Once again the Portland Pirates became bait as the Worcester Sharks won 4-2 in the second of three meetings this season. The Pirates started the game with good control, but it would be three third period goals from the Sharks that would sink them.
Rob Klinkhammer was the first on the board with a 2-on-1 opportunity ripping a shot from the left circle past Alex Stalock for an early lead in the first period. Just two minutes later Sharks rookie Sebastian Stalberg scored a power play goal off of a one-timer ending the first frame tied at one.
For the next twenty minutes of play the man of the period would be Rob Klinkhammer once again as he scored the lone goal of the period, this time from the right-hand circle. Each team was presented with a 5-on-3 opportunity, but neither were able to capitalize and the Pirates went into the final frame clinging to a one-goal lead.
The third period would prove to be the deciding factor, as it often is, with the Sharks tying the game halfway through the period and surging to two-goal victory with an empty-net goal sealing the deal. Mark Visentin made 29 saves out of 32 shots faced, but in the end it was Alex Stalock who got his seventh victory on the season and remained undefeated.
The Pirates next game is Friday, November 16 against the Manchester Monarchs at 7:00PM ET.
Portland: Mark Visentin 29 saves out of 32 shots faced
Worcester: Alex Stalock 20 saves out of 22 shots faced
Power Play Opportunities…
Portland: 0/6 Worcester: 1/4
Three Stars of the Game…
1. Tim Kennedy (Worcester)
2. Rob Klinkhammer (Portland)
3. James Sheppard (Worcester)