The Worcester Sharks defeated the Portland Pirates 4-2 Wednesday night at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine and found themselves in first place in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division at the end of the night for the first time since April 11, 2010.
The bad habit the WorSharks have gotten into lately of giving up goals early in games–and worse, on the opponent’s first shot on goal–continued against Portland when a bad bounce allowed Rob Klinkhammer to break in down the far side. It all began when Bracken Kearns’ shot beat Pirates goaltender Mark Visentin but rang off the near post. The puck bounded to the point right toward Sena Acolatse, but the defenseman fell allowing Klinkhammer to gather the puck and break out of the zone. Klinkhammer fired a wrist shot on Worcester netminder Alex Stalock that Stalock misplayed and the puck ended up in the net just 68 seconds into the contest.
The WorSharks wouldn’t be trailing for long when they converted on their first power play chance of the game. Sebastian Stalberg, who has been struggling as of late, scored his first goal in seven games when he took a feed from Matt Tennyson and blasted a one-timer past Visentin at 3:37. Tennyson faked like he was going to blast one on net but instead threw a nice pass to the slot to a wide open Stalberg in the left wing circle. Matt Irwin had the second assist on the goal.