Sharks Chomp out 1-0 Overtime Win in Portland
Portland, ME -The Worcester Sharks (40-24-4-2, 86pts) won for the 8th time in their last nine games with a 1-0 overtime victory over the host Portland Pirates (37-25-7-1, 82pts) in front of 1,652 fans at the Cross Insurance Arena on Tuesday evening. With the win, the Sharks move into 5th place in the Eastern Conference with six games remaining in the regular season.
Aaron Dell won his 7th straight start with 30 saves and his 4th shutout of the season while Ryan Carpenter scored his team leading 5th game winner with an overtime strike at 2:03 as the Sharks magic number to clinch a playoff spot moves to four. Portland dropped their 4th straight game as David Leggio made 24 saves in net in the loss. The Sharks are now 3-1-0-0 on their five game road trip which concludes on Friday at 7:05pm in Providence vs. the Bruins.
Aaron Dell made 10 first period saves while David Leggio made seven stops for Portland in a scoreless first period of play.
Neither team scored on nine shots a piece in the middle frame. The best chance came in the final minute as Brendan Shinnimin had a shorthanded breakaway that was stopped by Aaron Dell to keep the game scoreless through 40 minutes of play.
Portland outshot Worcester 11-6 in the third period as tempers flared between Micheal Haley (9th fighting major) and Eric Selleck at 14:44 with a spirited scrap. Portland held a 30-22 shot advantage through 60 minutes of play.
It was all Worcester in overtime and rookie Ryan Carpenter (12th) won the game with a snap shot from 25 feet through a screen and past David Leggio as the Sharks grabbed the 1-0 road victory. Joakim Ryan picked up his first pro point with the primary assist and Eriah Hayes picked up the secondary helper.
The Sharks overall record improves to 40-24-4-2, 86pts and 18-14-2-1, 39pts on the road this season.
Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Ryan Carpenter (OTG) 2nd star: David Leggio (24 saves) 1st star: Aaron Dell (30 saves, Win).... Final shots were 30-25 in favor of Portland... David Leggio made 24 saves on 25 shots for Portland....Aaron Dell had 30 saves on 30 shots for Worcester in his 7th straight win and 4th shutout of season... Worcester went 0-for-4 on the power play while Portland went 0-for-5... Trevor Parkes (inj.), Petter Emanuelsson (inj), Jeremy Langlois (inj), Jimmy Bonneau and Matt Willows did not dress for Worcester... captain Bryan Lerg was recalled by the San Jose Sharks on April 5...Jimmy Bonneau joined Roy Sommer and Ryan Mougenel behind the Worcester bench...the Sharks are now 6-4 in overtime this season.
Coming up.... On Friday, the Sharks close out the five game road trip with a 45 minute drive south to Providence for a 7:05pm faceoff vs. the Bruins.
On Saturday, the Sharks host the Providence Bruins on Fan Appreciation Night at 7pm! Take a photo with all three of the recent Boston Red Sox World Series Trophies from 6-8pm! Doors open at 3:45pm for the annual Guns N' Hoses game at 4pm. Stick around post game for a special performance by the Andy Needham Band on Faith and Family Night!
On Sunday, the Sharks host the Albany Devils at 3pm during the annual Pucks & Paws Game presented by the Holden Veterinary Clinic! Bring your dog to the game! Kid's tickets are just $5 with the purchase of an adult ticket presented by Fisher Agencies!
Score a Family Fun Pack (4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, and 4 sodas) starting at just $79 by calling 508-929-0500 or visit www.SharksAHL.com.
You can listen to all games live on WTAG Worcester or watch online for a small fee at www.AHLLive.com.
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