Four power play goals leads Sharks past Penguins
Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins at Worcester Sharks
March 13, 2013
Meeting 2 of 4 vs. the Penguins
Sharks are 1-1-0-0 vs. the Penguins this season
By Matt Metcalf
Four power play goals leads Sharks past Penguins
Worcester extends home point streak to five games with 5-1 win
Worcester, MA- The Worcester Sharks (28-23-1-6, 63 points) extended their home point streak to five games (4-0-1) with a 5-1 victory over the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins (33-22-3-2, 71 points) in front of 2,419 fans at the DCU Center on Wednesday evening. The Sharks conclude their four-game home stand with a 7:30pm start vs. the Penguins on Friday.
Harri Sateri led the way for the Sharks, making 28 saves on 29 shots, earning his 13th victory of the season. Marek Viedensky (4th), Adam Comrie (1st), Bracken Kearns (16th), and Daniil Tarasov (9th) scored power play goals for the Sharks against the Penguins, who are the best penalty killing team in the league. Kearns (17th) also added an even-strength goal for the Sharks in the win. Comrie added three assists in addition to his goal, for a four point night. Warren Peters (10th) scored the lone goal for the Penguins in the third period.
Neither team was able to find the back of the net in a back-and-forth first period. Although neither team scored, there wasn’t a lack of scoring opportunities in the period, as each team had prime scoring chances in the final two minutes of the first. Wilkes-Barre / Scranton’s chance came when defenseman Dylan Reese rang the post on a blast from the point that beat Harri Sateri to his left, while Worcester’s Adam Comrie was denied by a sprawling Jeff Zatkoff on a power play chance in the final minute of the period. Worcester held a 15-13 shot advantage in the period, while going scoreless on the power play in three chances.
It didn’t take long for the Sharks to get on the board in the second period. With 1:10 remaining on their power play chance from the first period, the Sharks capitalized just 16 seconds into the second. After a blast from the point by Adam Comrie that went just wide, the puck ricocheted off of the boards to a wide open Marek Viedensky (4th) out in front who buried the puck into an empty cage, giving the Sharks a 1-0 lead. The Sharks added another power play goal late in the period to increase their lead to 2-0, when Daniil Tarasov (9th) received the puck on the doorstep, dangled, and roofed a backhand shot past Jeff Zatkoff. The Sharks continued to dominate in shots, edging the Penguins 13-6 in the second as well.
The Sharks scored their third power play goal of the game at 9:20 of the third period, when Bracken Kearns made a nice feed out to Adam Comrie (1st), who buried a one-timer past Jeff Zatkoff for his first AHL goal, giving the Sharks a 3-0 lead. The Penguins answered back shortly after, when Warren Peters (10th) snuck the only shot of the game past Harri Sateri, cutting their deficit to 3-1. However, the two-goal lead didn’t last long. Just over a minute after the Penguins scored, Bracken Kearns (16th) went in on a breakaway and scored a highlight reel goal after a lob pass in the neutral zone, giving the Sharks a three goal lead once again. The Sharks weren’t done there. The Sharks added their fourth power play goal of the game, when Comrie made a perfect cross-ice feed to a wide open Kearns (17th) who buried the puck into an empty cage, making it a 5-1 final.
The Sharks overall record improves to 28-23-1-6 (63pts in 58gp) and 12-10-1-4 (29pts in 27gp) on home ice this season.
Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd star: Marek Viedensky (1-0-1)... 2nd star: Adam Comrie (1-3-4)... 1st star: Bracken Kearns (2-1-3)... Final shots were 40-29 in favor of Worcester… Jeff Zatkoff made 35 saves on 40 shots for Wilkes Barre… Harri Sateri made 28 saves on 29 shots for Worcester in his 5th straight start …. Worcester went 4-for-8 on the power play, while Wilkes-Barre went 0-for-5… Mike Brennan (inj), Jimmy Bonneau (scr), Denny Urban (scr), and Brodie Reid (inj) did not dress for Worcester… Adam Comrie scored his first AHL goal in the win…the Sharks are just 4-7-0 all-time vs. the Penguins… Yanni Gourde played his first game with Worcester after playing eight games (4-6-10) with the San Francisco Bulls (ECHL) and added two assists…with the victory, the Sharks extended their home point streak to five games (4-0-1)…. John McCarthy had two assists for the Sharks.... a line brawl almost broke out at 17:55 of the 3rd period with Steve MacIntyre (14 pims) and Matt Pelech (12 pims) shown the game early.
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