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Sharks Get Doubled up 4-2 by Falcons

January 25, 2012 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Worcester Sharks News Release

WORCESTER, MA - The Sharks scored the first and last goal but the Falcons scored four goals in between as Worcester dropped a 4-2 decision to the Springfield Falcons at the DCU Center on Wednesday night.

Mike Connolly and Matt Irwin scored power play goals for the Sharks and Harri Sateri's franchise record shutout streak came to an end at 157:37 in the loss.

The CCC line gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead in the first period after rookie netminder Paul Dainton lost the puck behind his own net during a Worcester power play. Jack Combs centered the puck from behind the net and Mike Connolly (8th) backhanded an easy strike at 8:39 for the only strike in the opening frame. Worcester outshot Springfield 16-10 in the first period as Harri Sateri was sharp in goal for the Sharks.

Alexandre Giroux (14th) broke Harri Sateri's shutout streak at 157:37 after he deflected a cross the crease feed from Dane Byers at 7:25 of the second period to tie the score at 1-1. The Sharks would have several nice chances to score soon after on a 4-on-3 power play and a penalty shot attempt at 15:03. Paul Dainton stopped Brandon Mashinter's penalty shot attempt after he was pulled down by Theo Ruth. The score was tied 1-1 after 40 minutes with Worcester outshooting Springfield 28-20.

The Falcons went ahead 3-1 as Alexander Giroux (15th) and Dane Byers (9th) took advantage of Sharks turnovers in the first nine minutes of the third period. Tomas Kubalik (8th) scored his 5th goal against Worcester this season on the power play at 16:34 to make it 4-1 with a nice deflection from on top of the Worcester crease. Matt Irwin (8th) broke an 18 game goalless drought with a power play goal at 19:54 with a blast from the point for a 4-2 final.

Worcester's record falls to to 20-13-3-5 (48pts in 41gp) and 11-8-0-2 at the DCU Center.

Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd Star Dane Byers (1-1-2) 2nd star: Paul Dainton (37 saves, W) 1st star: Alexandre Giroux (2-0-2)... Final shots were 39-27 in favor of Worcester... Paul Dainton made 37 saves on 39 shots for Springfield; Harri Sateri made 23 saves on 27 shots for Worcester....Worcester went 2-for-7 on the power play while Springfield went 1-for-6...Cam MacIntyre (inj), Ben Guite (inj),Tony Lucia (inj), Ryan Del Monte (scr), and Nick Petrecki (scr) did not dress for Worcester...Worcester falls to 33-13-6 all time vs. the Falcons.

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On Saturday, the Sharks travel to Manchester to take on the Monarchs at 7pm before enjoying the AHL All-Star break.

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