Sharks cant solve Whale again

Worcester Sharks Connecticut Whale
XL Center
December 12, 2012
Meeting 3 of 4 vs. the Whale
Sharks are 0-3-0-0 vs. the Whale this season

Sharks can’t solve Whale again

Worcester falls to 0-3-0-0 vs. CT in 2-1 loss

Hartford, CT– The Worcester Sharks (12-9-1-2, 27pts) had their four game (3-0-0-1) point streak come to an end in a 2-1 loss to the Connecticut Whale (11-11-2-0, 25pts) on Wednesday night in front of 1,921 fans at the XL Center. The game marked the Sharks 500th game in franchise history (243-198-21-38).

James Livingston scored the only goal for Worcester and Harri Sateri was superb in net with 36 saves in goal. The Sharks allowed two third period goals and Tim Kennedy had his season high eight game point streak come to an end in the loss. Worcester travels to Hersey on Saturday for a 7pm start before returning home to host the Portland Pirates on Sunday at 3pm.

Goaltender Harri Sateri was the best Sharks player on the ice in a scoreless first period as he made 13 saves in the opening frame. Matt Pelech (7th FM) and Michael Haley (11th FM) exchanged unpleasantries at 10:54 as Worcester was outshot 13-6 through 20 minutes.

The second period action picked up on both sides and the only strike came with 98 seconds remaining on a Sharks 2-on-1 break into the Whale zone. Sena Acolatse cleared the puck out of the Sharks zone and sprung James Livingston (1st) down the left wing with Frazer McLaren racing down the middle. Livingston ripped a snap shot past the glove of Cam Talbot to put the Sharks ahead at 18:22. Harri Sateri made 10 more saves in net including stopping Kelsey Tessier on a breakaway late in the period and had 23 saves through 40 minutes of play.

The Whale struck twice in the first seven minutes of the third period to take the game by a 2-1 score. Chad Kolarik (9th) struck on the power play with a wicked shot from the right circle at 1:23 to tie the score at 1-1. Whale rookie J.T. Miller (5th) put Connecticut up for good at 6:09 as he broke down the left wing on a 3-on-1 and beat Sateri with a slapper on the glove side for the 2-1 Whale win. Worcester fired just six shots on goal in the third period and went 0-for-2 on the p0wer play in the final ten minutes and 0-for-6 in the game.

The Sharks overall record falls to 12-9-1-2 (27pts in 24gp) and 7-5-0-1 (15pts in 13gp) on the road this season.

Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd star: Marek Hrivik (0-2-2) 2nd star: Chad Kolarik (1-0-1) 1st star: JT Miller (GWG)… Final shots were 38-26 in favor of Connecticut… Cameron Talbot made 25 saves on 26 shots for Connecticut… Harri Sateri made 36 saves on 38 shots for Worcester…. Worcester went 0-for-6 on the power play while Connecticut went 1-for-3… Jimmy Bonneau (scr), Taylor Doherty (inj), Nick Petrecki (inj), Jon Matsumoto (scr), Curt Gogol (inj), Danny Groulx (inj), and Matt Irwin (inj) did not dress for Worcester… defenseman Mike Banwell signed a PTO with Worcester on Tuesday and wore #24 for the Sharks… with the one fight, Worcester now has 33 majors through 24 games….the Sharks fell to 16-30-3 all time vs. the Whale.

Coming up…
After a road game in Hersey, PA on Saturday night, the Sharks return home to host the Portland Pirates on Sunday, December 16 at 3pm. Boston Garden legend Rene Rancourt is singing the national anthem and signing autographs and Sam James from the VOICE is performing during the first intermission!

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