Sharks wait till last minute, defeat Monarchs 3-2
MANCHESTER, NH - The Sharks scored two goals in the third period to overcome a one goal deficit and shocked the Monarchs in Game 4 of the Atlantic Division Finals, 3-2 at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday night. The series is now tied at two games apiece with Game 5 at the DCU Center on Wednesday, May 5th.
The Sharks scored the first goal of the game for the first time in the series, and came from behind for the third time in the playoffs with a stunning goal from Derek Joslin with 33.3 seconds remaining in the third period to tie the series at 2-2.
The Sharks came out buzzing in the opening period and scored first for the first time in the series. Ryan Vesce (2nd) fired a loose puck in a scramble past Jonathan Bernier from the left side on the power play to give Worcester a 1-0 lead. Worcester was a perfect 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and out shot Manchester 12-10 in the opening twenty minutes and had a 1-0 advantage.
Worcester was unable to score on an early 5-on-3 advantage in the middle period and the Monarchs made them pay. The Monarchs scored twice in a 63 second span midway through the period to take a 2-1 lead. Gabe Gauthier (2nd) went coast-to-coast down the left wing and fired a hard low shot off the post and past Alex Stalock at 12:36. Justin Azevedo (2nd) was left alone in front of the Sharks net and buried a nice feed from Bud Holloway from behind the Sharks net at 13:39. The Sharks trailed 2-1 after forty minutes of play.
Cory Quirk (2nd) tied the score at 2-2 at 10:54 as he jammed the puck past Bernier after a mess of players collided at the top of the crease. Worcester kept the pressure on and scored the game winner on a similar play. With Bernier on his back, and a mad scramble on top of the crease, Derek Joslin (4th) poked the puck through for the game winning strike with just 33.3 seconds remaining for a thrilling 3-2 victory. Worcester outshot the Monarchs 13-2 in the third period.
Notes: Three Stars: (3) Brandon Mashinter (0-2-2)...(2) Gabe Gauthier (1-0-1)...(1) Cory Quirk k(game tying goal)...Alex Stalock made 19 saves for the Sharks in the win...Jonathan Bernier made 33 saves for the Monarchs...Final shots were 36-21 in favor of Worcester...Worcester went 1-5 (2-11 series) on the power play...Manchester was 0-4 (4-19 series) on the power play... Matt Irwin (UMass-Amherst) played his first professional playoff game.... Worcester allowed just two shots in the third period.
Series tied 2-2
Game 1 - Sun. April 25 - Manchester 3 at Worcester 4 - WIN
Game 2 - Wed. April 28 - Manchester 3 at Worcester 2 - OT Loss
Game 3 - Fri. April 30 - Worcester 0 at Manchester 5 - Loss
Game 4 - Sat. May 1 - Worcester 3 at Manchester 2 - WIN
Game 5 - Wed. May 5 - Manchester at Worcester 7:05 PM
Game 6 - Fri. May 7 - Worcester at Manchester 7:30 PM
*Game 7 - Sat. May 8 - Manchester at Worcester 7:05 PM
* - denotes if necessary games
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