Sharks close the season with a 2-0 shutout win over Providence
Providence Bruins at Worcester Sharks
April 19, 2014
Meeting 12 of 12 vs. Providence
Sharks went 4-6-0-2 against the Bruins
By Carly Grimaudo
#WorSharks close the season with a 2-0 shutout win over Providence
Troy Grosenick registered second shutout of the season with 23 saves
Worcester, MA – Rookie tender Troy Grosenick notched his second shutout of the season as the Worcester Sharks (36-34-4-2, 78pts) took down the Providence Bruins (40-26-2-9, 91pts) by a score of 2-0 before 6,470 fans at the DCU Center Saturday evening. The Sharks closed out the regular season with a win on Fan Appreciation Night, in which Worcester sported teal jerseys. Before the game, the Sharks hosted the annual Boston Bruins Alumni doubleheader to benefit the Why Me organization.
The Worcester Sharks earned their third shutout win of the season with outstanding efforts on both the offensive and defensive ends. After a scoreless opening frame, the Sharks registered a goal in both the second and third periods while slating the Bruins on the defensive end. The Sharks goals were notched by Eriah Hayes (1-0-1) and Travis Oleksuk (1-1-2). Sharks tender Troy Grosenick was a brick wall in the contest denying all 23 of Providence attempts, which were led by Alexander Khokhlachev and Matt Fraser, who each had three. Providence netminder Malcolm Subban made 25 saves on 27 Worcester shots in his first loss to the Sharks in regulation this season.
The first 20 minutes ended scoreless as both teams were slated by the opposing sides defense and goaltenders. The Bruins edged the Sharks in shots at 9-6, while Subban stopped all six of Worcester’s attempts and Grosenick blanked the Bruins on their nine tries. Both goalies also made crucial saves on the penalty kill as neither team was able to convert on their single power play opportunity in the opening frame.
The Sharks broke the tie in the second with a single goal as the Worcester defense and Grosenick kept the Bruins off the scoresheet after 40 minutes of play. The tally came at 5:47 after a loose puck along the left boards of the Sharks offensive zone was rocketed to the front of the net by Rob Davison. Subban made the save, sending a rebound out to the slot that Eriah Hayes (12th) backhanded topshelf of the net while Subban was still down on the ice. Shots in the period were even at nine-a-piece while Grosenick remained solid in the crease. The Sharks’ penalty kill matched up to the league’s sixth ranked power play unit keeping Providence to minimal shots on two tries with the man advantage in the middle frame.
The Sharks added an insurance goal in the final frame while Grosenick kept strong in net to finish out the tilt with a 2-0 shutout win. The power play marker occurred at 8:50 with a five-on-three man advantage. After cycling the puck, Dan DaSilva dished the puck across the paint to Travis Oleksuk (19th) who buried it in from wide open at the backdoor. Subban made a diving effort, forcing the original call to be deemed a save, but after review the Sharks were awarded the well-earned tally that sealed the game. Grosenick made all five necessary saves and helped shut down both of Providence’s power play tries. Worcester outshot Providence 12-5 in the final 20 minutes of action in the Sharks 2013-2014 season.
The Sharks’ final overall record stands at 36-34-4-2, 78pts and 19-17-1-1, 40pts at home.
Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Eriah Hayes (1-0-1, GWG) 2nd star: Travis Oleksuk (1-1-2) 1st star: Troy Grosenick (23 SVS, 18th win & second SOW) ...Final shots were 27-23 in favor of Worcester…Malcolm Subban made 25 saves on 27 shots for Providence…Troy Grosenick made 23 saves on 23 shots for Worcester…Worcester went 1-4 on the power play while Providence went 0-5... John McCarthy (inj.), Konrad Abeltshauser (inj), Marek Viedensky (inj), Brodie Reid (inj) and Jimmy Bonneau did not dress for Worcester...The Sharks are 38-42-10 in 90 career matchups with Providence...Worcester earned its third shutout win of the season...Freddie Hamilton (22-21-43) was named the Sharks team MVP for the 2013-2014 season...Travis Oleksuk (19-22-41) earned the Unsung Hero Award for the season... Dan DaSilva (17-20-37), broke franchise record in career goals with 60) received this season’s Three Stars Award...tender Troy Grosenick (18 wins, two shutouts) earned the Rookie of the Year Award.
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