April 8, 2013 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Worcester Sharks
Shark Snap Shot:
The Worcester Sharks (29-31-3-6, 67pts) chomped one out of a possible eight points in four games last week. The Sharks began the week with a 4-2 loss vs. the Sound Tigers on Tuesday followed by a 6-3 loss in Bridgeport during a School Day Game on Thursday. Worcester dropped a 7-1 decision vs. the Falcons on Saturday followed by a come-from-behind 4-3 overtime loss vs. the Monarchs on Sunday to close out the week 0-3-1-0. The Sharks have currently lost eight straight games (0-6-0-2) which ties a franchise record (Sharks also lost eight straight (0-6-0-2) on 3/4/12-4/14/12).
Forward Bracken Kearns reached the 20 goal plateau in Bridgeport on Thursday with his team leading 11th power play goal. Matt Nieto (BU) and Riley Brace (Mississauga - OHL) each scored their first professional goals last week for Worcester.
Worcester is now eight points behind the 8th place Bears with one game in hand for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference (the Sharks have 7 games left in regular season). The Sharks will embark on another four game work week by traveling to Bridgeport to battle the Sound Tigers on Tuesday at 7pm for the 3rd meeting in eight days. The Sharks kick off the weekend by hosting the Norfolk Admirals on Friday at 7:30p and again on Saturday at 7pm on Fan Appreciation Night. Worcester will close out the weekend with a 3pm start in Manchester on Sunday afternoon.
The Worcester Sharks player of the week nominee is rookie forward Freddie Hamilton. Freddie recorded three points (2-1-3) in four games last weekend highlighted by a game tying goal with 1.7 seconds remaining in the third period to force overtime in the Sharks 4-3 OTL to the Monarchs on Sunday.
More than a few things to know....
* The Sharks are currently in 4th place (29-31-3-6, 67pts) in the Atlantic Division and 13th place overall in the Eastern Conference. - the Sharks trail the 8th place Bears (Sharks have one game in hand) by eight points for the final playoff spot in the East. Worcester has lost eight straight games (0-6-2-0).
* 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 Tennyson,)
* The San Jose Sharks are currently in 3rd place in the Pacific Division and 5th place in the Western Conference with 47 points and a 20-11-7 record. - SJ has a point in eight straight games (7-0-1).
* The Worcester Sharks dressed 11 rookies on April 7 vs. the Manchester Monarchs.
* BU Alumni and SJ Sharks 47th pick in 2011 draft Matt Nieto made professional debut on Apr 2 vs. Bridgeport and added an assist. Matt scored his first pro goal in his 2nd game in 6-3 loss at Bridgeport on Apr 4. Nieto has three points (1-2-3) in four games for Worcester.
* Riley Brace (Mississauga - OHL) scored his 1st professional goal and added assist in first pro game in 4-3OTL vs. Manchester on Apr 7.
* Forward Matt Pelech set the Worcester Sharks record for most penalty minutes in a single season on March 30 with a roughing minor. Pelech has 236 penalty minutes in 55gp this season. (Brennan Evans had 211 pims in 2007-08). Pelech has 998 penalty minutes in his AHL career.
* Rookie Defenseman Matt Tennyson received his first NHL recall on March 30. Tennyson leads all Worcester d-men in pts (27), goals (5), and assists (22) in 60 games. Matt has two points (0-2-2) in three games for San Jose and is currently on recall.
* Rookie Freddie Hamilton is the only Sharks player to play in all 69 games this season. Freddie has 24 points (11-13-24) and tied for the team lead with three game winning goals.
* Goaltender Alex Stalock was returned to Worcester on April 1 from the SJ Sharks. Al appeared in two games in relief with the SJ Sharks and has a 0-1-0 record with a 2.86GAA and a .846 save %. 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 is 2nd on the Worcester Sharks with 37 points (13-24-37) in just 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 29 games with the SJ Sharks this season (5-49) and has averaged 19:09 of ice time. Matt is tied for the lead among SJ Sharks defensemen with five goals and signed a two year contract extension with the San Jose Sharks last week.
* All-Star Bracken Kearns leads Worcester in points (45), goals (20), power play goals (11), assists (25), and shots (132).
* Coach Roy Sommer currently ranks 4th in the AHL with 538 wins in his career (15th season) and 2nd in games coached in the AHL with 1185.
* The Sharks play four games this week and look to climb the ladder in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
o Tuesday at 7pm the Sharks travel to Bridgeport to play a rescheduled game (Blizzard on Feb 10).
o Friday at 7:30pm the Sharks host the Norfolk Admirals on $2-$2-$2 Fridays! Hotdogs, popcorn, and soda just $2! - game televised live on Charter TV3.
o Saturday at 7pm the Sharks host the Norfolk Admirals on Fan Appreciation Night! Join us at 4:30pm for the Boston Bruins Alumni Doubleheader presented by Southbridge Savings Bank to benefit the Why Me Organization.
o Sunday at 3pm the Sharks travel to Manchester to battle the Monarchs.
Top 3... Last Week!
1. Freddie Hamilton scored with 1.7 seconds remaining to force OT and added assist in the Sharks 4-3OTL to Manchester on Sunday!
2. Bracken Kearns scored his 20th goal of the season and picked up his 8th fighting major in Worcester's 6-3 loss at Bridgeport on Thursday!
3. Rile Brace scored his first professional goal and added an assist in first professional game in 4-3OTL to Manchester on Sunday.
Last Week: (0-3-1-0) 1pt, 4gp
Tue. 4/2 L Bridgeport Sound Tigers 4 @ Worcester SHARKS 2
Thu. 4/4 L Worcester SHARKS 3 @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3
Sat. 4/6 L Springfield Falcons 7 @ Worcester Sharks 1
Sun. 4/7 OTL Manchester Monarchs 4 @ Worcester SHARKS 3 - OT
Tue. 4/9 Worcester SHARKS @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers - 7pm
Fri 4/12 Norfolk Admirals @ Worcester SHARKS - 7:30pm
Sat. 4/13 Norfolk Admirals @ Worcester Sharks - 7pm
Sun. 4/14 Worcester SHARKS @ Manchester Monarchs - 3pm
Rewind the Tape:
4.2.13 - Bridgeport 4 - Worcester 2 - L - DCU Center
The Worcester Sharks (29-29-2-6, 66pts) were defeated by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (28-28-6-5, 67pts) by the count of 4-2 on Tuesday evening in front of 1,777 fans at the DCU Center. With the loss, the Sharks remain seven points behind the 8th place Hershey Bears in the Eastern Conference playoff picture with one game in hand and 10 games remaining. Alex Stalock made his first start with Worcester in over a month after he was loaned back from San Jose yesterday and made 31 saves in the loss. Boston University alum Matt Nieto made his professional debut for the Sharks and recorded an assist as Worcester matched a season high 5th straight loss (0-4-1-0). The Sharks led 2-0 early in the first period after goals by Daniil Tarasov and Freddie Hamilton but the Sound Tigers scored four unanswered goals.
4.4.13 - Bridgeport 6 - Worcester 3 - L - Webster Bank Arena
The Worcester Sharks (29-30-2-6, 66pts) were swept in a home-and-home series by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (29-28-6-5, 69pts) by the count of 6-3 on Thursday morning in front of 7,550 fans at the Webster Bank Arena during a school day game. With the loss, the Sharks remain seven points behind the 8th place Hershey Bears in the Eastern Conference playoff picture with nine games remaining. The Sharks led 2-0 before the clock hit noon, but the Sound Tigers scored five straight goals as Worcester dropped their season high 6th straight game (0-5-1-0). Matt Nieto scored his first professional goal in the third period, Bracken Kearns scored his team leading 20th, and Daniil Tarasov grabbed his 11th in the loss. Harri Sateri made 25 saves in net while Jon Matsumoto and Derek Joslin added two assists.
4.6.13 - Springfield 7 - Worcester 1 - L - DCU Center
The Worcester Sharks (29-31-2-6, 66pts) dropped their season high 7th straight game (0-6-1-0) with a 7-1 loss to the Springfield Falcons (40-30-2-6, 89pts) on Saturday night in front of 4,746 fans at the DCU Center on March of Dimes Night. With the loss, the Sharks remain nine points behind the 8th place Hershey Bears in the Eastern Conference playoff picture with eight games remaining. Alex Stalock allowed seven goals on 36 shots and dropped his first game in regulation to the Falcons in his career (12-1-1). Peter Sivak (4th) scored the only goal for Worcester early in the first period but the Falcons scored three in the 2nd and four more in the 3rd period for their 40th win of the season.
4.7.13 - Manchester 4 - Worcester 3 - OTL - DCU Center
The Worcester Sharks (29-31-3-6, 67pts) tied a franchise record with their 8th straight loss (0-6-2-0) dropping a 4-3 overtime decision to the Manchester Monarchs (32-31-3-4, 71pts) on Sunday afternoon in front of 3,715 people and 70 dogs at the DCU Center on Pucks N Paws Day. With the overtime loss, the Sharks are now eight points behind the 8th place Hershey Bears in the Eastern Conference playoff picture with seven games remaining. Riley Brace (Mississauga - OHL) scored his first professional goal and added an assist in his first professional game for Worcester and Freddie Hamilton tied the score with 1.7 seconds remaining in the third period to force overtime. Harri Sateri made 19 saves in net and Chris Crane (Ohio St. Univ) was +1 and fired two shots in his professional debut for Worcester.
Sharks in the Atlantic:
The Sharks (29-30-3-6, 67pts in 69gp) are currently in 4th place in the Atlantic Division; which is 26 points behind the 1st place Bruins (93pts in 70gp), 14 points behind the 2nd place Pirates (81pts in 69gp) and four points behind the 3rd place Monarchs (71pts in 70gp). The Sharks have a three point edge over the 5th place IceCaps (64pts in 69gp) 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 1,185GP 538WINS
*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: 538-467-49-50-51. (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 383 of the 538 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, Tennyson)
*Trade (sort of).... The San Jose Sharks assigned defenseman Danny Groulx to the Chicago Wolves while the Vancouver Canucks assigned defenseman Derek Joslin to the Worcester Sharks on Friday. Joslin had posted 8 assists, 10 points, and 40 penalty minutes in 53 games with the Wolves this season. The 26-year-old blueliner has amassed 28 goals, 81 assists, 109 points, and 153 penalty minutes in 260 career AHL tilts with Chicago, Worcester, the Cleveland Barons, and Charlotte Checkers spanning seven seasons (2006-present). He also has tallied 12 assists, 16 points, and 63 penalty minutes in 114 career NHL games with the San Jose Sharks and Carolina Hurricanes spanning four seasons (2008-12). Drafted by the San Jose Sharks in 2005, Joslin has 101 points (27-74-101) in 210 career games with the Worcester Sharks including (1-4-5) in nine games this season. Derek is the Worcester Sharks franchise leader with most career power play goals by a defenseman with 16.
*April by the numbers.... The Sharks have a 0-3-1-0 (1pt in 4gp) record in April with 9GF and 21GA. PP is 3-17 (17.6%), opponents PP is 6-20 (30.0%) and the Sharks have eight fighting majors in April.
*Streakers... the Worcester Sharks have lost eight straight games (0-6-2-0)... Harri Sateri has lost five straight games (0-5-0)....Alex Stalock has lost three straight games (0-3-0).... The Worcester Sharks have a fighting major in six straight games (10 FM total).
*New faces... Worcester Sharks signed forward Lane Scheidl (SHY-DELL) to an amateur tryout agreement (ATO) on March 21. The 5-11, 190lbs forward and native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan led the Regina Pals (WHL) with 80 points (41-39-80) in 72 games this season. The 21-year-old was named the Pats Player of the Year and the Three Stars Award winner and led the Pats with 16 power play goals. Scheidl accumulated 186 points (88-98-186) in 277 career games in the WHL with Vancouver, Red Deer and Regina. Lane has one point (0-1-1) in four games with Worcester.
In addition, the Sharks signed forward Peter Sivak (SEE-VACK) to a professional tryout agreement (PTO) on March 20. Sivak led the San Francisco Bulls (ECHL) and was 4th in the ECHL with 33 goals. The 5-10, 180lbs forward from Cheb, Czech Republic had 56 points (33-23-56) in 64 games with the Bulls and led the ECHL with 266 shots on goal. The 31-year-old has 181 pts (86-95-181) in 356 games in Slovakia and 22 points (4-18-22) in 97 games in the Czech Republic on his international resume. Sivak had four goals and an assist in nine games for Worcester before he was released from his PTO on April 7 and assigned back to San Francisco.
*New Faces Round 2..... the Worcester Sharks signed forward Dane Walters to an amateur tryout agreement (ATO) on March 29. The 5-11, 190lbs forward and native of St. Paul, Minnesota was the captain of the Western Michigan University Broncos and was named the CCHA's Best Defensive Forward this season. The 24-year-old recorded 12 goals, 13 assists, and 25 points in 38 games in 2012-13.
Walters accumulated 83 points (39-44-83) in 144 career games with the Broncos over four seasons and was a teammate of Matt Tennyson. Dane will wear #46 for the Worcester Sharks and began practicing with the club on March 29 and made his professional debut on April 4 at Bridgeport. Walters has played two games with two penalty minutes with Worcester.
*New Faces Round 3!.... the Worcester Sharks signed forward Matt Nieto to an ATO on April 1. The 20-year-old Nieto recently completed his junior season at Boston University, posting 37 points (18-19-37) in 39 games played. He led his team in goals (18), was 2nd on his team in points (37), ranked 25th in the nation in goals per game (0.46 G/GP) and finished 39th in the nation in points per game (0.95 PTS/GP). Nieto was recognized as a Hockey East Top Performer five times this season. In 115 career games with Boston University, Nieto registered 44 goals, 58 assists and 102 points. He was named a Hockey East Top Performer a total of 16 times. Before attending Boston University, Nieto was a member of the U.S. National Under-18 Team that claimed consecutive titles at the World Under-18 Championships in 2009 and 2010. The five-foot-eleven, 185-pound native of Long Beach, California was drafted by San Jose in the second round (47th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. Matt made his professional debut on April 2 in 4-2L vs. Bridgeport and added an assist. Nieto scored his first professional goal vs. Rick DiPietro on April 4 at Bridgeport and currently has three points (1-2-3) in four games for Worcester.
*New Faces Round 4!.... the Worcester Sharks signed right wing Chris Crane to an ATO on April 3. The 21-year old Crane recently completed his junior season at Ohio State University, posting nine points (6-3-9) and 69 penalty minutes in 38 games played. During his 2011-12 sophomore campaign, Crane registered 24 points (14-10-24) and 30 penalty minutes in 35 games played. He led Ohio State in goals (14) and was tied for first in points (24), sharing the team's Leading Scorer Award. Amongst all CCHA players, Crane ranked tied for eighth in power play goals (6) and tied for 12th in total goals scored (14). Crane is a two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, an Academic All-Big Ten choice, and recipient of the 2011-12 Perani Cup, an award given to the player who earns the most three-star honors on his team during conference play. The six-foot-one, 195-pound native of Westchester, Ohio was drafted by San Jose in the seventh round (200th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft. Crane made his professional debut on April 7 in the Sharks 4-3OTL vs. Manchester and recorded two shots and was +1.
In addition, defenseman Dylan Demelo was reassigned by San Jose from Mississauga to Worcester on April 3. Demelo led Mississauga defensemen in goals (15), assists (35), points (50), and power play goals (6) in 64 games. Dylan was drafted by the SJ Sharks with the 179th pick in the 2011 NHL Draft. The 19-year-old from London, Ontario played four games with Worcester last year and has one assist in three games this year for Worcester.
*New Faces Round 5!.... the Worcester Sharks have signed forward Riley Brace to an amateur tryout agreement (ATO) on April 5. The 5-11, 185lbs forward and native of Ottawa, Ontario led the Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) in assists (52), points (73), and penalty minutes (89) this season. The 21-year-old was voted the 3rd smartest player and the 3rd best playmaker in the OHL Eastern Conference Coaches Poll. Brace accumulated 234 points (89-145-234) in 304 career games with Mississauga over five seasons and was a teammate of Dylan Demelo. He is the franchise leader in games played (304) and tied for the franchise lead in points (234). Riley will wear #28 for the Worcester Sharks and scored his first professional goal vs. Martin Jones, added an assist, and was #3 star in his professional debut in the Sharks 4-3OTL vs. Manchester on April 7.
*Yet to play.... The Worcester Sharks signed forwards Rylan Schwartz and Eriah Hayes to ATOs on Apr 7.
Hayes, 24, served as a team captain for Minnesota State University of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in 2012-13, ranking second on the team in points (20-1636) in 41 games. He was an All-WCHA Third Team pick after posting 12 power play goals, which ranks second in the nation. Hayes' 20 goals ranked him 12th in the nation, while his 186 shots on goal led the nation. In 153 collegiate games, Hayes posted 96 points (52 goals, 44 assists) with 245 penalty minutes. He leaves MSU with 25 career power play goals, tying him for fourth all-time at MSU. The six-foot-four, 210-pound native of La Crescent, Minnesota played one season in the United States Hockey League for the Waterloo Black Hawks before joining Minnesota State.
Schwartz, 23, led all NCAA scorers this season, posting 53 points (20 goals, 33 assists) in 41 games during his senior season at Colorado College, where was an assistant captain. Amongst all NCAA players he ranked 13th in goals (20) and 3rd in assists (33). Schwartz also had two game-winning goals, five power play goals and 2 short-handed goals. He was named to both the All-WCHA team as well as the All-WCHA Academic Team for his accomplishments both on and off the ice. He recorded 10 points (five goals, five assists) in six post-season games. As a junior in 2011-12, Schwartz registered 40 points (23 goals, 17 assists) in 35 games. Amongst all NCAA players he ranked T-8th in goals (23) and 3rd in points per game (1.36 PTS/GP). In February of 2011, Schwartz became the 73rd member of Colorado College's Century Club, accruing 100 or more points in his career with the university. In 156 career collegiate games Schwartz was a point per game player, notching 159 points (59 goals, 100 assists) and 167 penalty minutes. He has received Colorado College's annual Tony Frasca Award for playoff MVP, been named to the All-WCHA team, been named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team and served as an assistant captain. Prior to attending Colorado College, Schwartz played for the Notre Dame Hounds in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL). In his final year with Notre Dame he was named league MVP, compiling 88 points (39 goals, 49 assists) and winning the SJHL scoring title. Schwartz is a five-foot-ten, 205-pound native of Wilcox, Saskatchewan. His brother, Jaden, currently plays for the St. Louis Blues.
*Score 3!... the Worcester Sharks are 25-5-2-3 when they score at least three goals in a game.... But just 4-24-1-3 when they score two goals or less in a game this season.
*Tough scoring goals... the Sharks have been held to one goal or fewer in 22 of their 69 games this season (31.9%). Worcester has a 1-21-0-0 record in those 22 games.
*Remaining schedule... the Sharks have three games remaining at home this season (Norfolk X2, and Springfield).... And four games left on the road (, Bridgeport, Manchester, Wilkes-Barre, and Syracuse)!
*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 15 points (4-11-15) in 34 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 nine points (2-7-9) and is +1 in 20 games for Worcester.
*Score first... the Sharks have scored FIRST 34 times in 69 games this season with a 19-12-1-2 record in those games. (Tim Kennedy 4, Yanni Gourde 1, Freddie Hamilton 3, 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 4, Danny Groulx 1, Marek Viedensky 2, Sebastian Stalberg 2, and Peter Sivak 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... Bracken Kearns ranks 2nd with nine multi-point games (10-13-23) and leads Worcester with four two goal games.
*We miss Kennedy.... The Worcester Sharks are 9-19-2-2 when Tim Kennedy is not in the lineup. Worcester has been outscored 71-106 in those 32 games and the power play is just 12.4% (16-129) 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 is 2nd on 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 24 points (12-12-24) in 36 games with Worcester. Tarasov signed an NHL contract with San Jose on April 2.
*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 14 goals through 60 games this season for Worcester and currently is tied for the team lead with three game winning goals.
*OT? The Worcester Sharks have played 17 games in OT this season with a .471 point % in those games. The Sharks are 2-3 in overtime and 6-6 in the shootout.
*Score on the power play and win?... the Sharks are 23-7-1-3 when they score a power play goal this season, 15-4-0-1 on the road when they score on the man advantage. Worcester is 9-2-0-0 when they score at least two power play goals in a game this season!
*Keeping your hat on (Thanks Ballou)... Worcester has gone 252 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 160 games. In the meantime, Worcester has had 49 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 545 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 23rd 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 5th 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 12 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, 7,804 on Mar 9, 5,865 on Mar 15, and 6,557 on Mar 23)
*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 1,143,774 fans attend a regular season game in the 6+ years in Worcester. (4,190 average in 273 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 5-5-1-0 vs. Manchester this season with 12 sets of fighting majors. The two teams battle one last time in Manchester on April14.
*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 and has five goals in 29 games.
*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, Daniil Tarasov was denied by Martin Jones on Feb 22, and Jon Matsumoto scored on Eddie Pasquale on Mar 30. The Sharks are 3-for-12 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, Mike Banwell scored his first snipe on Jan 26.... Matt Nieto scored his first on April 4, and Riley Brace scored his first on April 7.
*Sharks in the Atlantic... Worcester is 19-13-3-4 in divisional games in 2012-13... but just 7-13-0-0 vs. the Northeast Division.
*3rd period Heroes... Worcester is 6-24-1-4 when trailing after two periods of play this season. (6 wins 3rd most in AHL).... the Sharks were 5-44-4-7 in that situation the last two seasons combined.
*Three straight seasons with 20.... Forward Bracken Kearns scored his 20th goal of the season on April 4 at Bridgeport. Kearns hit the 20 goal plateau for the third straight season having scored 20 and 22 goals the last two seasons with San Antonio.
*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 8th with 20.00 penalty minutes per game this season and 5th with 77 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)
*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 27 points (5-22-27) through 60 games this season. Tennyson has 16 power play points (3-13-16) and received his first NHL recall on March 30. Tennyson has two assists in three games for San Jose.
*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 six players from Hockey East Schools (Irwin - UMass-Amherst, McCarthy - BU, Reid - NU, Petrecki and Brennan - BC, Stalberg - Vermont)
*International Flair... On March 30 the Sharks were represented by eight different countries on their active Roster.... United States, Canada, Finland, Sweden, Russia, Czech Rep, Slovakia, and Germany)
*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 27 games for the Sharks and 2 fighting majors.
*Rookies... the Sharks have dressed 18 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, William Wrenn, Thomas Heemskerk, Lane Scheidl, Dylan Demelo, Dane Walters, Chris Crane, and Riley Brace)
*I'll take a draft... 10 Worcester Sharks players were drafted by the San Jose Sharks. (Hamilton, Stalock, Doherty, McCarthy, Petrecki, Sateri, Viedensky, Demelo, Nieto, and Crane)
*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 16 games with Worcester and five points (1-4-5) in four games with the SF Bulls... Grant is currently with the SF Bulls.
*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 15 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 four (1-3-4) points in 29 games.
*Tying Greiss.... Sharks netminder Alex Stalock has 74 career wins with Worcester, tying Thomas Greiss (74-61-6) for the most in franchise history. Stalock is 74-51-9 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 is 0-1-0 with a 2.86GAA and a .846 save % with the SJ Sharks.
*Stalock likes the Falcons.... Alex Stalock was 11-0-1 all-time vs. the Springfield Falcons before allowing seven goals to Springfield in a 7-1 loss on April 6.
*200 games... Sharks defensemen Nick Petrecki is 3rd in Sharks history with 231 games played... Nick also ranks 3rd in penalty minutes with 439.... 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 14 points (10-6-16) in 60 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 24 points (11-13-24) in 69 games this season. Freddie is the only skater to appear in all 69 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 36 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 998 penalty minutes and 77 fighting majors in 347 AHL games. "Pelly" leads the Sharks with 236 penalty minutes this season in 55 games. #23 is only the 2nd player in Worcester Sharks history to hit the 200 pim plateau (Evans 211 in 2007-08). Pelech has been suspended twice by the AHL this season totaling 7 games. Matt currently leads the Sharks with 17 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 104 fighting majors in 271 AHL games along with 787 penalty minutes.... Jimmy has 10 fighting majors and 66 penalty minutes through 24 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 40 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 77 fighting majors through 69 games and rank 5th in the AHL (Pelech 17, Kearns 8, Bonneau 10, McLaren 7, Banwell 1, Gogol 7, Mashinter 4, Acolatse 4, Reid 1, Gourde 3, Brennan 2, Livingston 4, Tam 3, Petrecki 3, Doherty 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: 29-31-3-6, 67 points - 4th in Atlantic and 13th in Eastern Conference
Win percentage: .486% - 26th in AHL
Home Record: 13-15-3-4
Away Record: 16-16-0-2
Attendance: 153,069 through 35 games (4,373 average)
Goals Scored: 172, 2.49 goals per game, 25th in AHL
Goals Allowed: 207, 3.00 goals against per game, 26th in AHL
Shots per game: 29.77 - 17th in AHL
Shots allowed per game: 30.14- 16th in AHL
Score 1st: 19-12-1-2 when scoring first (.603%)
1 goal games: 17-7-3-6 in one goal games
PP: 15.6%, 21st in AHL (48-307)
PK: 81.5%, 23rd in AHL (57-308)
SHG - 4 shorthanded goals scored
SHGA - 6 shorthanded goals allowed
PIMS - 20.00 penalty minutes per game, 8th in AHL
Fighting Majors: 77 - 5th in AHL
OT Games - 17 - (2-3 record in OT) - Hamilton and Petrecki OTG
SO Games - 12 - (6-6 record in SO)
Roster Players - the Sharks have used 48 players this season
Goalies - the Sharks have used 3 goaltenders this season
Players receiving call-ups to San Jose - 12
NHL debuts - 3 Worcester players made their NHL debuts this season (Matt Irwin, Nick Petrecki and Matt Tennyson)
Call-ups to San Jose - 18 different call-ups to San Jose this season
Coming and goings from the Shark Tank:
Eriah Hayes (F)
ADD Signed to ATO
Peter Sivak (LW)
DEL Released from PTO
Rylan Schwartz (C)
ADD Signed to ATO
Mike Brennan (D)
ADD Signed to PTO
Riley Brace (LW)
ADD Signed to ATO
Chris Crane (RW)
ADD Signed to ATO
Dylan Demelo (D)
ADD Reassigned by San Jose (NHL) from Mississauga (OHL)
Matt Tennyson (D)
DEL Recalled from loan by San Jose (NHL)
Matt Tennyson (D)
ADD Returned on loan from San Jose (NHL)
Alex Stalock (G)
ADD Returned on loan from San Jose (NHL)
Matt Nieto (RW)
ADD Signed to ATO
Top Worcester Sharks:
o Goals Kearns (20)
o Game Winners Hamilton, Matsumoto, Tarasov (3)
o Assists Kearns (25)
o Points Kearns (20-25-45)
o Power Play Points Kearns (11-6-17)
o Shots Kearns (132 shots)
o PIM Pelech (236)
o Fighting Pen. Pelech (17)
o Plus/Minus Livingston (+11)
o Wins Stalock (15)
o G.A.A. Stalock (2.67)
o Save % Stalock (.911)
o Shutouts Sateri and Stalock (1)
Sharks in the NHL
The San Jose Sharks are 20-11-7 (47pts in 38gp) and currently in 3rd place in the Pacific Division and 5th in the Western Conference. San Jose has points in eight straight games (7-0-1).
Former Worcester Sharks players on the San Jose Sharks roster include; (Couture, Desjardins, Pavelski, Sheppard, Wingels, Braun, Demers, Greiss, Kennedy, Irwin, Tennyson).
Matt Irwin has five goals in 29 games for the SJ Sharks.
Matt Tennyson has two assists in three games.
Week ahead for San Jose:
* Tue. April 9 at 7pm (EST) at Columbus
* Thu. April 11 at 7:30pm (EST) at Detroit
* Sat. April 13 at 8pm (EST) at Dallas
Sharks in the ECHL:
The San Francisco Bulls finished with a 25-38-2-7 (59pts in 72gp) and grabbed the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Bulls face the #1 seeded Alaska Aces in the first round of the Kelly Cup playoffs. The series is tied at 1-1 highlighted by a 3-2 save shutout by Thomas Heemskerk in a 1-0 win in Game 2.
Sharks players under an AHL contract currently playing in San Francisco include (regular season stats):
* G Taylor Nelson (11-20-5 record) with a 3.53 GAA and a .890 save %.
* G Thomas Heemskerk (14-17-1 record) with a 3.10 GAA and a .906 save %.
* D Mikael Tam had 12 points (3-9-12) and 75 pims in 37 games.
* F Tommy Grant had five points (1-4-5) in five games.
Week ahead for the Bulls:
* Game 1 - Fri. April 5 at 11:15pm at Alaska 5-1L
* Game 2 - Sat. April 6 at 11:15pm at Alaska 1-0W
* Game 3 - Thu. April 11 at 10:15pm vs. Alaska
* Game 4 - Fri. April 12 at 10:15pm vs. Alaska
* Game 5 - Sat. April 13 at 10:15pm vs. Alaska
Coming Up for the Worcester Sharks:
The Sharks have a four game work week including two promotion packed games at the DCU Center!
On Tuesday, the Sharks travel to Bridgeport to take on the Sound Tigers at 7pm.
On Friday, the Sharks host the Norfolk Admirals at 7:30pm on $2-$2-$2 Friday! $2 Hotdogs, popcorn, and soda all night! The game will be shown live on Charter TV3.
On Saturday, the Sharks host the Norfolk Admirals at 7pm on Fan Appreciation Night presented by Southbridge Savings Bank. Doors open at 4:30pm for the Boston Bruins Alumni Game to benefit the Why Me organization! Watch Rick Middleton, Reggie Lemelin, Bob Sweeney and several other Boston Bruins alumni take the ice! The WXLO street team will be in the lobby and fans can enter to win prizes throughout the game!
On Sunday, the Sharks battle the Monarchs in Manchester at 3pm to close out the busy week!
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