Sharks drop 3rd straight in 3-0 loss at Connecticut

Worcester Sharks at Connecticut Whale
XL Center
March 28, 2013
Meeting 4 of 4 vs. the Whale
Sharks went 0-4-0-0 vs. the Whale this season

Sharks drop 3rd straight in 3-0 loss at Connecticut
Cameron Talbot made 29 saves for the Whale in shutout

Hartford, CT– The Worcester Sharks (29-28-1-6, 65pts) were shut out by the Connecticut Whale (33-26-5-3, 74pts) 3-0 on Thursday evening in front of 3,907 fans at the XL Center. With the loss, the Sharks remain six points behind the 8th place Hershey Bears in the Eastern Conference playoff picture with one game in hand and 12 games remaining.

Harri Sateri made 10 saves on 11 shots in his 11th straight start in goal for Worcester before he was run over by Whale forward and former Sharks player Brandon Mashinter early in the 2nd period and replaced by Thomas Heemskerk. The Sharks have dropped three straight games in regulation for the first time this season.

Worcester outshot Connecticut 13-7 in a scoreless first period with each team getting two power play chances. Cameron Talbot made 13 saves and Harri Sateri had seven stops as the two teams headed into the first intermission tied 0-0.

Rookie Christian Thomas (18th) gave the Whale a 1-0 lead at 1:23 with a power play strike from the left circle with a screen in front of Harri Sateri. Less than two minutes later, former Sharks winger Brandon Mashinter bowled over Harri Sateri with a rush down the left wing side. With Sateri down, Taylor Doherty (1st FM) fought Mashinter at 3:09. Thomas Heemskerk replaced Sateri as Harri went back to the Sharks dressing room with athletic trainer Matt White. There was no more scoring the rest of the period but the physical play picked up and the Sharks trailed 1-0 after 40 minutes.

The Whale scored twice early in the third period as Brendan Segal (21st) lit the lamp with a rebound strike at 2:07 and Sam Klassen (1st) scored his first AHL goal in 105 games to close out the Sharks 3-0 at 6:53. Cameron Talbot made seven more saves for his 2nd shutout of the season.

Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd star: Sam Klassen (1-0-1) 2nd star: Brandon Segal (1-0-1) 1st star: Cam Talbot (29svs, W)… Final shots were 31-29 in favor of Connecticut… Cam Talbot made 29 saves on 29 shots for Connecticut… Harri Sateri made 10 saves on 11 shots for Worcester in his 11th straight start and left due to injury at 2:39 of 2nd period…. Thomas Heekskerk made 18 saves on 20 shots in relief…Worcester went 0-for-5 on the power play, while Connecticut went 1-for-4… Curt Gogol (inj), Denny Urban (scr), Nick Petrecki (inj), Marek Viedensky (inj), Jimmy Bonneau (scr), Lane Scheidl (scr), and Brodie Reid(inj) did not dress for Worcester… the Sharks have not won at the XL Center in Hartford since Oct. 10 2010….Brandon Mashinter played his first game against the Sharks for the CT Whale, he played on the same line with Benn Ferriero and picked up a fighting major….Tommy Grant played his first game against the CT Whale for Worcester… the Sharks have been held to one goal or fewer in 21 of their 64 games this season (1-20-0-0).

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