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November 19, 2012 - American Hockey League (AHL) Worcester Sharks

Shark Snap Shot:

The Worcester Sharks (7-6-1-1, 16pts) chomped out two of a possible four points in a relatively quiet week of hockey action. The Sharks won their third straight road game with their 3rd come-from-behind victory of the season in a 4-2 win over the Pirates in Lewiston, ME on Wednesday. The Sharks dropped a tough 2-1 decision to the CT Whale in front of 5,098 at the DCU Center on Saturday to close out the week 1-1-0-0.

The Worcester Sharks player of the week nominee is defenseman Matt Irwin. Matt recorded two points (1-1-2), was +2, and fired six shots on goal in two games last week for the Sharks.

Few things to know....

- The Sharks are currently in 1st place (7-6-1-1, 16pts) in the Atlantic Division and 3rd place overall in the Eastern Conference.

- Worcester has points in seven of their last nine games (6-2-1-0) and has won three straight road games.

- Coach Roy Sommer currently ranks 4th in the AHL with 516 wins in his career (15th season) and 3rd in games coached in the AHL with 1131.

- Forward Brodie Reid returned to the line up on Saturday after missing the first 14 games due to an injury. Reid scored on his first shot on goal in a 2-1 loss to the Whale.

- Alex Stalock picked up career victory #66 as a member of the Sharks and is 7-1-0 in his last eight starts in net for Worcester.

- Bracken Kearns leads the AHL with five power play goals and leads Worcester with six total goals overall.

- Marek Viedensky and Mikael Tam were assigned to San Francisco (ECHL) on Wednesday night. Viedensky has two goals in three games for the Bulls.

- Worcester travels to Manchester, NH on Friday at 7pm before returning home to host the Pirates on Saturday at 7pm and the Crunch on Sunday at 3pm.

- On Saturday the Sharks host their annual Teddy Bear Toss presented by Bay State Savings Bank and on Sunday fans are invited to enjoy the Hat & Mittens Holiday post game skate presented by Price Chopper.

Top 3... Last Week!

1. Brodie Reid returned to the lineup after missing the first 14 games of the season with an injury and scored on his first shot on goal with a terrific play on Saturday in the Sharks 2-1 loss to the Whale!

2. Alex Stalock won his 7th straight start with 20 saves on Wednesday and made 2-1 saves in a tough 2-1 loss to the Whale on Saturday!

3. Matt Pelech blocked several shots all weekend, was +1, and picked up his team leading 4th fighting major vs. Mark Louis on Wednesday!

Last Week: (1-1-0-0) 2pts, 2gp

Wed. 11/14 W Worcester SHARKS 4 @ Portland Pirates 2 (in Lewiston, ME)

Sat. 11/19 L Connecticut Whale 2 @ Worcester SHARKS 1

This week:

Fri. 11/23 Worcester SHARKS @ Manchester Monarchs - 7:00pm

Sat. 11/24 Portland Pirates @ Worcester SHARKS - 7:00pm

Sun. 11/25 Syracuse Crunch @ Worcester SHARKS - 3:00pm

Rewind the Tape:

11.14.12 - Worcester 4 - Portland 2 - W - Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, ME

The Sharks scored three third period goals as the Worcester Sharks (7-5-1-1, 16pts) came-from-behind with a 4-2 victory over the divisional rival Portland Pirates (5-5-1-1, 12pts) at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, ME on Wednesday night. Goaltender Alex Stalock improved to 7-0-0 in his last seven starts with 20 saves and Sebastian Stalberg, James Sheppard, Tim Kennedy, and Matt Irwin scored goals in the win for Worcester. The Sharks scored two goals in 68 seconds midway through the third period to cap their AHL leading 3rd win when trailing after 40 minutes.

11.17.12 - Worcester 1 - Connecticut 2 - L - DCU Center

Brodie Reid registered the lone goal in his season debut for the Worcester Sharks (7-6-1-1, 16pts) in a 2-1 loss against the Connecticut Whale (6-7-1-0, 13pts) on Saturday night in front of 5,098 fans at the DCU Center. Cameron Talbot picked up the win in net for the Whale, stopping 23 of 24 shots that he faced. Brodie Reid, Freddie Hamilton, and Brandon Mashinter each had one point for Worcester in the loss, while Chris Kreider and Ryan Bourque notched the goals for the Whale, as Worcester fell to 4-3-1-0 on home ice at the DCU Center. Alex Stalock played solid in net for Worcester, allowing two goals on 23 shots. Click HERE for highlights.

Sharks in the Atlantic: The Sharks are swimming in 1st place with 16 points (7-6-1-1) in the Atlantic Division through 15 games, which is 1 point ahead of the 2nd place Manchester Monarchs (15pts in 14gp), two points ahead of the 3rd place St. John's IceCaps (14pts in 15gp) and Portland Pirates (14pts in 15gp), and three points ahead of the 5th place Providence Bruins (13pts in 14gp) to round out a very choppy Atlantic Division.

Coaching Milestones....

*1000 GAMES... With the 3-1 victory at Springfield on January 14, 2011, head coach Roy Sommer became just the 4th coach in AHL history to reach the 1,000 games plateau.

*500 WINS!.... With a 3-2 shootout victory in Hershey on February 11, 2012, head coach Roy Sommer became just the 4th coach in AHL history to reach the 500 win plateau.

AHL COACHING WINS - ALL-TIME

1. Fred "Bun" Cook 1937-56 19seasons 1,171GP 636 WINS

2. Frank Mathers 1956-85 18seasons 1,256GP 610 WINS

3. John Paddock 1981-2010 16seasons 1,125GP 589 WINS

4. Roy Sommer 1998-current 15seasons 1,131GP 516 WINS

*Worcester Sharks Head Coach Roy Sommer, who plays a major role in developing players for the San Jose Sharks, is currently the longest-tenured coach (15th season) in the American Hockey League. His current regular season record is now: 516-442 -49 -48-46. (W-L-T-OTL-SOL)

*In Coach Sommer's first AHL victory.... The Kentucky Thoroughblades defeated the Albany River Rats 6-4 at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky on October 17th 1998. Coincidentally, Associate Coach David Cunniff recorded an assist as a member of the River Rats in the hockey game.

*Associate Coach David Cunniff has joined Coach Sommer in 361 of the 516 victories (70%).

*ECHL... Coach Sommer also has 176 wins in the ECHL coaching in five seasons with Roanoke Valley and Richmond.

Shark Bites:

*Captains for the 2012-13 season: John McCarthy was named the Sharks 5th captain in team history on October 11, 2012. Alternate captains for this season: Home: Danny Groulx and Bracken Kearns. Away: Matt Pelech and Tim Kennedy.

*From east to west..... The Worcester Sharks had 9 players (11 call-ups) receive at least one call up to the San Jose Sharks last season. Overall the Worcester Sharks have had 39 different players receive at least one call up to the San Jose Sharks over the last six seasons.

*Score first... the Sharks have scored FIRST 5 times in 15 games last season with a 4-1-0-0 record in those games. (Tim Kennedy 2, Yanni Gourde 1, John McCarthy 1, Brodie Reid)

*Streak broken - thank goodness!... the Sharks were 0-9-0-3 in their last 12 road games dating back to the end of last season before a 3-2 win over the Bruins in Providence on Nov 2. Coincidentally, the Sharks last road win prior to Friday was March 3, 2012 at Providence.... The Sharks have started a new streak on the road, having won three straight games (3-0-0-0) away from the DCU Center.

*Pro Debut: Forward Daniil Tarasov made his professional debut on Nov 4 vs. the Monarchs. The 21-year-old became the first player born in Russia (Moscow) to suit up for the Worcester Sharks. Daniil scored 47 goals in 60 games last year for the Indiana Ice of the USHL.

*4 National Champions... The Sharks have four players that have won the NCAA Division 1 Championship.... Travis Oleksuk with University Minnesota Duluth in 2011... John McCarthy was co-captain for Boston University in 2009... Nick Petrecki with Boston College in 2008... and Tim Kennedy with Michigan State in 2007.

*5 years and counting... Sharks forward Jon Matsumoto has recorded at least 20+ goals (20,29,30,20,23) in five straight seasons in the AHL heading into his first season with Worcester in 2012-13. Jon has three goals through 13 games this season for Worcester and has missed the last two games due to injury.

*November by the numbers... The Sharks are 5-2-1-0 (11pts in 8gp) record in November with 20 GF and 19 GA. PP is 7-36 (19.4%), opponents PP is 6-for-36 (16.6%), and the Sharks have nine fighting majors in November.

*OT? The Worcester Sharks finished 12th in the AHL with 18 games (23.6%) that went into overtime in 2011-12. The Sharks finished 4-4 in OT and 2-8 in the shootout. In 2012-13, the Sharks are 2-1 in the shootout.

*Keeping your hat on (Thanks Ballou)... Worcester has gone 198 games since one of its players recorded a hat trick. That is easily the longest active streak in the AHL. The Sharks' last hat trick belongs to Dan DaSilva, who scored three times in Portland during a 5-2 Worcester victory up there on Feb. 14, 2010. No Worcester player has recorded a hat trick on home ice in more than three years, or since P.J. Fenton had one on Feb. 28, 2009 in the Sharks' 7-3 victory over Springfield. The home-ice drought has lasted for 134 games. In the meantime, Worcester has had 39 two-goal games, including five each by Benn Ferriero, Brandon Mashinter and T.J. Trevelyan. In all, Worcester players have recorded hat tricks only seven times in the franchise's 491 games. The Sharks are 7-0 in those games and 1-11-3 in the 15 games in which the opposition has had a hat trick.

*Shootout scorers.... The Sharks rank 4th in the AHL with a .467 scoring percentage (7-for-15) in the shootout. (McCarthy 2-for-2, Sheppard 2-for-3, Matsumoto 2-for-3, Tim Kennedy 0-for-2, Sebastian Stalberg 0-for-2, Travis Oleksuk 0-for-2, Brandon Mashinter 1-for-1)

*Leaders among us... Bracken Kearns leads the AHL with five power play goals.... Alex Stalock ranks 15th in AHL with a 2.32GAA and 3rd with 7 wins... Sena Acolatse is tied for 4th among defensemen with four goals scored and 15th in points (4-6-10)... Matt Pelech ranks 4th among defensemen with 4 fighting majors... Sebastian Stalberg ranks 2nd among AHL rookies with 3 power play goals.

*Nice Crowd... The Sharks had 14 crowds over 5,000 fans during the 2011-12 season, and welcomed a sellout crowd (6,659) in the home opener on Oct 20 vs. the Devils and 5,098 on Nov 17th vs. the Whale.

*1,000,000th fan... The Sharks welcomed their 1,000,000th fan (season ticket holder Peter West) through the DCU Center turnstiles on Oct 28. Currently, the Sharks have had 1,017,573 fans attend a regular season game in the 6+ years in Worcester. (4,136 average in 246 home games).

*Worcester/Manchester Rivalry... the Sharks and Monarchs combined for 567 penalty minutes in the 12 games (275WOR, 292 MCH) and 25 sets of fighting major penalties in 2011-12. Worcester went 3-6-2-1 vs. Manchester last season and the series featured a pre game brawl in the series final at the DCU Center on April 10. The Sharks are 1-1-0-0 vs. Manchester this season with two sets of fighting majors.

*PP Specialist...Matt Irwin's 15 career power-play goals have put him in good position to set some team records, but he is not there yet. He tied the record for most power-play goals in a season by a Sharks defenseman with nine in 2011-12, also done by Garrett Stafford in 2006-07. The career record is 16, done by Derek Joslin.

*Tallest Shark.... Worcester Sharks rookie defenseman Taylor Doherty is the tallest player in team history standing at 6'7" 235lbs.... Doherty scored his first professional goal in game #70 and added an assist in the Sharks 3-2OTL to the IceCaps on Nov 3.

*First Pro Goals this season... Travis Oleksuk and Taylor Doherty each scored their first professional goals on Nov 3... Freddie Hamilton scored his first on Nov 9.

*Sharks in the Atlantic... Worcester went 15-21-3-5 in the Atlantic Division in 2011-12 and is 5-2-1-0 in divisional games in 2012-13.

*Super Sunday.... The Sharks are 3-0-0-0 on Sunday afternoons this season.

*Not too super Saturday... the Sharks are 0-4-1-1 on Saturday's this season.

*3rd period heroics... Worcester is 3-4-0-1 when trailing after two periods of play this season. (3 wins tied for most in AHL)

*20 goal scorers?... The Sharks have four players that have scored at least 20+ goals in a season in the AHL... John McCarthy scored 20 goals last year for Worcester, Jon Matsumoto has score 20+ goals in AHL in each of the last five seasons, Bracken Kearns has scored 20+ goals in each of the last two seasons, and Brandon Mashinter scored 22 goals with Worcester in 2009-10.

*These Sharks have teeth Take 2?.... Worcester finished 1st in the AHL in penalty minutes averaging 21.32 penalty minutes per game and were 1st with 120 fighting major penalties in 2011-12. Worcester ranks 11th this season with 20.67 penalty minutes per game this season.

*Welcome back Groulx... Defensemen Danny Groulx is back with the Sharks after spending the last two seasons in the KHL. With Worcester in 2009-10, Groulx was named the Best Defensemen in the AHL (Eddie Shore Award) and First Team AHL All-Star as he racked up 66 points (14-52-55) in 80 games. Groulx has four points (1-4-5) in 11 games this season.

*Stole it from Ballou... the Sharks have not scored a shorthanded goal in their last 65 games which spans 278 penalty kills. Sean Sullivan has the last shorthanded goal in a 5-2 win at Binghamton on Dec 17, 2011.

*Sherriff McLaren... Sharks tough guy Frazer McLaren ranks 1st all-time in Worcester Sharks history with 516 penalty minutes (49 FM) in 198 games. Frazer has missed the last seven games due to injury.

*Massachusetts!... the Sharks have one player that hails from Massachusetts that suited up for the team this season (John McCarthy - Andover) In addition, associate coach David Cunniff hails from South Boston.

*Hockey East Alumni!... the Worcester Sharks have five players from Hockey East Schools (Irwin - UMass-Amherst, McCarthy - BU, Reid - NU, Petrecki - BC, Stalberg - Vermont,)

*Rookies... the Sharks have dressed 7 rookies already this season. (Travis Oleksuk, Sebastian Stalberg, Matt Tennyson, Freddie Hamilton, Yanni Gourde, Mikael Tam, and Daniil Tarasov)

*I'll take a draft... Eight Worcester Sharks players were drafted by the San Jose Sharks. (McLaren, Hamilton, Stalock, Doherty, McCarthy, Petrecki, Sateri, and Viedensky,)

*NHL Experience.... The Sharks have nine players on their roster with NHL experience led by James Sheppard with 224.... Breaking down the rest....Tim Kennedy 112, John McCarthy 51, Frazer McLaren 39, Jon Matsumoto 14, Bracken Kearns 5, Matt Pelech 5, Brandon Mashinter 13, and Alex Stalock 1.

*Franchise player?... Sharks forward Brandon Mashinter ranks in the top 10 in many of the Worcester Sharks all-time records.... Mash ranks 4th all time in goals (53), 2nd in games played (218), 8th in points (107), 6th in penalty minutes (302) and 4th in fighting majors with 32.... Brandon is also the only Sharks player to record two seasons of double digits in goals and fighting major penalties (2009-10 and 2010-11).

*First Rounders... the Sharks have three players that were drafted in the first round of the NHL Draft... James Sheppard was the 9th overall pick by Minnesota in 2006, Matt Pelech was the 26th overall pick by Calgary in 2005, and Nick Petrecki was the 28th pick overall by San Jose in 2007.

*Sheppard in AHL... with 224 NHL games under his belt before an AHL conditioning stint for four games last year with Worcester, Sharks forward James Sheppard signed an AHL contract at the start of the 2012-13 season. The 9th overall draft selection by the Wild in 2006, has eight points (2-6-8) in 15 games with the Sharks this season.

*Closing in on Greiss.... Sharks netminder Alex Stalock has 66 career wins with Worcester, trailing only Thomas Greiss (74) for the most in franchise history.

*200 games... Sharks defensemen Nick Petrecki is 5th in Sharks history with 210 games played... Nick also ranks 4th in penalty minutes with 366. Nick has misses the last five games due to injury.

*Younger Brother... Sebastian Stalberg joined Worcester on March 15, 2012 after he signed an NHL contract with San Jose and finished his junior season at the University of Vermont. Sebastian is the younger brother of Viktor Stalberg, who currently plays with the Chicago Blackhawks. Sebastian has eight points (5-3-8) in 15 games with the Sharks this season. The native of Gothenburg, Sweden finished with 27 goals in 106 games with Vermont.

*Older Brother... Sharks forward Freddie Hamilton made his professional debut with the Sharks on Friday in Norfolk. Freddie recorded 86 points (35-51-86) with Niagara (OHL) in 61 games last season. Freddie is the older brother of the Dougie Hamilton who was drafted by the Boston Bruins with the 9th pick overall in 2011. Dougie is currently still playing in Niagara. Freddie has five points (1-4-5) in 15 games this season.

*Like Father, Like Son... Rookie Curt Gogol finished 3rd on the Sharks with 167 penalty minutes and 2nd with 19 fighting majors through 53 games in 2011-12... his father Brent racked up 892 penalty minutes in 157 professional games in the IHL, CHL, EHL, and the AHL including 380 pims in 1978-79 in 57 games with the Flint Generals. Curt has two fighting majors, 46 penalty minutes, and one goal through 11 games this season.

*Piling up the PIMS with Pelech... Defenseman Matt Pelech played in his 300th AHL game on Oct 20 vs. the Devils. The 6-foot-5 bruising defenseman from Toronto, ONT has accumulated 810 penalty minutes and 64 fighting majors in 306 AHL games.

*Major Bonneau... Worcester Sharks tough guy Jimmy Bonneau racked up 22 fighting majors in 54 games in 2011-12 for the Sharks. Bonneau has set the Worcester Sharks record for most fighting majors in a season surpassing Frazer McLaren (21 in 2008-09). Jimmy has 94 fighting majors in 245 AHL games along with 733 penalty minutes.... Jimmy has two fighting majors and 12 penalty minutes through four games this season.

*Acolatse can throw... Worcester Sharks rookie defenseman Sena Acolatse has been quite impressive in his first eight professional hockey fights this season. The 5-11, 205 pounder and native of Hayward, CA native fought Richard Clune, Brett Hextall, Dane Byers, Stephane Veilleux, Andre Deveaux, J.D. Watt, and Garth Murray in 2011-12. Sena led the Prince George Cougars in WHL with 15 fighting majors in 66 games in 2010-11, and also added 15 goals. Acolatse added eight goals from the blue line for Worcester in 2011-12. Sena has one fight (Hanson) this season through 15 games.

*Acolatse can score!..... Dating back to last season, Sena has 10 goals in his last 25 game played; including four goals in 15 games this season!

*Five for fighting...The Sharks finished with 120 fighting majors in 2011-12 (franchise record) good for 1st in the AHL... this season, the Sharks have 16 fighting majors through 15 games and ranked 8th in the AHL (Pelech 4, Kearns 2, Bonneau 2, McLaren 2, Banwell 1, Gogol 2, Mashinter 2, Acolatse 1). The Sharks had 81 fighting majors in 2010-11, 73 fighting majors in 2009-10, 78 fighting majors in 2008-09, 68 fighting majors in 2007-08 and 54 in 2006-07.

Season by the numbers...

Record: 7-6-1-1, 16 points - 1st in Atlantic and 3rd in Eastern Conference

Win percentage: .533% - 14th in AHL

Home Record: 4-3-1-0

Away Record: 5-3-0-1

Attendance: 26,859 through 8 games (3,357 average)

Goals Scored: 40, 2.67 goals per game, 17th in AHL

Goals Allowed: 46, 3.07 goals against per game, 18th in AHL

Shots per game: 29.73 -18th in AHL

Shots allowed per game: 27.93 - 8th in AHL

Score 1st: 4-1-0-0 when scoring first (.800%)

1 goal games: 3-1-1-1 in one goal games

PP: 18.7%, 11th in AHL (14-75)

PK: 81.3%, 22nd in AHL (12-64)

SHG - 0 shorthanded goals scored

SHGA - 3 shorthanded goals allowed

PIMS - 20.67 penalty minutes per game, 11th in AHL

Fighting Majors: 16- 8th in AHL

OT Games - 3 - (0-0 record in OT)

SO Games - 3 - (2-1 record in SO)

Roster Players - the Sharks have used 28 players this season

Goalies - the Sharks have used 2 goaltenders this season

Players receiving call-ups to San Jose - 0

NHL debuts - 0 Worcester players made their NHL debuts this season

Call-ups to San Jose - 0 different call-ups to San Jose this season

Coming and goings from the Shark Tank:

Date Player Team Transaction

11/14/2012 Marek Viedensky (C) Worcester DEL Loaned to San Francisco (ECHL)

11/14/2012 Mikael Tam (D) Worcester DEL Returned on loan to San Francisco (ECHL)

Top Worcester Sharks:

o Goals Kearns (6)

o Game Winners Kearns, Groulx, Hamilton, Gogol, Kennedy (1)

o Assists Irwin (8)

o Points Kearns (6-6-12) and Kennedy (5-7-12)

o Power play Points Kennedy (1-5-6)

o Shots Irwin (40 shots)

o PIM Pelech (48)

o Fighting Pen. Pelech (4)

o Plus/Minus Groulx and Gogol (E)

o Wins Stalock (7)

o G.A.A. Stalock (2.32)

o Save % Stalock (.915)

o Shutouts Stalock (1)

Sharks in the ECHL:

The San Francisco Bulls are 5-10-0-2 (12pts in 17gp) and currently in 4th place in the Pacific Division.

Sharks players under an AHL contract currently playing in San Francisco include:

G Taylor Nelson (1-3-1 record) with a 4.55 GAA and a .835 save %.

G Thomas Heemskerk (4-7-1 record) with a 3.79 GAA and a .893 save %.

F Marek Viedensky has two points (2-0-2) in three games played.

D Mikael Tam has one assist in five games played.

Week ahead for the Bulls:

Tue. Nov 20 at 10pm (EST) at Bakersfield

Fri. Nov 23 at 10:15pm (EST) vs. Ontario

Sat. Nov 24 at 10:15pm (EST) vs. Stockton

Coming Up for the Worcester Sharks:

The Sharks play three games this weekend in three days!

On Friday, the Sharks travel to Manchester, NH to battle the Monarchs at 7pm for the 3rd of 12 meetings of the season.

On Saturday, the Sharks host the Portland Pirates at 7pm on Teddy Bear Toss Night presented by Bay State Savings Bank. Fans are encouraged to bring a new teddy bear to the game to toss on the ice after the Sharks score their first goal. All teddy bears will be donated to the Pernet Family Health Services.

On Sunday, the Sharks host the Syracuse Crunch at 3pm on Family Day with Price Chopper! Bring new or slightly used hats and mittens and skate with the Sharks after the game presented by Price Chopper. The hats and mittens will be donated to Community Healthlink of Worcester. Skate rentals are not available and you must bring your own skates (in bag). Also, it will be another $5 KIDS Sunday, as kid's tickets are just $5 with a purchase of a full price adult ticket.

Score a family fun pack today for only $79! Four tickets, four hot dogs, and four sodas for a portion of the price! Available only through the Sharks front office for every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday games this season! Click HERE to purchase today!

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