Sharks shock IceCaps with late 3rd period comeback for 3-2 win

Worcester Sharks at St. John’s IceCaps
Mile One Centre
February 5, 2013
Meeting 2 of 4 vs. the IceCaps
Sharks are 1-1-0-0 vs. the IceCaps this season

Sharks shock IceCaps with late 3rd period comeback for 3-2 win
Daniil Tarasov scores his 2nd goal of the game with 1:31 left in the 3rd period for the gwg

St. John’s NFLD – The Worcester Sharks (21-18-1-5, 48pts) opened up their season long six game road trip with a hard fought come from behind 3-2 victory over the St. John’s IceCaps (21-23-1-2, 45pts) on Tuesday evening in front of another sellout crowd of 6,287 fans at the Mile One Centre. Game two of the six game road trip continues on Wednesday night with another 6pm (EST) start in St. John’s.

Bracken Kearns tied the score at 16:42 of the 3rd period with his team leading 7th power play goal and rookie Daniil Tarasov won it with 91 seconds left deflecting home a Tim Kennedy shot from the right circle. Harri Sateri was brilliant making 30 saves for his 9th win of the season as Kennedy (0-3-3) and Kearns (1-2-3) each picked up three points in the win.

The Sharks came out blazing in the opening frame and rookie Daniil Tarasov (4th) snapped a wicked shot from inside the right circle with Bracken Kearns setting up a screen on top of the crease on goaltender Eddie Pasquale to give Worcester a 1-0 lead at 1:32. The IceCaps tied the score at 10:05 as captain Jason Jaffrey (7th) scored a breakaway shorthanded goal with a nice move and shot past Harri Sateri. It was a physical first period with Worcester holding a 12-10 shot advantage through 20 minutes.

Neither team scored in the middle frame but it was not for the lack of great chances. Harri Sateri made a super stack the pads save on Kevin Clark with 90 seconds left in the period and Eddie Pasquale made a great glove save on a deflected shot off the stick of Tim Kennedy with under 30 seconds left. Each team had 20 shots through 40 minutes with the score tied at 1-1.

In the third period, Jason Jaffrey (8th) gave St. John’s a 2-1 lead with a power play deflection score at 6:31 but the Sharks would come barreling back. Bracken Kearns (11th) ripped a shot from in tight on the power play at 16:42 to tie the score at 2-2. After Bracken Kearns made a nice entry into the offensive zone, Tim Kennedy swung the puck towards the net and Daniil Tarasov (5th) was set up perfectly in front of the net to tip it past the shoulder of the IceCaps netminder with 91 seconds remaining to give the Sharks a 3-2 lead. Jason Jaffrey had a great opportunity for the hat trick and to tie the score in the final seconds but Sateri made a sliding glove stop to secure the victory.

The Sharks overall record falls to 21-18-1-5 (48pts in 45gp) and 13-9-0-2 (26pts in 24gp) on the road this season.

Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd star: Bracken Kearns (1-2-3) 2nd star: Jason Jaffrey (2-0-2) 1st star: Tim Kennedy (0-3-3)… Final shots were 32-32… Eddie Pasquale made 29 saves on 32 shots for St. John’s in his 11 straight start… Harri Sateri made 30 saves on 32 shots for Worcester in his 9th win…. Worcester went 1-for-3on the power play, while St. John’s went 1-for-5… Taylor Doherty (inj), Sena Acolatse (inj), Jon Matsumoto (sick), Mike Banwell (scr), Curt Gogol (inj), and Danny Groulx (sick) did not dress for Worcester… rookie Daniil Tarasov currently has points in 7 of 8 games (5-4-9)…with the one scrap (James Livingston) the Sharks now have 55 fighting majors through 45 games…. the shorthanded goal allowed by the Sharks was their 5th allowed this season... the 1-goal win gave Worcester 15 of the season – tied for the AHL high… Worcester has won four of five games at the Mile One Centre.

Coming up…
The Sharks continue their season long six game road trip with a 6pm (EST) start at St. John’s on Tuesday night.

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