No pot of gold for Sharks in 4-1 loss to Penguins

Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
March 17, 2012
Meeting 2-of-2 vs. the Penguins
Sharks 1-1-0-0 vs. the Penguins
 
 
No pot of gold for Sharks in 4-1 loss to Penguins
Sharks fall to 9th spot in Eastern Conference with 65 points with 15 games left
 
WILKES-BARRE / SCRANTON, PA –  John McCarthy scored his team leading 16th goal of the season but it was the only Sharks score as Worcester fell 4-1 to the WBS Penguins  in front of a sellout crowd of 8,183 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday Night.
 
Alexandre Picard recorded a hat trick for the Penguins and the Sharks fell out of the top 8 in the Eastern Conference with the  loss. The Sharks close out the 3-in-3 weekend with a Sunday afternoon game at the DCU Center vs. the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on IceCats Night with a special appearance by Scratch.
 
The Sharks came out buzzing in the first period, outshooting the Penguins 9-1 in the first six minutes of play. But the Penguins scored on their second shot at 6:28 as defenseman Alexandre Picard (6th) sent a wrist shot through a screen in front and past Tyson Sexsmith to give WBS a 1-0 lead. The Penguins went ahead 2-0 on a power play rebound strike by Ryan Craig (9th) at 8:10. Soon after we had three consecutive fights with James Livingston (3rd FM) dropping the mitts with Brandon DeFazio (6th FM) at 11:17 for round 1. On the ensuing faceoff, Matt Pelech (14th FM) dropped Carl Sneep with a series of punches in the Sharks zone followed by Curt Gogol (17th FM) connecting with a left on Geoff Walker (7th FM) at 11:21. WBS grabbed a 3-0 lead with another power play goal after a terrific one timer bomb by Alexandre Picard (7th) from the right circle through the pads of Sexsmith at 18:38. Harri Sateri replaced Tyson Sexsmith after the score as the Sharks trailed 3-0 after 20 minutes with each team firing 10 shots on goal.
 
The Penguins outshot Worcester 12-8 in the middle frame with neither team finding the back of the net.  John McCarthy hit the post early in the period for the best Sharks chance and Tony Lucia (1st FM) picked up his first professional fighting major with Simon Despres at 8:25 after a goal mouth scramble. The Sharks trailed 3-0 after 40 minutes of play.
 
Each team scored in the third period as defenseman Alexandre Picard (8th) recorded a hat trick with a 50 foot shot on the power play at 7:07 to give the Penguins a 4-0 edge. John McCarthy (16th) scored his team leading 16th goal of the season, a power play goal from the top of the crease after a nice feed by Tim Kennedy at 12:32 to cut the WBS lead to 4-1 and ruin the shutout bid for Scott Munroe.
 
Worcester’s record falls to 27-24-4-7, with 65pts and currently in 9th place in the Eastern Conference with 14 games remaining.
 
Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd Star Scott Munroe (27 saves, W) 2nd star: Cal O’Reilly (0-2-2) 1st star: Alexandre Picard (3-0-3)… Final shots were 36-28 in favor of Worcester… Scott Monroe made 27 saves on 28 shots for the Penguins; Tyson Sexsmith made 7 saves on 10 shots in 18:38 and Harri Sateri made 22 saves on 23 shots for Worcester.… Worcester went 1-for-4 on the power play while WBS went 3-for-9… the Sharks had killed off 15 straight penalties in the last four games before the Penguins scored two power play goals in the first period….Sebastian Stalberg (scr), Jimmy Bonneau (inj), Nick Petrecki (inj), Frazer McLaren (inj), Cam MacIntyre (inj), and Andrew Murray (inj) did not dress for Worcester… with the four fights, the Sharks continue to lead the AHL with 104 fighting major penalties… the two teams combined for 68 penalty minutes (40 to Worcester).
 
Coming up…
 
On Sunday, Join mascot Scratch for IceCats Night against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 3pm! During the first intermission; Keith Allain, Eric Boguniecki, Patti Cutting, and Robert Skinner will be inducted as the 2012 Class of the Worcester Hockey Hall of Fame! The first 2,000 fans will receive a FREE team poster and stick around for after the game for a full team on ice autograph session! It will be another $5 KIDS Sunday presented by Southwick's Zoo, with a full price adult ticket. Plus, kids get a FREE Southwick's Zoo one day pass!
 
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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