Bah-hum-bug, Sharks lose 6-3 to Falcons

DCU Center
December 21, 2011
Meeting 4-of-8 vs. the Falcons
Sharks are 2-1-1-0 vs. the Falcons
Bah-hum-bug, Sharks lose 6-3 to Falcons
Worcester falls on home ice before holiday break
WORCESTER, MA –Tommy Wingels extended his point streak to seven games with a third period goal as the Sharks fell 6-3 to the Springfield Falcons at DCU Center on Wednesday night. 
Antero Niittymaki made 21 saves in his third start on a conditioning assignment from the San Jose Sharks for Worcester and Jack Combs extended his point streak to four games (3-3-6) with an assist for the Sharks. Ryan Garlock and Tomas Kubalik each scored two goals for the Falcons in the victory.
Worcester fired a season low four shots on goal in the opening period and trailed 2-0 after one. Ryan Garlock (2nd) sent a quick low shot from ten feet through a screen and past Antero Niittymaki at 6:16 to give Springfield a 1-0 lead. The Falcons struck again at 14:47 on the power play as prolific AHL goal scorer Alexandre Giroux sent a one timer from on top of the right circle through traffic and deflected by Tomas Kubalik (4th) and past Niittymaki. The Sharks trailed 2-0 after twenty minutes and were outshot 10-4.
Springfield would score three more times in the middle period and charge out to a 5-1 lead. Ryan Garlock (3rd) finished off an odd man rush with a shorthanded goal just 49 seconds into the second period. John McCarthy (6th) got Worcester on the board at 3:15 with a laser snap shot from on top of the right circle and past the glove of Manny Legace to cut the score to 3-1. Tomas Kubalik (5th) at 10:03 and Maksim Mayorov (1st) at 12:28 finished off odd man rushes as the Falcons buzzed out to a 5-1 advantage. Brandon Mashinter (3rd FM) and Mike Thomas (2nd FM)
dropped the mitts at 12:31 as the physical play picked up in the middle frame. Worcester trailed 5-1 after 40 minutes of play.
Brodie Reid (4th) got Worcester back into the game briefly after he finished a rush down the right side past Springfield goaltender Allen York at 2:01 to cut the Falcons lead to 5-2. Just 12 seconds later, Cam Atkinson (15th) slapped a puck top shelf past the glove of Niittymaki at 2:13 for a 6-2 Springfield edge. Curt Gogol (10th FM) fought 6-foot-5 Tim Spencer (3rd FM) at 18:08 after the Falcons tough guy slashed Ryan Del Monte. With Worcester on the power play, Tommy Wingels (12th) extended his point streak to seven games with a deflection of a Sena Acolatse shot from the point for the third and final Worcester goal.
Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd Star: Matt Calvert (0-3-3) 2nd star:  Tomas Kubalik (2-0-2) 1st star: Ryan Garlock (2-1-3)… Final shots were 28-27 in favor of Worcester… Manny Legace made 14 saves on 15 shots through 40 minutes and Allen York made 11 saves on 13 shots in 20 minutes for Springfield; Antero Niittymaki made 21 saves on 27 shots for Worcester…Worcester went 1-for-5 on the power play while Springfield went 1-for-4…Cam MacIntyre (inj), Mike Connolly (inj), Taylor Doherty (scr), Ben Guite (inj), Brian O’Hanley (scr), and Tyson Sexsmith (scr) did not dress for Worcester… with the two fights; Worcester now has 45 through 27 games this season, the most in the AHL and a fight in 13 straight games… Worcester falls to 33-12-5 all-time vs. the Falcons, and 23-5-4 in the last 32 games…  Tommy Wingels (8-3-11) has a seven game point streak a goal… Jack Combs extended his point streak to four games (3-3-6) with an assist.
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