Sharks Come Back, Defeat Bears in Shootout
HERSHEY, Pa. - John McCarthy scored in the seventh round of the shootout, capping a Worcester Sharks comeback and sending the visitors to a 3-2 victory over the Hershey Bears on Wednesday night in front of a sellout crowd of 10,995 at GIANT Center.
Although the Sharks entered the game as the league's leaders in shots on goal, the Bears would turn the tables and fire 20 at Sharks netminder Aaron Dell in the opening period. His only blemish came on a shot from the right point by Connor Carrick. Casey Wellman got his stick behind a Sharks defenseman and deflected the shot behind Dell at 7:01, giving Hershey a 1-0 lead.
In the middle period, Carrick would again turn a shot on net from the right point. Liam O'Brien got a stick on the shot and the puck bounced wildly, ending up in the net inside the left post at 4:28.
Worcester got on the board on a fast play by Micheal Haley. The forward sped down the left wing and attempted a wraparound shot that ended up at the top of the crease. Travis Oleksuk battled for position and slammed the puck past Philipp Grubauer at 5:50, cutting the Bears' lead to 2-1.
Sharks forward Matt Willows would tie the game early in the third period. Taking a head-man pass from Matt Taormina, the rookie sped down the right wing and launched a slap shot from the right circle that eluded Grubauer at 2:23.
An eventful and exciting overtime would end scoreless, with the Bears' best chance coming on an in-close one-timer from Carrick that stopped at the left goal post. Grubauer also denied Dylan DeMelo on a breakaway to keep the Sharks from winning.
Worcester would claim the shootout, however, on a first-round goal from Daniel Ciampini and a seventh-round tally from McCarthy, one goal better than a second-round snipe from Bears winger Andre Burakovsky.
Dell stopped 36 of 38 shots in the Sharks net to improve to 13-5-2 on the season. Grubauer made 30 saves on 32 shots, and dropped to 26-15-5.
The Bears earned a standings point to move to 42-19-5-3 on the season (92 points).
The Bears travel for the final time ever to Hampton Roads for a pair of games against the Norfolk Admirals. Face-off from Norfolk Scope is at 7:30 PM on Friday, April 3, and at 7:15 PM on Saturday, April 4. Fans may listen to the games beginning with the M&C Foreign Car Parts pre-game show 40 minutes prior to puck drop on both dates. The games are available on the Bears Radio Network of affiliates WQIC-FM 100.1, WTKT-AM 1460, WOYK-AM 1350 and via the iHeart Radio app (1460 AM).
Both games from Norfolk will be televised locally in central Pennsylvania on ABC27's RTV channel 27.2, available on Comcast 246, Verizon Fios 461, Blue Ridge Communications 152 and Kuhn Communications 67. Air time is at 7:30 PM on Friday and at 7:00 PM on Saturday. "Voice of the Bears" Scott Stuccio and ABC27 sports director Gregg Mace have the call on television.
The Bears return home on Friday, April 17 to host the Binghamton Senators at 7:00 PM. The first 3,000 fans will receive a Bears logo golf ball courtesy of Fairview Golf Course. It's also another Dietz & Watson Dollar Dog Night, and all fans may purchase hot dogs for $1 at select concession stands. Individual tickets for this and all remaining home games are available at the GIANT Center box office, online at TicketMaster.com or by calling 717-508-BEAR.
NOTES: The Bears scratched C Joel Broda, LW Philippe Cornet, D Christian Djoos, D Tomas Kundratek, D Jon Landry, D Steve Oleksy, G Vitek Vanecek and LW Aaron Volpatti... The Sharks scratched LW Jimmy Bonneau, RW Chris Crane, RW Petter Emanuelsson, RW Jeremy Langlois, RW Trevor Parkes and D Joakim Ryan... Hershey finished the night 0-for-2 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill...Hershey scored it's AHL-leading 45th first-goal of the season and are 31-10-3-1 when scoring first...C Jim O'Brien extended his point streak to five games (4-3-7) with his first-period assist.
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