Worcester scores three unanswered to defeat Springfield

Andrew Desjardins had a three point game for the Worcester Sharks {8-5-1-3; 20 points} , including the game winning goal at 14:03 of the third period, as Worcester scored three unanswered goals to defeat the Springfield Falcons {10-8-0-1; 21 points} 4-3 Sunday evening at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass.

Dan DaSilva, who was credited with an assist on the winning goal, had a two point night and goalie Alex Stalock {7-6-1} made 24 saves for Worcester, which concluded its three-in-three weekend with a 1-1-1 record.

Springfield, which defeated Syracuse last night, 5-4, despite blowing a two-goal lead, struck first when Tomas Kubalik scored his sixth goal of the season at 15:20 of the first period for an early 1-0 lead. Stalock made the initial stop but Kubalik was there to put home the rebound shot in the net. Matt Calvert and Captain Ben Guite were credited with assists on the goal.

After Worcester's Benn Ferriero was called for a hooking minor, Worcester's Kevin Henderson scored his first goal of the season on a highlight-reel effort short-handed at 16:58 to tie the game at 1-1. Henderson took the puck, went end-to-end, wide around Springfield's David Savard and from a tough angle, shot the puck from the far right side post and lifted the puck top-shelf, past the glove of Springfield goalie Gustaf Wesslau {2-2-0}. The goal was unassisted.

55-seconds later, Springfield would respond when Steven Goertzen scored with two seconds left on the power-play at 17:53 off a rebound shot that was fired from the left circle and off the post that rebounded to him. Stalock made a tremendous effort to stop the puck from on his back but his glove was past the goal-line when he made the save. The goal was Goertzen's second of the season and was assisted by Nick Holden and Savard.

Just 23-seconds into the second period, Nick Tarnasky made it 3-1 for Springfield with his first goal of the season. From behind their own net, Worcester's Steven Zalewski passed the puck out in front to teammate Justin Braun and the puck hit Braun's skate, then stick and bounced right to Tarnasky, who was on standing on top of Stalock's crease, and buried the puck past Stalock, who had no idea where the puck was. The goal was unassisted.

Nearly three-minutes later at 3:05 of the period, Worcester's Sean Sullivan jolted life back into Worcester by letting a bullet rip from 55-feet out, just inside the blue-line, that Wesslau, who was on top of his crease, could not see as a result of Desjardins' screen in front of him. The goal was Sullivan's fifth of the season and was assisted by Brandon Mashinter and Desjardins.

At 8:47 of the third period, Worcester's Dan DaSilva scored his second goal of the season to tie the game at 3-3. Desjardins skated to center and passed the puck over to Nick Schaus at the right corner, who centered the puck out to DaSilva, who put the puck on his backhand and brought it around to his forehand to score. Desjardins and Schaus were credited with assists on the goal.

Desjardins would win the game for Worcester at 14:03 of the period when he ripped a shot passed Wesslau on the short side from the left circle. The goal was set-up by a great defensive play from Worcester's Nick Petrecki, whose quick stick check at center ice in the neutral zone got the puck over to DaSilva, who set-up Desjardins for the winning goal.

Worcester will be back in action on Wednesday night when they travel to play the Hershey Bears. Puck will drop at 7:00 p.m/et.


NOTES.....Sullivan has now scored a goal in back-to-back games.....Desjardins played in his 171st consecutive AHL game.....Worcester out-shot Springfield 30-27.....Only two penalties were called all game, both against Worcester.....Springfield was 1-for-2 on the power-play.....Scratches for Worcester were Joe Loprieno, Tony Lucia, Matt Irwin and Cameron MacIntyre.....3 STARS were Kubalik {1 point: 1 goal}, Henderson {1 point: 1 goal} and Desjardins {3 points: 1 goal, 2 assists}.

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