Sharks end road trip in a ditch

Worcester Sharks at Providence Bruins
Dunkin Donuts Center
February 17, 2013
Meeting 9 of 12 vs. the Bruins
Sharks are 5-2-0-2 vs. the Bruins this season

Sharks end road trip in a ditch
Yanni Gourde scores the only goal in 3-1 loss at Providence

PROVIDENCE, RI– The Worcester Sharks (23-20-1-5, 52pts) finished off their season long five game road trip with a 3-1 loss to the Atlantic Division leading Providence Bruins (30-17-0-3, 63pts) on Sunday afternoon in front of 11,153 fans at the Dunkin Donuts Center. The Sharks finished the road trip 3-2-0-0 and return home for three games next weekend at the DCU Center beginning with a 7:30pm start vs. the Manchester Monarchs on Friday night.

Alex Stalock made 27 saves in his second straight start and Yanni Gourde broke a 22 game goalless drought with a late third period goal for the Sharks in the loss.

The Bruins took a 1-0 lead with a great one timer shot from Jordan Caron (8th) from the right slot past goaltender Alex Stalock at 9:31 on the power play. The Sharks were outshot 14-9 in the first 20 minutes of play and trailed 1-0 headed into the first intermission.

Providence struck again on the power play as Craig Cunningham (14th) knocked home a loose puck during a scramble in front of the Worcester net at 16:15 to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead in the middle frame. Worcester fired 12 shots on goal in the second but could not solve netminder Michael Hutchinson.

In the third period, Yanni Gourde (7th) slammed home a loose rebound past Michael Hutchinson with 2:49 remaining to give the Sharks some life late in the game. But Bruins captain Trent Whitfield sealed the deal with an empty netter as the Bruins won their 4th straight game and 10th game in their last eleven.

The Sharks overall record falls to 23-20-1-5 (52pts in 49gp) and 15-11-0-2 (30pts in 28gp) on the road this season.

Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd star: Jordan Caron (1-0-1) 2nd star: Craig Cunningham (1-0-1) 1st star: Michael Hutchinson (32 saves, W)… Final shots were 33-30 in favor of Worcester … Michael Hutchinson made 32 saves on 33 shots for Providence… Alex Stalock made 27 saves on 29 shots for Worcester …. Worcester went 0-for-6 on the power play, while Providence went 2-for-5… Taylor Doherty (inj), Sebastian Stalberg (scr), Sena Acolatse (inj), Mike Brennan (inj), Curt Gogol (scr) and Brodie Reid (inj) did not dress for Worcester… the 3-in-3 weekend for Worcester marks the first of three straight 3-in-3’s for the Sharks… Bracken Kearns left midway through the 2nd period after taking a shot in the face area and did not return.

Coming up…
The Sharks return home to host the Manchester Monarchs on Friday night at 7:30pm at the DCU Center on Wachusett Mountain Learn to Turn Night.

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