It seems like just yesterday that goaltender Matt Zaba was getting lit up for five goals in a single period during last spring’s series-turning game four 6-0 shutout loss to the Worcester Sharks. The third year pro must have been experiencing dÃ©jÃ vu this afternoon, as he gave up five goals on 13 first period Sharks shots. Chad Johnson didn’t fare too much better, giving up five more on 27 shots through the final two periods of the game. Tomas Zaborsky, Justin Soryla and Dale Weise had the Hartford goals, while Andres Ambuhl picked up two assists. Former Pack forward Dwight Helminen picked up a goal and two assists for Worcester. This is one I’m very happy to have missed — here’s the game recap from the Wolf Pack.
Worcester Sharks 10, Hartford Wolf Pack 3
Simsbury, CT, September 27, 2009 – Defenseman Michael Wilson had two goals and an assist, Brandon Mashinter scored a pair of goals, Dwight Helminen had a goal and two assists, and Ryan Vesce had four assists, as the Worcester Sharks handed the Hartford Wolf Pack a 10-3 defeat Sunday at the the International Skating Center of Connecticut, in the Wolf Pack’s final 2009 AHL preseason contest.
Dan DaSilva and T.J. Trevelyan added a goal and an assist each for the Sharks, who were 4/4 on the power play. Wolf Pack goals were scored by Tomas Zaborsky, Justin Soryal and Dale Weise. Andres Ambuhl had two assists for Hartford.
The Wolf Pack finished the preseason 2-2-0 in four games.
The Sharks stormed the Pack in the first period, scoring five times against Hartford starter Matt Zaba and building a 5-1 lead.
The onslaught started 1:13 into the game, when Will Colbert beat Zaba from the right-wing side of the crease, after breaking two-on-one with Vesce, who was +5 in the game. Logan Couture made it a 2-0 lead on a power play at 10:07, before ex-Wolf Pack Helminen forced Soryal into a turnover and fed Mashinter at the left-wing side of the goal mouth at 13:23, to up the advantage to 3-0.
Tomas Zaborsky got the Wolf Pack on the scoreboard on a power play at 16:57, taking a pass from Ambuhl and snapping a shot past the glove of Shark goaltender Ryan Nie. Worcester answered just 41 seconds later, though, as Wilson’s slapshot snuck just under the crossbar behind Zaba at 17:38.
The Sharks widened it to a 5-1 margin at 19:33 on a power-play tip-in, as Helminen deflected in a shot from the left point by Nick Petrecki.
It took Worcester only 1:10 of the second period to make it 6-1, as Trevelyan greeted relief goaltender Chad Johnson with a jam-in from the right-wing side of the crease.
Soryal got that back for the Wolf pack at 17:29, walking around a Shark defender just inside the blue line and beating Nie with a deke. The Sharks again got a goal in the final minute of the period, though, as DaSilva scored at 19:03 on a breakaway opportunity.
Worcester started fast again in the third period, as Mashinter netted his second of the game at 1:32. Trevelyan set Mashinter up with a cross-slot pass from right to left. Wilson’s second of the contest made it 9-2 at 7:53, and the Sharks hit double-digits on a goal by Tom Morrow at 12:02.
The Wolf Pack power play clicked for a second time in five chances at 13:46 for the final margin, with Weise deflecting in a shot by Dave Urquhart.
Worcester outshot the Pack 40-33 in the game, and Nie made 30 saves to get the win. Zaba took the loss for Hartford with five goals-against on 13 shots, and Johnson allowed five on 27 shots.
The Wolf Packâ€™s 2009-10 regular-season home schedule kicks off Saturday, October 10 at the XL Center against the Springfield Falcons (7:00). Once again this season, tickets to the home opener are only $10 each.
Worcester Sharks 10 at Hartford Wolf Pack 3
Sep 27, 2009 – International Skating Center
Worcester 5 2 3 – 10
Hartford 1 1 1 – 3
1st Period-1, Worcester, Colbert 1 (Vesce), 1:13. 2, Worcester, Couture 1 (Helminen), 10:07 (pp). 3, Worcester, Mashinter 1 (Helminen), 13:23. 4, Hartford, Zaborsky 1 (Ambuhl), 16:57 (pp). 5, Worcester, Wilson 2 (Zalewski, Liotti), 17:38. 6, Worcester, Helminen 1 (Petrecki, Zalewski), 19:33 (pp). Penalties-Helminen Wor (interference), 5:53; Henley Hfd (cross-checking), 8:42; Wilson Wor (interference), 15:12; Locke Hfd (hooking), 18:57.
2nd Period-7, Worcester, Trevelyan 1 (Vesce), 1:10. 8, Hartford, Soryal 1 (Ambuhl), 17:29. 9, Worcester, DaSilva 1 (Vesce, Nie), 19:02. Penalties-Jones Wor (fighting), 1:32; DiDiomete Hfd (fighting), 1:32; Jones Wor (hooking), 2:55.
3rd Period-10, Worcester, Mashinter 2 (Trevelyan), 1:32. 11, Worcester, Wilson 3 (DaSilva, Vesce), 7:53 (pp). 12, Worcester, Morrow 1 (McCarthy, Wilson), 12:02 (pp). 13, Hartford, Weise 1 (Urquhart, Heikkinen), 13:46 (pp). Penalties-Wilson Wor (holding), 2:19; Sanguinetti Hfd (roughing), 7:03; Couture Hfd (holding), 10:05; DaSilva Wor (interference), 12:23.
Shots on Goal: Worcester 13-14-13-40. Hartford 11-15-7-33.
Power Play Opportunities: Worcester 4 of 4; Hartford 2 of 5.
Goalies: Worcester, Nie 1-1-0 (33 shots-30 saves). Hartford, Zaba 0-2-0 (13 shots-8 saves); Johnson 1-0-0 (27 shots-22 saves).
Referee: Francis Charron (46).
Linesmen: David Spannaus (8), Paul Simeon (66).
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