Sharks beat AHLs best 3-1 in Springfield

Worcester Sharks at Springfield Falcons
Mass Mutual Center
January 25, 2013
Meeting 2 of 8 vs. the Falcons
Sharks are 2-0-0-0 vs. the Falcons this season

Sharks beat AHL’s best 3-1 in Springfield
Tommy Grant scores his first goal as member of Sharks in win

Springfield, MA– The Worcester Sharks (20-17-1-3, 44pts) grabbed an impressive 3-1 victory over the first place Springfield Falcons (25-10-3-3, 56pts) on Friday night in front of 4,021 fans at the Mass Mutual Center. The Sharks return home on Saturday to host the Providence Bruins at 7pm with a special performance by Probable Cause presented by Columbia Tech to benefit the 15-40 Connection! Doors open at 3:30pm for the 4th annual High School Hockey Showdown between Shrewsbury and Algonquin. The Sharks game will be televised live on Charter TV3 with coverage beginning at 7pm.

Worcester snapped their season high five game losing streak (0-4-0-1) while the Falcons had their six game winning streak snapped in the Sharks victory. Daniil Tarasov extended his point streak to four games (2-2-4) with a power play goal in the third period while Tommy Grant scored his first goal as a member of the Sharks with a terrific shorthanded breakaway tally in the opening frame. James Livingston scored the game winner for Worcester while Harri Sateri made 21 saves in his 8th win of season.

Scott Howes (2nd) gave the Falcons an early 1-0 lead at 3:07 with a nice deflection on a Bryan Helmer shot from the point over the shoulder of Harri Sateri. But the Sharks would tied the score just over a minute later at 4:18 as Tommy Grant (10th) scored his first goal as a member of the Worcester Sharks with a terrific shorthanded breakaway goal and finish past netminder Curtis McElhinney. The Falcons went 0-for-3 on the power play and outshot the Sharks 9-4 though 20 minutes of play.

James Livingston (3rd) scored the only goal of the middle frame as he skated down the left wing on a 3-on-1 rush and buried a shot over the shoulder of the Falcons netminder at 10:32. Captain John McCarthy grabbed the only assist on the score as Worcester took a 2-1 lead into the locker room after 40 minutes of play despite getting out shot 15-11.

Rookie Daniil Tarasov (2nd) scored a beautiful insurance goal on the power play, blasting a one timer feed by Danny Groulx at 2:37 to give the Sharks a 3-1 cushion. Harri Sateri and the Sharks defense closed the door the rest of the way and held on for the impressive road win.

The Sharks overall record improves to 20-17-1-3 (44pts in 41gp) and 12-9-0-1 (25pts in 22gp) on the road this season.

Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd star: Daniil Tarasov (1-0-1) 2nd star: Scott Howes (1-0-1) 1st star: James Livingston (1-0-1, GWG)… Final shots were 22-18 in favor of Springfield… Curtis McElhinney made 15 saves on 18 shots for Springfield… Harri Sateri made 21 saves on 22 shots for Worcester…. Worcester went 1-for-4 on the power play while Springfield went 0-for-3…Taylor Doherty (inj), Sena Acolatse (inj), Sebastian Stalberg (scr), Mike Banwell (scr), Travis Oleksuk (scr), Jimmy Bonneau (inj), and Mike Brennan (scr) did not dress for Worcester… forward Tim Kennedy (9 games missed) and defenseman Danny Groulx (21 games) both returned to lineup after missing time due to injury…. the Sharks remain with 50 fighting majors though 41gp… the Sharks are now 36-17-3 in 56 all-time meetings vs. the Falcons…with the assist…the goal by James Livingston broke a personal 12 game goalless drought.

Coming up…
On Saturday, the Sharks return home on Saturday to host the Providence Bruins at 7pm with a special performance by Probable Cause presented by Columbia Tech to benefit the 15-40 Connection! Doors open at 3:30pm for the 4th annual High School Hockey Showdown between Shrewsbury and Algonquin. One ticket valid for both games! The Sharks game will be televised live on Charter TV3 with coverage beginning at 7pm.

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