Despite firing 34 shots on goal, the Worcester Sharks were shutout by the opposition for the second consecutive game. This time though, the shutout occurred on home ice at the DCU Center in a 4-0 loss to Atlantic Division rival the Providence Bruins (AHL affiliate of the Boston Bruins) Thursday night.
"We got outworked by a team with a lot less of their lineup than the last time we played them," said Sharks head coach Roy Sommer in a post game interview with Carl Setterlund of Telegram.com. "We kind of just went through the motions for the most post, which is sad because we came off a half-decent road trip and for them to come out and play like that - not acceptable."
After Sharks defenseman Sena Acolatse dropped the gloves with Bruins enforcer Bobby Robins at 91 seconds of the first period, the Bruins took a 1-0 lead at 3:33 when forward Carter Camper fired a wicked snap shot from in the right slot past Sharks rookie goaltender Troy Grosenick for his fifth goal of the season.
The Bruins pushed the lead to 2-0 at 17:55 when forward Scott Campbell corralled a loose puck in the neutral zone (the result of a bad pass back to the point from inside the Bruins zone by Sharks forward Bracken Kearns), skated in alone on Grosenick and slid a backhanded rebound shot past the outstretched pad of Grosenick for a short handed goal, his first goal of the season.
Bruins forward Anthony Camara made it 3-0 at 6:16 of the second period when he buried home a rebound from just in front of the left face-off circle for his third goal of the season. On the ensuing shift at 6:54, Bruins forward Rob Flick, who fought Sharks forward Marek Viedensky at 16:58 of the first period, collected 29 penalty minutes after his fight with Sharks forward Curt Gogol. Flick was assessed two minutes for high sticking, two minutes for fighting, five minutes for fighting, a misconduct for abuse of officials and a game misconduct for abuse of officials.
In the third period, Bruins forward Seth Griffith buried home a rebound from the left side of the goal crease at 13:02 for a power play goal, his seventh goal of the season, while Bruins goaltender Niklas Svedberg made 11 saves for the 34 save shutout win, his first shutout of the season.
NOTES... Final shots were 34-32 in favor of the Sharks... The Sharks went 0-for-6 on the power play and 4-for-5 on the penalty kill... Grosenick finished with 28 saves and is now 6-4-0 with a 2.20 goals-against-average and .918 save percentage... Acolatse had a team high five shots on goal and nine penalty minutes... Kearns and Sharks forward Freddie Hamilton finished minus-three... Viedensky's fight was the first of his professional career... This was the third of 12 meetings between the Sharks and Bruins this season... The Sharks are 0-2-0-1 against the Bruins, 5-7-0-1 at the DCU Center and 12-12-1-1 with 26 points overall... The Sharks are back in action Friday night (Dec. 27) as they host the St. John's IceCaps at 7:30pm/et.
1. Niklas Svedberg - Bruins (34 saves, Shutout Win)
2. Carter Camper - Bruins (1-1-2)
3. Joe Morrow - Bruins (Plus-two)
Hayes / Hamilton (A) / Kearns (A)
Tarasov / Oleksuk / DaSilva
Schwartz / Viedensky / Livingston
Gogol / Brace / Bonneau
Davison (C) / Tennyson
Acolatse / Doherty
Comrie / DeMelo