Sharks fall 4-3 in Shootout

                                    Worcester Sharks at Providence Bruins
Dunkin Donuts Center - Providence, RI
October 21, 2011
Meeting 2-of-12 vs. the Bruins
Sharks 1-0-0-1 vs. the Bruins this season
 
 
Sharks Couldn’t Hold Off Providence, Downed in Shootout
Nathan Moon scores first professional goal in 4-3 shootout loss
                         
By Andrew Stepanek
 
PROVIDENCE, RI –Rookie Nathan Moon scored his first professional goal and added a shootout tally but it wasn’t enough as the Sharks were downed by the Providence Bruins in a shootout 4-3 at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI.
 
Worcester also received goals from Curt Gogol and Mike Connolly along with 32 saves  in net by Tyson Sexsmith in the first blemish of the season by the Sharks (2-0-0-1). Worcester led 2-0 and 3-1 before the Bruins barreled back to force overtime and eventually won in the shootout.
 
The Sharks came out charging hard in the first period and kept heavy pressure deep in the Bruins zone before getting a rebound score by Curt Gogol (2nd) at 10:31. The goal came after Nathan Moon pressured the Bruins defender into coughing up the puck resulting in a Worcester breakaway and eventual score by Gogol. Minutes later, Nathan Moon (1st) got his first professional goal, banging home a loose puck at 13:22 on the power play assisted by Brandon Mashinter and Mike Moore.  Soon after, Curt Gogol (WOR) and Tyler Randell (PRO) dropped the mitts for a terrific battle at center ice. On the ensuing faceoff, Brandon Mashinter (WOR) and Lane MacDermid (PRO) exchanged blows and wanted more as the referees stepped in. The Sharks entered the locker room with all the momentum leading 2-0 and outshooting the Bruins 18-13.
 
The tempo was a bit slower in the second period as the Bruins found the net to cut on the Worcester lead to 2-1. Lane MacDermid (2nd) got the goal off a Worcester broken play at 6:17 of the second period. His rebound goal was assisted by Kirk MacDonald. Tempers flared as both teams had numerous scrums in front of both nets.  The Sharks led 2-1 through 40 minutes of play.
 
The action got started early as both teams got goals in the opening two minutes of the third period. Worcester took a 3-1 lead with a Mike Connolly (2nd) tally assisted by Brodie Reid and veteran Ben Guite. Providence responded just moments later when Calle Ridderwall (1st) got his first professional goal assisted by Craig Cunningham on a deflection past Sexsmith. With the extra attacker, Providence fought the rush and managed to deflect a point shot past Sexsmith with 29.1 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 3-3 to force overtime. 
 
Both teams gave valiant efforts in overtime but no one prevailed including a Sean Sullivan chance point blank on Anton Khudobin.
 
In the shootout, Jamie Arniel (PRO) and Nathan Moon (WOR) were the only ones to score through 4 rounds. The fifth round saw Worcester’s Ben Guite get stopped by Bruins Goaltender Anton Khudobin and Connor Camper put the nail in the coffin with a 5th round shootout goal for the Bruins.
 
 Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS 3 Stars: 1st Star: Connor Camper (GWG) 2nd Star: Mike Connolly (1 Goal, 1 assist) 3rd Star: Lane MacDermid (1 goal, Fight)… Providence went 0-for-5 on the power play while Worcester went 1-for-3.  Final shots were 43-36 in favor of the Sharks.  Anton Khudobin made 40 saves on 43 shots for Bruins while Tyson Sexsmith made 32 saves for Worcester. Taylor Doherty (scr), Jimmy Bonneau (inj), and Marek Viedensky (inj)did not dress for Worcester…Curt Gogol has scored two goals in three games, both goals scored in Providence Tony Lucia played his first game of the 2011-12 season after missing the last 80 games due to injury …Sena Acolatse made his debut as a forward for Worcester…2 players got their first professional goals; Nathan Moon for Worcester, Calle Ridderwall for Providence… Sharks drop to 9-5-0-0 in their last 14 visits to the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence.
 
Forwards:
Connolly             Guite                Reid
Mashinter           Moon               MacIntyre
Lucia                       McCarthy        Livingston
Acolatse             Del Monte        Gogol
 
Defense:
Irwin                   Sullivan
Petrecki              Pelech
Moore                Braun
 
Goalies:
Sexmith
Sateri
 
Upcoming Action:
Sharks return home to host the Manchester Monarchs at 7pm on Saturday, October 22 at the DCU Center!   The first 2,000 fans will receive a free poster schedule featuring Andrew Desjardins!
 
Score a family fun pack today for only $74! Four tickets, four hot dogs, and four sodas for a portion of the price! Available only through the Sharks front office for every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday games this season!
 
Starting now, the Sharks are offering groups to partake in a Sharks hockey experience with many interactive activities; including friends and family skates on the DCU Center ice before or after a game, the high FIN tunnel (high-fiving players as they take the ice), singing the National Anthem, intermission performances, and more.
 
Marina Riva, Jonathan Forsberg, Jason Jones, Chris Curtis, and Kristyn Galante are ready to take your orders and answer your questions today!  Jump in today and save up to 35% off box office prices!  Some of the exclusive benefits for full season ticket holders will include:
 
·         Guaranteed same seat for all 38 home dates and playoff home games at the DCU Center
·         Priority access to purchase tickets to other DCU Center events (subject to availability)
·         Seven FREE friends and family vouchers
·         Exclusive events with Sharks players
·         Merchandise discounts and much, much, more!
 
Season ticket packages and group tickets for the 2011-12 season are on sale now by contacting the Worcester Sharks Office at 508.929.0500 or by crashing the net at www.SharksAHL.com.
 
All games can be heard live on 580AM and 94.9FM WTAG, as well as online through AHL Live, by following the link on the Sharks website at www.SharksAHL.com.
 
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