Freddie is a nightmare for the Bears in Hershey
December 21, 2013
Meeting 1 of 4 vs. the Bears
Sharks are 1-0-0-0 vs. the Bears this season
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Freddie is a nightmare for the Bears in Hershey
Hamilton racks up three points (2-1-3) in 3-2 victory over the Bears
Hershey, PA – Freddie Hamilton extended his point streak to five games (6-3-9) with a pair of goals and an assist to lead the Worcester Sharks (12-10-1-1, 26pts) past the Hershey Bears (11-10-2-3 27pts) by the count of 3-2 in front of 8,744 fans at the Giant Center on Saturday evening. The two teams clash again at the Giant Center on Sunday with a 5pm start.
Matt Tennyson added a first period power play marker and an assist while Troy Grosenick was terrific making 29 saves in the victory as the Sharks improve to 2-0-0-0 in the 3-in-3 weekend.
Hershey came out with a good jump to start the game as goaltender Troy Grosenick was sharp early on for the Sharks and made ten first period saves. Freddie Hamilton (8th) extended his point streak to five games with a terrific rush that started at the red line as he carried the puck into the Bears zone and behind the Bears net and sent a wrap-around shot past netminder David Leggio at 15:16 for an unassisted strike to put Worcester ahead 1-0. After a charging penalty to the Bears’ Joel Rechlicz, Matt Tennyson (2nd) fired home a power play marker from the right circle past Leggio at 16:59 assisted by Bracken Kearns and Freddie Hamilton to give the Sharks a 2-0 advantage through 20 minutes.
Four consecutive minor penalties during a 2:29 span early in the second period gave Hershey several power play chances including a lengthy 5-on-3 advantage. Julien Brouillete (5th) ripped a shot from the right slot over the shoulder of Troy Grosenick at 8:04 to cut the Sharks lead to 2-1. Hershey outshot Worcester 11-9 in the middle frame as the Sharks took a 2-1 advantage into the second intermission.
After Eriah Hayes had an apparent goal waved off early in the third period the Sharks would strike once again on the power play with a two man advantage at 12:12. Goaltender David Leggio made a slew of great saves but could not stop Freddie Hamilton (9th) with a point blank rebound try to put the Sharks up 3-1. The Bears would battle back as Nicolas Deschamps (7th) deflected home a Matt Watkins pass on the rush in front of the Sharks cage at 15:49 to get the Bears back within a single goal. Hershey would pull the goaltender and have a later power play but Troy Grosenick and the Sharks defense shut the door the rest of the way as the Sharks held on for a 3-2 victory.
The Sharks overall record improves to 12-10-1-1, 26pts and 7-4-1-0, 15pts on the road this season.
Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Nicolas Deschamps (Goal) 2nd star: Matt Tennyson (1-1-2) 1st star: Freddie Hamilton (2-1-3)…. Final shots were 37-31 in favor of Worcester…David Leggio made 34 saves on 37 shots for Hershey… Troy Grosenick made 29 saves on 31 shots for Worcester…. Worcester went 2-for-35on the power play while Hershey went 1-for-7… Lane Scheidl (inj), Sena Acolatse, Daniil Tarasov (inj), Nick Petrecki, Sebastian Stalberg, Matt Pelech (inj) did not dress for Worcester… the Sharks are 9-3-1-1 in their last 13 games… the Sharks improved to 6-2-1 at the Giant Center all-time…. the first 5,000 fans at the Giant Center received a Joel Rechlicz bobblefist doll.
On Sunday the Sharks play in Hershey, PA vs. the Bears at 5pm to close out the four game road trip.
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