Sharks beat Bruins to cap regular season in front of 7,406 at DCU Center
WORCESTER -Bodies were flying during a physical 60 minutes of hockey as the Sharks finish the regular season with their 42nd win in a 3-0 battle against the Bruins. Derek Joslin netted two goals and Thomas Greiss recorded his 1st career shutout in front of the largest crowd this season for Worcester on "Fan Appreciation Night" at the DCU Center on Saturday.
The score would remain blanked 0-0 after a high tempo and physical 1st period of hockey. The Sharks put pressure on Providence goaltender Adam Courchaine in his 1st game in net for the B's as Worcester outshot the Bruins 14-7.
Frazer McLaren would light the lamp for his 7th tally of the season and gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 13:56 in the 2nd frame. McLaren pounded home a rebound during a scrum for the puck in front of the Bruin net. T.J. Fox and Matt Jones has the assists.
Derek Joslin then added a 2nd Worcester goal with 2.5 seconds left in the 2nd period. Joslin fired a shot from the right faceoff circle that found its way through the pads of Courchaine for the power play score. Prior to the goal, Dan DaSilva rattled the boards with a big shoulder hit on Providence defensemen Jeff Prenner behind the Bruin net.
Worcester net minder Thomas Greiss stood tall through the 2nd to maintain the lead when he made a terrific glove save on a quick shot during a Providence power play.
Ryan Vesce set the goal light off early in the 3rd stanza when rang he pipes on a wrister from the left faceoff circle but the goal was waved off by the official to hold on a 2-0 Worcester lead. Steven Zalewski would also play the pipes later in the game as he deflected a wrist shot of the post.
Worcester went up 3-0 when Joslin reached back and launched a missile from the point through traffic and into the back of the Providence net for his 2nd of the night at 13:46 in the 3rd.
The Sharks killed off a 5 on 3 Providence power play late in the 3rd that allowed for Greiss to pick up his 1st career shutout as the Sharks defeated the Bruins 3-0 in the final clash of the regular season. Greiss made several tremendous saves down the stretch to secure the victory. It was the first ever shutout by a Sharks goaltender in 120 games.
The win finishes Worcester's regular season record at 42-35-1-2 with 87 points through 80 games. Worcester finishes the regular season in 4th in the Atlantic Division.
NOTES: Three Stars: (3) Frazer McLaren (2) Derek Joslin (1) Thomas Greiss... Attendance was announced 7,406 which is the highest regular season attendance for the Sharks... Thomas Greiss made 32 saves in net for Worcester ... Adam Courchaine made 20 saves in net for Providence ... The Sharks went 2/4 on the power play while the Bruins went 0/6...Worcester is 3-6-0-1 vs. Providence this season... Thomas Greiss made his 16th straight start and his 1st career shutout...The Sharks set a new franchise record for wins (42)...
The Sharks head to Hartford for game #1 of the Calder Cup Playoffs on Thursday, April 16th for a 7:00 p.m. start against the Wolf Pack. The 7 game series vs. the Wolf Pack is scheduled as follows:
HARTFORD vs. WORCESTER
Game 1 Thu., April 16 SHARKS at Wolf Pack 7 p.m.
Game 2 Sat., April 18 SHARKS at Wolf Pack 7 p.m.
Game 3 Mon., April 20 Wolf Pack at SHARKS 6:35 p.m. (Game A)
Game 4 Wed., April 22 Wolf Pack at SHARKS 6:35 p.m. (Game B)
*Game 5 Thu., April 23 SHARKS at Wolf Pack 7 p.m.
*Game 6 Sat., April 25 Wolf Pack at SHARKS 7:05 p.m.
*Game 7 Mon., April 27 SHARKS at Wolf Pack 7 p.m.
Season ticket holders get the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs at home for free with a $50 deposit down per seat by April 14th. Tickets for home playoff games A and B are currently on sale to the general public. Single-game playoff ticket prices are $18.25, $15.25, and 11.75, reflecting a league-wide increase of $1 over regular season prices.
In addition, fans may purchase a variety of Playoff ticket packages:
- Family Fun Pack - 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, and 4 sodas for just $65 ($16.25 per extra person).
- Playoff Fun Pack - 4 flex vouchers and either 1 signed Sharks stick or 4 Sharks camouflage hats for $66 (16.50 per extra person).
- Playoff Flex Pack - 10 flex vouchers for the entire playoffs for $140.
The Sharks reduced their 2009-10 season ticket prices and they are on sale now! Playoff tickets are also on sale. Purchases can be made by visiting the box office, contacting the Worcester Sharks office at 508.929.0500, or by crashing the net at www.SharksAHL.com.
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 www.SharksAHL.com.
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