Pack fall in Game 5, trail series 3-2
Hartford must win last two games vs. Worcester to avoid AHL elimination
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.
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.