Sharks Kick off Road Trip with 6th Straight Win in 3-2 Shootout Victory
Hershey, PA -The Worcester Sharks (38-23-4-2, 82pts) notched their sixth straight win with a come from behind 3-2 victory over the Hershey Bears (42-19-5-3, 92pts) in front of 10,995 fans at the Giant Center on Wednesday evening. With the victory, the Sharks jump up to the 5th spot in the Eastern Conference with nine games remaining in the regular season.
The Sharks trailed 2-0 early in the second period before Travis Oleksuk and Matt Willows scored for Worcester to force overtime. Aaron Dell was superb in net making 36 saves and stopping six of seven shooters in the shootout. John McCarthy scored in the 7th round as Worcester began their five game road trip with a win in Hershey.
Hershey controlled the opening 20 minutes and outshot Worcester 20-10 to take a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. The only score of the period was on a nice deflection in front of the Sharks net by Casey Wellman (23rd) after a shot from the point by Connor Carrick at 7:01. Aaron Dell was great in the first period making 19 saves to keep the score close through 20 minutes.
The Bears grabbed a 2-0 lead as another deflection in front of the Sharks net found its way through Aaron Dell at 4:28 of the second period with Liam O'Brien (3rd) getting credited with the score. Worcester countered back at 5:50 after Micheal Haley rushed down the left wing and carried the puck behind the net and sent a quick pass on top of the crease to a crashing Travis Oleksuk (9th) who buried the puck past Philipp Grubauer. Worcester outshot Hershey 10-6 in the middle frame as the Sharks trailed 2-1 after 40 minutes of play.
Matt Willows (3rd) extended his point streak to four games as his shot on the rush from on top of the right circle trickled through the Bears netminder at 2:23 of the third period to tie the score at 2-2. Aaron Dell made nine more saves in the third period as the two teams headed into overtime tied 2-2.
Dylan Demelo was stopped on a breakaway midway through the seven minute overtime session as Worcester outshot Hershey 5-3 in a scoreless extra frame.
Daniel Ciampini and Andre Burakovsky were the only two shooters to score in the first six rounds of the shootout before John McCarthy won the game for Worcester in Round 7 as the Sharks won their 6th straight with a 3-2 victory.
The Sharks overall record improves to 38-23-4-2, 82pts and 16-13-2-1, 35pts on the road this season.
Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Philipp Grubauer (30 saves) 2nd star: Jim O'Brien (0-1-1) 1st star: Connor Carrick (0-2-2)... Final shots were 38-33 in favor of Hershey... Philipp Grubauer made 30 saves on 32 shots for Hershey....Aaron Dell made 36 saves on 38 shots for Worcester... Worcester went 0-for-4 on the power play while Hershey went 0-for-2... Trevor Parkes (inj.), Petter Emanuelsson (inj), Jeremy Langlois (inj), Joakim Ryan, Jimmy Bonneau, Chris Crane, and Nikolay Goldobin (travel) did not dress for Worcester... Prior to the game, the SJ Sharks reassigned 1st round draft pick Nikolay Goldobin to the Worcester Sharks ... Matt Willows now has a four-game point streak (3-1-4).
Coming up.... Game 2 of the Sharks five game road trip continues on Friday in Wilkes-Barre Scranton vs. the Penguins at 7pm.
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