Bruins claw past Sharks in front of sellout crowd at DCU Center

DCU Center
January 7, 2012
Meeting 4-of-12 vs. the Bruins
Sharks are 1-2-0-1 vs. the Bruins
Bruins claw past Sharks in front of sellout crowd at DCU Center
Worcester falls to 0-3-1 in last four games after 5-2 set back
WORCESTER, MA – The Providence Bruins charged out to a 5-0 lead and never looked back as the Sharks dropped their 4th straight game (0-3-0-1) in a 5-2 loss to the Providence Bruins in front of 7,257 fans at DCU Center in Worcester on Saturday night. 
Sean Sullivan and Mike Connolly scored late goals for Worcester and Jimmy Bonneau extended the Sharks fighting major streak to 20 games with his 12th and 13th fighting majors of the season in the loss.
Jimmy Bonneau (12th FM) fought Bobby Robbins (4th FM) off the opening face-off to set the tone for a fast tempo opening twenty minutes of play. The only score of the frame came at 2:27 after a deflection by Jamie Tardif (9th) from on top of the crease after a quick shot from the right point by Kevan Miller. The Sharks trailed the Bruins 1-0 after the first period despite a 13-11 edge on shots.
Neither team scored in the second period as Bruins netminder Michael Hutchinson made 12 more saves to keep the Sharks offense at bay. Jimmy Bonneau (13th FM) drilled Marc Cantin (2nd FM) with a series of right and left hands at 6:40 for the second scrap of the evening. Worcester tailed 1-0 after 40 minutes.
The Bruins exploded for four third period goals in the first half of the third period and took a commanding 5-0 lead and never looked back. Jamie Arniel (2nd) at 1:18, Calle Ridderwall (3rd) at 5:22, Kyle MacKinnon (5th) at 8:35, and Craig Cunningham (6th) at 9:48 gave the Bruins a five goal lead midway through the 3rd period. Sean Sullivan (5th) broke Michael Hutchinson’s shutout bid at 17:03 with a shot off a skate in front of the Bruins net to get the Sharks on the board. Rookie Mike Connolly (6th) broke a personal 16 game goalless drought after he slammed in a nice pass by Nathan Noon at 18:31 to end the scoring as the Sharks fell 5-2.
Worcester’s record falls to 16-11-3-4 (39pts in 34gp) and 8-7-0-1 at the DCU Center
Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd Star Calle Ridderwall (GWG) 2nd star: Kevan Miller (0-2-2) 1st star: Michael Hutchinson (29 saves, W)… Final shots were 31-30 in favor of Worcester… Michael Hutchinson made 29 saves on 31shots for Providence; Tyson Sexsmith made 25 saves on 29 shots and Harri Sateri allowed a goal in 11:25 in relief.…Worcester went 0-for-1 on the power play while Providence went 0-for-1…Cam MacIntyre (inj), Ben Guite (inj), Brian O’Hanley (scr), Tony Lucia (inj), and Curt Gogol (inj), did not dress for Worcester… Worcester falls to 24-29-5 all-time vs. the Bruins… with the two fights; Worcester now has 59 through 34 games this season, the most in the AHL and a fight in 20 straight games… the Sharks wore a special 15-40 Connection jersey which were auctioned off during the game with proceeds to benefit the 15-40 connection… the game was presented by Columbia Tech…. before the game, Shrewsbury defeated Algonquin 5-2 in the 4th annual high school hockey showdown.
Coming up… 
$5 Kids Sundays presented by Southwick’s Zoo
On Sunday, the Sharks close out the weekend with a 3pm start at the DCU Center vs. the Portland Pirates! With every Sunday home game this season, Kid’s tickets are just $5 presented by Southwick’s Zoo. Receive a free child’s admission to Southwick’s Zoo with the purchase of a full priced adult and kid’s ticket!
Score a family fun pack today for only $74! Four tickets, four hot dogs, and four sodas for a portion of the price! Available only through the Sharks front office for every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday games this season!
Enjoy a Worcester sharks Experience Pack! The Sharks are offering groups to partake in a Sharks hockey experience with many interactive activities; including friends and family skates on the DCU Center ice before or after a game, the high FIN tunnel (high-fiving players as they take the ice), singing the National Anthem, intermission performances, and more.
Marina Riva, Jonathan Forsberg, Jason Jones, Chris Curtis, and Kristyn Galante are ready to take your orders and answer your questions today!  Group tickets for the 2011-12 season are on sale now by contacting the Worcester Sharks Office at 508.929.0500 or by crashing the net at
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

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