Sharks blast Pirates 5-1 in fight filled affair at DCU Center

Portland Pirates at Worcester Sharks
DCU Center
November 24, 2012
Meeting 4 of 12 vs. the Pirates
Sharks are 3-1-0-0 vs. the Pirates this season

Sharks blast Pirates 5-1 in fight filled affair at DCU Center
Yanni Gourde scores twice as teams combine for 15 fighting majors

Worcester, Mass. – The Worcester Sharks (9-6-1-1, 20pts) scored three second period goals en route to a feisty 5-1 victory over divisional rival Portland Pirates (7-8-1-1, 16pts) in front of 3,320 fans at the DCU Center on Saturday night.

Worcester increased their Atlantic Division record to 6-2-0-0 with the win. Worcester got goals from four different players in their third straight win against the Portland Pirates. Brodie Reid (2nd), Danny Groulx (2nd), Curt Gogol (3rd), and Yanni Gourde (4th, 5th) all notched goals for the Sharks in the win. Alex Stalock picked up the win in net for the Sharks, stopping 37 of 38 shots that he faced as the two teams combined for 143 penalty minutes and 15 fighting major penalties. Tim Kennedy added three assists in the win for Worcester.

Brodie Reid (2nd) put the Sharks on the board first at 6:46 of the first period, sneaking one past Mark Visentin on a 4-on-4, putting the Sharks up 1-0. The goal induced the teddy bear toss from the Worcester fans, the third teddy bear toss induced by Reid in his career. Tempers were flaring in the first period, but no one ended up dropping the gloves. The Pirates outshot the Sharks 9-8 in the period.

Tempers finally boiled over at the beginning of the second period, with five separate fighting majors taking place. Curt Gogol (3rd FM), Frazer McLaren (3rd FM), Jimmy Bonneau (3rd FM), Sena Acolatse (2nd FM), and Brandon Mashinter (3rd FM) picked up fighting majors for the Sharks, while Chris Brown, Mark Louis, Joel Rechlicz, Phil Lane, and Mathieu Brodeur all picked up fighting majors for the Pirates in a 124 second span early in the period. After things cooled down a little bit, Danny Groulx (2nd) cashed in on a 5-on-3 power play on a shot from the point, making it a 2-0 Sharks lead. Yanni Gourde (4th) then made it a 3-0 game when he poked one through the legs of Mark Visentin with a lot of traffic in front of the cage. The Sharks weren’t done there. Less than a minute later, Tim Kennedy made a great pass to Curt Gogol (3rd) who went in all alone and tucked it past Visentin to make it a 4-0 game.

Sena Acolatse (3rd FM) dropped the mitts again in the third period, this time with Mark Louis, after he put a big hit on a Pirate’s forward. Louis picked up an additional two minutes for slashing, allowing Yanni Gourde (5th) to pick up his second goal of the night on the power play, giving the Sharks a 5-0 lead. Two separate scrums ensued in the third, with several players being thrown out of the game, including Joel Rechlicz of Portland and Worcester’s Matt Pelech (5th FM). David Rundblad (1st) notched the only goal of the game late in the third period to make it a 5-1 final.

The Sharks overall record improves to 9-6-1-1 (20pts in 17gp) and 5-3-1-0 (11 pts in 9gp) at the DCU Center this season.

Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd star: Brodie Reid (1-1-2 and FM) 2nd star Alex Stalock (37 saves and the win) 1st star: Yanni Gourde (2-0-2)… Final shots were 37-29 in favor of Portland… Mark Visentin made 24 saves on 29 shots for Portland… Alex Stalock made 36 saves on 37 shots for Worcester… Worcester went 2-for-8 on the power play while Portland went 0-for-7… Jon Matsumoto (inj), Nick Petrecki (inj), Travis Oleksuk (scr), and James Livingston (scr)did not dress for Worcester… the Sharks improved to 29-28-9 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 Sharks grabbed their first win this season on a Saturday (1-4-1-1)… forward Frazer McLaren played in his 200th AHL game and picked up his franchise leading 50th fighting major; all with the Sharks… over 300 teddy bears were thrown after Brodie Reid scored early in the first period to benefit the Pernet Family Health Services courtesy of Bay State Savings Bank.

Coming up…
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