Sharks fall to Pirates 3-2 in Shootout

Portland Pirates at Worcester Sharks
DCU Center – Worcester, MA
February 25, 2011
Meeting 9-of-12 vs. the Portland Pirates
Sharks are 4-2-0-3 vs. the Pirates this season
 
Sharks fall to Pirates 3-2 in Shootout
Benn Ferriero forces overtime late in third period
 
WORCESTER, MA   – The Worcester Sharks fell to the Portland Pirates 3-2 in the shootout in a hard hitting, fast paced, defensive battle on Friday night at the DCU Center. 
 
Benn Ferriero and T.J. Trevelyan each had a goal and an assist and Tyson Sexsmith made 29 saves in his first AHL start of the season in the loss. Ferriero tied the score with 55 seconds left in the third period with a power play goal and the extra attacker as the Sharks battled back from a 2-0 deficit.
  
The first 20 minutes of Friday night’s divisional matchup made for a hard hitting and offensive first period. Portland forward, Colin Stuart would level Sharks’ defenseman, Nick Schaus into the boards resulting in a five-minute-major, but the Sharks were unable to capitalize on the opportunity.Pirates’ forward Maxime Legault (11th) would then put Portland up 1-0 at the 12:13 mark, a score which would stand for the remainder the period. The Sharks and Pirates combined for 29 shots on goal (Portland 17, Worcester 12) in the first. Despite the excess in shots both goalies kept their teams in the game, with the Sharks’ Tyson Sexsmith stopping 16 pucks, and Pirates’ goalie Jhonas Enroth stopping all 12 of Worcester’s shots.
 
In the second period, Portland would add to their lead when Maxime Legault and Derek Whitmore (21st) connected on a two-on-one break away to make it 2-0 at 5:44. The Sharks’ were reenergized just seconds later when newly acquired center, Mike Swift, dropped the mitts with Paul Byron at 5:57 in an entertaining bout and the Sharks seemed to respond. The Sharks would then cut the deficit in half at 13:43 with a T.J. Trevelyan(13th) goal after a terrific centering feed be Benn Ferriero. After 29 combined shots in the 1st period, the Pirates and Sharks would put up another 24 in the second.
 
The third period was just as hard hitting as the first two. Both teams continued to gut it out on the ice deep into the period. Late in the third period and with the Sharks on the power play, Roy Sommer pulled goalie Tyson Sexsmith for the 6-on-4 advantage. After a failed one-timer, forward Benn Ferriero (12th) drove home a blast from on top of the left circle to knot the score at 2 and send the game into overtime.
 
In overtime, great goaltending and defense would result in a scoreless five minutes which would lead to a shootout to decide the game. After missing their first two shots, Mike Swift gave the Sharks a glimmer of hope netting the only Sharks shootout goal of the night. However, it would prove to be too-little-too-late, as Portland would land all three of their shots, putting the game out of reach.
  
 The Sharks record falls to 26-21-3-7 with 62 points and to 14-9-1-4 at the DCU Center.
 
Notes: Perfect Game Three Stars: 3rd Star: Jhonas Enroth (44 saves) 2nd star: Corey Tropp (GW SOG) 1st star: Benn Ferriero (G, A) …Final shots were 46-32 in favor of the Sharks…Jhonas Enroth made 44 saves on 46 shots for Portland; Tyson Sexsmith made 29 saves on 31 shots for Worcester…Worcester went 1-3 on the power play while Portland went 0-4…Tony Lucia (inj), James Marcou (inj), Patrick Davis (scr), Alex Stalock (inj), Kevin Henderson (scr), and Jody Pederson (scr) did not dress for the Sharks.
  
The Sharks travel to Adirondack for a 7pm tilt vs. the Phantoms at 7pm.
 
On Sunday, the Sharks wrap of their 4-game-in-5-day stretch with a 3pm battle at the DCU Center vs. the Manchester Monarchs on Price Chopper Family Day! The first 3,000 fans will receive a Sharks team poster and invited to stay for a post game full team autograph session presented by Price Chopper! Its $5 Kids Sundays presented by Papa Gino’s! Kids 12-and-under are just $5 with a purchase of an adult gold level ticket! With each complete purchase (along with the purchase of an adult gold level ticket) fans will receive a FREE large cheese pizza coupon to be used at participating Papa Gino’s locations. The $5 Kids Sunday ticket offer will only be available at the DCU Center Box Office on the day of the game.
 
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).
 
Marina Riva, Chris Curtis, Jonathan Forsberg, Jason Jones, and Matt Renzulli are all selling group ticket specials and exciting flex pack ticket offers!  Jump in today and save up to 40% off box office prices!  Find out how to receive free 2011 Calder Cup playoff tickets by purchasing 2011-12 season tickets! Some of the exclusive benefits for full season ticket holders will include:
 
·         Guaranteed same seat for all 40 home dates and playoff home games at the DCU Center
·         Priority access to purchase tickets to DCU Center events (subject to availability)
·         Five FREE friends and family vouchers
·         Exclusive events with the Worcester Sharks players
·         Merchandise discounts and much, much, more!
 
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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