Goldobin Scores Twice in 4-2 Loss in Manchester
Manchester, NH -The Worcester Sharks (41-28-4-2, 88pts) dropped their final regular season road game of the season in a 4-2 loss to the host Manchester Monarchs (50-16-6-3, 109pts) in front 9,132 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday evening. With the loss, the Sharks remain in 7th place in the Eastern Conference with one game remaining in the regular season.
Rookie Nikolay Goldobin scored twice for Worcester while Troy Grosenick made 34 saves in net. Manchester scored three times in the first period and picked up their 50th win of the season as goaltender JF Berube made 28 saves in net for the win. The Sharks finished with a 19-16-2-1 record on the road this season. The Sharks host the Portland Pirates on Sunday at 3pm in the final regular season Sharks game at the DCU Center.
Manchester scored in the first and last minute of the first period to grab a 3-2 lead through the first period of play. Michael Mersch (22nd) deflected home a shot after an offensive zone faceoff win at 32 seconds of the opening period to put Manchester up 1-0. Nikolay Goldobin (2nd) roofed a backhander from in tight past JF Berube at 5:39 to tie the score at 1-1. Scott Sabourin (5th) pushed a rebound past Troy Grosenick at 12:06 to put Manchester on top 2-1. Nikolay Goldobin (3rd) tied the score again at 15:23 after Evan Trupp won the puck off the fore check and found Nikolay in the right faceoff circle who then whipped a shot off the crossbar and into the net. Jordan Weal intercepted a Taylor Doherty pass inside the Sharks zone and zapped a shot past Grosenick at 19:38 to give Manchester a 3-2 lead after 20 minutes. Shots were 15-12 in favor of Worcester in the first period.
23 total shots were fired in the second period and each team went 0-for-1 on the power play in a scoreless second period. The Sharks trailed 3-2 after 40 minutes with each team registering 25 shots through two periods of play.
Worcester was outshot 13-5 in the third period as Josh Gratton (6th) scored an empty netter at 18:48 to give the Monarchs a 4-2 victory.
The Sharks overall record falls to 41-28-4-2, 88pts and 19-16-2-1, 41pts on the road this season.
Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Nikolay Goldobin (2-0-2) 2nd star: Nick Ebert (0-2-2) 1st star: Jordan Weal (GWG).... Final shots were 38-30 in favor of Manchester... JF Berube made 28 saves on 30 shots for Manchester....Troy Grosenick had 34 on 37 shots for Worcester ... Worcester went 0-for-1 on the power play while Manchester went 0-for-1... Trevor Parkes (inj.), Petter Emanuelsson (inj), Jeremy Langlois (inj) John McCarthy (inj), Willie Coetzee (inj), Dylan Demelo, Bryan Lerg, Taylor Fedun, Barclay Goodrow, Karl Stollery, Chris Tierney, and JP Anderson did not dress for Worcester... SJ Sharks 2nd round draft pick from 2014 Julius Bergman made his professional debut for Worcester... the Sharks dressed nine rookies which included two 19-year-olds (Goldobin and Bergman)...Evan Trupp added two assists for Worcester... it was the last AHL regular season home game for the Manchester Monarchs as next year they will play in the ECHL... the Sharks can finish either 6th or 7th in the Eastern Conference and can eliminate the Portland Pirates tomorrow with a win....the Sharks will play either Hartford or Hershey in the first round of the playoffs.
On Sunday, the Sharks host their final regular season game at the DCU Center with a 3pm puck drop vs. the Portland Pirates. Doors will open at 12pm for a FAN FEST and for the annual Boston Bruins Alumni doubleheader to benefit Why Me.
There will be a face painter, photo booth, caricature and balloon artist with a commemorative movie poster giveaway! There will also be plenty of other giveaways as the Sharks host their last regular season game at the DCU Center!
As with every Sunday home game, kids tickets are just five dollars with the purchase of an adult ticket presented by Fisher Agencies! Mascots Scratch and FINZ will also attend the game.
The Boston Bruins alumni roster will include: (subject to change)
Glen Featherstone, Bill Bennett, Guy Larose, Kenny Hodge JR, Fred Ahearn, Rick Middleton, Tom Songin
Bob Sweeney, Frank Simonetti, Andy Brickley, John Carter, Bobby Beers, Bruce Shoebottom, Tim Sweeney and Patrick Traverse
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Worcester celebrates 20 years of AHL hockey! The 2014-15 season marks the 20th season of AHL action at the DCU Center in the city of Worcester. Over 3.8 million fans have attended either an IceCats (11 seasons) or Sharks (9th season) game in downtown Worcester since 1994.
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