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No brotherly battle.

Byline: Bill Ballou


WORCESTER - As usual when Manchester plays the Sharks, the name "Westgarth" appeared in the boxscore with a fighting major attached last night, but as ordered by Mrs. Westgarth, there was no civil war.

Kevin Westgarth of the Monarchs battled Worcester's Frazer McLaren late in the Sharks' 4-1 victory, but there was no Kevin-Brett confrontation. In fact, the brothers were only on the ice together for a few shifts during the game.

"It was definitely different," Brett Westgarth said. "You have mixed feelings. It's your brother, and you want him to do well, but then you want your team to do well, too."

It was the second fight between Kevin Westgarth and McLaren. The two went at it last April, and Kevin Westgarth has had seven fights with Worcester in a little more than one season.

Outshot in second

Manchester outshot Worcester in the second period, 8-6, and that was a rarity. In 24 periods so far this season, the Sharks have been outshot only four times.

They had a 34-24 edge for the game and have outshot the opposition in all eight games this year with a huge overall advantage of 293-183.

Another big Moore hit

For the second straight night, rookie defenseman Mike Moore delivered the best open-ice hit of the night. Moore got a hip into Monarchs' defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov in the neutral zone 11 minutes in.

Goal is allowed

The game was delayed briefly late in the first period when referee Jamie Koharski conferred, via phone, with goal judge John Coughlin. Coughlin has put the red light on to signify that Denny Johnston had scored on a breakaway at 17:42.

The puck either hit the high metal support at the back of the net, or the crossbar, and bounced back out immediately. Play continued even though the light was on, with Koharski making no signal. After talking with Coughlin, Koharski allowed the goal. The Sharks looked at the replay several times and thought the puck did not go in, but it was a tough call. Still photos of the shot supported Worcester's contention.

Shark bites

The Sharks lineup was the usual - Matt Jones, Brad Staubitz and Dan DaSilva injured, Matt Kinch a scratch. ... Worcester will hold an open practice and "Skate With the Sharks" at Horgan Rink in Auburn tomorrow night. Practice starts at 6. The public can skate with the team, free of charge, at 7.

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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Nov 2, 2008
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