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Another Close Call Goes Worcester's Way - Worcester Sharks Weekly

December 24, 2012 - American Hockey League (AHL) Worcester Sharks

Shark Snap Shot:

The Worcester Sharks (14-10-1-2, 31pts) chomped two of a possible two points last weekend in one game last week. The Sharks won a thrilling 5-4 see-saw slugfest in Providence on Friday night behind Jon Matsumoto's game winner with 10.5 seconds left in the third period. The Sharks finished the quiet one game work week with a 1-0-0-0 record before a three day holiday break.

The Worcester Sharks player of the week nominee was forward Jon Matsumoto. Jon scored two goals (5th and 6th), fired 7 shots, was +1, and was the #3 star in the Sharks 5-4 win at Providence on Friday in the only game last week.

More than a few things to know....

- The Sharks are currently in 3rd place (14-10-1-2, 31pts) in the Atlantic Division and 6th place overall in the Eastern Conference.

- Worcester is 5-2-0-1 in the month of December with four games remaining in December.

- The Sharks have won 9 of their last 11 road games (9-2-0-0).

- The Sharks lead the AHL with 6 wins when trailing after 40 minutes of play this season (6-6-0-1).

- Worcester has played in nine straight games decided by a single goal (5-3-0-1).

- Tim Kennedy ranks 10th in the AHL with 28 points (12-16-28) and 1st overall in shooting percentage (26.7%).

- The Sharks set a season high with 90 penalty minutes in the 5-4 win at Providence on Dec 21; Frazer McLaren had an AHL single game high of 37 penalty minutes.

- Defenseman Nick Petrecki returned to the Sharks blue line on Friday after missing the last 16 games with a hand injury. Nick recorded an assist and was +3 in the 5-4 win at Providence.

- Coach Roy Sommer currently ranks 4th in the AHL with 523 wins in his career (15th season) and 3rd in games coached in the AHL with 1143.

- Worcester has played an AHL high 9 overtime games this season and leads the AHL with 5 shootout victories.

- James Sheppard is tied for 1st in the AHL with four goals in the shootout this season (4-for-7) and has scored a goal in three straight games (4-1-5).

- The Sharks head to Manchester on Wednesday night for a 7pm battle vs. the Monarchs before returning home for a pair of games. The Sharks host the Manchester Monarchs on Friday at 7:30pm with a post game fireworks display presented by Enterprise Cleaning Corp. and then host the Providence Bruins on Saturday at 7pm with the first 500 kids 12-and-under receiving a free Worcester Sharks winter hat.

Top 3... Last Week!

1. Jon Matsumoto scores twice including the game winner with 10.5 seconds remaining in the Sharks 5-4 win at Providence on Friday!

2. James Sheppard scored in his third straight game (4-1-5), added an assist, and had 14 penalty minutes in the 5-4 win at Providence on Friday!

3. Defenseman Nick Petrecki returned to the lineup on Friday and recorded an assist and was +3 in the Sharks 5-4 win at Providence on Friday!

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

Fri. 12/21 W Worcester SHARKS 5 @ Providence Bruins 4

This week:

Wed. 12/26 Worcester SHARKS @ Manchester Monarchs - 7pm

Fri. 12/28 Manchester Monarchs @ Worcester SHARKS - 7:30pm

Sat. 12/29 Providence Bruins @ Worcester SHARKS - 7pm

Rewind the Tape:

12.21.12 - Worcester 5 - Providence 4 - W - Dunkin Donuts Center

The Worcester Sharks (14-10-1-2, 31pts) defeated the Providence Bruins (14-10-0-2, 30pts) 5-4 in a game that featured 144 penalty minutes on Friday evening in front of 7,572 fans at the Dunkin Donuts Center. Jon Matsumoto (6th) scored with 10.5 seconds remaining for the game winner and James Sheppard scored his 4th goal in three games and added an assist in the Sharks 9th straight one goal game (5-3-0-1). Alex Stalock was superb with 32 saves in his 10th win of the season and Matt Tennyson extended his point streak to four games (1-4-5) with an assist in the victory. John McCarty (4th) and Bracken Kearns (8th) also scored and Frazer McLaren had an AHL single game high 37 penalty minutes in the game.

Sharks in the Atlantic:

The Sharks (14-10-1-2, 31pts) are currently in 3rd place in the Atlantic Division; which is three points behind the 1st place Pirates (34pts in 29gp) and one point behind the 2nd place Bruins (32pts in 27gp). The Sharks have a one point edge over the 4th place Monarchs (30pts in 29gp) and a two point lead over the 5th place IceCaps (29pts in 31gp) 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 1,143GP 523 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: 523-446 -49 -48-47. (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 368 of the 523 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.... Jimmy Bonneau has also worn the "A" this season.

*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.

*December by the numbers.... The Sharks are 5-2-0-1 (11pts in 8gp) in December with 24 GF and 22 GA. PP is 9-45 (20.0%), opponents PP is 8-43 (18.6%), and the Sharks have 10 fighting majors this month.

*Streakers... the Sharks have played 9 straight one goal games (5-3-0-1).... Matt Tennyson (1-4-5), James Sheppard (4-1-5), and Jon Matsumoto (3-2-5) each have a three game point streak.... Travis Oleksuk (0-2-2) and Brodie Reid (0-2-2) each have a two game point streak.

*Score first... the Sharks have scored FIRST 11 times in 27 games last season with a 7-2-0-1 record in those games. (Tim Kennedy 4, Yanni Gourde 1, John McCarthy 1, Brodie Reid 2, Travis Oleksuk 1, Matt Tennyson 1, and Jon Matsumoto 1)

*AHL Player of the Week!.... for the 3rd time in franchise history the Sharks had the AHL's player of the week awarded on Dec 3 . Tim Kennedy was named the AHL's POW (joining Thomas Greiss and Tommy Wingels) after posting five goals (5-0-5), +5, and a shootout score in three games for the Sharks. Kennedy currently ranks 10th in the AHL with 28 points (12-16-28).

*Road Warriors! Worcester has won 9 of their last 11 road games (9-2-0-0) dating back to Nov 2 at Providence.

*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. Tarasov is currently on loan to San Francisco in the ECHL where he has 11 points (3-8-11) in 14 games.

*5 National Champions... The Sharks have five 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 and Mike Brennan 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 six goals through 21 games this season for Worcester.

*OT? The Worcester Sharks have played an AHL high nine games in OT this season with a .667 point % in those games. The Sharks are 1-1 in overtime and 5-2 in the shootout.

*Keeping your hat on (Thanks Ballou)... Worcester has gone 210 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 138 games. In the meantime, Worcester has had 43 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 503 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 10th in the AHL with a .324 scoring percentage (11-for-34) in the shootout. (McCarthy 2-for-4, Sheppard 4-for-7, Matsumoto 3-for-6, Tim Kennedy 1-for-6, Sebastian Stalberg 0-for-2, Travis Oleksuk 0-for-4, Brandon Mashinter 1-for-2, Brodie Reid 0-for-3)... Sheppard leads the AHL with 4 shootout goals and 2 game winning shootout goals this season.

*Leaders among us... Tim Kennedy ranks 10th in the AHL with 28 points (12-16-28) and 1st in shooting percentage (26.7%)....James Sheppard leads the AHL with four shootout goals and two game winning shootout goals... Matt Tennyson is 3rd among AHL rookies with nine power play assists...Matt Pelech ranks 2nd among AHL defensemen with 119 penalty minutes.

*Nice Crowd... The Sharks have welcomed three crowds over 5,000 fans during the 2012-13 season (6,659 on Oct 20 - 5,098 on Nov 17 - 6,621 on Deb 8)

*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 1,033,742 fans attend a regular season game in the 6+ years in Worcester. (4,135 average in 250 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 3-1-0-0 vs. Manchester this season with four sets of fighting majors. The two teams will play three times over a six day stretch beginning on Wednesday night in Manchester.

*Sharks/Pirates Rivalry... the Sharks and the Pirates had a bench clearing brawl in Portland on April 7, 2012 after the 12th and final meeting between the two teams. The bad blood has carried over this season with the Sharks holding a 3-3-0-0 record so far in the season series that has seen 25 fighting majors penalties and 327 total penalty minutes (161 WOR, 166 POR). The two teams combined for 15 fighting majors and 143 penalty minutes in a 5-1 Sharks victory on Nov 24 at the DCU Center. The two teams meet again on Jan 8 at Portland.

*Crazy 8's - the Sharks set a home ice Worcester hockey record with eight fighting majors vs. the Pirates in a 5-1 win on Nov 24 at the DCU center.

*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. Irwin has missed the last four games with an upper body injury.

*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. Doherty has missed the last six games with a lower body injury.

*Penalty Shot!.... Brandon Mashinter was denied on a penalty shot late in the 3rd period at Hershey on Dec 15 as Braden Holtby made the save... the Sharks are 3-for-10 in penalty shot situations in franchise history with Mash as the only player ever to take more than one (0-for-2).

*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 is 10-4-1-1 in divisional games in 2012-13 - best record within the division.

*Super Sunday.... the Sharks are 5-2-0-0 on Sunday afternoons this season.

*Not too super Saturday... the Sharks are 3-4-1-2 on Saturday's this season.

*3rd period Heroes... Worcester is 6-6-0-1 when trailing after two periods of play this season. (6 wins 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 3rd with 25.15 penalty minutes per game this season and 3rd with 37 fighting majors.

*90 PIMS... the Sharks recorded an AHL high 90 penalty minutes in Worcester's 5-4 win at Providence on Dec 21. (15 minors, 2 majors, 3 misconducts, 2 game misconducts)

*The East is Tough... the top eight teams with the most fighting majors are come from the Eastern Conference. (BRI 47, SYR 43, WOR 37, WBS 31, POR 30, ADR 30, HER 29, PRO 29)

*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 8 points (2-6-8) in 16 games this season. Groulx has missed the last seven games due to injury.

*Yanni scores shorthanded.... Finally!... Sharks rookie forward Yanni Gourde scored the first Sharks shorthanded goal of the season on Dec 2 in Providence. The Sharks had not scored a shorthanded goal in their previous 70 games spanning 306 shorthanded opportunities.

*Sherriff McLaren... Sharks tough guy Frazer McLaren ranks 1st all-time in Worcester Sharks history with 568 penalty minutes (53 FM) in 209 games. Frazer had an AHL single game high this season with 37 penalty minutes on Dec 21 at Providence.

*Tennyson chipping in... rookie defenseman Matt Tennyson has been impressive from the blue line this season! The Minneapolis, MN native and former SJ Jr. Shark has 14 points (2-12-14) through 27 games this season and ranks 5th on the Sharks in total points.

*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 seven players from Hockey East Schools (Irwin - UMass-Amherst, McCarthy - BU, Reid - NU, Petrecki and Brennan - BC, Stalberg - Vermont, Banwell - UMaine)

*BC leading the way.... The Sharks signed BC alum Mike Brennan to a PTO on Nov 27. Brennan became the 5th former BC defensemen and 6th player overall that has suited up for the Sharks over the last seven seasons. Brennan has three points (0-3-3) in 9 games for the Sharks and 1 fighting major.

*Rookies... the Sharks have dressed 9 rookies already this season. (Travis Oleksuk, Sebastian Stalberg, Matt Tennyson, Freddie Hamilton, Yanni Gourde, Mikael Tam, Daniil Tarasov, Mike Banwell, and Denny Urban)

*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 (229), 8th in points (107), 6th in penalty minutes (318) and 4th in fighting majors with 34.... 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).

*50 saves... Harri Sateri made an AHL high 50 saves in the Sharks 3-2SOW at Providence on Dec 2. Sateri also went 5-for-5 in the shootout in the victory. The 50 saves was the 2nd most ever by a Sharks netminder. Thomas Greiss holds the record with 51 saves in a 4-1 win vs. Hartford on April 6, 2007.

*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 16 points (7-9-16) and an AHL high 4 shootout goals in 27 games with the Sharks this season.

*Closing in on Greiss.... Sharks netminder Alex Stalock has 69 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 211 games played... Nick also ranks 4th in penalty minutes with 374.

*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 9 points (5-4-9) in 23 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 9 points (3-6-9) in 27 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 4 fighting majors, 74 penalty minutes, and 3 goals through 17 games this season. Gogol has missed the last six games due to injury.

*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 874 penalty minutes and 66 fighting majors in 312 AHL games. "Pelly" leads the Sharks with 119 penalty minutes this season in 19 games. Pelech has been suspended twice by the AHL this season totaling 7 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 95 fighting majors in 249 AHL games along with 738 penalty minutes.... Jimmy has 3 fighting majors and 17 penalty minutes through 8 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 3 fights (Hanson, Lane, Louis) this season through 25 games.

*Acolatse can score!..... Dating back to last season, Sena has 10 goals in his last 35 game played; including four goals in 25 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 37 fighting majors through 27 games and rank 3rd in the AHL (Pelech 7, Kearns 3, Bonneau 3, McLaren 6, Banwell 1, Gogol 4, Mashinter 4, Acolatse 3, Reid 1, Gourde 1, Brennan 1, Livingston 2, Tam 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: 14-10-1-2, 31 points - 3rd in Atlantic and 6th in Eastern Conference

Win percentage: .574% - 12th in AHL

Home Record: 5-5-1-1

Away Record: 9-5-0-1

Attendance: 43,028 through 12 games (3,586 average)

Goals Scored: 77, 2.85 goals per game, 15th in AHL

Goals Allowed: 82, 3.04 goals against per game, 22nd in AHL

Shots per game: 30.63 - 13th in AHL

Shots allowed per game: 30.93 - 18th in AHL

Score 1st: 7-4-0-1 when scoring first (.625%)

1 goal games: 9-4-1-2 in one goal games

PP: 18.3%, 9th in AHL (26-142)

PK: 80.2%, 26th in AHL (25-126)

SHG - 1 shorthanded goals scored

SHGA - 3 shorthanded goals allowed

PIMS - 25.65 penalty minutes per game, 3rd in AHL

Fighting Majors: 37 - 3th in AHL

OT Games - 9 - (1-1 record in OT) - Hamilton OTG

SO Games - 7 - (5-2 record in SO)

Roster Players - the Sharks have used 30 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

12/22/2012

Denny Urban (D)

Worcester

DEL Released from PTO

12/20/2012

Denny Urban (D)

Worcester

ADD Signed to PTO

12/17/2012

Mikael Tam (D)

Worcester

DEL Returned on loan to SF

Top Worcester Sharks:

o Goals Kennedy (12)

o Game Winners Groulx and Hamilton (2)

o Assists Kennedy (16)

o Points Kennedy (12-16-28)

o Power Play Points Kennedy (4-9-13)

o Shots Irwin (63 shots)

o PIM Pelech (119)

o Fighting Pen. Pelech (7)

o Plus/Minus Kennedy (+5)

o Wins Stalock (10)

o G.A.A. Stalock (2.66)

o Save % Stalock (.909)

o Shutouts Stalock (1)

Sharks in the ECHL:

The San Francisco Bulls are 11-17-1-3 (26pts in 32gp) and currently in 4th place in the Pacific Division.

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

- G Taylor Nelson (1-5-1 record) with a 4.88 GAA and a .835 save %.

- G Thomas Heemskerk (10-12-1 record) with a 3.35 GAA and a .898 save %.

- F Marek Viedensky has 16 points (7-9-16) in 16 games played.

- F Daniil Tarasov has 11 points (3-8-11) in 14 games played.

Week ahead for the Bulls:

- Fri. Dec 28 at 10:15pm (EST) vs. Las Vegas

Coming Up for the Worcester Sharks:

The Sharks head to Manchester, NH and take on the Monarchs on Wednesday, Dec 26 before returning home for a pair of promotion packed games at the DCU Center!

On Friday, Dec 28 the Sharks host the Manchester Monarchs at 7:30pm. Celebrate New Year's Eve early with a post game fireworks display presented by Enterprise Cleaning Corporation! With every Friday night home game enjoy $2 hotdogs, sodas, and popcorn all night long!

On Saturday, Dec 29 the Sharks host the Providence Bruins at 7pm! The first 500 kids 12-and-under will receive a free Sharks winter hat!

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