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Worcester Forces Game 4 with Win over Hershey

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

HERSHEY, PA -  The Worcester Sharks (#7 seed in East) will play another game after defeating the host Hershey Bears (#2 seed in East) by the score of 4-1 in front of 8,991 fans at the GIANT Center on Wednesday evening in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Hershey holds a 2-1 series lead with Game 4 slated for Friday, May 1, at the GIANT Center in Hershey at 7pm ET.

Micheal Haley and Chris Tierney each scored a goal and added an assist while Troy Grosenick made 27 saves in net for the win. Ryan Carpenter netted the game winner at 3:55 of the second period while Taylor Fedun added an insurance strike early in the third period for Worcester. Liam O’Brien gave Hershey an early 1-0 lead while Pheonix Copley made 29 saves in net for the loss.

Hershey grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the first period after the Sharks failed to clear the puck. Karl Stollery broke his stick, and Liam O’Brien zapped a quick snap shot from 15 feet that beat goaltender Troy Grosenick at 3:13. Worcester trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes and held a 9-8 shot advantage.

Worcester came out flying in the second period and scored twice in the first 3:55 in the middle frame to take a 2-1 lead. Chris Tierney struck on the power play with a tap in strike from on top of the crease after a nice feed from Daniil Tarasov at 1:01. Ryan Carpenter buried a puck during a goal mouth scramble at 3:55 to give Worcester a 2-1 advantage. Travis Oleksuk scored again at 13:54 but was called for goaltender interference after a Bears defender crashed into his goalie Pheonix Copley to erase the goal. Worcester outshot Hershey 19-8 in the middle frame as the Sharks took a 2-1 lead into the second intermission.

Worcester added an insurance goal at 5:37 with a 5-on-3 power play goal by Taylor Fedun to give the Sharks a 3-1 lead, Worcester's first 5-on-3 goal of the season. Troy Grosenick was busy in the final frame with 12 saves while Micheal Haley sealed the win with an empty netter at 19:53 for the 4-1 road victory.

First star: Chris Tierney (1-1-2)
Second star: Ryan Carpenter (GWG)
Third star: Micheal Haley (1-1-2)

SERIES SCHEDULE
Game 1 Friday, April 24
Hershey (DCU Center) 1-4 L
Game 2 Saturday, April 25 Hershey (DCU Center) 1-3 L
Game 3 Wednesday, April 29 at Hershey (Giant Center) 4-1 W
Game 4
Friday, May 1
at Hershey (Giant Center) 4PM PT
Game 5* Sunday, May 3 at Hershey (Giant Center) 2PM PT
* If necessary


You can listen to every game live on WTAG Worcester or watch online for a small fee at www.AHLLive.com.

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