Stalock Saves the Day in 1-0 Shootout Victory over Monarchs
WORCESTER, Mass - Alex Stalock turned aside all 27 shots that he faced to pick up his first shutout of the season in the Sharks (4-4-1-1)exciting 1-0 shootout win against the Manchester Monarchs (5-2-0-1) on Sunday afternoon in front of 2,647 fans at the DCU Center.
The Sharks outscored the Monarchs 3-2 in the shootout with goals scored by Jon Matsumoto, James Sheppard, and John McCarthy to secure the victory as Worcester improved to 3-1-1-0 on home ice at the DCU Center. It was the first game in Sharks history to enter the shootout in a scoreless tie. Martin Jones made38 saves for Manchester in the shootout loss for the Monarchs.
It was a chippy first period with a total of 36 minutes in penalties within the first 20 minutes of play. Veteran forward Bracken Kearns (2nd FM) squared off with tough customer Richard Clune (5th FM) at 4:25, with Clune getting the better of Kearns in the fight. Curt Gogol (2nd FM) then went toe-to-toe with Andy Andreoff (1st FM) at 7:03 of the first period. Gogol lost his balance and then continued to fight after the referees had interfered, getting him an additional 10 minutes for continuing altercation. Worcester outshot Manchester 9-5 in a scoreless first period.
The Sharks and Monarchs skated to a stalemate in a back-and-forth second period. Stalock was stellar in goal in the second, stopping all 16 shots that he faced. The Sharks were 0-for-4 on the power play during the period, while the Monarchs were 0-for-2. The Sharks were outshot 16-8 in the period.
The Sharks put 18 shots on net in the third period, but couldn't cash in as Manchester net minder Martin Jones turned aside all 18 shots. Worcester let two power play opportunities fall by the wayside in the third, including one with less than five minutes to play in regulation. The Sharks outshot the Monarchs 18-7 in the period.
After neither team was able to score in overtime, the two teams headed to a shootout where McCarthy, Sheppard, and Matsumoto scored for the Sharks to outscore the Monarchs 3-2 in the shootout and secure the victory.
Roy Sommer moved to 3rd all-time in AHL history with his 1,126 game coached passing John Paddock. Sommer won his 513th game in the victory.
The Sharks overall record improves to 4-4-1-1 (10pts in 10gp) and 3-1-1-0 (7pts in 5gp) at the DCU Center this season.
Notes: FIVE GUYS BURGERS Three Stars: 3rd star: John McCarthy (game winner in shootout) 2nd star: Martin Jones (38 saves) 1st star: Alex Stalock (27 saves in the shutout win)... Final shots were 38-27 in favor of Worcester... Martin Jones made 38 saves on 38 shots for Manchester... Alex Stalock made 27 saves on 27 shots for Worcester... Worcester went 0-for-7 on the power play while Manchester went 0-for-4... Brodie Reid (inj), Jimmy Bonneau, Frazer McLaren (inj), Mikael Tam (inj), Marek Viedensky, Taylor Doherty, and Brandon Mashinter did not dress for Worcester...Daniil Tarasov played in his first professional game...with the two fights, the Sharks now have 12 fighting majors through 10 games this season... the Sharks improved to 29-29-4 all time vs. the Monarchs... Alex Stalock has won four straight starts (4-0-0).
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