The Hartford Wolf Pack lost another tough game to the Worcester Sharks on Thursday night, as Worcester beat the Pack 3-1 to take control of the teams' first-round playoff series with a 3-2 lead.
|Dane Byers |
Worcester scored all three of its goals in the opening period. Dane Byers got the Pack's lone goal, spoiling Thomas Greiss' shutout bid on a power play with 6:27 left in the third period.
The Game 5 loss at home means Hartford, the top seed in the Atlantic Division, must win Game 6 on Saturday in Worcester to avoid seeing its season end.
Carrying momentum from their 6-0 win at home on Wednesday, Worcester jumped out to its 3-0 first-period lead on two power-play goals by Patrick Traverse and one even-strength tally by T.J. Fox.
Traverse gave the Sharks a 1-0 advantage with the man-advantage at 5:56 of the first period, beating goaltender Matt Zaba (23 saves). Fox followed up only 80 seconds later with an even-strength goal, assisted by Traverse, to make it 2-0.
The 35-year-old Traverse, who has played more than 250 games in the NHL with multiple teams, including Ottawa, Boston and Montreal, stretched the lead to 3-0 at 13:50 of the third with an unassisted power-play goal.
Byers' late power-play goal was assisted by defensemen Corey Potter and Bobby Sanguinetti. Hartford outshot Worcester 28-26 on the night.
Game 6 is set for 7:05 p.m. on Saturday at Worcester's DCU Center.