March 11, 2013 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Worcester Sharks
Shark Snap Shot:
The Worcester Sharks (27-23-1-6, 61pts) chomped three out of a possible four points in two home games last week. The Sharks began the weekend with a wild 4-3 shootout loss to the Providence Bruins on Saturday in front of 7,804 fans at the DCU Center to kick off a four game home stand. Worcester wrapped up the weekend by closing out a 12 game season series with the Portland Pirates on Sunday with an impressive 5-3 win on Sunday afternoon.
Head coach Roy Sommer passed Fred "Bun" Cook for the 2nd most games coached in AHL history (1,172) on in the 4-3 shootout loss to the Bruins on Saturday. Sommer trails Frank Mathers by 83 games for the most games coached in AHL history (1,256).
Worcester is now three points behind the 8th place CT Whale with four games in hand for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Sharks host two games this week at the DCU Center with a 7pm start vs. the Penguins on Wednesday and a 7:30pm match vs. the Penguins on Friday to wrap up a four game home stand.
The Worcester Sharks player of the week nominee was rookie forward Freddie Hamilton. Freddie recorded three points (1-2-3), was +4, and fired seven shots in two games last week. Hamilton now has 17 points (8-9-17) and is the only Worcester Sharks player to dress in all 57 games this season.
More than a few things to know....
* The Sharks are currently in 4th place (27-23-1-6, 61pts) in the Atlantic Division and 11th place overall in the Eastern Conference. - the Sharks trail the CT by three points (Sharks have four games in hand) for the final playoff spot in the East.
* Playoff Primer courtesy of the AHL. Click HERE.
* The San Jose Sharks currently have 11 players on their roster that have spent time in Worcester (Couture, Desjardins, Pavelski, Sheppard, Wingels, Braun, Demers, Greiss, Kennedy, Irwin, and Stalock)
* The San Jose Sharks are currently in 3rd place in the Pacific Division with 28 points and an 11-7-6 record.
* Goaltender Alex Stalock was recalled by the SJ Sharks on March 8 and picked up his first NHL loss with a 4-3 OT loss to the St. Louis Blues. Al made six saves on seven shots in 15:34 of action in relief of Antti Niemi. It was his first NHL action in 767 days. Stalock is currently tied with Thomas Greiss for the most wins in Worcester Sharks franchise history (74)
* Forward Tim Kennedy was called up by the SJ Sharks on Feb 12. Kennedy has two goals in 12 games with San Jose and is currently still on re-call. Tim continues to lead the Worcester Sharks with 37 points (13-24-37) in 37 games... Kennedy has a two game point streak (0-5-5) in Worcester.
* Matt Irwin was recalled again by the San Jose Sharks on Feb 25. Irwin has played 15 games with the SJ Sharks this season (2-2-4) and has averaged 19:24 of ice time. Matt had a goal and assist in the SJ Sharks 4-3 loss to the Blues on Saturday.
* Yanni Gourde was recalled from the San Francisco Bulls (ECHL) on March 11. Yanni had a point in all eight games for the Bulls (4-6-10) and one fighting major.
* Goaltender Thomas Heemskerk was recalled from the SF Bulls on March 9. Heemskerk had a 13-17-1 record with the Bulls along with a 3.16GAA and a .904 save %.
* Forward Tommy Grant was reassigned to San Francisco on March 11. Grant had three points (1-2-3) in 14 games for Worcester.
* All-Star Bracken Kearns leads Worcester with nine power play goals, 15 goals overall, and is 3rd with seven fighting majors. He was returned to Worcester on March 7 after appearing in one scoreless game with the SJ Sharks.
* The Sharks are tied for 3rd in the AHL with 17 one-goal wins. Worcester is 17-6-1-5 in one goal games this season. - Worcester is 13-3-0-2 in one goal games on the road this season - best in AHL.
* The Sharks are 2nd in the AHL with 6 wins when trailing after 40 minutes of play this season (6-16-0-4). In addition the Sharks are 9-4-0-1 when tied after 40 minutes of play.
* Coach Roy Sommer currently ranks 4th in the AHL with 536 wins in his career (15th season) and 2nd in games coached in the AHL with 1173.
* The Sharks host two action packed games at the DCU Center this week
o Wednesday at 7pm vs. Wilkes/Barre Scranton Penguins - up to four (4) free tickets for unemployed families (with proper ID and proof of unemployment)
o Friday at 7:30pm vs. Wilkes/Barre Scranton Penguins - Avery Bradley from the Boston Celtics will appear and sign autographs presented by Southbridge Savings Bank. $2 hot dogs, popcorn, and soda! Game to be televised live on Charter TV3.
Top 3... Last Week!
1. Captain John McCarthy fired a season high eight shots and tied the game late in the 3rd period for his 9th goal in the Sharks 4-3SOL to the Bruins on Saturday!
2. Freddie Hamilton was +3 and added two assists in the Sharks 5-3 win over the Pirates on Sunday!
3. Harri Sateri made 39 saves and was 5-for-7 in shootout in 4-3 shootout loss to the Bruins on Saturday!
Last Week: (1-0-0-1) 3pts, 2gp
Sat. 3/9 SOL Providence Bruins 4 @ Worcester SHARKS 3 - shootout
Sun. 3/10 W Portland Pirates 3 @ Worcester SHARKS 5
Wed. 3/13 Wilkes/Barre Scranton Penguins @ Worcester SHARKS - 7pm
Fri. 3/15 Wilkes/Barre Scranton Penguins @ Worcester SHARKS - 7:30pm
Rewind the Tape:
3.9.13 - Providence 4 - Worcester 3 - SOL - DCU Center
The Worcester Sharks (26-23-1-6, 59pts) fell to the Atlantic Division leading Providence Bruins (35-18-0-5, 73pts) in a 4-3 shootout loss on Saturday evening in front of 7,804 fans at the DCU Center. Harri Sateri was superb with 39 saves on 42 shots, but his counterpart, Niklas Svedberg made 45 saves on 48 shots including 16 saves on 17 shots in the third period. Worcester's Captain John McCarthy scored with just one minute left in the third period to tie the game and force overtime but Worcester was unable to find one more tally in the overtime period. Even strength goals by Sebastian Stalberg and Freddie Hamilton filled out the Worcester scoring.
3.10.13 - Portland 3 - Worcester 5 - W - DCU Center
The Worcester Sharks (27-23-1-6, 61 points) extended their home point streak to four games (3-0-1) with a 5-3 victory over the Portland Pirates (33-21-3-2, 71 points) in front of 3,604 fans at the DCU Center on Sunday afternoon. James Livingston, Bracken Kearns and Daniil Tarasov gave the Sharks an early 3-0 lead before the Pirates tied the score at 3-3 early in the third period. Marek Viedensky deflected home an Adam Comrie blast for the game winner early in the 3rd period and Bracken Kearns added an empty netter for his team leading 15th goal of the season. Harri Sateri made 29 saves for his 12th win of the season as the Sharks closed out their 12 game season series with the Pirates with three straight wins.
Sharks in the Atlantic:
The Sharks (27-23-1-6, 61pts in 57gp) are currently in 4th place in the Atlantic Division; which is 14 points behind the 1st place Bruins (75pts in 59gp), ten points behind the 2nd place Pirates (71pts in 59gp) and two pints behind the 4th place Monarchs (63pts in 59gp). The Sharks have a ten point edge over the 5th place IceCaps (51pts in 60gp) to round out a very choppy Atlantic Division.
*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 1,173GP 536WINS
*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: 536-459-49-48-51. (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 381 of the 536 victories (72%).
*ECHL... Coach Sommer also has 176 wins in the ECHL coaching in five seasons with Roanoke Valley and Richmond.
*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, Brandon Mashinter, James Livingston, Jon Matsumoto, and Sena Acolatse have also all worn the "A" this season.
*From east to west..... Four Worcester Sharks players from the 2012-13 season are currently on the San Jose Sharks NHL roster (Irwin, Kennedy, Sheppard, Stalock)
*March by the numbers.... The Sharks are 2-2-0-1 (5pts in 5gp) in March with 11GF and 13GA. PP is 2-16 (12.5%), opponents PP is 4-19 (21.0%) and the Sharks have 2 fighting majors this month.
*Streakers... the Sharks have points in four straight home games (3-0-0-1)... Freddie Hamilton (1-2-3), Bracken Kearns (2-1-3), Daniil Tarasov (1-1-2), and Travis Oleksuk (0-2-2) all have two game point streaks.
*Special Teams at home... Worcester is 14-106 on the power play on home ice this season (13.2% - ranks 26th in AHL).... However the penalty kill ranks 12th in the AHL on home ice (16-108) at 85.2%.
*Score 3!... the Worcester Sharks are 23-3-0-3 when they score at least three goals in a game.... But just 4-18-1-3 when they score two goals or less in a game this season.
*Even Strength goal drought.... The Sharks had not scored an even strength goal in 201:07 before Sebastian Stalberg scored at 7:45 of the first period on March 9 vs. the Bruins.
*Remaining schedule... the Sharks have an AHL high 12 games remaining at home this season.... Just seven games left on the road!
*Road Warriors... Worcester is 16-13-0-2 on the road this season - 16 wins tied for 2nd most in Eastern Conference... the Sharks lead the AHL with 13 1-goal wins on the road this season (13-3-0-2)... and lead the AHL with five wins when trailing after 40 minutes of play on the road.
*Harri likes the Road... Sateri has a 9-5-2 record on the road this season for the Sharks!
*Al likes the DCU.... Stalock has an 8-4-3 record at the DCU Center this season for the Sharks!
*AHL Deal.....Defenseman Denny Urban was signed to a standard AHL player contract on Feb 1... the Pittsburgh, PA native and Robert Morris alum has been impressive in his first AHL action with the Sharks as he has 14 points (3-11-14) in 26 games with Worcester... Urban was named an ECHL All-Star starter as he scored 13 goals with the Reading Royals at the time of his signing with the Sharks to a PTO.
*AHL Deal 2.... Defenseman Adam Comrie was signed to a standard AHL player contract on Feb 6. Comrie was originally drafted by the Florida Panthers with the 80th pick in the 2008 NHL draft. The 6-4 215lb native of Ashburn, Virginia played in 45 games this season for the Reading Royals (ECHL) posting 33 points (17-16-33) and 106 penalty minutes. Adam has played 44 games in the AHL with the Rochester Americans. Comrie has four points (0-4-4) and is +7 in ten games for Worcester.
*Score first... the Sharks have scored FIRST 28 times in 57 games this season with a 17-9-0-2 record in those games. (Tim Kennedy 4, Yanni Gourde 1, Freddie Hamilton 2, John McCarthy 1, Brodie Reid 2, Travis Oleksuk 1, Matt Tennyson 2, Jon Matsumoto 3, James Livingston 4, James Sheppard 1, Denny Urban 1, Daniil Tarasov 1, Danny Groulx 1, Marek Viedensky, and Sebastian Stalberg 2).
*Points in Bunches... Sharks forward Tim Kennedy leads the team with 12 multi point games this season. Kennedy has 28 points (10-18-28) in those 12 games this season!
*We miss Kennedy.... The Worcester Sharks are 7-11-0-2 when Tim Kennedy is not in the lineup. Worcester has been outscored 42-59 in those 20 games and the power play is just 10.5% (8-76) when #22 is not in the lineup
*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 leads the Sharks with 37 points (13-24-37) in 37 games... Kennedy is currently on recall with the San Jose Sharks and has two goals in 12 games.
*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 had 14 points (3-11-14) in 17 games with San Francisco in the ECHL and 13 points (7-6-13) in 22 games with Worcester.
*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 12 goals through 49 games this season for Worcester and currently is tied for the team lead with three game winning goals.
*OT? The Worcester Sharks have played 14 games in OT this season with a .571 point % in those games. The Sharks are 2-1 in overtime and 6-5 in the shootout.
*Score on the power play and win?... the Sharks are 21-6-0-3 when they score a power play goal this season, 15-3-0-1 on the road when they score on the man advantage. Worcester is 8-1-0-0 when they score at least two power play goals in a game this season!
*Keeping your hat on (Thanks Ballou)... Worcester has gone 240 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 in Portland 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 151 games. In the meantime, Worcester has had 47 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 533 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 24th in the AHL with a .258 scoring percentage (16-for-62) in the shootout. (McCarthy 2-for-5, Sheppard 4-for-7, Matsumoto 3-for-10, Tim Kennedy 1-for-8, Sebastian Stalberg 0-for-2, Travis Oleksuk 0-for-5, Brandon Mashinter 1-for-2, Brodie Reid 0-for-6, Denny Urban 3-for-4, Daniil Tarasov (1-for-5), Tommy Grant (0-for-1), Danny Groulx (0-for-1), Patrick Rissmiller (0-for-1) Bracken Kearns (0-for-1), Marek Viedensky (1-for-2) Sean Acolatse (0-for-1), and Freddie Hamilton (0-for-1)
*Shootout stoppers...the Sharks rank 7th in the AHL with a .766 save % in the shootout (15 goals on 64 chances)... Harri Sateri has allowed just 5 goals on 30 chances (.833 save %) and has stopped 25 of his last 28 chances.
*Nice Crowd... The Sharks have welcomed 10 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, 5,008 on Dec 28, 6,503 on Dec 29, 6,959 on Jan 19, 8,189 on Jan 26, 7,966 fans on Feb 2, 5,045 on Feb 23, and 7,804 on March 9)
*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 1,107,727 fans attend a regular season game in the 6+ years in Worcester. (4,196 average in 264 home games).
*Most fans to watch the Sharks... the crowd of 11,152 at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Feb 17 to watch the Sharks lose 3-1 to the Bruins was the largest crowd (home or away) ever to watch a Worcester Sharks game.
*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 5-4-0-0 vs. Manchester this season with 11 sets of fighting majors. The two teams battle on Mar 17 at DCU Center.
*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 finishing with a 6-5-0-1 record in the season series that saw 35 fighting majors penalties and 521 total penalty minutes (250 WOR, 271 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.
*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 made his NHL debut with the SJ Sharks on Jan 20 in a 4-1 win at Calgary and scored his first NHL goal on Jan 26 in a 4-0 win vs. Colorado... Irwin is currently on recall with the San Jose Sharks.
*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 missed 29 games with a leg injury before returning back to the lineup on Feb 22.
*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 and Daniil Tarasov was denied by Martin Jones on Feb 22. The Sharks are 3-for-11 in penalty shot situations in franchise history with Mash as the only player ever to take more than one (0-for-2)... Mash was traded to the NY Rangers organization on Jan 16.
*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, and Mike Banwell scored his first snipe on Jan 26.
*Sharks in the Atlantic... Worcester is 18-12-1-5 in divisional games in 2012-13
*3rd period Heroes... Worcester is 6-16-0-4 when trailing after two periods of play this season. (6 wins 2nd most in AHL).... the Sharks were 5-44-4-7 in that situation the last two seasons combined.
*20 goal scorers?... The Sharks have three 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, and Bracken Kearns has scored 20+ goals in each of the last two seasons.
*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 6th with 20.74 penalty minutes per game this season and 7th with 65 fighting majors.
*90 PIMS... the Sharks recorded a then 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)
*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 16 points (4-12-16) in 31 games this season. Groulx missed 21 games due to injury before returning on Jan 25.
*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 577 penalty minutes (54 FM) in 217 games. Frazer had an AHL single game high this season with 37 penalty minutes on Dec 21 at Providence. Watch Frazer's marathon fight vs. Joel Rechlicz from Jan 8 by clicking here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?veJhIFfNb-n4. Frazer was picked up by the Toronto Maple Leafs on waivers on Jan 31.
*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 25 points (5-20-25) through 53 games this season. Tennyson has 16 power play points (3-13-16).
*Massachusetts!... the Sharks have had two players that that hail from Massachusetts that suited up for the team this season (John McCarthy - Andover and Patrick Rissmiller - Belmont) 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 four points (0-4-4) in 24 games for the Sharks and 2 fighting majors.
*Rookies... the Sharks have dressed 12 rookies already this season. (Travis Oleksuk, Sebastian Stalberg, Matt Tennyson, Freddie Hamilton, Yanni Gourde, Mikael Tam, Daniil Tarasov, Mike Banwell, Denny Urban, Sacha Guimond, Andy Bohmbach, Michael Pelech, and William Wrenn)
*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,)
*Franchise player traded... Sharks forward Brandon Mashinter ranked in the top 10 in many of the Worcester Sharks all-time records.... Mash ranks 4th all time in goals (54), 2nd in games played (236), 7th in points (108), 6th in penalty minutes (320) 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).... Mash was traded to the NY Rangers for Tommy Grant and a 7th round conditional pick on Jan 16.
*Whale turned Shark.... Tommy Grant, 26, had posted 16 points (9-716) in 34 games with Connecticut (AHL) this season before getting traded to the Sharks on Jan 16. Last season with Connecticut, the six-foot-two, 195-pound North Vancouver, British Columbia native notched 23 points (11-1223) with 39 penalty minutes in 72 games. Grant has three points (1-2-3) in 14 games with Worcester and was assigned to San Francisco (ECHL) on March 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.
*No sophomore jinx for Brodie... 2nd year player Brodie Reid continues to impress this season for Worcester... Reid had 25 points (10-15-25) in 66 games last year for Worcester as a rookie but already has 21 points (10-11-21) in 34 games this season for the Sharks... Brodie has missed the last four games due to injury.
*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 23 points (8-15-23) and an AHL high 4 shootout goals in 34 games with the Sharks this season. Sheppard is currently on recall with the SJ Sharks and has three assists in 17 games.
*Tying Greiss.... Sharks netminder Alex Stalock has 74 career wins with Worcester, tying Thomas Greiss (74-60-6) for the most in franchise history. Stalock is 74-49-9 with the Worcester Sharks... Al has 42 wins at the DCU Center, 30 wins on the road and has won 12 games vs. the Bruins (most vs. any team.)
*Stalock in the NHL.... Alex Stalock replaced Antti Niemi in the 3rd period on March 9 in the SJ Sharks game vs. the St. Louis Blues with the game tied at 3-3. Stalock picked up his first NHL loss with a 4-3 OT loss to the St. Louis Blues. Al made six saves on seven shots in 15:34 of action. It was 767 days between NHL appearances for the Sharks.
*Stalock likes the Falcons.... Alex Stalock is 11-0-1 all-time vs. the Springfield Falcons.
*200 games... Sharks defensemen Nick Petrecki is 3rd in Sharks history with 227 games played... Nick also ranks 3rd in penalty minutes with 429.... Nick made his NHL debut in San Jose's 3-2SOW over the Anaheim Ducks on 1/29 and played 11:58... he was returned to Worcester on Feb 3... the 216 games before his first NHL game was the most of any Worcester Sharks graduate to San Jose.
*200/50.... Captain John McCarthy played in his 200th game for the Sharks on Jan 26... J-Mac scored his 50th goal as a member of the Worcester Sharks joining Riley Armstrong, Mike Iggulden, Graham Mink, and Brandon Mashinter as the only five players to score 50+ goals as a member of the Worcester Sharks.
*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 13 points (9-4-13) in 48 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 attending the Boston Bruins training camp. Freddie has 19 points (8-11-19) in 57 games this season. Freddie is the only skater to appear in all 57 games this season for Worcester.
*Brothers on the same line... for the first time in Worcester's AHL history, two brothers suited up in the same game for the same Worcester team on Jan 19. Matt and Michael Pelech skated on the same line along side Tommy Grant in the Sharks 2-1 loss to Adirondack. Michael picked up an assist and Matt picked up his team leading 10th and 11th fighting majors in the loss.
*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 7 fighting majors, 139 penalty minutes, and 3 goals through 34 games this season.
*Piling up the PIMS with Pelech... Forward/Defenseman Matt Pelech played in his 300th AHL game on Oct 20 vs. the Devils. The 6-foot-5 bruising defenseman turned forward from Toronto, ONT has accumulated 948 penalty minutes and 73 fighting majors in 336 AHL games. "Pelly" leads the Sharks with 186 penalty minutes this season in 43 games. Pelech has been suspended twice by the AHL this season totaling 7 games. Matt currently leads the Sharks with 13 fighting majors and has one fighting major (Jared Boll) in two games with the SJ Sharks this season.
*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 102 fighting majors in 269 AHL games along with 771 penalty minutes.... Jimmy has 8 fighting majors and 50 penalty minutes through 22 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 4 fights (Hanson, Lane, Louis, Andreoff) this season through 32 games. Sena has missed 19 games with a broken jaw before returning March 1
*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 65 fighting majors through 57 games and rank 7th in the AHL (Pelech 13, Kearns 7, Bonneau 8, McLaren 7, Banwell 1, Gogol 7, Mashinter 4, Acolatse 4, Reid 1, Gourde 1, Brennan 2, Livingston 4, Tam 3, Petrecki 3). 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: 27-23-1-6, 61 points - 4th in Atlantic and 11th in Eastern Conference
Win percentage: .535% - 16th in AHL
Home Record: 11-10-1-4
Away Record: 16-13-0-2
Attendance: 117,022 through 26 games (4,501 average)
Goals Scored: 143, 2.51 goals per game, 23rd in AHL
Goals Allowed: 160, 2.81 goals against per game, 17th in AHL
Shots per game: 29.72 - 20th in AHL
Shots allowed per game: 30.42 - 18th in AHL
Score 1st: 17-9-0-2 when scoring first (.643%)
1 goal games: 17-6-1-6 in one goal games -17 wins 2nd most in AHL
PP: 15.7%, 17th in AHL (40-254)
PK: 82.8%, 19th in AHL (45-261)
SHG - 4 shorthanded goals scored
SHGA - 5 shorthanded goals allowed
PIMS - 20.74 penalty minutes per game, 6th in AHL
Fighting Majors: 65 - 7th in AHL
OT Games - 15 - (2-1 record in OT) - Hamilton and Petrecki OTG
SO Games - 12 - (6-6 record in SO)
Roster Players - the Sharks have used 38 players this season
Goalies - the Sharks have used 2 goaltenders this season
Players receiving call-ups to San Jose - 11
NHL debuts - 2 Worcester players made their NHL debuts this season (Matt Irwin and Nick Petrecki)
Call-ups to San Jose - 15 different call-ups to San Jose this season
Coming and goings from the Shark Tank:
Matt Pelech (RW)
ADD Returned on loan from San Jose (NHL)
Tommy Grant (LW)
DEL Reassigned by San Jose (NHL) to San Francisco (ECHL)
Yanni Gourde (LW)
ADD Recalled from loan to San Francisco (ECHL)
Alex Stalock (G)
DEL Recalled from loan by San Jose (NHL)
Bracken Kearns (C)
ADD Returned on loan from San Jose (NHL)
Matt Pelech (RW)
DEL Recalled from loan by San Jose (NHL)
Thomas Heemskerk (G)
ADD Reassigned by San Jose (NHL) from San Francisco (ECHL)
Bracken Kearns (C)
DEL Recalled from loan by San Jose (NHL)
Top Worcester Sharks:
o Goals Kearns (15)
o Game Winners Hamilton and Matsumoto (3)
o Assists Kennedy (24)
o Points Kennedy (13-24-37)
o Power Play Points Kennedy (5-11-16) and Tennyson (3-13-16)
o Shots McCarthy (113 shots)
o PIM Pelech (186)
o Fighting Pen. Pelech (13)
o Plus/Minus Livingston (+10)
o Wins Stalock (15)
o G.A.A. Stalock (2.48)
o Save % Stalock (.917)
o Shutouts Sateri and Stalock (1)
Sharks in the NHL
The San Jose Sharks are 11-7-6 (28pts in 24gp) and currently in 3rd place in the Pacific Division.
Former Worcester Sharks players on the San Jose Sharks roster include; (Couture, Desjardins, Pavelski, Sheppard, Wingels, Braun, Demers, Pelech, Greiss, Kennedy, Irwin, and Stalock).
Matt Irwin scored his first NHL goal on Jan 26 in the Sharks 4-0 win over the Avalanche in San Jose.
Tim Kennedy scored his first goal with the Sharks on Feb 15 at Chicago.
Week ahead for San Jose:
* Tue. Mar 12 at 8pm (EST) at St. Louis
* Thu. Mar 14 at 10:30pm (EST) vs. Los Angeles
* Sat. Mar 16 at 10:30pm (EST) at Los Angeles
Sharks in the ECHL:
The San Francisco Bulls are 22-34-1-6 (51pts in 63gp) and currently in 4th place in the Pacific Division.
Sharks players under an AHL contract currently playing in San Francisco include:
* G Taylor Nelson (9-16-4 record) with a 3.55 GAA and a .890 save %.
* D Mikael Tam has 7 points (1-6-7) in 28 games.
Week ahead for the Bulls:
* Wed. Mar 13 at 10pm (EST) at Stockton
* Sat. Mar 16 at 10:15pm (EST) vs. Utah
* Sun. Mar 17 at 5:15pm (EST) vs. Utah
Coming Up for the Worcester Sharks:
The Sharks host two games this week vs. the Wilkes/Barre Scranton Penguins!
On Wednesday, the Sharks host the Penguins at 7pm! Don't forget.... it's the 2nd of four Wednesday night home games where unemployed Sharks fans can receive up to four free tickets to the game. (proper ID and proof of unemployment is needed)
On Friday, the Sharks host the Penguins at 7:30pm to close out a four game home stand! Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley will appear and sign autographs presented by Southbridge Savings Bank. Avery is averaging a career high 9.3 points per game with the Celtics this season and will sign autographs from 6:30-8:30pm. As with every Friday night home game, enjoy hot dogs, popcorn, and sodas for just $2! The Game will be televised live on Charter TV3.