“Worcester Sharks Weekly”…Sharks earn points in three straight games


Worcester Sharks Jamie McGinn scored three goals this weeks, including two against Manchester Sunday afternoon. Photo courtesy of http://www.sharksahl.com

Playing four games in five nights, the Worcester Sharks struggled this week by dropping three of their four games but did earn points in three straight and ended the week on a high note with a win over the division leading Manchester Monarchs Sunday afternoon at the DCU Center.  With the win, the Sharks are now 27-21-3-8 with 65 points, jumped into third place of the Atlantic Division and back into a playoff spot.

The four game week started Wednesday night in Worcester where the host Sharks lost 4-2 to the Springfield Falcons despite jumping out to an early 2-0 lead as Sharks forwards Jonathan Cheechoo and Brandon Mashinter scored their 18th and 11th goals of the season respectively.  However, the Sharks could not hold the lead as the Falcons scored twice within three minutes late in the second period to tie the game at 2-2 with goals by Nikita Filatov and Trevor Smith.  Then, with 2:45 to go in the third period, Falcons Kyle Wilson scored his 11th goal of the season, which would be the game winner. Dane Byers would seal the win for the Falcons with an empty net goal, his 12th goal of the season.  The loss marked the first time in 17 games that the Sharks lost to the Falcons in regulation {13-1-3}.

On Friday night, the Sharks hosted the Portland Pirates and despite Tyson Sexsmith stopping 29 shots in his first game in net for the Sharks this season, the Sharks lost 3-2 in a shootout.  After falling behind 2-0, Sharks forward Mike Swift dropped with gloves with Pirates Paul Byron at 5:57 of the second period and the scrap energized the Sharks as T.J. Trevelyan scored his 13th goal of the season at 13:43 to cut the Pirates lead in half.  Late in the third period and still trailing by a goal, Sharks head coach Roy Sommer pulled Sexsmith for an extra skater, giving the Sharks a 6-on-4 advantage with their Power Play and the Sharks capitalized as Benn Ferriero blasted home his 12th goal of the season to send the game into overtime.  Unfortunately for the Sharks, the Pirates scored on all three of their shootout shots to get the win.

Saturday night, the Sharks traveled to Adirondack to play the Adirondack Phantoms and just like the night before, the Sharks would be defeated in a shootout for a 2-1 loss.  After Greg Moore scored his seventh goal of the season at 1:59 of the second period to give the Phantoms a 1-0 lead, Sharks forward Jamie McGinn scored his fifth goal of the season on the Power Play at 17:38 to tie the game at 1-1.  After a scoreless third period and overtime, Moore would win the game for the Phantoms in round six of the shootout.  Cheechoo was the only Sharks player to score in the shootout and goalie Daren Machesney made 36 saves in net for the Sharks.

On Sunday afternoon, the Sharks were back home, hosting the Monarchs, and sent the 5,052 fans home happy with a 5-2 win.  After as scoreless first period, McGinn scored his sixth goal of the season just 21-seconds into the second period to put the Sharks up 1-0.  Almost three minutes later, Corey Elkins scored his 15th goal of the season for the Monarchs to tie it at 1-1. Trevelyan would give the Sharks the lead back on the Power Play with his 14th goal of the season and defensemen Nick Schaus scored his third goal of the season at 14:20 to send the Sharks into intermission with a 3-1 lead.  In the third period, Elkins scored again for the Monarchs to cut the Sharks lead to 3-2 but McGinn would answer back with his second goal of the game, seventh of the season, at 16:05 and just 1:05 later, forward Tommy Wingels scored his 10th goal of the season to extend the Sharks lead to 5-2.  Sexsmith stopped 25 shots in net for the Sharks to earn his first win of the season.


Photo courtesy of http://www.sharksahl.com

If you are one of the first 2,000 fans to make it to the Sharks game at the DCU Center on March 5 against the Charlotte Checkers, you will receive the “Band of Brothers” movie poster pictured above.  In the poster for the Sharks are James Marcou, captain Mike Moore, Andrew Desjardins, Brandon Mashinter and goalie Alex Stalock.  The tag line reads, “They depend on each other and Worcester depends of them.”  Needless to say, I will be checking eBay often for a chance to own one of these.

*Photos and information were used from www.sharksahl.com for this post entry.*


About Jon Allred

Life long San Jose and Worcester Sharks fan that bleeds teal and black.

Posted on February 27, 2011, in Sports and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Glad and proud of the Sharks for keeping head above water&I know they’ll only get better and better and end up on top!GO SHARKS!

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