Wolf Pack fall in Worcester; series tied 2-2
Home team erupts for five third-period goals in Game 4 of series
It was a rough night for the Hartford Wolf Pack on Wednesday in Worcester, Mass., as the Rangers' AHL affiliate fell 6-0 to the Worcester Sharks, knotting their first-round Calder Cup playoff series at 2-2.
The Pack won't have to wait long to regain some momentum, however, since the series will resume with Game 5 in Hartford on Thursday night.
Worcester rolled out to a quick 1-0 lead, and it remained a one-goal game until the Sharks erupted for five third-period goals.
Thomas Greiss made 30 saves to earn the shutout for the Sharks, who won both Games 3 and 4 of the series at home. Greiss turned in a remarkable performance on a night that Hartford outshot the Sharks 30-27
Wolf Pack goalie Matt Zaba finished with 21 saves after making 45 just two nights earlier in a double-overtime loss.
Former NHL defenseman Kyle McLaren gave the Sharks an early 1-0 lead at 3:19 of the first period, scoring off assists from Andrew Desjardins and Dan DaSilva.
Worcester stretched its lead to 3-0 with a pair of goals in the first four minutes of the third period. Logan Couture made it 2-0 at 1:23 of the third, and Lukas Kaspar opened up a three-goal lead at 3:45 of the third.
The Sharks kept on coming, adding another two goals within the next four minutes. Kevin Vesce, who scored twice in Worcester's Game 3 overtime win, made it 4-0 at 6:16 of the third, and Tom Cavanagh added the fifth goal at the 7:21 mark.
T.J. Fox closed out the scoring with 47 seconds left in the third period.