Sharks fall 2-1 to Hartford after late rallying attempt
Hartford Wolf Pack at Worcester Sharks
April 9, 2014
Meeting 4 of 4 vs. Hartford
Sharks went 2-1-1-0 against the Wolf Pack
By Carly Grimaudo
#WorSharks fall 2-1 to Hartford after late rallying attempt
Adam Schmidt scores first professional goal
Worcester, MA – The Worcester Sharks (34-32-4-2, 74pts) fell to the Hartford Wolf Pack (34-31-1-6, 75pts) 2-1 before 1,836 fans at the DCU Center Wednesday evening. With the loss and four more games remaining, the Sharks were officially eliminated from playoff contention.
The first period of action resulted in a lone power play goal by Marek Hrivik (11th) after he finished a rebound off a shot from the point. The Wolf Pack then added on a second tally in the middle period off a three-on-two that ended with a goal by Darroll Powe (13th). The Sharks found the back of the net with a score in the final period on a four-on-four by Adam Schmidt (1st). The goal was Schmidt’s first as a professional. David LeNeveu made 35 saves on 36 shots in the Hartford win, while Troy Grosenick made 29 saves on 31 shots for Worcester.
The opening period ended with the Sharks trailing the Wolf Pack by one, as Hartford tallied the sole score of the first 20 minutes. The mark came at 13:17 on a Hartford power play after Aaron Johnson took a drive from the left point that Grosenick pushed back into play with his pad as he went down to the ice. Marek Hrivik (11th) awaited the rebound outside the left post and finished the play to give the Wolf Pack a lead to carry into the second. Worcester outshot Hartford 11-10 for the period as LeNeveu made all 11 saves and Grosenick made nine.
The Wolf Pack doubled their scoring in the second while LeNeveu and the Hartford defense slated the Sharks again. The lone goal occurred at 15:14 when Hartford entered the Worcester defensive zone on a three-on-two. T.J. Hensick carried the puck in, catching the attention of both Sharks defenders before splitting them with a pass across the center to Darroll Powe, open on the glove-side of Grosenick. Powe (13th) then sent a wrister to the far left post by Grosenick. Shots for the period were 15-10 in favor of Hartford.
The Sharks picked up their offensive presence and intensity in the final period, but came up short as they could only muster up one goal. The tally occurred at 10:45 on a four-on-four when Schmidt picked off the puck from a Hartford defenseman at the blue line of the Sharks’ defensive zone and wheeled on a fast break down the ice wristing a shot glove-side of LeNeveu. With five-on-three and a six-on-three man advantages late in the final minutes, the Sharks rocketed shots as they outshot Hartford 15-6 in the period, but couldn’t bring the game to a tie.
The Sharks’ overall record drops to 34-32-4-2, 74pts and 17-15-1-1, 36pts at home.
Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Troy Grosenick (29 Saves) 2nd star: Aaron Johnson (0-2-2) 1st star: David LeNeveu (35 Saves, Win) ...Final shots were 36-31 in favor of Worcester…David LeNeveu made 35 saves on 36 shots for Hartford in his 6th straight win…Troy Grosenick made 29 saves on 31 shots for Worcester…Worcester went 0-3 on the power play while Hartford went 1-3...Sena Acolatse (inj), John McCarthy (inj.), Daniil Tarasov (inj.), Taylor Doherty (inj), Jimmy Bonneau and Adam Comrie did not dress for Worcester...Wearing #8 defenseman Nick Jones (Mercyhurst) made his professional debut...Marek Viedensky returned back into the lineup after missing five games due to injury...the Sharks have zero fighting majors for the month of April...
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