Vesce, Sharks nip Wolf Pack in 2nd OT
Worcester Sharks vs. Hartford Wolf Pack
DCU Center-Worcester, MA
April 20, 2009
Vesce, Sharks nip Wolf Pack in 2nd OT
Sharks get back into series and take Game 3
By: Ricky Carchedi
Worcester, MA – Fans got their money’s worth as the Sharks went goal for goal with Hartford in a physical 81+ minute battle that was decided by a Ryan Vesce’s 2nd goal at 1:07 in the 2nd overtime period to give the Sharks a 3-2 win in Game 3 on Monday night at the DCU Center.
Each squad’s goaltender would be tested early with several threatening bids by each team but it would be Hartford that would open the scoring. Wolf Pack defensemen Corey Potter wound up and found the back of the net with a blast from the point at 14:16 for the power play score. However, Tom Cavanagh would score an equalizer for the Sharks at 18:42 when he stuffed a rebound past Hartford net minder Matt Zaba. Riley Armstrong and Derek Joslin were credited with assists.
Worcester outshot Hartford 12-7 through the 1st.
Dale Weise regained the lead for Hartford in the 2nd stanza. Weise was on the receiving end of a crossing pass in front of the Worcester net from Brodie Dupont to put the Wolf Pack up 2-1 at 5:01. The Hartford lead would not hold for long as Ryan Vesce re-tied the game just 1:24 later when he redirected a Mike Moore slap shot at 6:25 to make the score 2-2. Armstrong picked up his 2nd assist of the night on the play.
Both Zaba and Worcester goaltender Thomas Greiss continued to impress with many fine stops as the Sharks outshot the Wolf Pack 13-7 in the 2nd.
Ironman Greiss came up big again in the 3rd period with a number of saves including a quick glove stab as the game remained deadlocked 2-2 at the end of regulation. The Sharks outshot the Wolf Pack 33-25 through 3 periods.
After a 1st OT period that saw the Wolf Pack with two power play chances, the tie was broken in the 2nd OT period when Vesce picked up his 2ND goal of the night at 1:07 to beat the Hartford Wolf Pack 3-2. The over time goal was the 5th of the season for Vesce and the 8th Sharks victory in OT this year.
NOTES: Three Stars: (3) Potter (2) Armstrong (1) Vesce … Attendance was announced 2,119 … Thomas Greiss made 34 saves in net for Worcester for his first career playoff win in the AHL … Matt Zaba made 42 saves in net for Hartford … The Sharks went 0/5 on the power play while the Wolf Pack went 1/7… Thomas Greiss made his 19th straight start …The win is the Sharks 1st playoff overtime victory in franchise history… total shots were 45-36 in favor of Worcester.
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