BRIDGEPORT, Conn – The Worcester Sharks (29-27-3-1, 62pts) won a season high fifth straight game with a 4-0 victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (26-29-2-4, 58pts) in front of 4,135 fans at the Webster Bank Arena on Saturday evening. The Sharks close out their 3-in-3 weekend at the DCU Center vs. the Manchester Monarchs at 3pm and will wear a specialty SHINE Initiative jersey to raise awareness about mental illness in children and young adults as a mainstream health issue.
Rock Higgs (RPI) scored his 1st two professional goals while Dan DaSilva (13th) and Konrad Abeltshauser (1-1-2) each scored power play goals for Worcester. Harri Sateri made 25 saves in net for his 1st shutout of the season as Dylan Demelo and John McCarthy each picked up two assists as the Sharks continue to charge up the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
Brock Higgs (1st) scored his 1st professional goal at 12:56 with a rebound score past goaltender Kevin Poulin on a Dylan Demelo power play point shot to give Worcester a 1-0 advantage. Worcester outshot Bridgeport 16-8 in the opening frame and took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
Worcester would grab a 2-0 lead with another power play goal at 5:28 of the second period. Dan DaSilva (13th) roofed a wicked shot just inside the crossbar from down low in the left circle with assists to John McCarthy and Konrad Abeltshauser. Harri Sateri added seven more saves and had 15 through 40 minutes as Worcester led 2-0 after two periods.
Konrad Abeltshauser (5th) scored a 5-on-3 power play goal at 3:01 and Brock Higgs (2nd) finished the scoring at 15:26 of the third period for the 4-0 advantage. Harri Sateri made 10 more saves in the final frame for the 25 save shutout.
The Sharks overall record improves to 29-27-3-1, 62pts and 15-15-3-0, 33pts on the road.
Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Dan DaSilva (1-0-1) 2nd star: John McCarthy (0-2-2) 1st star: Konrad Abeltshauser (1-1-2)… Final shots were 34-25 in favor of Worcester…Kevin Poulin made 30 saves on 34 shots for Bridgeport … Harri Sateri made 25 saves on 25 shots for Worcester…. Worcester went 3-for-8 on the power play while Bridgeport went 0-for-4… Sena Acolatse (inj), Lane Scheidl (inj), Brodie Reid (inj), Eriah Hayes (inj), and Matt Pelech (vet) did not dress for Worcester… before the game the Sharks signed U-Mass Amherst alum Mike Pereira to an ATO – Pereira made his professional debut and wore #37 and fired three shots….the Sharks are now 25-4-1-1 when scoring the first goal of the game….it was the first time the Sharks scored three power play goals in a game.