Sharks bite Sound Tigers 5-1 for first win

DCU Center
October 26, 2012
Meeting 1 of 6 vs. the Sound Tigers
Sharks are 1-0-0-0 vs. the Sound Tigers this season
 
Sharks bite Sound Tigers 5-1 for first win
Big second period leads Worcester past Bridgeport
 
WORCESTER, Mass – The Worcester Sharks (1-3-0-1) kicked off their first 3-in-3 weekend with their first win of the 2012-13 season with a convincing 5-1 victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (3-1-0-0) on Friday night at the DCU Center.
 
Alex Stalock made 18 saves in the win for Worcester and five different players scored for the Sharks first win at home and for the season. Tim Kennedy (1-2-3) and James Sheppard (1-2-3) each picked up three points and Curt Gogol grabbed the game winner in the four goal victory. The Sharks head to Manchester tomorrow for a 7pm battle vs. the Monarchs before returning home to host the Sound Tigers again on Sunday at 3pm.
 
The Sharks outshot the Sound Tigers 11-5 in a scoreless first period. Jimmy Bonneau, playing in his first game of the season, had a solid bout against Bridgeport’s Brett Gallant at 6:45 to set the temp for a physical first period. The Sharks were 0-1 on the power play in the first period, while the Sound Tigers were 0-2.
 
The Sharks came out firing in the second period. They got on the board first at :29 of the second period on a nice shot by Tim Kennedy (2nd), with assists going to John McCarthy and Bracken Kearns. The Sharks added to their lead when Curt Gogol (1st) one-timed a shot from the slot past Bridgeport goalie Kevin Poulin, giving Worcester a 2-0 lead. Kennedy and Kearns picked up assists on the goal. Sena Acolatse (2nd) then blasted a slap shot home at 15:28, to give the Sharks a 3-0 lead. Freddie Hamilton and Travis Oleksuk picked up the assists on the Sharks third goal.    The Sharks led 3-0 after 40 minutes and held a 24-13 shots advantage.
 
In the final frame, Bridgeport cut into their deficit when Brock Nelson (2nd) got a nice pass from Jon Landry and fired it past Alex Stalock, making it a 3-1 game. The Sharks answered twice late in the third period with power play goals by Matsumoto (1st) and Kearns (1st) at 18:32 and 19:02 to put the Sound Tigers away 5-1.
 
The Sharks overall record improves to 1-3-0-1 (3pt in 5gp) and 1-1-0-0 (2pt in 2gp) on home ice.
 
Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd star: Curt Gogol (1-0-1) 2nd star: Sena Acolatse (1-0-1) 1st star: Tim Kennedy (1-2-3)… Final shots were 32-19 in favor of Worcester… Kevin Poulin made 27 saves on 32 shots for Bridgeport… Alex Stalock made 18 saves on 19 shots for Worcester in his 60th career victory with the Sharks… Worcester went 2-for-6 on the power play while Bridgeport went 0-for-3… Brodie Reid (inj), James Livingston, Brandon Mashinter, Taylor Doherty (inj), Mikael Tam (inj), Marek Viedensky, and Daniil Tarasov did not dress for Worcester… Jimmy Bonneau (had been suspended by AHL for eight games) and Curt Gogol each played their first games of the season for the Sharks…. Before the game, the Sharks signed defenseman Mike Banwell to a PTO, he wore #24 for the Sharks….Referee Pierre Lambert refereed his first AHL game…Sebastian Stalberg picked up his first assist of the season…. Frazer McLaren picked up his 1st fighting major of the season with a bout vs. Nathan MacIver in the second period…. Travis Oleksuk picked up his first professional point with an assist on Sena Acolatse’s 2nd period goal.
 
Coming up…
On Saturday, the Sharks travel to Manchester for their 1st of 12 meetings vs. their divisional rivals! Catch the action LIVE on WTAG!
 
On Sunday, the Sharks welcome back the Sound Tigers at 3pm for a Monster MASH(inter)! Celebrate Halloween early and trick-or-treat in the concourse! Join us for the annual on-ice costume parade during the first intermission! The first 2,000 fans will receive a FREE Sharks player poster! Also, it will be another $5 KIDS Sunday, with a purchase of a full price adult ticket.
 
2012-13 Flex ticket packages are on sale now! Score your 40 or 10 ticket flex package by contacting the Worcester Sharks front office at 508-929-0500. You decide how many tickets and how many games YOU want to attend while saving $$$ off box office pricing! It is that EASY!
 
Bring a group to sing the national anthem, book a fundraising event, host a birthday party, or have a blast in the high fin tunnel…. secure your personalized Sharks experience today!
 
Contact Worcester Sharks ticket representatives Jason Jones, Jonathan Forsberg, Kristyn Galante, Sarah Farley, and Ben Masse as they are taking deposits for the Sharks 7th season in Worcester! Jump in today and save up to 45% off box office prices! Some of the exclusive benefits for full season ticket holders will include:
 
·         Guaranteed same seat for all 38 home dates and playoff home games at the DCU Center
·         Priority access to purchase tickets to other DCU Center events (subject to availability)
·         Seven FREE friends and family vouchers
·         Exclusive events with Sharks players
·         Merchandise discounts and much, much, more!
 
Season ticket packages and group tickets for the 2012-13 season are on sale now by contacting the Worcester Sharks Office at 508.929.0500 or by crashing the net at www.SharksAHL.com.
 
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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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