Looking to extend their winning streak to a season high five games, the Worcester Sharks were defeated 1-0 in overtime by the Norfolk Admirals (AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks) Saturday night at the Norfolk Scope.
Goaltender Harri Sateri made 26 saves in net for the Sharks, who despite having their four game winning streak snapped did extended their point streak to five games (nine out of 10 points).
The Sharks thought they had won game at the end of the third period when rookie forward Rylan Schwartz beat Admirals goaltender Josh Gibson on a breakaway. However, the goal was scored a split second after the final horn had sounded.
In overtime, Sharks rookie defenseman Konrad Abeltshauser was assessed a tripping penalty at 1:27, and Admirals defenseman Jesse Blacker scored the game's only goal 54-seconds later when he found a loose puck in deep in the left slot and fired the puck past Sateri for his fifth goal of the season.
NOTES... Finals shots were 28-20 in favor of the Admirals... The Sharks went 0-for-3 on the power play and 4-for-5 on the penalty kill... Sateri is now 10-13-1 with a 2.93 goals-against-average and .894 save percentage... Sharks forward James Livingston had a team high four shots on goal... The first penalty of the game wasn't assessed until 15:38 of the second period, a tripping minor to Sharks rookie defenseman Dylan DeMelo... Sharks forward Dan DaSilva played in his 200th career game with the Sharks... The Admirals held their annual "Pink in the Rink" night... This was the third of four meetings between the Sharks and Admirals this season... The Sharks are 2-0-1-0 against the Admirals, 9-8-3-0 on the road and 18-15-3-1 with 40 points overall... The Sharks are back in action Tuesday (Jan. 21) as they travel to play their Atlantic Division rival the Portland Pirates.
1. Jesse Blacker - Admirals (1-0-1, GWG)
2. John Gibson - Admirals (20 saves, Shutout Win)
3. Harri Sateri - Sharks (27 saves)
Gourde / Oleksuk / DaSilva
Tarasov / Hamilton (A) / Gron
Scheidl / Viedensky / Livingston
Gogol / Schwartz / Bonneau (A)
DeMelo / Petrecki
Doherty / Comrie
Acolatse / Abeltshauser