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Farm Report
Griess dominates as Worcester wins 2-1
11/13/07 - By Joe Flores

It took the Springfield Falcons 59 minutes and 54 seconds and 35 shots to get a goal past the Sharks goaltender Thomas Greiss. However, this stellar performance was not enough to get him a regulation win.

The Worcester Sharks came out flat today getting outshot and outworked for the first forty minutes of the game. The Sharks were guilty of numerous bad passes and lazy icing calls for the first two periods of the game. The first period only featured only two decent scoring chances for the Sharks in the first period and only a few more in the second. The power play seemed like a passing drill and was equally fruitless. The Falcons tested Greiss often, but could not solve the rising star.

The third period seemed like a different game as the Sharks came out on a mission and turned on the pressure. Their hustle and hard work was rewarded 11:10 of the third when defenseman Dan Spang pinched in to the slot to knock in a second rebound past Falcons goalie Jeff Deslauriers. The assists went to Dennis Packard and Mike Iggulden who were responsible for the initial pressure that led to the goal.

With the lead, the Sharks were guilty of playing prevent defense. With the game winding down and the goalie pulled, Springfield used their timeout with the upcoming faceoff deep in Sharks territory. They tied the game with just a few seconds remaining with a scrum in front of Greiss that was similar to the Sharks' goal.

After five minutes of tentative overtime, the game headed into a shootout. The first two shooters were denied for each team. However, Sharks captain Graham Mink scored on his shot with a well placed wrister, and Nate Raduns scored the clinching goal for the Sharks with a equally deadly wrister. The story of the shootout, in my opinion, was Thomas Greiss who easily stopped the four shots he faced. His response to the dekes thrown at him left the opposing shooters with no options, and his quick reflexes to the wrist shots were of highlight reel quality.

This was a slow, chippy game that came to life in the third, and finished with a clear statement that Greiss is the man. I have not seen a game where AHL rookie Raduns has not contributed to the Sharks' offensive efforts.

Grades:
Offense C
Defense B-
Power Play D+
Penalty Kill B
Goaltending A
Overall C




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