Sharks wait till last minute, defeat Monarchs 3-2May 1, 2010 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Worcester Sharks
The Sharks scored the first goal of the game for the first time in the series, and came from behind for the third time in the playoffs with a stunning goal from Derek Joslin with 33.3 seconds remaining in the third period to tie the series at 2-2.
The Sharks came out buzzing in the opening period and scored first for the first time in the series. Ryan Vesce (2nd) fired a loose puck in a scramble past Jonathan Bernier from the left side on the power play to give Worcester a 1-0 lead. Worcester was a perfect 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and out shot Manchester 12-10 in the opening twenty minutes and had a 1-0 advantage.
Worcester was unable to score on an early 5-on-3 advantage in the middle period and the Monarchs made them pay. The Monarchs scored twice in a 63 second span midway through the period to take a 2-1 lead. Gabe Gauthier (2nd) went coast-to-coast down the left wing and fired a hard low shot off the post and past Alex Stalock at 12:36. Justin Azevedo (2nd) was left alone in front of the Sharks net and buried a nice feed from Bud Holloway from behind the Sharks net at 13:39. The Sharks trailed 2-1 after forty minutes of play.
Cory Quirk (2nd) tied the score at 2-2 at 10:54 as he jammed the puck past Bernier after a mess of players collided at the top of the crease. Worcester kept the pressure on and scored the game winner on a similar play. With Bernier on his back, and a mad scramble on top of the crease, Derek Joslin (4th) poked the puck through for the game winning strike with just 33.3 seconds remaining for a thrilling 3-2 victory. Worcester outshot the Monarchs 13-2 in the third period.
Notes: Three Stars: (3) Brandon Mashinter (0-2-2)...(2) Gabe Gauthier (1-0-1)...(1) Cory Quirk k(game tying goal)...Alex Stalock made 19 saves for the Sharks in the win...Jonathan Bernier made 33 saves for the Monarchs...Final shots were 36-21 in favor of Worcester...Worcester went 1-5 (2-11 series) on the power play...Manchester was 0-4 (4-19 series) on the power play... Matt Irwin (UMass-Amherst) played his first professional playoff game.... Worcester allowed just two shots in the third period.
Series tied 2-2
Game 1 - Sun. April 25 - Manchester 3 at Worcester 4 - WIN
Game 2 - Wed. April 28 - Manchester 3 at Worcester 2 - OT Loss
Game 3 - Fri. April 30 - Worcester 0 at Manchester 5 - Loss
Game 4 - Sat. May 1 - Worcester 3 at Manchester 2 - WIN
Game 5 - Wed. May 5 - Manchester at Worcester 7:05 PM
Game 6 - Fri. May 7 - Worcester at Manchester 7:30 PM
*Game 7 - Sat. May 8 - Manchester at Worcester 7:05 PM
* - denotes if necessary games
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