WORCESTER, MA – Bracken Kearns and Eriah Hayes scored for the Worcester Sharks (3-6-0-0, 6pts) but it wasn’t enough in a 5-2 loss to the Providence Bruins (6-4-0-2, 14pts) in front of 5,616 at the DCU Center on Saturday during Autism Awareness Night to benefit the Autism Resource Center of Central Massachusetts. The Sharks conclude their 3-in-3 weekend at the renovated DCU Center and host the Portland Pirates on Sunday at 3pm.
Troy Grosenick made 24 saves in his first professional loss. A slew of penalties and strong goaltending from Bruins rookie goaltender Malcolm Subban contributed to the Sharks loss in their first game against division rival Providence.
Both the Sharks and the Bruins played tight defense in the opening period and goaltending was strong on both sides. Bruins starting goaltender Malcolm Subban went 7-for-7, and Troy Grosenick, Worcester’s starting goaltender went 12-for-13. The only goal allowed in the period came at 16:15 when Carter Camper (1st) wristed one high past Grosenick on a 5-on-3 to put Providence up 1-0. The Bruins outshot the Sharks 13-7.
A flurry of penalties in the middle frame put the Sharks at a disadvantage throughout the whole period. The first fight of the game broke out early in the second period at 2:44 when Rob Davison (2nd FM) took on Anthony Camara (1st FM) with Mike Moore also getting in on the action, earning him a game misconduct. The Bruins added to their lead at 6:30 when Craig Cunningham (6th) snuck the puck past Grosenick on a feed right in front of the net from Alexander Khokhlachev putting the Bruins up 2-0. A second 5-on-3 opportunity for the Bruins came in the middle period, to the same result as the first. Carter Camper (2nd) netted his second goal of the game at 13:27 with a slap shot from the top of the circle, assisted by Ryan Spooner. Worcester outshot Providence 10-5.
Offensive production picked up for the Sharks in the closing period. Worcester got their first goal of the game at 4:16 when Eriah Hayes (2nd) deflected a shot from Taylor Doherty past Subban to make the score 3-1 Providence. Another fight broke out at 5:39 when Tommy Cross (1st FM) and Matt Pelech (2nd FM) went toe-to-toe. Each received a fighting major and Pelech earned an additional penalty for checking to the head. The Bruins scored their first goal of the period at 7:59 when Matt Lindblad (1st) exhibited some stick skills and worked the puck around Grosenick, extending the Providence lead to 4-1. The Sharks managed to convert on the power play at 15:09 when Bracken Kearns (3rd) forced the puck in amidst a scrum in front of the net making the score 4-2. Following this the Sharks were unable to produce offensively despite pulling their goaltender, and Bobby Robins (1st) scored an empty netter at 19:58 to give the Bruins the 5-2 lead as the clock wound down. The Sharks outshot the Bruins 10-9 in the final frame.
The Sharks overall record falls to 3-6-0-0, 6pts and 2-4-0-0, 4pts on home ice.
Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Craig Cunningham (1-1-2) 2nd star: Carter Camper (2-0-2) 1st star: Ryan Spooner (0-3-3)… Final shots were 27-27 … Malcolm Subban made 25 saves on 27 shots for Providence in his 1st professional win… Troy Grosenick made 22 saves on 26 shots for Worcester… Worcester went 1-for-4 on the power play while Providence went 2-for-9… Lane Scheidl (inj),Nick Petrecki, Jimmy Bonneu (inj), and Adam Comrie did not dress for Worcester… former Worcester Sharks captain Mike Moore wore #8 for the Bruins and was ejected early in the 2nd period…the Sharks had two fighting majors and now have 16 through nine games….the two teams combined for 56 penalty minutes, with each racking up 28… Brodie Reid led the way for the second night in a row with five shots on goal…the Sharks wore a specialty jersey to benefit the Autism Research Center of Central Massachusetts and were auctioned off during the game…. Jimmy Bonneau’s jersey went for an even $1,000 to lead the way…. Worcester is now 34-37-8 in 79 career matchups vs. the Bruins… the Sharks close out the weekend with a 3pm start vs. the Pirates at the DCU on Sunday.