Sharks drop season finale 6-2 in Charlotte

Worcester Sharks @ Charlotte Checkers
Time Warner Cable Arena – Charlotte, NC
April 9, 2011
Meeting 4-of-4 vs. the Checkers
Sharks are 1-3-0-0 vs. the Checkers this season
Sharks drop season finale 6-2 in Charlotte
 Worcester ends season in 4th place with a 36-31-4-9 record (85 points)
CHARLOTTE, NC The Sharks closed out the regular season with a 6-2 loss vs. the Checkers at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte on Saturday night.
Jamie McGinn (9th) and Cory Quirk (4th) scored for the Sharks while Carter Hutton made 28 saves in the net for Worcester.
The Checkers score the only goal in the first period as Michal Jordan (4th) snapped a wrist shot from the center point through a screen and past Carter Hutton at 16:49 to give Charlotte a 1-0 advantage. Each team fired 12 shots in the opening frame.
Jamie McGinn scored in the middle frame for Worcester, but Charlotte scored three more times to charge out to a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes. Brett Sutter (9th) at 6:25 followed by Zac Dalpe (23rd) at 10:13 gave Charlotte a 3-0 lead. Jamie McGinn (9th) got the Sharks on the board at 18:34 to cut the Checkers lead to two with a terrific wrist shot just inside the cross bar from the left slot past Bobby Goepfert. Patrick Davis and Cory Quirk picked up assists on the play. 70 seconds later, Brad Herauf (4th) grabbed the three goal lead back for Charlotte, after Jordan Staal found him all alone on top of the crease from behind the Sharks net.   The Checkers held a 20-16 advantage on shots after two periods.
Matthew Pistilli (8th) and Chris Terry (34th) scored in the third period for the Checkers and Cory Quirk (4th) broke a 16 game scoreless drought for Worcester at 10:56 knocking in a rebound chance. 
The Sharks went 36-31-4-9 with 85 points in this their 5th season of hockey in Worcester and 16-18-2-4 on the road.
Notes: Perfect Game Three Stars: 3rd Star: Zac Dalpe (1-1-2) 2nd star: Michal Jordan (1-1-2) 1st star: Brett Sutter (1-1-2)… Final shots were 34-25 in favor of the Checkers…Bobby Goepfert made 23 saves on 25 shots for the Checkers; Carter Hutton made 28 saves on 34 shots for the Sharks. Worcester went 0-3 on the power play while Charlotte went 1-2… Tony Lucia (inj), James Marcou (inj), Jonathan Cheechoo (inj), Alex Stalock (inj), Mike Swift (inj), Mike Moore (inj), Nick Schaus (inj) did not dress for the Sharks… Andrew Desjardins, Justin Braun, Benn Ferriero, and Brandon Mashinter are currently on recall in San Jose…  defenseman Sena Acolatse played his first professional game and wore #36 for the Sharks and became the 50th player to suit up for the Sharks this season (franchise record)…. Worcester finished with just 16 goals in their last 9 games… Cory Quirk had the only multi point game for Worcester (1-1-2)… the Sharks allowed their 13th shorthanded goal this season when Terry scored in the third period for Charlotte.
The Sharks close out the regular season with a 7pm game in Charlotte on Saturday.
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