Sharks drop 2-1 decision to Falcons

Worcester Sharks at Springfield Falcons
Mass Mutual Center
March 22, 2013
Meeting 6 of 8 vs. the Falcons
Sharks are 3-3-0-0 vs. the Falcons this season
By Jake Denver

Sharks drop 2-1 decision to Falcons

Adam Comrie scores only Worcester goal in loss

Springfield, MA– The Worcester Sharks (28-25-1-6, 63pts) were defeated by their Eastern Conference rival the Springfield Falcons (36-18-5-4, 81pts) by a score of 2-1 on Friday night in front of 4,396 fans at the Mass Mutual Center. The Sharks return home to host the Providence Bruins on Saturday at 7pm on Heroes Night.

Goaltender Curtis McElhinney came up huge for the Falcons making 25 saves in his 25th win. Nick Holden’s second period goal at 16:24 was the game winner as the Falcons held off a late third period rally by Worcester. Adam Comrie scored Worcester’s only goal of the night in the third period to make things interesting but the Sharks were unable to send the game into overtime. Harri Sateri made 19 saves for the Sharks in the loss.

Sean Collins (8th) put the Falcons on top 13 seconds into the game as he found the back of the net after a centering feed from Spencer Machacek. Worcester players gave up on the play after an icing call was waved off by the officials late. Each team went 0-1 on the power play as the Sharks outshot the Falcons 12 to 10 in the first period.

Nick Holden (6th) added to the Falcons lead in the second period with a blast from the point past Sateri on a power play to put the Falcons up 2-0 at 16:24. The second period was full of penalties for both teams, as Matt Pelech picked up his team leading 14th fighting major with a long scrap with Dalton Smith (12th FM) at 13:01. The Sharks trailed 2-0 heading into the third period of play.

Defenseman Adam Comrie (2nd) scored for the Sharks with 9:03 in the third to bring Worcester within one entering the final stretch of the game. Sateri was pulled for the man advantage late in the third but the Sharks were unable to find the equalizer. It was a close game up until the final whistle but the Sharks were unable to find the back of the net in crunch time.

The Sharks overall record falls to 28-26-1-6 (63pts in 60gp) and 16-14-0-2 on the road. Worcester has 16 games remaining and is currently six points behind the final playoff spot with three games in hand.

Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd star: Sean Collins (1-1-2) 2nd star: Nick Holden (1-0-1, GWG) 1st star: Curtis McElhinney (25 saves on 26 Shots)... Final shots were 26-21 in favor of Worcester… Curtis McElhinney made 25 saves on 26 shots for Springfield…Harri Sateri made 19 saves on 21 shots for Worcester…. Worcester went 0-for-5 on the power play while Springfield went 1-for-5… The Sharks are now 37-20-3 all-time in 60 meetings vs. Springfield…. Forwards Peter Sivak and Lane Scheidl made their AHL debuts. Harri Sateri made his 7th straight start in net for the Sharks. Worcester scratches were Gogol (inj), Viedensky (inj), Brennan (scr), Bonneau (scr), and Reid (inj). … Bracken Kearns had his four game point streak ended (4-4-8).

Coming up…
New England guard and five time Pro Bowl player Logan Mankins will appear and sign autographs in partnership with 98.5 The Sports Hub on Saturday, March 23 when the Sharks host the Providence Bruins at 7pm on Heroes Night. Logan has started all 113 regular-season games and all 13 postseason games in which he has appeared in since joining New England in 2005 and will sign autographs from 6-8pm.

Doors open on Saturday at 4pm for the Guns N Hoses game at 4:15pm between the Worcester Police Department and the Worcester Fire Department on Heroes Night! Portions of the proceeds to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Luke Lecaire Children’s Fund.

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