Sateri stellar in loss to Portland

Portland Pirates at Worcester Sharks
DCU Center
January 13, 2013
Meeting 8 of 12 vs. the Pirates
Sharks are 3-5-0-0 vs. the Pirates this season
By Matt Metcalf

Sateri stellar in loss to Portland
Harri Sateri turned aside 38 shots and Brodie Reid scored Worcester’s lone goal

Worcester, MA– The Worcester Sharks (19-15-1-2, 41pts) fell to the division rival Portland Pirates (23-12-1-1, 48pts) 3-1 on Sunday afternoon in front of 4,728 fans at the DCU Center.

Harri Sateri took the loss in the game, despite turning aside 38 of the 40 shots that he faced. Brodie Reid (8th) scored the lone goal for the Sharks in the loss, with Patrick Rissmiller assisting on the goal for his first point in a Worcester Sharks uniform. Brett Hextall (6th), Chris Conner (7th), and Jordan Szwarz (6th) each had a goal in the game for Portland. Conner’s goal was the game-winner that came on a 3-on-3 in the second period.

After the Pirates carried much of the play early on, they were finally able to strike at 17:24 of the first period. A shot that was heading towards the Worcester net took an unfortunate bounce and found a streaking Brett Hextall (6th), who buried the puck into an empty cage, giving the Pirate a 1-0 lead. The Sharks struggled to get anything going offensively in the first, getting outshot by Portland 16-3 in the opening period.

The Sharks were able to even the score near the midway point of the second period, when Brodie Reid (8th) tapped the puck past Portland goaltender Chad Johnson after a great passing sequence by Worcester. On the goal, Patrick Rissmiller picked up his first point with Worcester, notching an assist. At the ensuing faceoff, Jimmy Bonneau (4th FM) and Joel Rechlicz (9th FM) dropped the gloves in a great bout with both landing big blows. Shortly after, Portland’s Chris Conner (7th) snuck in on a break on a 3-on-3 and tucked a backhand five-hole under Harri Sateri that snuck over the goal line, giving the Pirates a 2-1 lead.

The Sharks couldn’t find the equalizer, despite throwing 16 shots at the Portland goal in the third period. Portland secured the victory late, when Jordan Szwarz (6th) put the puck into an empty Worcester net after Sateri was pulled.

The Sharks overall record falls to 19-15-1-2 (41pts in 37gp) and 8-6-1-1 at the DCU Center.

Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd star: Brett Hextall (1-0-1) 2nd star: Chris Conner (1-0-1, GWG) 1st star: Harri Sateri (38 saves)… Final shots were 41-27 in favor of Portland… Chad Johnson made 26 saves on 27 shots for Portland… Harri Sateri made 38 saves on 40 shots for Worcester…. Worcester went 0-for-4 on the power play while Portland went 0-for-3…Taylor Doherty (inj), Sena Acolatse (inj), Danny Groulx (inj), Tim Kennedy (inj), Matt Irwin (scr), John McCarthy (scr) Frazer McLaren (scr), Bracken Kearns (scr), Matt Pelech (scr), Nick Petrecki (scr), James Sheppard (scr),Brandon Mashinter (scr), and Matt Tennyson (scr)did not dress for Worcester…Prior to the game, the Sharks signed Andy Bohmbach to a PTO and wore #39… the Sharks dressed 10 rookies and seven players on PTOs….Pat Rissmiller picked up first point for the Worcester Sharks…With the two fighting majors, the two teams have now combined for 31 this season…This was the third time that Jimmy Bonneau and Joel Rechlicz dropped the gloves this season…. Yanni Gourde broke an 11 game pointless skid with an assist. Before the game, the Marlboro defeated Hudson 5-2 in the 5th annual high school hockey clash.

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