HERSHEY, Pa. — Freddie Hamilton extended his point streak to five games (6-3-9) with a pair of goals and an assist to lead the Worcester Sharks (12-10-1-1, 26pts) past the Hershey Bears (11-10-2-3 27) by the count of 3-2 in front of 8,744 fans at the Giant Center on Saturday evening. The two teams clash again at the Giant Center on Sunday with a 5pm start.
Matt Tennyson added a first period power play marker and an assist while Troy Grosenick was terrific making 29 saves in the victory as the Sharks improve to 2-0-0-0 in the 3-in-3 weekend.
Hershey came out with a good jump to start the game as goaltender Troy Grosenick was sharp early on for the Sharks and made ten first period saves. Freddie Hamilton (8th) extended his point streak to five games with a terrific rush that started at the red line as he carried the puck into the Bears zone and behind the Bears net and sent a wrap-around shot past netminder David Leggio at 15:16 for an unassisted strike to put Worcester ahead 1-0. After a charging penalty to the Bears’ Joel Rechlicz, Matt Tennyson (2nd) fired home a power play marker from the right circle past Leggio at 16:59 assisted by Bracken Kearns and Freddie Hamilton to give the Sharks a 2-0 advantage through 20 minutes.
Four consecutive minor penalties during a 2:29 span early in the second period gave Hershey several power play chances including a lengthy 5-on-3 advantage. Julien Brouillete (5th) ripped a shot from the right slot over the shoulder of Troy Grosenick at 8:04 to cut the Sharks lead to 2-1. Hershey outshot Worcester 11-9 in the middle frame as the Sharks took a 2-1 advantage into the second intermission.
After Eriah Hayes had an apparent goal waved off early in the third period the Sharks would strike once again on the power play with a two man advantage at 12:12. Goaltender David Leggio made a slew of great saves but could not stop Freddie Hamilton (9th) with a point blank rebound try to put the Sharks up 3-1. The Bears would battle back as Nicolas Deschamps (7th) deflected home a Matt Watkins pass on the rush in front of the Sharks cage at15:49 to get the Bears back within a single goal. Hershey would pull the goaltender and have a later power play but Troy Grosenick and the Sharks defense shut the door the rest of the way as the Sharks held on for a 3-2 victory.
The Sharks overall record improves to 12-10-1-1, 26pts and 7-4-1-0, 15pts on the road this season.