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Penalty Kill Kills
11/17/07 - By Joe Flores
The Worcester Sharks lost their second game in two nights as the
Portland Pirates won by a score of 5-3 including four power play goals. Like
last night, the defensive aspects of the game spelled doom for the Sharks as
atrocious positioning on the penalty kill left the Pirates 4 - 7 on the man
advantage. Riley Armstrong had two huge hits tonight as one would be the most
hit I saw this year and the other would get him ejected from the game.
The game would start on a good note as Dennis Packard would score at 1:28 into
the game on a sharp angle shot assisted by Nate Raduns and Tom Walsh.
The Sharks penalty woes would start when Walsh was called for interference and
ensuing penalty kill coughed up their first goal at 9:13 of the first. Just a
short while later, another penalty was called, this time on Derek Joslin, and
another power play goal was given up.
Worcester was able to end the
period up 3-2 when Ashton Rome's shot from the slot beat Portland goalie,
Gerald Coleman, five hole at 14:47, and a 5 on 3 man advantage, Mike Iggulden
was able to slap home a rebound for his team leading ninth goal and 18th point
of the season.
The second period would be a more conservative period
as the only goal came off of a Thomas Greiss misplay to even the score at 3
goals apiece early in the period.
A strange fight between Worcester's
Brad Staubitz and Portland's Gordie Dwyer occurred at 18:57 of the second.
Seemingly out of nowhere, Dwyer dropped his gloves and proceeded to bear hug
Staubitz. Both players would receive major penalties.
The hit of the game would send both teams to the
second intermission with 25 seconds on the clock. Riley Armstrong delivered a
first class body check into the boards as the clock was winding down. As the
checked Pirate player began to skate away from the boards, the glass where he
was hit became dislodged and crashed down upon him. The teams then headed to
their locker rooms to let the ice crews repair the damage.
period feature exciting, tie-game hockey as both teams slugged it out for the
win. The Sharks had almost a minute of vital 5 - 3 advantage time that would be
squandered and the game would remain tied. However, with just over five minutes
left in the game, Armstrong struck again. This time the hit was a vicious cross
check in the face that would earn him minor, major, and game misconduct
penalties. Facing a two minute five on three followed by three minutes of being
a man down, the wheels fell off the bus as Portland would score twice to claim
Penalty Kill D-
Cavanaugh - Valette - Mink
Packard - Igguledn
Mix of Fox, Rome, Armstrong, Prudden, Tremblay
Traverse - Evans
Staubitz - Spang
Iggulden - Mink - Walsh - Joslin
Raduns - Fox - Armstrong - Traverse -
Raduns - Packard - Traverse -
Cavanaugh - Pruden - Staubitz - Joslin
Morris, Kaspar, Busenberg
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