SPRINGFIELD, Mass – Daniil Tarasov recorded the first Worcester Sharks hat trick in 263 games as the Sharks (2-3-0-0, 4pts) gave the Springfield Falcons (5-1-0-1, 11pts) their 1st regulation loss of the season at the MassMutual Center on Saturday night. The Sharks return home to the renovated DCU Center with a pair of games next weekend vs. the Sound Tigers on Friday and the IceCaps on Saturday.
Daniil Tarasov extended his point streak to four games (5-2-7) with three goals and Bracken Kearns extended his point streak to five games (2-7-9) with two assists. Harri Sateri made 17 saves in his 1st win of the season as the Sharks won their first road game of the season.
The Sharks played a fantastic opening road first period and grabbed a 1-0 lead headed into the first intermission. Daniil Tarasov (3rd) struck on the power play after he found a loose puck on top of the crease and fired the puck home through the pads of Mike McKenna at 5:44 to give Worcester a 1-0 edge. Worcester outshot the Falcons 13-7 in the opening frame.
The second period saw a little bit of everything with three goals, a penalty shot, a hat trick, and two scraps as the Sharks came out on top 3-1 after 40 minutes. Jake Hansen (3rd) scored on a breakaway rush at 1:54 with a shot that broke off the glove of Harri Sateri to tie the score at 1-1. Jake Hansen was denied on a penalty shot at 7:24 after he was slashed at on another shorthanded rush. Daniil Tarasov (4th) put Worcester ahead 2-1 at 11:26 after he found a loose puck during a goal mouth scramble and fired it past the Falcons’ netminder. Tarasov (5th) recorded the hat trick at 15:22 with a breakaway rush and slid the puck on the backhand through the pads of McKenna to put the Sharks ahead 3-1. Worcester led 3-1 after 40 minutes and outshot the Falcons 24-12 through two periods.
Neither team found the back of the net in the third period as the Sharks killed off three power plays for the 3-1 victory.
The Sharks overall record improves to 2-3-0-0, 4pts and 1-1-0-0, 2pts on the road.
Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Jake Hansen (1-0-1) 2nd star: Brodie Reid (0-1-1 +2) 1st star: Daniil Tarasov (3-0-3)… Final shots were 34-18 in favor of Worcester … Mike McKenna made 31 saves on 34 shots for Springfield… Harri Sateri made 17 saves on 18 shots for Worcester for his first win of the season… Worcester went 1-for-7 on the power play while Springfield went 0-for-5… Dylan Demelo, Konrad Abeltshauser, Lane Scheidl (inj), Collin Bowman (inj), and Marek Viedensky (inj) did not dress for Worcester… the hat trick for Tarasov was the 1st Sharks hat trick in 263 games (Dan DaSilva on Feb 14, 2010 at Portland) – the Sharks had 50 two-goal games in-between… the second period saw two fights involving Dalton Smith (Curt Gogol (2nd) and Pelech (1st))….Eriah Hayes had six shots on goal.