Sharks Win Wild 4-3 Shootout over the Monarchs at DCU Center
Worcester, MA - The Worcester Sharks (20-17-3-1, 44pts) defeated the Manchester Monarchs (28-12-2-5, 63pts) in the shootout by the score of 4-3 in front of 5,091 fans at the DCU Center on Sunday afternoon. Game three of the Sharks five game home stand is Wednesday at 7pm vs. the Binghamton Senators.
Jimmy Bonneau, Matt Tennyson, and Yanni Gourde scored within a 6:57 span in the second period to charge Worcester out to a 3-0 advantage before the Monarchs rattled off three straight of their own to force overtime. Yanni Gourde and Dan DaSilva scored in the shootout while Harri Sateri stopped 4-of-5 shooters to secure the 4-3 victory.
The first period of play ended scoreless with neither the Sharks nor the Monarchs finding the back of the net despite fast-paced play and some great offensive efforts by both teams. Shots for the period were 9-8 in favor of Worcester. Both Sateri and Niederberger remained solid between the pipes, not letting their opponent be the first up on the scoreboard.
The second period of play resulted in five goals and a score of 3-2 in favor of the Sharks. Worcester opened the scoring for the game at 7:32 when Marek Viedensky wrapped around the net with the puck and took a close shot that caused a rebound in front of Jimmy Bonneau (2nd) who delivered the puck by the glove-side of Niederberger. The Sharks furthered their lead at 12:26 when Matt Tennyson (5th) rifled a shot from the right point that entered the Monarchs' goal and made the score 2-0. About two minutes later, at 14:29, Yanni Gourde (3rd) tallied a power play goal when DaSilva found him open with cross pass in front of the Manchester net. The Sharks' 3-0 lead was soon snapped at 15:24 by a Manchester goal from Jordan Weal (10th). With the man advantage, Weal redirected a pass from Linden Vey by the pads of Sateri and made the game 3-1. The Monarchs then decreased the goal deficit to one at 18:22 when Colin Miller (3rd) scored off a slap shot from the right point. Shots remained close in the second with the Sharks taking 10 and the Monarchs taking 11.
The third period served to be the equalizer as the Monarchs tied the game at 3-3 and forced overtime action. The goal came at 8:54 when A.J. Gale (7th) scored off a shot from the point as Sateri was screened by the Monarch offense in front of the net. With 2.1 seconds remaining, Travis Oleksuk took an open wrister from the left side of the ice in a final attempt to win in regulation, but the shot was gloved down by Niederberger and the game was forced into overtime. Shots were 12-8 in favor of Manchester.
The Sharks controlled the majority of the five minute overtime, outshooting the Monarchs 4-0 and putting on heavy offensive pressure. Niederberger and the Monarchs' defense remained solid however and did not let the Sharks end the game, which was later decided in a shootout.
During the shootout, the Sharks were able to convert twice, while Manchester only slid one by Sateri. Both DaSilva and Gourde found Niederberger's open five-hole and sealed the victory for the Sharks. Zach O'Brien had the lone Manchester goal during the shootout.
The Sharks' overall record improves to 20-17-3-1, 44pts and 10-8-0-1, 21pts at home.
Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Dan DaSilva (GWG in SO) 2nd star: Matt Tennyson (1-0-1) 1st star: Jordan Weal (1-1-2, 5 shots) .... Final shots were 32-31 in favor of Worcester...Mathias Niederberger made 28 saves on 31 shots for Manchester in his first career AHL start... Harri Sateri made 28 saves on 31 shots for Worcester in his 12th victory.... Worcester went 1-for-3 on the power play while Manchester went 1-for-2... Brodie Reid (inj), Daniil Tarasov (inj), Matt Pelech (inj), and Nick Petrecki did not dress for Worcester.... before the game, goaltender Thomas Heemskerk was released from his PTO and went back to Quad City of the CHL..... Taylor Doherty was loaned back to Worcester from San Jose and did not dress due to travel....the Sharks are 36-39-4 in 79 career matchups with the Monarchs, who currently top the Atlantic Division with 63pts....Worcester is 3-4-0-0 vs. Manchester this season with all three wins coming from shootout victories...Manchester was given two timeouts during Worcester improved to 7-1 in the shootout this season.....six different Sharks' picked up assists during the game including Marek Viedensky, Chris Crane, Adam Comrie, Tyler Gron, Travis Oleksuk and Dan DaSilva....the assist by Crane was his first AHL point..... 14,146 fans made it out to the DCU Center in two games this weekend....Boston Red Sox catcher David Ross dropped the ceremonial puck and signed autographs....before the game, the Sharks hosted the 4th annual High School Hockey Faceoff as the Wachusett Mountaineers shutout the Auburn Rockets 5-0.
On Wednesday, Jan 29th the Sharks host the Binghamton Senators at 7pm in the third of five consecutive games at home. The Sharks then play back to back home games at the DCU Center on Friday Jan 31st at 7pm vs. Springfield and Saturday Feb 1st at 7pm against divisional rival the Providence Bruins on Pink in the Rink Night to benefit the Cup Crusaders.
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