Sharks fall 3-2 in shootout in front of sellout crowd at DCU Center

Providence Bruins at Worcester Sharks
DCU Center
December 8, 2012
Meeting 4 of 12 vs. the Bruins
Sharks are 3-0-0-1 vs. the Bruins this season

Sharks fall 3-2 in shootout in front of sellout crowd at DCU Center
Tim Kennedy extended his point streak to seven games with an assist

Worcester, MA – The Worcester Sharks (11-8-1-2, 25pts) picked up a point, but fell short in a shootout in a 3-2 loss against divisional foe the Providence Bruins (10-8-0-2, 22pts) in front of 6,621 fans at the DCU Center on Saturday night on Matt Irwin Bobblehead Night. The Sharks remain in first place in the Atlantic Division and travel to Manchester for a 3pm start on Sunday afternoon to close out the weekend.

Tim Kennedy extended his point streak to seven games (6-6-12) with an assist on Brodie Reid’s (3rd) third period power play goal. Reid and Travis Oleksuk (2nd) provided the goals for the Sharks in the shootout loss. Stalock was solid in net once again, stopping 28 of 30 Bruins shots that he faced.

The first period had a great deal of intensity, with both teams trading chances. The Sharks scored the game’s first goal halfway through the first period, when Yanni Gourde found Travis Oleksuk (2nd) in the slot who beat Bruins goaltender Michael Hutchinson short-side, giving the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 11:10. After the goal, Worcester’s Frazer McLaren (5th FM) scored the take down when he dropped the mitts with Providence’s Lane MacDermid (6th FM)in a heavyweight bout. The Sharks led 1-0 after 20 minutes despite getting outshot 9-7.

There was back-and-forth action in the second period, but no one found the back on the net. Worcester’s Alex Stalock stopped all seven shots that he faced and each team failed to capitalize on their one power play chance in the period. Worcester carried the play, outshooting Providence 15-7.

The Bruins evened things up just 2:20 into the third period on a deflection by Jamie Tardif (8th) out in front of Alex Stalock, tying the game 1-1. After a bench minor to Providence for too many men, the Sharks made them pay. With 6:06 remaining in the third, Brodie Reid (3rd) slapped a shot over Michael Hutchinson’s shoulder from the point, putting the Sharks back on top 2-1. Just four minutes later, the Bruins tied it up again on a shot that had to be reviewed. After further review, the replay showed that Matt Bartkowski (1st) found the back of the cage on a wrist shot that beat Stalock and popped right out, evening the score 2-2.

Neither team could score the decisive goal in the overtime period, sending the game to a shootout. The Sharks had five shots on goal in overtime, but couldn’t cash in.

Maxime Sauve was the only player to score in the shootout and Michael Hutchinson stopped all six attempts that he faced, giving the Bruins a 1-0 advantage in the shootout and a 3-2 win.

The Sharks overall record falls to 11-8-1-2 (25pts in 22gp) and 5-4-1-1 at the DCU Center.

Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd star: Matt Bartkowski (1-0-1) 2nd star: Alex Stalock (28 saves on 30 shots) 1st star: Maxime Sauve (GWG in shootout)… Final shots were 34-31 in favor of Worcester… Michael Hutchinson made 32 saves on 34 shots for Providence…Alex Stalock made 28 saves on 30 shots for Worcester for the Sharks… Worcester went 1-for-6 on the power play while Providence went 0-for-4… Sharks fell to 31-33-6 in 70 meetings all-time vs. the Bruins… Jimmy Bonneau (scr), Taylor Doherty (inj), Nick Petrecki (inj), Sebastian Stalberg (scr), Curt Gogol (scr), and Danny Groulx (inj) did not dress for Worcester… Tim Kennedy extended his point streak to seven games (6-6-11) with an assist… the Sharks fell to 8-3-1-1 vs. the Atlantic Division this season… before the game there was a moment of silence to recognize the one year anniversary of fallen Worcester Fire Fighter Jon Davies… the Sharks fell to 4-2 in the shootout this season… it was the third straight game that was decided in the shootout for Worcester…. with the first period fight, Worcester now has 30 majors through 22 games.

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