Worcester lacks bite in home shutout loss to Norfolk

Worcester Sharks forward Travis Oleksuk gets a face full of a snow as Norfolk Admirals John Kurtz is taken down during play Saturday night at the DCU Center. - https://teamshred.smugmug.com

In Roy Sommer's 1600th professional game as a head coach, the Worcester Sharks were shutout 3-0 by the Norfolk Admirals (AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks) Saturday night at the DCU Center.

Rookie forward Eriah Hayes had a game high seven shots on goal while rookie goaltender Troy Grosenick made 26 saves in net for the Sharks, who fell to 1-3-1-0 in their season ending seven game home stand.

The Admirals took a 1-0 lead at 12:33 of the first period when off a turnover in the Sharks zone by rookie defenseman Mirco Mueller, Admirals forward Antoine Laganiere found a loose puck deep in the right slot and lifted the puck past a diving Grosenick for his 10th goal of the season.

In the second period, the Admirals out-shot the Sharks 8-3 and extended their lead to 2-0 at 14:56 when off a face-off win in the right circle of the Sharks zone, forward Andre Petersson snapped a shot from the top of the right slot past Grosenick for his 22nd goal of the season.

The Sharks showed more energy in the third period as they out-shot the Admirals 14-8 but Petersson ended any hopes of Sharks comeback when he ripped a one-timer from on top of the face-off circles past Grosenick at 17:11 for his second goal of the game and 23rd of the season.

NOTES... Final shots on goal were 29-28 in favor of the Admirals... The Sharks went 0-for-1 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill... Grosenick is now 17-14-0 with a 2.71 goals-against-average and .901 save percentage... Sharks forward Dan DaSilva and rookie defenseman Dylan DeMelo each had five shots on goal... Hamilton picked up his third penalty of the season at 0:20 of the second period as he was called for throwing the stick... The Sharks have been shutout in their last two meetings against the Admirals... This was the fourth and final meeting between the Sharks and Admirals this season... The Sharks went 2-1-1-0 against the Admirals, are 18-16-1-1 at the DCU Center and 35-33-4-2 with 76 points overall... The Sharks wrap up their 2013-14 season next weekend as they host the St. John's Ice Caps on April 18 and the Providence Bruins on April 19.

THREE STARS
1.  Brad Thiessen - Admirals (28 saves, Shutout win)
2.  Andre Petersson - Admirals (2-0-2)
3.  Antoine Laganiere - Admirals (1-0-1, GWG)

LINES
Hamilton (A) / Oleksuk / Hayes
Tarasov / Carpenter / DaSilva (A)
Rau / Schwartz / Schmidt
Reid / Viedensky / Pelech

DEFENSE
Doherty / Comrie
Davison (C) / Tennyson
Mueller / DeMelo

GOALIES
Grosenick
Sateri

SCRATCHES
Bonneau
Higgs
Jones
Abeltshauser (inj)
Acolatse (inj)
McCarthy (inj)

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