Falcons
Sharks are 3-0-0-1 vs. Springfield Falcons
 
Sharks win 3-1 in Coach Roy Sommer’s 1,000th AHL game
Worcester scores three third period goals in victory
 
SPRINGFIELD, MA  –The Sharks battled back from an 1-0 third period deficit and scored three goals in a 2:40 span late in the third period in a 3-1 victory over the Falcons on Friday evening at the Mass Mutual Center.   
 
Coach Roy Sommer became just the 4th coach in AHL history to coach 1,000 games, joining AHL Hall of Famers Frank Mathers (1,256), Fred “Bun” Cook (1,171) and John Paddock (1,125) in his 461st career victory. Cam MacIntyre, Jonathan Cheechoo, and Dan DaSilva scored goals for Worcester to break a 1:33:03 scoreless streak and Alex Stalock made 21 saves in the win.
 
Neither team scored in a physical first period that saw plenty of post whistle scrums and a good tilt between Chris Lawrence and Dane Byers at 17:54. Worcester outshot Springfield 15-6 through 20 minutes of play.
 
After Joe Loprieno and Steven Goertzen dropped the mitts at 3:15, Tom Sestito (7th) scored on a wrap-around attempt past Alex Stalock at 3:21 on the power play to put the Falcons ahead 1-0. Stalock made several stellar saves in the 2nd period, stopping Trevor Frischmon on a 2-on-1 shorthanded rush and Tom Sestito on a one-timer on a Falcons power play to keep the Sharks within one goal.   Gustaf Wesslau had 27 saves after two periods of the play as the Sharks trailed 1-0 after 40 minutes.
 
Falcons captain Ben Guite was whistled for a major penalty for boarding at 9:38 to give the Sharks a five minute power play.   After Dane Byers was stopped on a shorthanded breakaway rush, Alex Stalock sent a 90 foot pass to the left side for Jonathan Cheechoo to lead Worcester on the break out.   Cheechoo and rookie Cam MacIntyre exchanged passes before MacIntyre (2nd) struck on the power play to tie the score at 1-1 at 12:17. The goal broke a 133:03 scoreless drought for the Sharks.   Jonathan Cheechoo (14th) struck at 14:22 firing in a rebound past Wesslau for the Sharks second power play score. Just 35 seconds later, Dan DaSilva (7th) backhanded the puck around the Springfield netminder after a faceoff win by Ryan Del Monte in the Falcons zone. The Falcons pressed late but the Sharks held on for a stunning come-from-behind 3-1 victory over the Falcons.
 
The Sharks record improves to 19-14-2-5 with 45 points and to 10-7-1-3 on the road as Worcester hits the midway point of the season.
 
Notes: Perfect Game Three Stars: 3rd Star: Tom Sestito (Goal) 2nd star: Cam MacIntyre (Goal and assist) 1st star: Jonathan Cheechoo (GWG and assist)…Final shots were 42-22 in favor of the Sharks… Gustaf Wesslau made 39 saves on 42 shots for Springfield; Alex Stalock made 21 saves on 22 shots for Worcester… the Sharks are now 12-0-2 in their last 14 games vs. the Falcons and 20-2-2 in their last 24…Worcester went 2-for-6 on the power play while Springfield went 1-for-3…Tony Lucia, James Marcou, Sean Sullivan, and Nick Petrecki did not dress for the Sharks… signed to a PTO on Thursday, Grafton, MA native and Harvard alum Ryan Lannon made his Sharks debut on the blue line and wore #44… Andrew Desjardins, Justin Braun, Brandon Mashinter, and Benn Ferriero are all still on recall with the San Jose Sharks.
 
On Saturday, Worcester travels to Portland for a 7pm battle with the Pirates as the two teams compete in the Unum Cup Challenge.
 
On Sunday, the Sharks travel to Providence for a 4:05pm start against the Bruins.
 
Get your family fun pack (4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, and 4 sodas) for just $69 for all Friday, Saturday, and Sunday games! (must be purchased through the Sharks front office in advance at 508-929-0500).
 
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Season ticket packages and group tickets for the 2010-11 season are on sale now by contacting the Worcester Sharks Office at 508.929.0500 or by crashing the net at www.SharksAHL.com.
 
All games can be heard live on 580AM and 94.9FM WTAG, as well as online through AHL Live, by following the link on the Sharks website at www.SharksAHL.com.
 
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