Sharks begin 2012 quietly with 4-0 loss in Bridgeport

Webster Bank Arena
January 2, 2012
Meeting 3-of-6 vs. the Sound Tigers
Sharks are 2-1-0-0 vs. the Sound Tigers
 
Sharks begin 2012 quietly with 4-0 loss in Bridgeport
Worcester shutout for first time this season.
 
BRIDGEPORT, CT – Bridgeport netminder Kevin Poulin faced just 21 shots in his first shutout of the season as the Sharks fell 4-0 to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Webster Bank Arena on Monday afternoon to ring in 2012.
 
Harri Sateri made 29 saves for Worcester and snapped a personal four game win streak as Worcester fired a season low 21 shots on goal in the loss.
 
Both teams had a sluggish start in the opening period as it took over five minutes to see the game’s first shot on goal. Casey Cizikas (8th) fired a quick low shot on the rush 10 feet inside the Sharks blue line that buzzed past the glove had of Harri Sateri to give Bridgeport a 1-0 lead. Each team went 0-for-1 on the power play in the first period with the Sound Tigers outshooting Worcester 10-7 through 20 minutes.
 
Bridgeport broke the game wide open with three goals in the middle frame to lead 4-0 after 40 minutes. Tony Romano (3rd) fired a rocket over the shoulder of Sateri from the left circle at 11:21 to Bridgeport a 2-0 lead. Just over four minutes later, Sateri misplayed the puck behind his own net and Kael Mouillierat (2nd) buried the puck into an empty net at 15:29 for a 3-0 advantage. Rhett Rakhshani (4th) scored on the power later in the middle frame at 19:08 to close the scoring and gave Bridgeport a four goal lead after two periods of play.
 
Neither team scored in the third period as Kevin Poulin made his best save of the game on Brandon Mashinter’s try from between the circles with just over five minutes remaining. The Sharks did extend their fighting major streak to 18 games as Nathan Moon (6th FM) and Tyler McNeely (3rd FM) dropped the mitts for a nice exchange at 14:43.
 
Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd Star: Aaron Ness (0-2-2) 2nd star:  Rhett Rakhshani (1-1-2) 1st star: Kevin Poulin (21 saves, W)… Final shots were 33-21 in favor of Worcester… Kevin Poulin made 21 saves on 21 shots  for Bridgeport for his first shutout of the season; Harri Sateri made 29 saves on 33 shots for Worcester…Worcester went 0-for-5 on the power play while Bridgeport went 1-for-4…Cam MacIntyre (inj), Tony Lucia (inj), Matt Irwin (inj), Ben Guite (inj), and Curt Gogol (inj) did not dress for Worcester… defenseman Brian O’Hanley skated as a forward for Worcester…with the one fight; Worcester now has 56 through 32 games this season, the most in the AHL and a fight in 18 straight games…  Sean Sullivan’s six game point streak (1-7-8) came to an end…. Brodie Reid was whistled for tripping in the 2nd period for his first professional penalty in his 31st game.
 
Coming up…
 
The Sharks travel to Springfield on Friday at 7:30pm before returning home to host the Providence Bruins on Saturday at 7pm on “Check Yourself. Beat Cancer” Night at the DCU Center to benefit the 15-40 Connection.
 
Score a family fun pack today for only $74! Four tickets, four hot dogs, and four sodas for a portion of the price! Available only through the Sharks front office for every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday games this season!
 
Enjoy a Worcester sharks Experience Pack! The Sharks are offering groups to partake in a Sharks hockey experience with many interactive activities; including friends and family skates on the DCU Center ice before or after a game, the high FIN tunnel (high-fiving players as they take the ice), singing the National Anthem, intermission performances, and more.
 
Marina Riva, Jonathan Forsberg, Jason Jones, Chris Curtis, and Kristyn Galante are ready to take your orders and answer your questions today!  Group tickets for the 2011-12 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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