Sharks Rally for Three Late Goals to Top Hershey 4-2
Worcester, MA - The Worcester Sharks (31-28-3-1, 66pts) scored three goals late in the third period to stun the Hershey Bears (32-24-4-4, 72pts) with a 4-2 win before 4,820 fans Saturday evening at the DCU Center. With the victory, the Sharks are now nine points behind the 8th place Bruins with two games in hand for the final playoff spot in the East with 13 games remaining. Before the game, the Sharks hosted the 2014 MSHCA All-Star Classic, presented by the Aleppo Shriners, where the boys and girls South squads swept the North teams with a 4-3 edge in the girls' game and a 7-1 victory for the boys. The South's David Cataldo (Marshfield High) and Maggie Layo (Sandwich High) were named MVPs after each notching two goals in the South's wins.
The Sharks and Bears played a close game until six minutes remained in the third when Worcester notched three quick goals. Hershey's Casey Wellman (16th) opened the scoring with the first period's only goal before Freddie Hamilton (19th) even the game with the second period's lone tally. The Bears scored first in the third, with a goal by Nicolas Deschamps (14th) but the Sharks rallied with three consecutive scores by Dan DaSilva (15th), Taylor Doherty (4th) and Travis Oleksuk (14th). With his tying goal, DaSilva broke the Sharks' franchise record for points tallying his 139th.
The Bears took a one-goal lead as they scored the only tally of the first. About halfway through the period at 10:40, Casey Wellman (16th) cleaned up a rebound in front of Sateri as the Bears crashed the Sharks' net after a shot by Nicolas Deschamps. The team combined for 26 shots with Worcester holding a 16-10 edge over Hershey. Bears tender David Leggio kept the light in his net dim making all 16 necessary saves.
The middle frame resulted in a late tying goal by the Sharks and a 1-1 score. After 18:47 of a scoreless second period, the Sharks evened the game when Daniil Tarasov skated down the left and dished the puck across to Freddie Hamilton (19th) open in the center of the offensive zone, where he wristed it by Leggio to put the Sharks on the board. Shots for the period decreased for each team, as the Bears outshot the Sharks 8-6. Sateri blanked Hershey in the period making some huge saves to keep them to one goal.
The Sharks took over the third period with three goals in 3:15 to take control of the game and a victory at home. The Bears opened the final period with the first mark at 9:36 after Nicolas Deschamps (14th) received a pass in the slot from behind the net and sent it behind Sateri. The Sharks then began their comeback at 14:04, when McCarthy controlled a pass with his skate and dished the puck across the crease to Dan DaSilva (15th) who back-doored it into the net to tie the game and break Sharks history as the most points by a player. Then, just over a minute later at 15:10, Taylor Doherty (4th) sniped a shot from 50 feet to give the Sharks the lead. Worcester added it's third of the period and fourth of the night at 17:19 when Travis Oleksuk (14th) picked up a pass across the slot and skated outside the right post to send an off-angled slider by Leggio. Hershey attempted to make a comeback, by pulling Leggio for the extra skater twice, but came up short as the Sharks toppled them with late goals. Shots for the final period were 18-9, with the Sharks doubling the Bears.
The Sharks' overall record rises to 31-28-3-1, 66pts and 16-13-0-1, 33pts at home.
Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Freddie Hamilton (1-1-2) 2nd star: Taylor Doherty (1-0-1, GWG) 1st star: Dan DaSilva (1-0-1, leader in career points)...Final shots were 40-27 in favor of Worcester...David Leggio made 36 saves on 40 shots for Hershey...Harri Sateri made 25 saves on 27 shots for Worcester for his 4th straight win in net....Worcester went 0-5 on the power play while Hershey went 0-2...Sena Acolatse (inj), Lane Scheidl (inj), Brodie Reid, Matt Pelech, Chad Rau and Mike Pereira did not dress for Worcester... Holy Cross alum Adam Schmidt made his professional debut for Worcester, he wore #26 and fired three shots on goal....The Sharks are 12-5-2 in 19 career matchups with the Bears...DaSilva broke Tom Cavanagh's record for most career points as a Shark with 139...DaSilva (3-5-8) extended his point streak to six games while Abeltshauser (1-6-7) extended his point streak to five games...Eight different Sharks picked up assists tonight including Tarasov, Davison, McCarthy, Kearns, Viedensky, Hayes, Hamilton and Abeltshauser.
The Sharks finish will out the weekend Sunday, March 23rd at 3:05 p.m. with a roadie versus the 8th place Providence Bruins at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
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