Sharks win a greasy 2-1 game in Hershey

Worcester Sharks at Hershey Bears
Giant Center
January 6, 2012
Meeting 2 of 4 vs. the Bears
Sharks are 2-0-0-0 vs. the Bears this season
Photo: JustSports Photgraphy

Sharks win a greasy 2-1 game in Hershey
Stalock superb with 30 saves in goal

HERSHEY, PA– The Worcester Sharks (18-12-1-2, 39pts) battled out a 2-1 win over the Hershey Bears (16-16-1-1, 34pts) on Sunday evening in front of 10,168 fans at the Giant Center. The Sharks are now 2-1-0-0 on their four game road trip which concludes Tuesday night at Portland vs. the Pirates.

Alex Stalock made 30 saves in net for Worcester and Jon Matsumoto (9th) continued his success against the Bears with a goal and an assist including the game winner. Matt Tennyson (3rd) added a power play goal and James Sheppard added two assists in the victory.

The Sharks scored the only goal in the opening frame with a Matt Tennyson (3rd) power play tally at 18:19 past Braden Holtby. After a loose puck battle won by James Sheppard in the left wing corner, Jon Matsumoto sent a tape to tape pass to the right side to Tennyson who slammed home the only score in the period. Alex Stalock was sharp with 13 first period saves.

The Sharks were outshot 8-2 in the middle period but score the only goal to go ahead 2-0. Jon Matsumoto (9th) sent a laser from the right circle over the shoulder of Braden Holtby at 6:22 assisted by Brodie Reid and James Sheppard. Braken Kearns (4th FM) and Steve Oleksy (7th FM) traded rights and lefts in a long spirited fight at 8:20 as the physical play picked up in the second. Stalock was superb with several big saves while the Sharks were shorthanded three times in the second frame as Worcester took a 2-0 lead in into the third period.

The Bears found the back of the net in the 3rd period as Jeff Taffe (8th) slammed home a centering feed by Jon DiSalvatore at 4:48 in the third period to cut the Sharks lead to 2-1. The Sharks killed off two more late Bears power plays as Stalock stood on his head to hold on for the 2-1 victory.

The Sharks overall record improves to 18-12-1-2 (39pts in 33gp) and 11-7-0-1 on the road this season.

Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd star: Matt Tennyson (1-0-1) 2nd star: Alex Stalock (30 saves, W) 1st star: Jon Matsumoto (1-1-2)… Final shots were 31-21 in favor of Hershey… Braden Holtby made 19 saves on 21 shots for Hershey… Alex Stalock made 30 saves on 31 shots for Worcester…. Worcester went 1-for-4 on the power play while Hershey went 0-for-6… Danny Groulx (inj), Taylor Doherty (inj), Brandon Mashinter (inj), Jimmy Bonneau (scr), Tim Kennedy (inj), Curt Gogol (inj), and Sena Acolatse (inj), did not dress for Worcester… Worcester now has 41 fighting majors through 33 games… Matt Pelech played forward for Worcester…. the Sharks are now 4-for-10 on the power play vs. the Bears this season… Jon Matsumoto has a hand on all five goals vs. the Bears this season (2-3-5).

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