These aren’t your uncle’s Worcester Sharks.
This Sharks team won six games in a row coming into tonight’s game and were three point behind the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins for the four seed. Worcester isn’t a pushover. They are a damn good team and this was on full display tonight as the Penguins do a lot of things right but lose 4-2.
Prior to the game, Pittsburgh announced the recall of Taylor Chorney, assigned Kasperi Kapanen from his Finland team and Wilkes-Barre recalled Clark Seymour.
In another move, this report that the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins have signed a kid by the name of Adam Krause. Krause was the captain of the Minnesota-Deluth team. That’s all I know about him. He will start his pro career in Wheeling and help the Nailers make a push towards playoffs, learn the pro game and will get here eventually.
Jeff Zatkoff vs. Aaron Dell
Scott Wilson – Andrew Ebbett – Tom Kostopoulos
Bryan Rust – Jayson Megna – Josh Archibald
Tom Kuhnhackl – Matia Marcantuoni – Dominik Uher
Pierre Leblond – Adam Payerl – Bobby Farnham
Scott Harrington – Brian Dumoulin
Danny Syvret – Alex Boak
Nick D’Agostino – Clark Seymour
Jeff Zatkoff – Matt Murray
Carter Rowney missed the game with what Mike O’Brien called a, “day to day upper body injury.” Add Harrison Ruopp to that list also with the same malady. J-S Dea was the extra that took warmups but was scratched.
Quick blurb on Rowney, I would add that the has been the best player on the ice for the Penguins on a most consistent basis for Wilkes-Barre for the better part of a month and a half.
First Period: Penguins did everything right in this period but score. Lots of offensive zone time, a power play opportunity, but it was the Sharks that scored in the final minute after Nikolay Goldobin scored his first pro goal after swooping around the net and beating Zatkoff to the post.
Second Period: The question coming into this period was how the Penguins would respond to start after dominating the period but getting scored on in the final minute. The answer was no issue. The Penguins would go on a power play and Danny Syvret would score through bodies to even the score at one.
But Worcester would edge ahead after a faceoff win in the offensive zone that saw Willie Coetzee squeak a shot past Zatkoff and in for a 2-1 lead.
Teams would trade 4×4 opportunities to close out the period leading to the….
Third Period: Bad defensive zone coverage by the Penguins and the Ryan Campbell scored to make it 3-1. John Hynes called his time out. I would call it out of frustration, as the Penguins were doing a lot of things right but still trailed 3-1.
It didn’t matter. The Sharks would score on a power play with Daniil Tarasov scored to make it 4-1.
Dell wouldn’t fully cover a puck and Dominik Uher would swoop in from no where to make it 4-2, but the Penguins would not get any closer. It was the first goal scored on the Sharks even strength in 178:50 of play between the two teams. This math provided by The Great Daryl Hunt of Sharks Page.
Penguins ran out of time to mount anything that resembled a comeback and that was that.
Three Stars: 3) Tom Kuhnhackl (two assists, -1) 2) Nickolay Golobin (goal, assist, even) and 1) Daniil Tarasov (goal, assist, even)
Around the Division: Binghamton beat Lehigh Valley 4-3. Hershey lost to Norfolk in Virginia 4-0.
Standings: Hershey 92 — Penguins 85 — Lehigh Valley 69 — Binghamton 68 — Norfolk 57
Conference: MCH (98) 2) HER (92) 3) SYR (89) 4) WBS (85) 5) WOR (84) 6) HFD (83) 7) PRO (83) 8) POR (81)
Wheeling Update: The Nailers, needing a win, lose to last place Evansville by a score of 6-1. Zack Torquato had the only goal for Wheeling in the loss.
SendToNews Highlights: Not up yet. You never like to see losing highlights anyway.
Phantoms in town for a 7:05 start against the Penguins. Gameday for that will be up at 3 p.m.
Let’s Go Pens!