January 8, 2013 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Worcester Sharks
Portland, ME- The Worcester Sharks (18-13-1-2, 39pts) led 2-0 and 3-2 but the Pirates scored the final five goals as Worcester dropped a 7-3 decision to the Portland Pirates (21-12-1-1, 44pts) on Tuesday evening in front of 2,800 fans at the Cumberland County Civic Center. The Sharks finished 2-2-0-0 on their four game road trip as they return home to the DCU Center to host the Springfield Falcons on Friday at 7:30pm.
Denny Urban scored his first AHL goal while James Sheppard and Jon Matsumoto each picked up two assists in the loss for Worcester. Brodie Reid scored his 6th and 7th goals of the season and Alex Stalock allowed seven goals on 39 shots as the Pirates scored the final five goals for the 7-3 win.
The Sharks came out flying in the first period and grabbed a 2-0 lead while outshooting the Pirates 14-2 through the first ten minutes. Denny Urban (1st) scored his first AHL goal with a 5-on-3 power strike at 5:31 with Jon Matsumoto and Matt Tennyson picking up the helpers. Physical play picked up as Frazer McLaren (6th FM) and Joel Rechlicz (7th FM) had a rockem-sockem brawl at 6:40 that brought the crowd to their feet. Brodie Reid (6th) gave the Sharks a 2-0 lead at 9:31 with a wicked shot from the right slot past the glove of Chad Johnson as Worcester was buzzing early. But the Pirates came back with a pair of goals as Alexandre Bolduc (17th) slammed home a centering feed by Chris Connor past Alex Stalock at 12:09 followed by a rebound power play marker by Brendan Shinnimin (5th) at 18:19 to tie the score at 2-2. Worcester outshot Portland 18-9 in the opening frame.
Brodie Reid (7th) gave the Sharks a 3-2 lead at 2:35 of the second period after he stuffed the puck through the pads of Chad Johnson after a nice feed by James Sheppard. The Pirates would score the next three goals to go ahead 5-3 to end the period. Rob Klinkhammer (10th) evened the score at 3-3 at 3:04 followed by a power play blast by defenseman Michael Stone (6th) at 8:39 to put Portland ahead 4-3. Brendan Shinnimin (7th) scored a breakaway shorthanded tally after he crashed into the net at 12:42 to give Portland the 5-3 lead through 40 minutes.
Chris Brown scored twice in the third period at 9:30 and 13:04 to put Worcester away as Portland outshot the Sharks 16-8 in the final frame.
The Sharks overall record falls to 18-13-1-2 (39pts in 34gp) and 11-8-0-1 on the road this season.
Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd star: Alexandre Bolduc (1-1-2) 2nd star: Chris Brown (2-0-2) 1st star: Brendan Shinnimin (2-0-2)... Final shots were 39-33 in favor of Portland... Chad Johnson made 30 saves on 33 shots for Portland... Alex Stalock made 32 saves on 39 shots for Worcester.... Worcester went 1-for-4 on the power play while Portland went 3-for-7... Danny Groulx (inj), Taylor Doherty (inj), Brandon Mashinter (inj), Jimmy Bonneau (scr), Tim Kennedy (inj), Matt Irwin (scr), and Sena Acolatse (inj), did not dress for Worcester... Worcester now has 43 fighting majors through 34 games... the two teams have combined for 29 fighting majors in 7 games this season... The Sharks fell to 29-31-9 all-time vs. Portland... Matt Pelech picked up his team leading 8th fighting major vs. Mark Louis in the second period....Brodie Reid had seven shots on goal for Worcester.
The Sharks return home to host the Northeast Division leaders the Springfield Falcons on $2-$2-$-2 Fridays with a 7:30pm start at the DCU Center!
Worcester will head to Albany on Saturday to square off against the Devils at 5pm.
The 5th annual High School Hockey Clash between the Hudson Hawks and the Marlboro Panthers will take place on Sunday, January 13 at 12pm before the Sharks host the Portland Pirates at 3pm. Doors open at 11:30am with one ticket to get you entry into both games! As always, kid's tickets are just $5 with the purchase of an adult ticket.