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Worcester’s offense explodes to top Bridgeport 6-2

(sharksahl.com) – The Worcester Sharks (13-13-3-1) have points in four straight games after a convincing 6-2 win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (15-12-3-1) at the DCU Center on Tuesday evening.

 
Travis Oleksuk scored twice, Dylan DeMelo added four points (1-3-4), Freddie Hamilton picked up four assists, and Troy Grosenick made 21 saves in net for his 9th win of the season as the Sharks extended their point streak to four games (2-0-1-1). Adam Burish (1-1-2) and Konrad Abeltshauser (1-1-2) each had two point games and Greger Hanson scored his 1st AHL goal for Worcester. With the win, head coach Roy Sommer tied John Paddock (589 wins) for the third most wins in American Hockey League history.
 
The Sound Tigers opened up the scoring at 2:24 of the first period as Colin McDonald finished off a 2-on-1 rush after a great feed by Kael Mouillierat to give Bridgeport a 1-0 lead. Worcester would finally get on the board with 11.1 seconds remaining after several great chances on goaltender David Leggio. Oleksuk fired a shot from in between the circles through a screen, with assists from Hamilton and Demelo for the only Sharks score of the period.
 
Worcester outshot Bridgeport 15-7 in the first period with each team going 0-for-2 on the power play.
 
Bridgeport grabbed a 2-1 lead at 7:13 as rookie defenseman Ryan Pulock scored his 10th power play goal of the season with a laser from 45 feet past Grosenick. Worcester would tie the score with a power play goal of their own as Demelo sent a point shot past Leggio at the 10:07 mark. Oleksuk deflected a centering feed by Hamilton with 1.1 seconds remaining in the second period to give Worcester their first lead of the night at 3-2.
 
The Sharks led 3-2 after 40 minutes and held a 28-15 shot advantage through 40 minutes.
 
Worcester exploded for three more goals in the third period to pull away for the 6-2 win. Hanson scored his first AHL goal with an easy tap in after a great feed by Burish at 6:04. Abeltshauser struck on the power play at 9:16 to put the Sharks ahead 5-2, and Burish finished the scoring at 17:11 for the 6-2 win. Grosenick made eight saves in the third period, four of which were spectacular in nature.
 
The Sharks overall record improves to 13-13-3-1, and 8-5-2-1 at the DCU Center this season.