Sharks four game road streak comes to end in Portland

Worcester Sharks at Portland Pirates
Cumberland County Civic Center
November 30, 2012
Meeting 5 of 12 vs. the Pirates
Sharks are 3-2-0-0 vs. the Pirates this season

Sharks four game road streak comes to end in Portland
Tim Kennedy scores twice as Sharks fall 4-3 to Pirates

Portland, Maine – The Worcester Sharks (9-8-1-1, 20pts) allowed three second period goals en route to a 4-3 loss to divisional rival Portland Pirates (9-8-1-1, 20pts) in front of 3,578 fans at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Friday night.

In the last meeting on Saturday, the Sharks and Pirates combined for 143 penalty minutes and 15 fighting major penalties in Worcester’s 5-1 win, but the Pirates would grab the victory on Friday in Portland with only four fighting majors handed out. Tim Kennedy scored two for Worcester and Alex Stalock made 33 saves in the loss. Worcester closed out the month of November with a 7-4-1-0 record (15pts in 12gp) and continue their 3-in-3 road weekend with a 7pm game in Bridgeport on Saturday vs. the Sound Tigers.

Tim Kennedy (7th) extended his point streak to four games (3-5-8) and gave Worcester a 1-0 lead at 4:14 after he deflected a quick snap shot from new comer Mike Brennan that snuck through traffic and past goaltender Chad Johnson. The Pirates tied the score at 10:08 on the power play after David Rundblad (3rd) ripped a one timer from the left circle past Alex Stalock after a Pirates faceoff win in the Sharks zone. Nine minor penalties were whistled in the opening frame with the Sharks outshooting Portland 14-12.

Action picked up in the middle frame with the Pirates outscoring Worcester 3-1 in the second period to grab a 4-2 lead. Alexandre Bolduc (12th) backhanded a rebound past Stalock at 11:32 to give Portland a 2-1 edge. Just 41 seconds later, Chris Brown (8th) scored on the power play to give the Pirates a 3-1 advantage. Yanni Gourde (1st FM) tangled with Jordan Martinook (2nd FM) at 16:27 after Martinook took down Acolatse with a check in the Sharks zone. 17 seconds later, Jon Matsumoto set up James Sheppard (3rd) in front of the Pirates net who then buried a puck top shelf to cut the Pirates lead to 3-2. But the Pirates were not done, Chris Connor (6th) scored a highlight reel goal after a rush down the right side and maneuvered his way in front and tucked the puck past Stalock at 17:59 to give Portland a 4-2 lead through 40 minutes.

In the third period, Tim Kennedy (8th) struck again for Worcester at 1:51 with a rocket from on top of the circles after a blocked shot in front of the Pirates net. Bracken Kearns (3rd FM) went toe-to-toe with Brett Hextall (2nd FM) at 10:03 in a long bout but the neither team would find the back of the net the rest of the way.

The Sharks overall record falls to 9-8-1-1 (20pts in 19gp) and 4-4-0-1 (11 pts in 9gp) on the road this season.

Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd star: Tim Kennedy (2-0-2) 2nd star Chris Connor (GWG) 1st star: Alexandre Bolduc (1-2-3)… Final shots were 37-30 in favor of Portland… Chad Johnson made 27 saves on 30 shots for Portland… Alex Stalock made 33 saves on 37 shots for Worcester… Worcester went 0-for-7 on the power play while Portland went 2-for-5… Travis Oleksuk (scr), James Livingston (scr), Nick Petrecki (inj), Matt Pelech (susp), and John McCarthy (inj) did not dress for Worcester… the Sharks fell to 29-29-9 all time vs. the Pirates… the Sharks and the Pirates finished a stretch where they played each other four times over a 22 day span…. With the two fighting majors, the Sharks now have 27 through 19 games (13 majors in 5 games vs. Portland)… Tim Kennedy extended his point streak to four games (3-5-8) with two goals… the Sharks fell to 7-3-1-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents this season… defenseman Mike Brennan grabbed an assist in his Sharks debut as he has 282 career games in the AHL on his resume with Rockford, Toronto, and Lake Erie… Yanni Gourde picked up his first professional fighting major.

Coming up…
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