Hartford cools off the Sharks, ties Worcester for third place in Atlantic Division

Worcester Sharks vs. Hartford Wolf Pack
DCU Center – Worcester, MA
December 14, 2008
Hartford cools off the Sharks, ties Worcester for third place in Atlantic Division
Larose nets twelfth goal of the season while Greiss stops 17 Hartford attempts
By:  Mark Hanoian
WORCESTERDespite beating the Wolf Pack in their first three meetings this season, the Sharks dropped their second in a row to Hartford with a 2-1 loss on Sunday afternoon.
The scoring began on an early strike by the Wolf Pack at 4:33 in the first period. Greg Moore and Patrick Rissmiller found themselves in a 2-on-1 situation deep in the offensive zone and capitalized on it for Rissmiller’s second goal of the year.
Hartford kept its foot on the gas pedal when Jordan Owens notched his fourth goal this season. Owens moved the puck into the offensive zone and upon being checked, sent the puck into the crowd in front of the net. The puck ricocheted off a Worcester stick and into the goal. Jared Nightingale and Mike Ouellette were credited with assists on the play.
The Sharks fought back with their first goal at 4:41 in the second frame, but it wasn’t enough. Ryan Vesce found Cory Larose in front of the net for Larose’s 12th goal this season. Upon securing the pass, Larose deked Hartford goalie Matt Zaba and wristed the puck beyond Zaba’s reach.
The loss drops Worcester to 15-13-0-0, while the win brings Hartford to 13-11-1-3.
NOTES:  Three Stars: (3) Vesce (assist) (2) Zaba (34 saves) (1) Nightingale (assist, +2 rating)…Attendance for the contest was 2,648…Greiss saved 17 of 19 shots for the Sharks, while Zaba stopped 35 of 36 for Hartford…Worcester went 0/5 on the power play; Hartford went 0/4…Kyle McLaren was scratched from the Sharks’ active roster for the third consecutive game…Former San Jose Shark forward Patrick Rissmiller returned to Worcester with the Wolf Pack, after graduating from Holy Cross in 2002.
The Sharks are off until Friday, December 19 when they start another three-games-in-three-nights stretch, beginning at home against Portland at 7:05p.m. Worcester will take on Manchester on Saturday, December 20 (7:05p.m.), and then travel to Portland for a Sunday contest (Dec. 21) against the Pirates at 4:00p.m.
All games can be heard live on 580 & 94.9 WTAG as well as online through AHL Live by following the link on the Sharks website, www.sharksahl.com.
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