Sharks comeback falls short in loss to Penguins

Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins at Worcester Sharks
DCU Center
March 15, 2013
Meeting 3 of 4 vs. the Penguins
Sharks are 1-2-0-0 vs. the Penguins this season
By Matt Metcalf

Sharks comeback falls short in loss to Penguins
Travis Oleksuk and James Livingston each had two-point games in 5-3 loss

Worcester, MA- The Worcester Sharks (28-24-1-6, 63 points) had their five-game home point streak snapped with a 5-3 loss to the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins (34-22-3-2, 73 points) in front of 5,865 fans at the DCU Center on Friday evening. Prior to the game, Avery Bradley of the Boston Celtics made an appearance and signed autographs for Sharks fans.

Facing a three-goal deficit heading into the third period, Worcester got goals from James Livingston (6th) and Jon Matsumoto (13th) to make it a one-goal game, but just couldn’t pull it out, as Warren Peters (11th) of the Penguins added an empty netter late to put the game away. Yanni Gourde (8th) scored the other Sharks goal early in the second period. Dylan Reese (6th), Chad Kolarik (23rd), Paul Thompson (15th), and Riley Holzapfel (17th) added the other goals for Wilkes-Barre / Scranton. Brad Thiessen earned his 14th win of the season in net for the Penguins, while Harri Sateri suffered his 13th loss of the season.

Both teams came out flying in the early stages of the game, but the first goal didn’t come until 14:48 of the first period. After Wilkes-Barre / Scranton’s goaltender Brad Thiessen made a great save on a shorthanded Bracken Kearns breakaway, Dylan Reese (6th) scored for the Penguins on a 5-on-3 advantage, roofing a wrist shot over the left shoulder of Harri Sateri from just above the right faceoff dot, making it a 1-0 game. Worcester held a 12-11 advantage in shots in the first period. The Penguins were 1-for-3 on the power play in the period, while the Sharks didn’t have a power play opportunity.

After an interference penalty was assessed to Adam Comrie less than two minutes into the second period, the Penguins scored their second power play goal of the game, when Chad Kolarik (23rd) wristed a shot past Harri Sateri from the right side, giving the Penguins a 2-0 lead. It didn’t take long for Wilkes-Barre / Scranton to add to their lead. Just 23 seconds after their second goal, the Penguins upped their lead to 3-0, when Paul Thompson (15th) was able to tip a shot by Joey Mormina past Sateri. However, the Sharks weren’t ready to fold easily. Just 14 seconds later, Yanni Gourde (8th) one-timed a pass from Travis Oleksuk past Brad Thiessen, cutting the Worcester deficit to 3-1. The Penguins increased their lead to three once again at 16:35 of the second, when Kolarik made a nice pass to Riley Holzapfel (17th) who buried the puck into an empty cage, giving Wilkes-Barre / Scranton a 4-1 lead. Worcester outshot the Penguins 22-21 through two periods, despite trailing by three goals.

The Sharks cut their deficit to two goals less than three minutes into the third period, when James Livingston (6th) retrieved the puck in the neutral zone, skated down the right wing and unleashed a bomb of a slap shot that beat Brad Thiessen top shelf, making it a 4-2 Penguins lead. The Sharks kept rolling offensively. At 15:05 of the period, Jon Matsumoto (13th) collected the puck along the left wing in the attacking zone and banked a shot in off of Thiessen from the goal line, making it a 4-3 Wilkes-Barre / Scranton lead. After two minor penalties being assessed to the Penguins late and the Sharks pulling Harri Sateri, the Sharks had a 6-on-3 advantage with less than two minutes to go, but couldn’t score. With eight seconds remaining, Penguins forward Warren Peters (11th) added an empty netter to put the game out of reach for the Sharks.

The Sharks overall record falls to 28-24-1-6 (63pts in 59gp) and 12-11-1-4 (29pts in 28gp) on home ice this season.

Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd star: Travis Oleksuk (0-2-2)... 2nd star: Riley Holzapfel (1-1-2)... 1st star: Trevor Smith (0-2-2)... Final shots were 38-29 in favor of Worcester… Brad Thiessen made 35 saves on 38 shots for Wilkes-Barre… Harri Sateri made 24 saves on 28 shots for Worcester in his 6th straight start …. Worcester went 0-for-5 on the power play, while Wilkes-Barre went 2-for-6… Mike Brennan (inj), Jimmy Bonneau (scr), Marek Viedensky (scr), and Brodie Reid (inj) did not dress for Worcester… Yanni Gourde scored his first goal since being called back up from San Francisco…James Livingston and Travis Oleksuk each had two-point nights…The Sharks had their five-game home point streak snapped with the loss…the Sharks are now 4-8-0 vs. the Penguins in 12 matchups… the Sharks finished their four game home stand 2-1-0-1.

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