Sharks swim to first place in Atlantic with another come-from-behind victory

Worcester Sharks at Portland Pirates
Androscoggin Bank Colisee
November 14, 2012
Meeting 3 of 12 vs. the Pirates
Sharks are 2-1-0-0 vs. the Pirates this season

Sharks swim to first place in Atlantic with another come-from-behind victory

Sharks grab 4-2 win in Lewiston, ME over Pirates

LEWISTON, ME – The Sharks scored three third period goals as the Worcester Sharks (7-5-1-1, 16pts) came-from-behind with a 4-2 victory over the divisional rival Portland Pirates (5-5-1-1, 12pts) at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, ME on Wednesday night. With the win, the Sharks swim past the Manchester Monarchs for the top spot in the Atlantic Division.

Goaltender Alex Stalock improved to 7-0-0 in his last seven starts with 20 saves and Sebastian Stalberg, James Sheppard, Tim Kennedy, and Matt Irwin scored goals in the win for Worcester. The Sharks scored two goals in 68 seconds midway through the third period to cap their AHL leading 3rd win when trailing after 40 minutes.

In a common occurrence of late for Worcester, the Pirates would score on their first shot on goal as Rob Klinkhammer (4th) broke down the left side on a 2-on-1 break and ripped a shot from the left circle past Alex Stalock at 1:08 to give Portland a 1-0 lead. Rookie Sebastian Stalberg (5th) slid a one-timer shot from the left slot on the power play between the pads of Portland netminder Mark Visentin at 3:57 assisted by Matt Tennyson and Matt Irwin to tie the score at 1-1. After a couple of big checks by Matt Pelech, Mark Louis (2nd FM) challenged Pelech (4th FM) to a long fight at 13:46 to highlight a physical opening frame. The Sharks led in shots 12-7 through 20 minutes of play.

Rob Klinkhammer (5th) scored the only goal of the middle frame with a one-timer shot from the right circle to finish off a 2-on-1 with Brendan Shinnimin at 8:27. Each team had a 5-on-3 power play late in the 2nd period but could not convert as the Pirates took a 2-1 lead into the 2nd intermission despite Worcester holding a 22-16 shot advantage through 40 minutes.

Worcester would come barreling back with three third period goals to shock the Pirates in the final frame. James Sheppard (2nd) tied the score at 2-2 at 11:05 with a terrific individual rush and finish down the left wing to begin the comeback for Worcester. Just 68 seconds later, Tim Kennedy (5th) gave Worcester a 3-2 advantage with a slap shot from the blue line that snuck through the pads of Visentin at 12:13 assisted by Bracken Kearns and John McCarthy. The Pirates would have a later power play and pull their netminder but Matt Irwin sealed the win with an empty net tally at 19:52 to give the Sharks a 4-2 win.

The Sharks overall record improves to 7-5-1-1 (16pts in 14gp) and 3-3-0-1 (7 pts in 7gp) on the road this season.

Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd star: James Sheppard (1-0-1) 2nd star Rob Klinkhammer (2-0-2) 1st star: Tim Kennedy (GWG)… Final shots were 33-22 in favor of Worcester… Mark Visentin made 29 saves on 32 shots for Portland… Alex Stalock made 20 saves on 22 shots for Worcester… Worcester went 1-for-4 on the power play while Portland went 0-for-6… Brodie Reid (inj), Frazer McLaren (inj), Jon Matsumoto (inj), Daniil Tarasov, Nick Petrecki (inj), Mikael Tam, and Marek Viedensky did not dress for Worcester… with the one fight, the Sharks now have 16 fighting majors through 14 games this season… the Sharks improved to 28-28-9 all time vs. the Pirates… the Sharks and the Pirates are in the middle of a stretch where they play each other four times over a 22 day span…. The Pirates nine game home winning streak came to an end… Bracken Kearns extended his point streak to four games (3-1-4) with an assist.

Coming up…
On Saturday, the Sharks host the CT Whale at 7pm at the DCU Center. New England Patriots running back Kevin Faulk will sign autographs as the Sharks host the 7th annual Worcester County Sheriff’s Food Drive to benefit the Friendly House of Worcester.

Kevin Faulk will appear and sign autographs at the Worcester Sharks game on November 17 from 6-8pm in the DCU Center concourse presented by Bay State Savings Bank with media partner 98.5FM - The Sports Hub. Fans are encouraged to arrive early as Kevin Faulk will drop the ceremonial puck before the game!

All fans that donate a canned food item at the game will receive a free ticket voucher to the Sharks game on January 16 vs. the Hershey Bears compliments of Price Chopper. All collected food will go directly to the Friendly House of Worcester to be distributed to needy families throughout the Worcester area in time for Thanksgiving.

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