Well worth the wait

Worcester Sharks at Springfield Falcons

Mass Mutual Center

February 19, 2012

Meeting 7-of-8 vs. the Falcons

Sharks 3-2-1-1 vs. the Falcons

Well worth the wait

Alex Stalock makes 15 saves in 2-1 victory in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, MA Making his first AHL start in 379 days, goaltender Alex Stalock made 15 saves and stopped Alexandre Giroux on a third period penalty shot attempt as the Sharks broke a two game skid with a 2-1 victory over the Springfield Falcons at the Mass Mutual Center on Sunday afternoon.

Andrew Murray and Nick Petrecki scored first period goals for the Sharks as Worcester pulled five points ahead of the Falcons for the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference. Game four of the four game road trip (1-2-0-0) concludes on Tuesday night with a 7pm start vs. the Syracuse Crunch.

The Sharks came out buzzing in the first period and charged out to a 2-0 lead. Andrew Murray (2nd) sent a blast from on top of the left circle on a rush through the pads of Manny Legace at 7:56 to give Worcester a 1-0 lead. Nick Petrecki (1st) put the Sharks ahead 2-0, with a wicked wrist shot from the left point that deflected off a Falcons defenseman and past Legace at 17:46. Alex Stalock made four saves in net as the Sharks led 2-0 and outshot the Falcons 12-4 through 20 minutes.

The Falcons had four consecutive power plays to start off the second period and finally broke through with a 5-on-3 tally by Dane Byers (13th) at 9:35. Byers fired a blocked shot past Stalock to get the Falcons on the board. Springfield outshot Worcester 10-6 in the middle frame with the Sharks holding a 2-1 lead through 40 minutes.

The Falcons only fired two shots on goal in the third period but Alexandre Giroux was rewarded a penalty shot at 6:01 and was denied by Alex Stalock. The Sharks played superb defensive hockey in the final frame to hold on for the 2-1 victory. A near line brawl broke out after the final whistle as Matt Pelech (10th FM) took on Dan Byers (6th FM) at the 20:00 mark.

Worcester’s record improves to 24-17-4-5 (57pts in 50gp) and 12-8-4-3 away from the DCU Center.

Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd Star Manny Legace (27 saves) 2nd star: Nick Petrecki (GWG, +2) 1st star: Andrew Murray (G, +2)… Final shots were 29-16 in favor of Worcester… Manny Legace made 27 saves on 29 shots in net for Springfield; Alex Stalock made 15 saves on 16 shots for Worcester.…Worcester went 0-for-5 on the power play while Springfield went 1-for-6…Ben Guite (inj),Tony Lucia (inj), Sena Acolatse (inj), Frazer McLaren (inj), Curt Gogol (Inj), Cam MacIntyre (inj), Ian O’Connor (scr), and Harri Sateri (scr) did not dress for Worcester… John McCarthy was back in the lineup for Worcester after returning from San Jose the night before… With the one fight, the Sharks continue to lead the AHL with 86 fighting major penalties… Worcester improves to 34-13-6 all time vs. the Falcons… the goal by Nick Petrecki was his first since Nov 26, 2010, a span of 95 games.

Coming up…

The Sharks continue their four game road trip with a Tuesday night battle at Syracuse at 7pm.

The Sharks have TWO more action packed home games in the month of February! Catch the GRONK Puck Spike on Feb 24 when the Sharks host the Bruins, and Special Olympics Massachusetts Night with the WAAF Fan Fest on Feb 25!

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!

Enjoy a Worcester Sharks Experience Pack! 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! Season Tickets for the 2012-13 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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