Sharks leave St. Johns with five points after 2-1 shootout win
Mile One Centre
November 16, 2013
Meeting 4 of 10 vs. the IceCaps
Sharks are 3-0-1-0 vs. the IceCaps this season
Photo by: Jeff Parsons/St. John’s IceCaps.
Sharks leave St. John’s with five points after 2-1 shootout win
Travis Oleksuk scored in the third period and in shootout for Worcester
St. John’s NFLD – For the second time in 24 hours the Worcester Sharks (5-7-1-0, 11pts) defeated the St. John’s IceCaps (7-7-1-2, 17pts) in the shootout in front of 6,287 at the Mile One Centre on Saturday night in game three of a three game series north of the border in St. John’s. With the 2-1 victory, the Sharks picked up five out of a possible six points and won back-to-back games for the 1st time since early March.
Harri Sateri was brilliant in net once again earning the games 1st star with 24 saves and four more stops in the shootout while Travis Oleksuk scored in the third period to force overtime. Jerome Samson scored early on the power play for the IceCaps; his 4th goal of the series but it was all St. John’s would muster.
The Sharks were whistled for 30 minutes of penalties in the first period and the IceCaps went 1-for-5 on the power play for the only score. Jerome Samson (6th) fired a rocket from the on top of the left circle through a screen and past Harri Sateri at 3:25 to put St. John’s ahead 1-0. Curt Gogol (4th FM) and Matt Pelech (3rd FM) dropped the mitts with Ben Chiarot (1st FM) and Blair Riley (3rd FM) in a near line brawl at 2:29 to set the tone for a penalty filled opening frame. Worcester was outshot 10-8 through 20 minutes.
Neither team found the back of the net in the second period as Worcester was able to stay out of the penalty box and outshot the IceCaps 13-7. Rookie netminder Jussi Olkinuora made 21 saves to keep the Sharks at bay through 40 minutes as Worcester trail 1-0 after two periods.
In the third period, the Sharks would even the score at 7:49. Sebastian Stalberg feathered a beautiful pass from the left wing cross ice on the rush right on the stick blade of Travis Oleksuk (1st) who roofed a quick shot from in tight past the IceCaps netminder to tie the score at 1-1. Harri Sateri made some nice saves in the final ten minutes as the two teams headed to OT for the third straight game.
Worcester outshot St. John’s 5-1 in overtime but neither team would find the back of the net as we headed to the shootout for the 2nd straight game.
Travis Oleksuk and Brodie Reid scored for Worcester while Harri Sateri made four saves to secure the 2-1 shootout win.
The Sharks overall record improves to 5-7-1-0, 11pts and 3-2-1-0, 5pts on the road.
Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Travis Oleksuk (Goal, SO Goal) 2nd star: Jussi Olkinuora (32 saves) 1st star: Harri Sateri (24 saves, 4-5 in shootout, W)… Final shots were 34-25 in favor of Worcester…Jussi Olkinuora made 32 saves on 33 shots for St. John’s … Harri Sateri made 24 saves on 25 shots…. Worcester went 0-for-6 on the power play while St. John’s went 1-for-5… Lane Scheidl (inj), Daniil Tarasov (inj), Konrad Abeltshauser, Nick Petrecki, and Jimmy Bonneu (inj), did not dress for Worcester… Matt Pelech returned to the lineup after serving his two game suspension and picked up his 3rd fighting major.….the Sharks had two fighting majors and now have 21 through 13 games…. The Sharks improve to 7-1-1 at the Mile One Centre and have points in six straight games…. Bracken Kearns picked up 14 penalty minutes in the first period…the Sharks had been 0-5-0-0 when trailing after the 1st or 2nd period of play…. Despite only scoring five goals in three games; the Sharks went 2-0-1 in St. John’s.
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