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Torrey Mitchell scores in Sharks 3-1 loss in Portland


Worcester Sharks at Portland Pirates
Cumberland County Civic Center – Portland, ME
November 20, 2009
Torrey Mitchell scores in Sharks 3-1 loss in Portland
Sharks drop franchise record 7th straight game
PORTLAND, ME- Torrey Mitchell scored a power play goal in the second period but the Pirates scored three goals with the man advantage as the Sharks dropped their 7th straight game in a 3-1 loss in Portland on Friday night.
Nathan Gerbe, Jeff Cowan, and Phillip Gogulla scored power play goals for the Pirates in a feisty affair as Tyson Sexsmith made 18 saves in net for Worcester.
Mike Moore and Kyle Wanvig dropped the gloves at the opening face-off to set a physical tone early in the first period.   The Sharks developed a great fore-check early, but it was a Portland power play that got the Pirates on the board first. Nathan Gerbe’s shot from the right circle snuck through the pads of Tyson Sexsmith at 17:13 to give Portland a 1-0 lead through twenty minutes of play.
Steven Zalewski picked up his first professional fighting major at :26 seconds of the 2nd period as he and Mark Mancari exchanged blows after a high check on Mike Moore in the Sharks zone.   After Pirates’ head coach Kevin Dineen was whistled for a bench minor for unsportsmanlike conduct at 6:18, the Sharks would strike on a 5-on-3 power play to tie the game at 1-1. Torrey Mitchell, on a conditioning loan from San Jose, fired a one-timer shot from down low in the left circle after a diagonal feed from Ryan Vesce at 7:09. The shot found the back of the net past J.P. Lamoureux for Mitchell’s first goal in his 5th game. Ten minutes later, Jeff Cowan scored his 9th of the season after he roofed a backhand shot on the power play at 17:56. The Sharks trailed 2-1 after forty minutes despite outshooting the Pirates 21-13.
Phillip Gogulla added an insurance goal for the Pirates, another power play tally at 16:45 of the third period to cease the scoring at 3-1. Torrey Mitchell rang the puck off the post after Sharks head coach Roy Sommer pulled Tyson Sexsmith with 2:58 left in the final period.
With the loss, the Sharks fall to 8-10-0-1 (17 points) on the season. The Sharks have lost a franchise record seven straight games (0-7-0-0) dating back to a 2-1 loss to the Penguins on November 7th at the DCU Center.
Notes: Three stars: (3) Tyler Ennis (0-2-2), (2) Nathan Gerbe (1-1-2), (1) J.P. Lamoureux (2 32 saves)….Before the game, the Sharks signed Mathieu Curadeau to a PTO – Curadeau had 13 points (9-4-3) in 11 games with the Sharks’ ECHL affiliate in Kalamazoo…. On Thursday night; Logan Couture, Benn Ferriero, and Jamie McGinn were all called up to San Jose….Tyson Sexsmith made 18 saves for the Sharks with Portland’s J.P. Lamoureux made 32 saves… Worcester went 1/3 on the power play and broke a 0/27 slide…Portland went 3/5 on the power play, the first time the Sharks allowed three power play goals in a game…. Final shots were 33-21 in favor on the Sharks.
On Saturday, the Sharks travel to Providence for a 7p.m. tilt vs. the Bruins.
On Sunday, the Sharks host the Norfolk Admirals at 3:05p.m. Join us after the game for the 4th annual Hat & Mittens Holiday Skate presented by BayState Savings Bank! Fans are encouraged to bring new winter hats, mittens, and scarves and then skate with the Sharks during a postgame skate! (skate rentals are not available) Its $5 Kids Sundays presented by Papa Gino’s! Kids 12-and-under are just $5 with a purchase of an adult gold level ticket! With each complete purchase (along with the purchase of an adult gold level ticket) fans will receive a FREE X-Large cheese pizza coupon to be used at participating Papa Gino’s locations. The $5 Kids Sunday ticket offer will only be available at the DCU Center Box Office on the day of the game.
Now in their fourth season in Worcester, the Sharks look forward to another exciting season highlighted by the improvements of the ice surface at the DCU Center and the reduction of season ticket prices! Sharks fans may secure their 2009-10 season tickets today by calling 508-929-0500. Some of the exclusive benefits for full season ticket holders will include:
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·         Significant savings off box office ticket prices
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