Today in Worcester hockey history: May 11

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2009 at Providence 4-3 loss (Atlantic Division F, trail 3-2)
(WORSHARKS) Patrick Traverse scored first but the Bruins scored three times in the 2nd period as the Sharks dropped Game 5 by the score of 4-3 at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Monday night. The Sharks now trail the best of seven series 3-2. The best of seven series continues at the DCU Center as Game 6 will be played on Wednesday, May 13th at 7:05p.m. The Sharks would have three consecutive power plays to open the first period and would strike on their third. Patrick Traverse went top shelf firing the puck from 40 feet after a nice feed from Dan DaSilva to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 19:22. Fireworks would end the first period after a scrum developed in front of the Worcester bench that saw Bruins assistant coach Bruce Cassidy and Sharks assistant coach David Cunniff in a shouting match. The Sharks led 1-0 after twenty minutes outshooting the Bruins 12-9. The Bruins would score three unanswered goals in the second period. Martin St. Pierre scored on his own rebound at 3:07 to tie the score at 1-1. Brad Marchand would connect on the power play at 10:55 and then race over to the red line and taunt the Sharks bench. Jeremy Reich would finish the scoring in the second period banging in a centering feed from the right wing past Thomas Greiss at 14:08. The Bruins outshot the Sharks 19-7 in the middle period as the Sharks trailed 3-1 after forty minutes. After the Sharks hit the cross bar on two occasions, Jamie McGinn connected on the power play for his 4th goal of the series at 10:28 to get the Sharks within a goal. The Bruins got the goal right back just :14 seconds later as Levi Nelson scored on a rebound in front of Greiss at 10:42. Riley Armstrong scored with the extra attacker at 17:48 but the Sharks couldn’t find the equalizer dropping Game 6 by the score of 4-3.

2015 Hershey 1 vs Hartford 3 (Eastern Conference SF)
(WOLF PACK) Oscar Lindberg had a goal and two assists for the Hartford Wolf Pack Monday night, leading the Wolf Pack to a 3-1 win over the Hershey Bears in Game Four of the teams’ best-of-seven, second-round playoff series, which is now tied at two games apiece. The game was the second of two in the series played at the DCU Center in Worcester, due to scheduling conflicts at the XL Center. Joey Crabb and Ryan Haggerty also scored for the Wolf Pack, and Chris Bourque had two assists. Yann Danis stopped 22 out of 23 Hershey shots. The only Bear goal was scored by Jon Landry, and Philipp Grubauer made 29 stops in the Bear net. The Wolf Pack dominated the first period, outshooting the Bears 14-7, and took the game’s first lead with 3:49 remaining in the frame, on a goal by Crabb. Thirteen seconds after a Wolf Pack power play expired, Lindberg snapped a shot from the right-wing side and Crabb deflected it past Grubauer. Hartford added two more in a second period in which the Wolf Pack enjoyed a 12-5 shots advantage. Lindberg made it a 2-0 lead only six seconds into a Wolf Pack power play at 8:45. With Steve Oleksy off for elbowing, Chris Mueller won an offensive zone draw to Bourque at the top of the slot, and Bourque fed to Lindberg, who one-timed a shot from the right-wing faceoff dot through a Crabb screen and high into the net past Grubauer. That goal was Lindberg’s first North American pro playoff goal, and Haggerty buried his first pro playoff tally at 13:09, to increase the Wolf Pack’s lead to 3-0. Lindberg sent a long pass through the neutral zone to Haggerty, who got by the Bear defense and slipped a shot underneath Grubauer’s pads. After Crabb was foiled on a penalty-shot opportunity by Grubauer at 10:25 of the third period, Landry ruined Danis’ shutout bid with a goal at 12:02 of the third, off a cross-slot feed from Chandler Stephenson. Danis shut the door after that, though, and the teams now head back to Hershey for Game Five of the series. [210Sports note: Because the XL Center in Hartford was unavailable this game was played at the DCU Center]

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