Hamiltons first helps Sharks sink Pirates 3-1

DCU Center
November 9, 2012
Meeting 2 of 12 vs. the Pirates
Sharks are 1-1-0-0 vs. the Pirates this season
 
Hamilton’s first helps Sharks sink Pirates 3-1
Freddie Hamilton buries first professional goal for the game-winner
 
WORCESTER, Mass – Alex Stalock turned aside 25 out of 26 shots that he faced to pick up his fifth straight win in net in the Sharks (5-4-1-1) exciting 3-1 comeback win against the Portland Pirates (4-4-1-0) on Friday night in front of 2,026 fans at the DCU Center.
 
Rookie forward Freddie Hamilton scored the game-winner for the Sharks, burying his first professional goal of his young career. Veteran forwards Bracken Kearns (PPG) and Jon Matsumoto (EN) also had goals to secure the victory as Worcester improved to 4-1-1-0 on home ice at the DCU Center and 4-0-1-0 in their last five games overall.
 
The Pirates got on the board first at 1:02 of the first period when Andy Miele slipped a pass from the blue line to a wide open Chris Brown (3rd) in front, who snuck a backhander through the pads of Stalock, putting Portland up 1-0 early. There was a lot of chippy play in the first, with Brandon Mashinter (2nd FM) and Mark Louis (1st FM) squaring off, before Jimmy Bonneau (2nd FM) and Joel Rechlicz (1st FM) went toe-to-toe at center ice in a great bout. There were 44 totals penalty minutes in the first period.
 
There wasn’t too much action in the second period. The best chance came when Bonneau tipped a shot from the point that zipped past Portland goalie Chad Johnson and rang the pipe. Portland outshot the Sharks 11-7 in the period.
 
The Sharks tied the game only 46 seconds into the third period on a 5-on-3 power play when Tim Kennedy found Kearns (4th) on the doorstep who tapped it past Johnson for the equalizer. That set the stage for Hamilton (1st) to bury his first professional goal at 8:36 of the third period when he backhanded a shot past Johnson after collecting his own rebound, putting the Sharks up 2-1. Matsumoto (3rd) then sealed the deal, burying an empty net goal at 19:21, giving the Sharks a 3-1 final.
 
The Sharks overall record improves to 5-4-1-1 (12pts in 11gp) and 4-1-1-0 (9pts in 6gp) at the DCU Center this season.
 
Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd star: Alex Stalock (25 saves on 26 shots in the win) 2nd star: Bracken Kearns (1-0-1) 1st star: Freddie Hamilton (1-0-1 GWG)… Final shots were 33-26 in favor of Worcester… Chad Johnson made 30 saves on 32 shots for Portland… Alex Stalock made 25 saves on 26 shots for Worcester… Worcester went 1-for-5 on the power play while Portland went 0-for-3… Brodie Reid (inj), Nick Petrecki (inj), Frazer McLaren (inj), Mikael Tam (inj), Marek Viedensky, and Yanni Gourde did not dress for Worcester… with the two fights, the Sharks now have 14 fighting majors through 11 games this season… the Sharks improved to 27-28-9 all time vs. the Pirates… Alex Stalock has won five straight starts (5-0-0).
 
Coming up…
On Saturday, the Sharks host the Connecticut Whale at 7pm. The first 2,000 fans will receive a Worcester Sharks movie poster “The Usual Suspects” presented by WTAG featuring Alex Stalock, Matt Irwin, Frazer McLaren, Brandon Mashinter, and John McCarthy!
 
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