Matsumotos late game-winner lifts Sharks over Monarchs

Manchester Monarchs vs. Worcester Sharks
DCU Center
December 28, 2012
Meeting 6 of 12 vs. the Monarchs
Sharks are 4-2-0-0 vs. the Monarchs this season

Matsumoto’s late game-winner lifts Sharks over Monarchs

Harri Sateri stopped 22 of 23 shots to secure the victory

Worcester, MA– The Worcester Sharks (15-11-1-2, 33pts), in their eleventh straight one goal game (6-4-0-1), defeated the Manchester Monarchs (14-13-2-2, 32pts) 2-1 on Friday evening in front of 5,008 fans at the DCU Center. The Sharks return to action and host the Providence Bruins on Saturday night at 7pm at the DCU Center.

Jon Matsumoto (7th) scored with 3:55 left in regulation on a wrap around for the game winning goal. Matsumoto and James Sheppard each chipped in with a goal and an assist in the Shark’s 2-1 victory. Harri Sateri was solid in net, stopping 22 of 23 Manchester shots, including 11 in the third period, to secure the win for Worcester.

After a flurry of chances early, the Sharks were able to get on the board first at 12:06 on a great individual play by James Sheppard (8th), who burned a Manchester defenseman and tucked it over Peter Mannino’s right shoulder, giving the Sharks a 1-0 lead. Less than a minute later, Sena Acolatse (4th FM) got the better of Manchester’s Andy Andreoff (5th FM) when they dropped the mitts in a long tilt at center ice. The Sharks came out flying, outshooting the Monarchs 18-7 in the first period of play.

The physical play started to pick up in the second period, resulting in Mike Brennan (2nd FM) and Richard Clune (14th FM) dropping the gloves in a good bout at 9:39. Manchester evened the score 1-1 at 16:21, when Jake Muzzin (2nd) one-timed a shot from just above the left faceoff dot over the right shoulder of Harri Sateri. The Sharks had a number of good scoring chances in the period, particularly when Tim Kennedy was robbed point blank by Peter Mannino, who looked to be down and out, on a shot that was labeled for the top shelf.

The line of Jon Matsumoto, James Sheppard, and Brodie Reid paid dividends once again, coming through with late-game heroics for the second time in three games. After a long shift of getting after the Monarchs on the fore-check, Jon Matsumoto (7th) got the puck behind the Manchester cage, who dangled around a Manchester defenseman and slipped one past Peter Mannino on a wrap around, giving the Sharks a 2-1 lead at 16:05. This proved to be the decisive goal, as the Sharks were able to hang on late.

The Sharks overall record improves to 15-11-1-2 (33pts in 29gp) and 6-5-1-1 on home ice.

Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd star: Harri Sateri (22 saves, win) 2nd star: Jon Matsumoto (1-1-2) 1st star: James Sheppard (1-1-2)… Final shots were 34-23 in favor of Worcester… Peter Mannino made 32 saves on 34 shots for Manchester… Harri Sateri made 22 saves on 23 shots for Worcester…. Worcester went 0-for-3 on the power play while Manchester went 0-for-1… Danny Groulx (inj), Taylor Doherty (inj), Curt Gogol (inj), Nick Petrecki (inj), Travis Oleksuk (inj), and Jimmy Bonneau (scr) did not dress for Worcester… Jon Matsumoto recorded his second game-winning goal in his last three games…James Sheppard pitched in with a goal and an assist…Sena Acolatse and Mike Brennan each picked up fighting majors in the win… Worcester now has 40 fighting majors through 29 games… Worcester improves to 11-5-1-1 against the Atlantic Division.

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