WORCESTER, Mass – The Worcester Sharks (30-28-3-1, 64pts) fell to the Springfield Falcons (39-18-1-5, 84pts) 4-2 before 4,241 fans as they had their win streak snapped at six Friday evening at the DCU Center. Dan DaSilva tied the Sharks record for most career points (138) with a goal and an assist in the loss.Springfield lit the lamp first with an early power play goal off a redirection from Andrew Joudrey (11th). In the second period, the Sharks answered with two goals of their own by Bracken Kearns (6th) and Dan DaSilva (14th, PPG), taking their only lead of the night. Springfield then took control of the third period and the game with goals by Dana Tyrell (12th), Matt Taormina (8th) and Sean Collins (13th).
The first period resulted in a lone Springfield tally and a score of 1-0. The mark came seven seconds into the Falcons’ first power play at 3:27 after Carter Camper cycled the puck across the point to Denny Urban. Urban then dished the biscuit to Andrew Joudrey (11th) in the slot, who redirected it into the net with his backhand for the first lead. The Falcons outshot the Sharks 13-7 in the period, where Springfield tender Mike McKenna stopped all seven of Worcester’s attempts.
The Sharks doubled the Falcons scoring in the middle period and took a 2-1 lead as Grosenick slated Springfield pushing aside all eight shots on goal. Worcester opened their scoring at 5:44 when John McCarthy rifled a shot from the top of the offensive zone that DaSilva tried to stuff behind McKenna in front of the paint. After two initial saves, Kearns (6th) sent it home with a diving finish on the second rebound. Then, with just 1:15 remaining, DaSilva netted a power play goal to give Worcester its only lead. Konrad Abeltshauser sniped a shot from the left point so powerful that it ricocheted off McKenna’s right and into the free space for Dan DaSilva (14th) to send over the goal line. With the goal, DaSilva now ties Tom Cavanagh for the record for most career points as a Shark with 138. The Sharks outshot the Falcons 15-8 in the period.
The Falcons took back their lead and then furthered it in the third with three marks to seal the game at 4-2. Springfield opened the period just 22 seconds in when Dana Tyrell (12th) evened the game with a score that he slipped through Grosenick’s five-hole. The Falcons then regained their lead at 4:18 with their second power play goal of the game after the puck trickled through two Sharks defensemen to the stick of Matt Taormina (8th) who finished the play. At 11:41 Springfield added an insurance goal, and the final goal of the evening, when Sean Collins (13th) held onto the puck and put on a deke before Grosenick, subsequently hoisting it top-shelf to solidify the victory. During the period, Jimmy Bonneau (16th FM) dropped the gloves in a victorious bout with Will Weber (5th FM). Shots were close in the final frame at 10-9, with the Sharks holding the edge while McKenna remained solid and kept the Sharks off the board.
The Sharks’ overall record drops to 30-28-3-1, 64pts and 15-13-0-1, 31pts at home.
Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Dana Tyrell (1-0-1) 2nd star: Dan DaSilva (1-1-2) 1st star: Sean Collins (1-1-2, 4 shots) …Final shots were 32-30 in favor of Worcester…Mike McKenna made 30 saves on 32 shots for Springfield in his fifth straight win…Troy Grosenick made 26 saves on 30 shots for Worcester….Worcester went 1-4 on the power play while Springfield went 2-5…Sena Acolatse (inj), Lane Scheidl (inj), Brodie Reid (inj), Chad Rau (vet) and Adam Schmidt did not dress for Worcester…The Sharks are 39-26-3 in 68 career matchups with the Falcons…The Sharks had their win streak snapped at six while the Falcons extended theirs to five straight… DaSilva (2-5-7) extended his point streak to five games while Abeltshauser (1-5-6) extended his point streak to four games…Four different Sharks picked up assists tonight including DaSilva, McCarthy, Abeltshauser and Kearns…. SJ Sharks development coaches Mike Ricci and Bryan Marchment joined associate coach David Cunniff behind the bench as head coach Roy Sommer missed the game due to a death in the family.