Sharks swim the plank in 7-4 loss to Pirates

Androscoggin Bank Colisee
October 19, 2012
Meeting 1 of 12 vs. the Pirates
Sharks are 0-1-0-0 vs. the Pirates this season
 
Sharks swim the plank in 7-4 loss to Pirates
Worcester returns home on Saturday to host the Devils in home opener
 
LEWISTON, ME – Four different players scored for the Sharks, but it wasn’t enough as the Sharks fell 7-4 to the divisional rival Portland Pirates at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee on Friday night. Worcester returns to the DCU Center for the home opener on Saturday at 7pm vs. the Albany Devils.
 
Alex Stalock made 22 saves in goal and Sebastian Stalberg scored his team leading 3rd goal of the season for Worcester. Rookie Freddie Hamilton picked up his first two professional points with a pair of assists in the loss.
 
Each team scored three times in a wild first period that saw three power play goals and a shorthanded marker. The Pirates went ahead 2-0 with a pair of quick strikes with Brett Hextall (1st) grabbing a shorthanded goal at 1:52 and Chris Connor with a breakaway goal past Alex Stalock at 4:19. The Sharks came barreling back with three goals in a 3:06 span beginning at 11:39 with a power play score by Sebastian Stalberg (3rd). Sena Acolatse (1st) tied the score at 2-2 with a terrific rush down the left wing and a backhand try past rookie netminder Mark Visentin at 14:01 with another power play score. Yanni Gourde (2nd) deflected a centering pass by Freddie Hamilton into the net at 14:45 to give Worcester a brief 3-2 advantage. Just 24 seconds later, Oliver Ekman-Larsson (2nd) tied the score at 3-3 after he found a loose rebound in front of the Worcester net and zapped it past Stalock. The Pirates outshot Worcester 12-9 after 20 minutes of play with the score tied at 3-3.
 
The Pirates scored three more goals in the middle frame with Chris Connor (2nd) and Oliver Ekman-Larsson (3rd) each scoring their 2nd goals of the game and captain Alex Bolduc (1st) scoring his first goal of the young season at 9:20. Tim Kennedy (1st) grabbed the only Worcester lamp lighter at 13:42 with a roofer past Visentin assisted by Freddie Hamilton and John McCarthy. The Sharks trailed 6-4 after 40 minutes of play with the Pirates holding a 22-21 shot advantage headed into the third period of play.
 
Andy Miele (2nd) added the only score in the third period at 16:56 as he deflected home a centering feed past Alex Stalock to give the Pirates a 7-4 victory.
 
The Sharks overall record falls to 0-2-0-1 (1pt in 3gp) and 0-2-0-1 (1pt in 3gp) on the road.
 
Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd star: Alex Bolduc (1-1-2) 2nd star: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (2-1-3) 1st star: Chris Connor (2-2-4)… Final shots were 29-29… Mark Visentin made 25 saves on 29 shots for Portland in his professional debut … Alex Stalock made 22 saves on 29 shots for Worcester… Worcester went 2-for-6 on the power play while Portland went 1-for-3… Jimmy Bonneau (susp), Brodie Reid (inj), Danny Groulx (inj), Taylor Doherty (inj), Curt Gogol, and Daniil Tarasov did not dress for Worcester… defenseman Mikael Tam suited up in his first AHL game for Worcester after his recall from San Francisco (ECHL) on Wednesday… Freddie Hamilton picked up his first two pro points with a pair of assists…. Dating back to last season, the Sharks have lost 11 straight games on the road (0-8-0-3)…. Matt Irwin added one assist and now has a three game point streak (0-4-4)… the game was played in Lewiston because the Portland Civic Center is undergoing renovations and will reopen in mid November…. Goaltender Alex Stalock has a two game assist streak (0-2-2).
 
Coming up…
On Saturday, the Sharks host the Albany Devils at 7pm on OPENING NIGHT at the DCU CENTER! The festivities for the Sharks “Fire and Ice” home opener kicks off at 6pm with a party on the DCU Center plaza with three large Shark themed ice sculptures and fire performers. Enjoy a live performance by the McCoy’s Action Karate group in the lobby before the game.
 
Everyone in attendance will receive a Worcester Sharks magnet schedule and will be entered to win a chance to be the Sharks honorary 1,000,000th fan at a game later in October.
 
The Worcester Junior Sharks will be on ice to welcome the Worcester Sharks players with special opening night introductions. This will be your first chance to see the Sharks new home jerseys for the 2012-13 season!
 
The puck is set to drop at 7:00p.m. against Marlborough’s Bobby Butler and the Albany Devils, and it will be your first opportunity to see the entire Worcester Sharks hockey team and welcome back Brandon Mashinter, Alex Stalock, John McCarthy, Nick Petrecki, Danny Groulx, and many others!
 
 
2012-13 Flex ticket packages are on sale now! Score your 40 or 10 ticket flex package by contacting the Worcester Sharks front office at 508-929-0500. You decide how many tickets and how many games YOU want to attend while saving $$$ off box office pricing! It is that EASY!
 
Bring a group to sing the national anthem, book a fundraising event, host a birthday party, or have a blast in the high fin tunnel…. secure your personalized Sharks experience today!
 
Contact Worcester Sharks ticket representatives Jason Jones, Jonathan Forsberg, Kristyn Galante, Sarah Farley, and Ben Masse as they are taking deposits for the Sharks 7th season in Worcester! Jump in today and save up to 45% 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 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.
 
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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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