Sharks drop a 2-1 fiesty affair in front of 6,900+ at DCU Center in Worcester

Adirondack Phantoms at Worcester Sharks
DCU Center
January 19, 2013
Meeting 1 of 2 vs. the Phantoms
Sharks are 0-1-0-0 vs. the Phantoms this season

Sharks drop a 2-1 fiesty affair in front of 6,900+ at DCU Center in Worcester

Former SJ Sharks goalie Brian Boucher recorded 28 saves for the Phantoms

Worcester, MA– The Worcester Sharks (19-17-1-3, 42pts) fell to the Adirondack Phantoms (16-19-1-1, 34pts) on Rob Gronkowski bobble head night in a fiesty 2-1 affair on Saturday evening in front of a sellout crowd of 6,959 fans at the DCU Center.

Brodie Reid (9th) scored the Sharks lone goal in the 2-1 loss on a nice feed from Michael Pelech. With the assist, Pelech recorded his first AHL point. Former San Jose Sharks goaltender Brian Boucher backstopped Adirondack to the win, turning aside 28 of the 29 shots that he faced. Cullen Eddy (1st) and Tye McGinn (11th) scored a goal apiece for the Phantoms in the game. Alex Stalock was the tough luck loser, stopping 20 of the 22 shots that he faced while Matt Pelech recorded his team leading 10th and 11th fighting majors in his return to Worcester.

It didn’t take long for the Phantoms to get on the board. Adirondack scored on their first shot of the game just 2:40 into the first period, when Cullen Eddy (1st) released a bomb from the point that found its way through the five-hole of Alex Stalock, giving the Phantoms a 1-0 lead. Nearing the midway point of the period, Matt Pelech unleashed a booming check on an Adirondack defenseman, causing Ian Slater (2nd FM) to drop the gloves with Pelech (10th FM). In a one-sided fight, Pelech easily handled Slater, connecting on several punches. Less than two minutes later, a similar situation occurred, when Bracken Kearns (5th FM) dropped the gloves with Cullen Eddy (9th FM) following a hard clean check, scoring the take down in another one-sided bout. Feeding off of the momentum from the two fights, the Sharks were able to find the equalizer. At 10:11 of the first period, Brodie Reid (9th) received a great feed from Michael Pelech and buried the puck past Brian Boucher after a great deke out in front, evening the game 1-1.

The one man wrecking crew known as Matt Pelech didn’t stop after the first period. After a big clean check in the neutral zone, Pelech (11th FM) dropped the gloves for the second time of the game, this time with Zack FitzGerald (9th FM), landing the majority of the blows and notching another win. The Phantoms took their second lead of the game just over halfway through the second period. Following two sensational saves by Alex Stalock, Tye McGinn (11th) was finally able to tuck it to the back of the net on the power play, allowing Adirondack to regain the lead 2-1. The Sharks had a goal disallowed late in the period after Denny Urban appeared to have scored for the Sharks but the goal was waved off.

The Sharks brought a ton of pressure offensively in the third period, but they couldn’t seem to solve Adirondack goaltender Brian Boucher. Deserving a better outcome, the Sharks outshot the Phantoms by a total of 14-4 in the third period of play, but Boucher turned aside all 14 shots to secure the 2-1 victory for Adirondack.

The Sharks overall record falls to 19-17-1-3 (42pts in 40gp) and 8-8-1-2 (19pts in 19gp) at home this season.

Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd star: Cullen Eddy (1-0-1) 2nd star: Brodie Reid (1-0-1) 1st star: Tye McGinn (1-0-1, GWG)… Final shots were 29-22 in favor of Worcester… Brian Boucher made 28 saves on 29 shots for Adirondack… Alex Stalock made 20 saves on 22 shots for Worcester…. Worcester went 0-for-2 on the power play while Adirondack went 1-for-7…Taylor Doherty (inj), Sena Acolatse (inj), Danny Groulx (inj), Tim Kennedy (inj), Mike Banwell (scr), Travis Oleksuk (scr), Patrick Rissmiller (scr), Jimmy Bonneau (inj), and Curt Gogol (inj) did not dress for Worcester…John McCarthy, Matt Pelech, and Bracken Kearns made their return to the lineup after attending training camp in San Jose… Matt Pelech skated as forward and played on the same line as his brother Michael…. With the three fighting majors, the Sharks now have 50 fighting majors though 40gp… with the assist, Daniil Tarasov now has a three game point streak (1-2-3)… the Sharks have lost a season high five straight games (0-4-0-1).

Coming up…
The Sharks head to Springfield on Friday for a 7pm faceoff vs. the Falcons at the Mass Mutual Center

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