Sharks begin 2013 with a thud

Worcester Sharks at Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins
Mohegan Sun Arena
January 5, 2012
Meeting 1 of 4 vs. the Penguins
Sharks are 0-1-0-0 vs. the Penguins this season

Sharks begin 2013 with a thud
Worcester falls 3-0 at Wilkes-Barre Scranton

Wilkes-Barre Scranton, PA– The Worcester Sharks (17-12-1-2, 37pts) fell 3-0 to the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (15-15-2-1, 33pts) on Saturday evening in front of 5,884 fans at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

Brad Thiessen made 30 saves for the Penguins as Worcester was shutout for the first time since the home opener 4-0 to the Devils on Oct 20. Harri Sateri made 17 in the loss as the Sharks streak of 13 straight games decided by a single goal came to an end in the 3-0 loss.

Former Worcester Sharks forward Benn Ferriero (4th) gave the Penguins an early 1-0 lead at just 40 seconds of the first period after he slammed home a centering pass from Beau Bennett past Harri Sateri for the only strike of the opening frame. Worcester outshot the Penguins 11-10 through 20 minutes as goaltender Brad Thiessen was sharp early for Wilkes-Barre.

The Penguins went ahead 3-0 with two second period goals on eight shots. Riley Holzapfel (9th) fired a puck through a screen from the left wing side at 3:43 to put WBS ahead 2-0. Warren Peters (5th) gave the Penguins a 3-0 lead after a rebound strike at 7:11 past Sateri after the Sharks were hemmed in their own zone. The Sharks trailed 3-0 after 40 minutes despite outshooting the Penguins 22-18.

Worcester outshot the Penguins 8-2 in the third period with the best chance to ruin the shutout by Yanni Gourde with eight minutes remaining with a shot from the right circle. Final shots were 30-20 in favor of Worcester as the Penguins held on for the 3-0 win.

The Sharks overall record falls to 17-12-1-2 (37pts in 32gp) and 10-7-0-1 on the road this season.

Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd star: Riley Holzapfel (1-0-1) 2nd star: Benn Ferriero (GWG) 1st star: Brad Thiessen (30 save shutout)… Final shots were 30-20 in favor of Worcester Thiessen made 30 saves on 30 shots for Wilkes-Barre Scranton… Harri Sateri made 17 saves on 20 shots for Worcester…. Worcester went 0-for-5 on the power play while Wilkes-Barre Scranton went 0-for-3… Danny Groulx (inj), Taylor Doherty (inj), Sebastian Stalberg (scr), Mike Banwell (scr), Tim Kennedy (inj), Curt Gogol (inj), and Sena Acolatse (inj), did not dress for Worcester… Worcester now has 40 fighting majors through 32 games… Worcester is now 3-8-0 all-time vs. the Penguins.

Coming up…
The Sharks four game road trip continues in Hershey, PA on Sunday with a 4pm start vs. the Bears.

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