Ferriero scores game winner as Penguins shutout Sharks 3-0
Harri Sateri made 17 saves in net but got no offensive support as the Worcester Sharks were defeated 3-0 by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena, ending their three-game winning streak. Penguins goaltender Brad Thiessen made 30 saves as the Sharks were shutout for the first time since their 4-0 home opening loss against the Albany Devils back on Oct. 20, 2012. Despite the loss, the Sharks remain in second place of the Atlantic Division, five points behind the division leading Portland Pirates.
The Penguins jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 40-seconds into the game when former Worcester/San Jose Sharks forward Benn Ferriero corralled a centering feed from linemate Beau Bennett, who was behind Sateri's net, and slid the puck past Sateri for his fourth goal of the season, his first since Dec. 7, 2012. Despite having two power play opportunities in the first period following the Ferriero goal, the Sharks were unable to get the puck past Thiessen, who made 11 saves in the period.
In the second period, Penguins forward Riley Holzapfel used Sharks defenseman Mike Brennan as a screen and ripped a shot from 37-feet out on the left wing that beat Sateri glove side for his ninth goal of the season at 3:43. Three-and-a-half minutes later at 7:11 and with the Sharks hemmed inside their own zone, Penguins alternate captain Warren Peters tucked in a rebound at the side of Sateri's net for his fifth goal of the season to push the lead to 3-0.
The Sharks outshot the Penguins 8-2 in the third period but Thiessen turned away all eight shots to earn his first shutout since Nov. 4, 2011.
NOTES: Shots were 30-20 in favor of the Sharks... The Sharks went 0-for-5 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill... Sateri is now 6-7-2-1 with a 2.86 goals-against-average and .906 save percentage... The Sharks had their streak of 13 consecutive games decided by one goal come to an end... Danny Groulx (inj), Taylor Doherty (inj), Sena Acolatse (inj), Tim Kennedy (inj), Curt Gogol (inj), Sebastian Stalberg (scr) and Mike Banwell (scr) did not dress for the Sharks... This was the first of four meetings between the teams this season... The Sharks are 0-1-0-0 against the Penguins this season, 10-7-0-1 on the road and 17-12-1-2 with 37 points overall.
1. Brad Thiessen - Penguins (30 saves, win, shutout)
2. Benn Ferriero - Penguins (1-0-1, GWG)
3. Riley Holzapfel - Penguins (1-0-1)