Sharks fall short 2-0 in front of 7,966

Providence Bruins at Worcester Sharks
DCU Center
February 2, 2013
Meeting 8 of 12 vs. the Bruins
Sharks are 5-1-0-2 vs. the Bruins this season
By Matt Metcalf

Sharks fall short 2-0 in front of 7,966

Alex Stalock turned aside 23 out of the 24 shots that he faced in the game

Worcester, MA– The Worcester Sharks (20-18-1-5, 46pts) fell to the division rival Providence Bruins (25-16-0-3, 53pts) 2-0 on Saturday evening in front of 7,966 fans at the DCU Center. The game marked the annual Pink in the Rink game, benefitting the Cup Crusaders.

The Sharks fell behind early in the first period on a goal from Providence’s Craig Cunningham (10th) and weren’t able to erase the deficit. Alex Stalock was stellar, turning aside 23 out of the 24 shots that he saw. Unfortunately for the Sharks, Bruins goalie Niklas Svedberg had quite the game as well. Svedberg picked up his second shutout of the season, stopping all 26 shots that he faced. Kyle MacKinnon (7th) added an empty netter late to secure the victory for the Bruins. Worcester dropped their sixth straight home game (0-4-0-2) and fell under .500 at the DCU Center in the loss.

It was all Providence in the early stages of the first period. Just 2:33 into the period, their relentless pressure paid off. After a puck emerged out of a scrum in the slot, Torey Krug found Craig Cunningham (10th) far post with a nice feed, who buried the puck into an empty cage, giving Providence a 1-0 lead. Near the midway point of the period, Matt Pelech (12th FM) and Bobby Robins (26th FM) dropped the gloves in a heavyweight bout, with Pelech scoring the take down after several bombs were thrown. Almost seven minutes after he dropped the gloves for the first time, Robins (27th FM) dropped the gloves again, this time with James Livingston (3rd FM). However, not many punches were landed as the two players fell to the ice after a short fight. Providence outshot the Sharks 13-2 in the first period. Each team failed to convert on one power play chance.

Curt Gogol (5th FM) and Providence’s Tyler Randell (3rd FM) dropped the gloves at the opening faceoff of the second period, with Randell getting the better of the fight after Gogol’s sweater was pulled over his head. No one scored in the period, but there were plenty of chances. Thanks to the posts, the score stayed 1-0 Bruins, as Providence rang two posts and Worcester rang one. Worcester carried the play in the second, outshooting the Bruins 11-4.

The Sharks outplayed the Bruins for the majority of the third period, particularly down the stretch, but couldn’t find the equalizer. Providence’s Kyle MacKinnon (7th) added an empty net goal with just 11.9 seconds remaining in regulation to secure the victory for the Bruins after a pass from Carter Camper. The Sharks threw 13 shots at the net in the final period of play, but fell just short, as Niklas Svedberg was up to the task, turning aside everything that came his way.

The Sharks overall record falls to 20-18-1-5 (46pts in 44gp) and 8-9-1-3 (20pts in 21gp) at home this season.

Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd star: Alex Stalock (23 saves) 2nd star: Craig Cunningham, (1-0-1, GWG) 1st star: Niklas Svedberg (26 saves, shutout)… Final shots were 26-25 in favor of Worcester… Niklas Svedberg made 26 saves on 26 shots for Providence… Alex Stalock made 23 saves on 24 shots for Worcester…. Worcester went 0-for-3 on the power play, while Providence went 0-for-3… Taylor Doherty (inj), Sena Acolatse (inj), Yanni Gourde (scr), Mike Brennan (scr), Mike Banwell (inj), and Jimmy Bonneau (inj) did not dress for Worcester… The Sharks played in their annual Pink in the Rink game benefitting the Cup Crusaders in front of a crowd of 7,966…St. John’s High School defeated St. Peter- Marian prior to the Sharks game in the 7th Annual High School Hockey Clash by the score of 4-2…With the three fights, the Sharks now have 54 on the season…The Sharks and Bruins previously played to seven straight one goal games before tonight’s 2-0 loss.

Coming up…
The Sharks begin their six game road trip on Tuesday night with a 6pm (EST) start vs. the IceCaps in St. John’s NFLD.

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