HERSHEY, Pa – Despite firing 44 shots on goal, the Worcester Sharks (12-11-1-1, 26pts) were shutout for the 1st time this season with a 4-0 loss to the Hershey Bears (12-10-2-3 29pts) in front of 8,986 fans at the Giant Center on Sunday afternoon.
Goaltender Harri Sateri was the best player on the ice for Worcester as the Sharks survived a sloppy first period down by the count of 1-0. Josh Brittian (3rd) was left all alone in front of the Worcester net and he buried a pass from behind the Sharks cage with 55.1 seconds remaining for the only strike of the opening frame. Worcester was outshot 13-7 and headed into the first intermission lucky to be behind just 1-0.
The Sharks had a season high 22 shots on goal in the 2nd period and had a goal disallowed off the stick of Daniil Tarasov. The only goal of the middle frame came at 3:35 as John Mitchell (2nd) collected his own rebound on top of the crease and fired it home past Sateri to put the Bears ahead 2-0. Worcester had a 29-19 shot advantage through 40 minutes of play.
Nicolas Deschamps (8th) gave the Bears some insurance early in the 3rd period deflecting home a centering feed from the right corner to put Hershey ahead 3-0. A near line brawl broke out at 12:59 as Dane Byers (7th FM) instigated a fight with Matt Tennyson (1st FM) as Curt Gogol received a game misconduct for a 3rd man in penalty. John Mitchell (3rd) fired home a shorthanded empty netter with 3:30 remaining as the Sharks fell 4-0.
The Sharks overall record falls to 12-11-1-1, 26pts and 7-5-1-0, 15pts on the road this season.
Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Nicolas Deschamps (1-0-1) 2nd star: John Mitchell (2-0-2) 1st star: David Leggio (44 saves, W)…. Final shots were 44-34 in favor of Worcester…David Leggio made 44 saves on 44 shots for Hershey… Harri Sateri made 30 saves on 33 shots for Worcester…. Worcester went 0-for-5 on the power play while Hershey went 0-for-5… Lane Scheidl (inj), Konrad Abeltshauser, Dan DaSilva, Nick Petrecki, Sebastian Stalberg, and Matt Pelech (inj) did not dress for Worcester… the Sharks are 9-4-1-1 in their last 15 games and 7-3-1 in their last 11 road games… Worcester fell to 6-3-1 at the Giant Center all-time…. Daniil Tarasov returned to the lineup after missing the last two games due to injury and fired a team high 7 shots… the Sharks will bus back to Worcester after the game and then enjoy a three day holiday break… Worcester fired a season high 22 shots on goal in the 2nd period – the previous high was 18…Worcester was shutout for the 1st time this season.