Sharks Kick off Four Game Road Trip with 4th Straight Win
Norfolk, VA - The Worcester Sharks (18-15-2-1, 39pts) kicked off their four game road trip with their 4th straight win overall with an exciting 3-2 shootout victory over the Norfolk Admirals (20-13-1-5, 46pts) in front of 5,807 fans at the Norfolk Scope on Friday evening. The two teams will collide again on Saturday night with a 7:15pm start in Norfolk.
Lane Scheidl and Sena Acolatse scored for Worcester while Harri Sateri was strong in net as he made 17 saves in his 10th victory of the season. Yanni Gourde extended his point streak to four games (2-4-6) with an assist and also scored in the shootout while Dan DaSilva nabbed the game winner in the shootout in the 6th round as he skated in his 200th game for the Sharks in the victory.
Worcester grabbed an early 1-0 lead as Lane Scheidl (2nd) took a pass in front of the Admirals net from James Livingston and spun a backhander past netminder John Gibson at 1:50. Just seven seconds later, a near line brawl broke out as Sena Acolatse (3rd FM) and Alex Grant (4th FM) dropped the mitts while Curt Gogol (9th FM) and John Kurtz (11th FM) danced at 1:57. The Sharks hit the crossbar twice during a 5-on-3 power play soon after but couldn't tuck another goal home. Harri Sateri and John Gibson each made eight first period saves as the Sharks took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
The Sharks would go ahead 2-0 at 6:23 as Worcester connected for a power play marker in a 6th straight game as Sena Acolatse(2nd) fired home a one timer from the left point though a screen and into the net. Tyler Gron almost made it 3-0 but his breakaway try was stopped by the left toe of the Admirals netminder midway through the period. With Jimmy Bonneau in the box for a four minute high sticking penalty, Reading, MA native Ryan Whitney (9th) deflected home an Alex Grant shot from the point at 16:06 to cut the Sharks lead in half. Worcester headed into the 2nd intermission ahead 2-1 and had a 17-15 shot advantage through 40 minutes.
Norfolk only fired three shots in the third period but they would tie the game at 2-2 with the extra attacker with just 25.5 seconds remaining. NHL Veteran Dave Steckel (4th) slammed home a rebound after Sateri made a terrific stop on a point drive by Devante Smith-Pelly.
Neither team found the back of the net in overtime with Worcester outshooting the Admirals 2-1 in the extra five minute frame.
Yanni Gourde scored for Worcester and Jesse Blacker scored for Norfolk through the first five rounds of the shootout as we headed to sudden death. In Round 6, Dan DaSilva ripped home shot past the blocker of Gibson and Sateri shut the door on Steckel as the Sharks grabbed their 4th straight victory with the 3-2 shootout win.
The Sharks overall record improves to 18-15-2-1, 39pts and 9-8-2-0, 20pts on the road this season.
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