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Farm Report: Woe is Worcester
Griess dominates as Worcester wins 2-1
11/16/07 - By Joe Flores

Try to imagine the San Jose Sharks emerging one by one through the shark head as you excitedly cheer in anticipation for your beloved team. Then try to imagine the agony and fear that is struck into your heart as you count six jerseys with the name "Semenov" stitched onto their backs. Even worse, try to imagine these players in action. Such was the defensive inability displayed tonight by the Worcester Sharks against the Providence Bruins as they lost 5-2.

Both the Sharks and the Bruins came out hard and strong tonight trading hits and skating well. The Sharks strong effort quickly faded, and a defensive breakdown gave the Bruins the lead at only 2:41 of the first period as Martins Karsums scored against Thomas Greiss. The Sharks displayed poor passing and hustle as Providence added two more goals in the first period at 10:26 on the power play and 13:11 to stretch their lead to 3-0 by the end of the first. Both were a result of crisp Bruins passing and poor defensive coverage.

The third Providence goal scored by Vladimir Skobota came on only their ninth shot of the game. I looked to the bench, waiting for Sharks backup goalie, Taylor Dakers, to take to the ice, but he remained idle. However, a fourth goal was scored against Greiss who was again stranded at 1:39 of the second period. Dakers got his chance at this point and made the most of it making no fewer than two highlight reel quality saves throughout the remainder of the game for the Sharks as his defense continued to aid the Bruins' efforts.

The Sharks would respond and cut the lead to three at 2:15 of the second period as Riley Armstrong would cleanly win an offensive zone draw back to Craig Valette who fired a slap shot to beat Providence goalie, Jordan Sigalet.

The third period would feature a Sharks team that would come out with a little more passion. However, the passion was tempered by yet another early goal when Pascal Pelletier was able to score at 2:17. The Sharks tried to keep the score close as they converted on the power play. At 4:32 of the third, a Sharks defenseman actually did something positive as Dan Spang fired a rocket of a slap shot from the right point to the top, left corner of the goal. The assist would again go to Armstrong.

Valette of the Worcester Sharks tried to give his team a boost by collecting the second element of the Gordie Howe hat trick by fighting the Bruins' Nate Thompson at 8:02 of the third. This was an excellent bout as both combatants landed punch after punch until finally Thompson landed on top of Valette. Valette landed several excellent blows that weren't matched before being knocked to the ice.

There was a scary moment on the ice as Bruins goalie, Sigalet, randomly collapsed onto the ice at about 10:00 in the third period as the play was in the Sharks zone. The arena was silent as the trainers and paramedics attended to the seemingly unconscious goalie. He was eventually taken off the ice by a stretcher and probably rushed to the nearest hospital. Mike Brown would finish the rest of the now somber game.

Game Grades

Offense: D+
Defense: D-
Power Play: C-
Penalty Kill: C
Combined: C
Greiss: D+
Dakers: B+
Overall: D+


Many of the Worcester Sharks were non-factors in tonight's game. Among those who showed little hustle were captain Graham Mink and rookie Nate Raduns. Lukas Kaspar seemed to show frustration with his teammates as the game went on as he tried to penetrate the Bruins offense by himself. Greiss stopped 10 of 14 shots before getting pulled from the game. Dakers would stop 14 of 15 shots.

The Bruins pre-game warm-up jerseys featured Dunkin Donuts advertisements on the bottom back of their jerseys. Combined with the RBK Edge diaper effect, those jerseys were truly hideous to look at from behind.

Dunkin Donuts Center:

This arena is located in downtown Providence. It is nearing the end of its remodeling process. The arena looks nice, but nowhere near the quality you would expect from an NHL building. However, the seats were the most disgusting seats I've ever seen in an arena. The attendance was 6,793, which is the largest AHL crowd I've been a part of in my five games. Next stop:

11/17/07 vs. Portland Pirates

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