Sharks end preseason with 4-3 loss to Whale

Trinity College
October 7, 2012
Preseason Game #3
Sharks end preseason with 4-3 loss to Whale
Stalberg, Viedensky, and Sheppard score for Worcester
HARTFORD, CT – Connecticut Whale rookie and Boston College alum Chris Kreider scored three goals as the Sharks fell 4-3 to the Connecticut Whale at Trinity College on Sunday afternoon.
The Sharks finished their three game exhibition schedule with a 1-2-0-0 record and will begin the AHL regular season schedule Friday night in Norfolk. Sebastian Stalberg, Marek Viedensky, and James Sheppard scored for the Sharks and Travis Oleksuk added two assists in the loss.
The Connecticut Whale stormed out to a 2-0 first period lead after a 2-on-1 conversion strike by Chris Kreider (2nd) at 7:36 and a quick snap shot from the left side by J.T. Miller (3rd) past Alex Stalock at 17:20. Curt Gogol (3rd FM) and Michael Haley (2nd FM) had a terrific scrap at 17:41, with Gogol receiving an extra five for boarding and a game misconduct. The Sharks went 0-for-2 on the power play with the Whale outshooting Worcester 13-7 through 20 minutes.
Sebastian Stalberg (1st) got Worcester on the board on a delayed penalty call with a quick low snap shot from the right circle at 5:15 assisted by James Sheppard and Travis Oleksuk. The Whale struck right back at 7:20 with Chris Kreider’s (3rd) second goal of the game at 7:20 to put Connecticut ahead 3-1. Marek Viedensky (1st) got the Sharks back within a goal with a wicked shot from 45 feet through a screen and past Scott Stajcer at 15:05 to close out the scoring in the middle frame. The Sharks trailed 3-2 after 40 minutes with the Whale holding a 20-12 shot advantage.
With Harri Sateri in goal to start the third period, Chris Kreider (4th) scored his third goal of the game at 5:54 to put Connecticut ahead 4-2. James Sheppard (1st) slammed home a loose rebound in front on the power play at 16:56 to get Worcester back within one. Whale netminder Scott Stajcer held off the late Sharks attack as Worcester fell 4-3.
Worcester Lines:
Oleksuk                                Sheppard            Stalberg
Mashinter           Mattsumoto      Hamilton
Tarasov                                Gourde                                Livingston
Gogol                    Viedensky           Bonneau
                Groulx                  Tennyson
                Tam                       Doherty
                Petrecki               Pelech
Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd star: James Sheppard (1-1-2) 2nd star: Travis Oleksuk (0-2-2) 1st star: Chris Kreider (3-0-3)… Final shots were 29-22 in favor of Connecticut… Scott Stajcer made 19 saves on 22 shots for Connecticut for the victory… Alex Stalock made 18 saves on 21 shots for Worcester in two periods and Harri Sateri made 7 saves on 8 shots in the third period … Worcester went 1-for-6 on the power play while Connecticut went 3-for-5… Forwards John McCarthy, Frazer McLaren, Tim Kennedy and Brodie Reid; defensemen Sena Acolatse and Matt Irwin, and goaltender Thomas Heemskerk did not dress for Worcester… Curt Gogol finished the preseason with 36 penalty minutes (4 majors, 3 minors, and a game misconduct) in two games.
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