The Worcester Sharks finally put together a full 60 minute effort on both ends of the ice and behind multiple point nights by Tim Kennedy, Bracken Kearns, and John McCarthy defeated the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 5-1 Friday night at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts for their first victory of the season.
Despite the opening 20 minutes being scoreless it was undoubtedly the best period of the season, at least until that point, for the WorSharks. Without several big saves in the first period from Bridgeport netminder Kevin Poulin Worcester could have easily blown the Sound Tigers right back to the Nutmeg State, but the real improvement for the WorSharks was in their own end. The shot totals say Bridgeport had five in stanza, but none were great scoring chances and were easily turned aside by goaltender Alex Stalock. Several other scoring chances were lost by Bridgeport as they were separated from the puck by Worcester blue liners, lead by Nick Petrecki who leveled at least four different Sound Tigers before the game was even 10 minutes old.
With Jimmy Bonneau suiting up for the first time in this campaign after serving an eight game suspension that carried over from last season fans figured it wouldn’t take too long for him to get back into the swing of things, and after a face-off in the neutral zone at 6:45 of the first period Bonneau found a willing dance partner in Brett Gallant. It was a spirited bout–hometown scoring gives the edge to Bonneau–after which both players exchanged sort of a “high five” while being separated by the linesmen.