Sharks head to Portland on Friday

Sharks kick off 3-in-3 weekend with rematch at Portland Friday night
By Matt Metcalf

The Worcester Sharks (9-7-1-1, 20pts) enter a 3-in-3 weekend trailing the first place Manchester Monarchs by one point in the Atlantic Division. The Sharks will be on the road for all three games this weekend, which may not be a bad thing, considering Worcester has won four straight road games, with all of those being come from behind wins in the third period. The Sharks should feel optimistic going into the weekend, with an overall record of 7-1 against this weekend’s opponents.

The Sharks travel to Maine Friday night to take on divisional foe the Portland Pirates (8-8-1-1, 18pts) in a big rematch of Saturday night’s chippy affair. The Sharks have won three straight games against Portland and are 3-1 against the Pirates this season.

It should be interesting to see how both teams respond, following a Sharks 5-1 win on Saturday that featured 143 penalty minutes and a total of 15 fighting majors. Sena Acolatse dropped the gloves twice during the game, while Curt Gogol, Frazer McLaren, Jimmy Bonneau, Brandon Mashinter, Brodie Reid, and Matt Pelech each picked up one fighting major for the Sharks. On the other hand, Mark Louis dropped the gloves twice for the Pirates, while Joel Rechlicz, Phil Lane, Chris Brown, Mathieu Brodeur, and Darian Dziurzynski all picked up one fighting major.

Yanni Gourde(4th, 5th) led the way offensively for the Sharks in the 5-1 victory, posting two goals en route to being named the first star of the game. Alex Stalock picked up the win for the Sharks, turning aside 37 of 38 shots that he faced.

Two players for each team had double-digit penalty minutes in the game. For Worcester, Matt Pelech (27) and Sena Acolatse (12) led the way, while Joel Rechlicz (23) and Mark Louis (12) compiled a good chunk of the minutes for the Pirates.

On Saturday night, the Sharks travel to Bridgeport to take on the Sound Tigers (10-7-0-0, 20pts). The Sharks will look to continue their winning streak against the Sounds Tigers this season, winning the first two meetings between the two teams. Tim Kennedy is leading the way against Bridgeport this season, posting two goals and four assists for six points in just two games against the conference rival.

The Sharks wrap up their weekend with a Sunday afternoon game against divisional rival the Providence Bruins (7-8-0-1, 15pts). The Sharks are opening up a home-and-home series with the Bruins and are currently 2-0 against them heading into this weekend. Alex Stalock has picked up both wins in net against Providence, stopping 66 of 71 shots that he’s faced.

Here are the ways you can listen or watch the game if you can’t make it up to Maine.

RADIO:
All 76 regular season games can be heard live on 580AM and 94.9FM WTAG or online at www.wtag.com. Email Sharks broadcaster Eric Lindquist at radio@Sharksahl.com to send questions or a special shout out!

WATCH ONLINE:
For a small fee watch EVERY Worcester Sharks game online at www.AHLlive.com.

TWITTER:
Get live updates at all three preseason games and all 76 regular season games through www.twitter.com/SharksAHLinGame (goals, assists, fights, and big saves)
Get the inside scoop and behind the scenes stuff on game days via www.twitter.com/WorcesterSharks

FACEBOOK:
Interact with other Sharks fans on game day by following the Worcester Sharks on Facebook (www.facebook.com/WorcesterSharks). Exclusive game day photos will be posted after most games!

WEBSITE:
Visit www.SharksAHL.com every game day for previews, special features, game photos, post game highlights, and recap!



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