No birthday win for FINZ in 4-1 loss to Bears

Hershey Bears at Worcester Sharks
DCU Center
March 24, 2013
Meeting 4 of 4 vs. the Bears
Sharks are 2-1-0-1 vs. the Bears this season

No birthday win for FINZ in 4-1 loss to Bears
Sharks drop tough one in front of 4,917 fans at DCU Center

Worcester, MA– The Worcester Sharks (29-26-1-6, 65pts) fell to the 8th seeded Hershey Bears (31-25-1-6, 71pts) on Sunday afternoon in front of 4,917 fans at the DCU Center.

Derek Joslin scored the only Sharks goal in the third period and Harri Sateri allowed four goals on 19 shots in the loss for Worcester. Hershey had four different goal scorers and got 32 saves from Dany Sabourin to lead the way and moved six points ahead of Worcester for the 8th and final playoff spot in the East.

Jon Matsumoto thought he gave the Sharks an early 1-0 lead with a power play strike but was ruled no goal after video replay. Hershey found the back of the net at 5:22 after defenseman Patrick McNeill (4th) sent a one timer blast from the right circle past the glove of Harri Sateri to put the Sharks down 1-0. A funny bounce on a clear in left Sateri behind his net and Matt Pope (2nd) fired into an empty net at 8:28 to give the Bears a 2-0 edge. The Sharks trailed 2-0 after 20 minutes despite outshooting Hershey 8-6.

Hershey went ahead 3-0 after a 45 shot by Casey Wellman (14th) at 13:18 went through a screen and into the back of the net as the Bears power play came to an end. Peter Sivak almost got the Sharks on the board late in the middle frame but couldn’t control a bouncing puck rebound into an empty net. Worcester trailed 3-0 after 40 minutes despite holding a 24-13 shot advantage through two.

Derek Joslin (3rd) got the Sharks on the board at 6:19 with a quick snap shot from 40 feet from the left circle that sailed over the shoulder of Dany Sabourin to cut the Bears lead to 3-1. But the Bears got it right back with a terrific individual rush and finish by Garrett Mitchell (13th) at 8:29 to put Hershey back up by three. Play slowed down the rest of the way as the Sharks dropped the 4-1 decision.

The Sharks overall record falls to 29-26-1-6 (65pts in 62gp) and 13-12-1-4 (31pts in 30gp) on home ice this season.

Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd star: Chay Genoway (0-2-2) 2nd star: Patrick McNeill (1-1-2) 1st star: Garrett Mitchell (1-0-1)… Final shots were 33-19 in favor of Worcester… Dany Sabourin made 32 saves on 33 shots for Hershey… Harri Sateri made 15 saves on 19 shots for Worcester in his 9th straight start…. Worcester went 0-for-3 on the power play, while Hershey went 0-for-1… Curt Gogol (inj), Mike Brennan (scr), Nick Petrecki (scr), Marek Viedensky (inj), Jimmy Bonneau (scr), and Brodie Reid(inj) did not dress for Worcester… the Sharks finished the four game season series with a 2-1-0-1 vs. Hershey this season and 10-4-2 all-time vs. the Bears in 16 career meetings…. Yanni Gourde’s four game point streak came to an end.... Matt Pelech picked up his team leading 15th fighting major in the first period vs. Patrick Wellar.

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