The Worcester Sharks put up three goals in the second period en route to a 5-2 win over the St. John’s IceCaps Friday night.
The IceCaps come out flying after their 11-day break as the team opened up a 7-0 lead in the shot department to start the game.
In the second period, the IceCaps caught a few early breaks as the Worcester Sharks had two goals called off to preserve a 1-0 lead. However, this would change as the Sharks would score three goals in just over three minutes to take a 3-1 lead.
Freddie Hamilton got things started for the Sharks with his 10th of the season with just under 5-minutes remaining to tie the game on the powerplay. Just 22-seconds later, the Sharks would take the lead courtesy of Taylor Doherty who fired a shot past IceCaps goaltender Jussi Olkinuora to make it 2-1. The Sharks then padded their lead as Marek Viedensky fired home a rebound to make it a 3-1 game after forty minutes.
Worcester continued their ambush in the third as Brodie Reid beat Olkinuora to make it 4-1 at the 11:11 mark of the period. With 7-minutes remaining in the period, Sateri appeared to injure himself, and the Sharks backup goaltender Troy Grosenick entered action.
The IceCaps would quickly take advantage of Grosenick as defencemen Zach Redmond fired home his 5th of the season just over a minute later to cut the lead to 4-2.
However, that would be as close as St. John’s would get as Eriah Hayes buried the puck into an empty net with over a minute to go as the Sharks skated away with the 5-2 victory.
Olkinuora made 28 saves in a losing cause for St. John’s, meanwhile Harri Sateri stopped 34 of 35 shots in the win.
With the victory, the Sharks improved to 4-0-1 against St. John’s this season.
Following the game, both teams will head out on the road as the Sharks will face the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday, meanwhile, St. John’s will face a tough Manchester Monarchs squad in New Hampshire.