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Sharks Look Sexy in First Place After 3-0 Win Over Devils

February 5, 2010 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Worcester Sharks News Release

Worcester, MA - Tyson Sexsmith stopped all 21 shots he faced and the Worcester Sharks once again came through on their promise to win the game as they knocked off the Lowell Devils, 3-0. The Sharks win, coupled with the Monarchs loss in Adirondack, catapults Worcester into first place in the Atlantic Division with 66 points.

Andrew Desjardins scored the game-winner early in the second period while Danny Groulx extended his point streak to eight games with a goal and an assist.

Neither team was able to muster much offense in the first period of play and the score stayed, 0-0, after the opening twenty minutes. Both teams were 0-2 on the power play. Worcester had the better of the sustained pressure and outshot Lowell, 14-4.

As they so often do, Worcester came out with early second period pressure that led to a goal at the 1:37 mark. After a solid Dennis McCauley rush down the right wing kept the puck alive, John McCarthy centered a pass from behind the net onto the stick of Desjardins (13) who tipped one past Jeff Frazee giving Worcester a 1-0 lead. The physical play was ratcheted up a notch leading to a Mike Moore bout with Louis Robitaille with the decision going to Moore. Lowell had multiple opportunities towards the end of the period, but Sexsmith was strong and kept the Devils scoreless through two periods. Worcester held the shot advantage, 16-12.

The score remained tight throughout most of the third period until McCauley (7) beat everyone down the ice and scored into an empty net with 59 seconds remaining. Groulx (8) capped the scoring with another empty-netter to make the final, 3-0 Worcester. The Sharks outshot the Devils, 7-5.

Worcester's record improves to 31-14-2-2 (66 points). Worcester now has an eight-game point streak (7-0-1-0).

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