No playoffs for Worcester after 2-1 loss in Charlotte

Worcester Sharks @ Charlotte Checkers
Time Warner Cable Arena – Charlotte, NC
April 8, 2011
Meeting 3-of-4 vs. the Checkers
Sharks are 1-2-0-0 vs. the Checkers this season
No Playoffs for Worcester after 2-1 loss in Charlotte
 Worcester eliminated from a playoff spot with loss and CT Whale victory in Bridgeport
CHARLOTTE, NC The Sharks dropped a narrow 2-1 decision vs. the Checkers at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte on Friday night. With the Sharks loss coupled with the CT Whale victory at Bridgeport, Worcester was eliminated from playoff contention in the Atlantic Division.
John McCarthy (7th) was the only goal scorer for the Sharks while Harri Sateri made 25 saves in his third straight start in the net for Worcester.
The Sharks came out buzzing in the first period but were held scoreless as Justin Pogge made some early saves for the Checkers. Charlotte picked things up midway through the opening frame and Harri Sateri made 10 first period saves for Worcester. The Sharks were unable to score on a 5-on-3 power play to conclude the first frame.
The Checkers barreled out to a 2-0 lead in the second period before John McCarthy got the Sharks on the board at 10:48. Jacob Micflickier (29th) gave the Checkers a 1-0 lead at 3:49 followed by a nice power play one-timer strike by Cedric McNicoll (6th) from the right slot at 10:05. Just 43 seconds later, John McCarthy (7th) deflected a Nick Schaus shot from the point past Pogge to get the Sharks within a goal. The Sharks trailed 2-1 after 40 minutes.
T.J. Trevelyan hit the cross bar to kick off the third period but it was as close as the Sharks would get to tie the score as neither team lit the lamp in the third period. Worcester outshot the Checkers 9-8 in the third and would pull Harri Sateri late in the period on the power play but could not find the back of the net.
The Sharks record falls to 36-30-4-9 with 85 points. Worcester has 1 games remaining on their 80 game AHL regular season schedule (1 away in Charlotte).
Notes: Perfect Game Three Stars: 3rd Star: Cedric McNicoll (GWG) 2nd star: Justin Pogge (21 saves and Win) 1st star: Jacob Micflikier (1-0-1)… Final shots were 27-22 in favor of the Checkers…Justin Pogge made 21 saves on 22 shots for the Checkers in his 10th straight start; Harri Sateri made 25 saves on 27 shots for the Sharks in his 3rd straight start. Worcester went 0-4 on the power play while Charlotte went 1-1…it was the first power-play goal allowed in 6 games 16-17… Tony Lucia (inj), James Marcou (inj), Jonathan Cheechoo (inj), Alex Stalock (inj), Mike Swift (inj), Mike Moore (inj), Sena Acolaste (scr) and Jon Landry (scr) did not dress for the Sharks… Andrew Desjardins, Justin Braun, and Brandon Mashinter are currently on recall in San Jose…  before the game the Sharks signed forward Matt Francis to a PTO, he wore #34 and became the 49th player to suit up for the Sharks this season (franchise record)…. TJ Trevelyan had his three game goal scoring streak snapped… Worcester has just 14 goals in their last 8 games.
The Sharks close out the regular season with a 7pm game in Charlotte on Saturday.
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