Worcester Sharks wrap up regular season with busy week
Week of April 9, 2012
Worcester Sharks wrap up regular season with busy week
Worcester Sharks have 4 games left and are seven points out of a playoff spot in Eastern Conference
Shark Snap Shot:
The Worcester Sharks chomped three out of a possible six points in three games last week. The Sharks began the week by snapping a season long six game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Devils at the DCU Center on Wednesday. Worcester got shutout for the 4th time of the season in a 3-0 loss to the Bruins in Providence on Friday followed by a wild 5-4 shootout loss in Portland on Saturday.
The Worcester Sharks player of the week nominee is rookie defenseman Matt Tennyson. Matt scored his first professional goal to tie the game in the third period in Portland on Saturday to force overtime. In three games last week; Tennyson scored a goal and fired seven shots on goal and looked very solid in his first three professional games.
If the playoffs were to start today, the Sharks would be on the outside looking in. Worcester is currently in 14th place in the Eastern Conference (70pts in 72gp); seven points behind the 8th place Manchester Monarchs (77pts in 73gp) and the Portland Pirates (77pts in 74gp). The Sharks need to win their final four games and need a lot of help for a chance to make the playoffs.
Few things to know….
· The Sharks (72gp) currently sit in 5th place in the Atlantic Division, 22 points behind the first place St. John’s IceCaps (73gp), seven points behind the 2nd place Monarchs (72gp) and 3rd place Pirates (73gp), and five points behind the 5th place Bruins (73gp).
· The Sharks currently have 4 games remaining (3 home, 1 away) in their regular season schedule and hold the 14th spot in the Eastern Conference.
· The Worcester Sharks lead the AHL with 119 fighting majors and 21.93 penalty minutes per game through 72 games shattering the franchise record of 81 fighting majors set last season. Catch a cool YOUTUBE video HERE of the Sharks in action!
· Defenseman Nick Petrecki was named the Worcester Sharks AHL Man of the Year for his work in the central Massachusetts community. Click HERE for the full details.
· Defenseman Matt Tennyson scored his first professional goal in Portland on Saturday to force overtime. Click HERE for more info on Tennyson.
· Tough guy Jimmy Bonneau broke the Worcester Sharks record for most fighting majors in a season with two last weekend. Bonneau has 22 fighting majors and surpassed Frazer McLaren’s team record of 21 fighting majors (2008-09).
· “The Sheriff” Frazer McLaren is now the Worcester Sharks all-time penalty minute leader after his fighting major in the first period on March 21 in Albany vs. Myles Stoesz. Frazer now has 490 penalty minutes in 190gp with Worcester surpassing Brad Staubitz’s 462 penalty minutes in 162gp.
· Andover, MA native and BU alum, John McCarthy leads the Worcester Sharks with 46 points (20-26-46) in 61 games this season. McCarthy scored his team leading 20th goal of the season in the Sharks 2-1 win over the Devils on April 4.
· The 7th seeded San Jose Sharks will begin their quest for the Stanley Cup traveling to the 2nd seeded St. Louis Blues for Game 1 on Thursday at 7:30pm (EST)
· Former Worcester Sharks forward and original Crazed Rat Andrew Desjardins was named the San Jose Sharks PlayStation Rookie of the Year.
· Check out this cool Worcester Sharks highlight video posted by wannapuck22 on YouTube by clicking HERE.
Top 3… Last Week!
1. John McCarthy scored his team leading 20th goal of the season, the game winner in a 2-1 victory over the Devils on Wednesday!
2. Matt Tennyson scored his first professional goal midway the third period to force overtime in the Sharks 5-4 loss in Portland on Saturday!
3. Harri Sateri made 31 saves and was the #2 star in the Sharks 2-1 win over the Devils on Wednesday!
Last Week: (1-1-0-1) 3pts, 3gp
Tue., 4/4 W Albany Devils 1 @ Worcester SHARKS 2
Fri., 4/6 L Worcester SHARKS 0 @ Providence Bruins 3
Sat. 4/7 SOL Worcester SHARKS 4 @ Portland Pirates 5
Fri., 4/13 St. John’s IceCaps @ Worcester SHARKS – 7:30pm
Sat. 4/14 Worcester SHARKS @ Adirondack Phantoms – 7pm
Sun., 4/15 Hersey Bears @ Worcester SHARKS – 3pm
Rewind the Tape:
4.4.12 – Worcester 2 – Albany 1 – W – DCU Center
John McCarthy scored his 20th goal of the season to break 1-1 tie midway through the third period as the Sharks held on for a 2-1 victory over the Albany Devils at the DCU Center on Wednesday night to break out of a six game losing streak. With the victory, Worcester moved to within seven points behind the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with six games remaining. Tony Lucia also scored for Worcester and Harri Sateri was sharp with 31 saves in net for his 13th win of the season as the Sharks closed out the four game home stand 1-3-0-0.
4.6.12 – Worcester 0 – Providence 3 – L – Dunkin Donuts Center
Josh Hennessy (18th), Andrew Bodnarchuk (5th), and Kevan Miller (3rd) led the way for the Providence as they put the Worcester Sharks on the brink of elimination with a 3-0 win Friday night. With the loss, Worcester now falls eight points away from the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with five games remaining. Ryan Spooner recorded an assist in his first professional game of the season and Michael Hutchinson recorded his 3rd shutout of the season, his 2nd against Worcester. Harri Sateri made 24 saves in the loss for Worcester.
4.7.12 – Worcester 4 – Portland 5 – SOL – Cumberland County Civic Center
The Sharks led 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2, but fell to the Portland Pirates in the shootout 5-4 at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Saturday night. With the point, Worcester is now seven points away from the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with four games remaining. Rookies Nathan Moon, Sena Acolatse, Curt Gogol, and Matt Tennyson scored for Worcester and Harri Sateri made 28 saves in his 10th straight start for Worcester in a game that ended with a wild brawl after the shootout. Ben Guite added two assists in the loss for Worcester.
Sharks in the Atlantic: The Sharks are swimming in 5th place with 70 points (29-31-4-8) in the Atlantic Division through 72 games, which is 22 points behind the first place St. John’s IceCaps (73gp), seven points behind the 2nd place Manchester Monarchs (72gp), and the 3rd place Portland Pirates (73gp) and five points behind the 5th place Bruins (75pts in 73gp), to round out a very choppy Atlantic Division.
*400 WINS!….With the 4-1 victory vs. Springfield on November 1, 2009, head coach Roy Sommer became just the 4th coach in AHL history to reach the 400 win plateau.
*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 14seasons 1,112GP 507 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 (14th season) in the American Hockey League. His current regular season record is now: 507-464 -49 -47-45. (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, Assistant Coach David Cunniff recorded an assist as a member of the River Rats in the hockey game.
*Assistant Coach David Cunniff has joined Coach Sommer in 353 of the 507 victories (70%).
*ECHL… Coach Sommer also has 176 wins in the ECHL coaching in five seasons with Roanoke Valley and Richmond.
*Captains for the 2011-12 season: Mike Moore was named the Sharks 4th captain in team history on Feb 11, 2011 and was named captain again before the start of the 2011-12 season. Alternate captains for this season: veteran forward Ben Guite and forward John McCarthy. Tommy Wingels, Jimmy Bonneau, Benn Ferriero, Brandon Mashinter, Mike Connolly, Matt Pelech, and Andrew Murray have also worn the “A” this season.
*From east to west….. The Worcester Sharks have had 8 players (11 call-ups) receive at least one call up this season to San Jose… Currently; James Sheppard, Tommy Wingels, Benn Ferriero, Andrew Desjardins, Justin Braun, Jamie McGinn, Logan Couture, Jason Demers, Joe Pavelski, Marc-Edourd Vlasic, and Doug Murray are all former Worcester Sharks that are currently playing with the San Jose Sharks.
*All-Stars… Defenseman Matt Irwin and rookie netminder Tyson Sexsmith represented the Worcester Sharks at the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic in Atlantic City on Jan 29-30.
All-Star Selections for Worcester through the years:
2007 – Mathieu Darche
2008 – Mike Iggulden
2009 – Derek Joslin and Ryan Vesce
2010 – Logan Couture, Danny Groulx, and Alex Stalock
2011 – Jonathan Cheechoo and Justin Braun
*AWARDS…Tommy Wingels was selected as the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Dec. 18, 2011. In four games last week Wingels recorded four goals, two assists and a plus-6 rating as the Sharks closed out a seven-game road swing having earned 11 of a possible 14 standings points.
Wingels recorded 10 points (seven goals, three assists), including four game-winning goals, and a plus-11 rating during the Sharks’ seven-game road stretch from Dec. 4-18, helping Worcester to a 5-1-0-1 mark in that time.
*Tommy Wingels take 2… Tommy Wingels became just the third Worcester Sharks player in franchise history to record 10 goals in a month (joining Mathieu Darche and Graham Mink). Tommy finished the month of December with 10 goals, three assists, and +5 in 14 games. Wingels recorded four game winning goals in the month of December and fired 53 shots on goal. Tommy was rewarded with a NHL call up to San Jose on Jan 4 and scored his first NHL goal on Jan 15 at Chicago.
*Tommy Wingels Take 3… The San Jose chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association announced today that San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels has been selected as its 2012 nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The Masterton Trophy is awarded each season under the trusteeship of the PHWA to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Wingels has helped promote and support the You Can Play Project, a project that is the legacy of Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke’s late son Brendan. Brendan’s commitment to create an environment where all athletes are accepted regardless of sexual orientation is the driving force behind the You Can Play. Wingels is one of two NHL players who have provided financial support to get the project under way and sit on its advisory board. More than three dozen other players have signed up to give their support since its launch.
*Breaking down March…. The Sharks finished 4-9-0-1 (9pts in 14gp) in March with 40 GF and 51 GA. PP went 7-for-50 (14.0%), opponents PP went 17-for-67 (25.3%), and Worcester had 22 fighting majors in the month of March.
*Breaking down April… The Sharks are 1-2-0-1 (3pts in 4gp) in April with 8 GF and 12 GA. PP is 3-12 (25%), opponents PP went 4-for-17 (23.5%), and the Sharks have three fighting majors this month.
*Breaking down the last 4… Worcester has 4 games remaining (3 home, 1 away) this season. Opponents: Manchester, St. John’s, @ Adirondack, and Hershey.
*TRADE!... The San Jose Sharks traded Worcester Sharks defenseman Sean Sullivan to Florida in exchange for center Tim Kennedy on Jan 26. Sullivan had suited up in 105 Worcester Sharks games and compiled 59 points (17-42-59) and 53 penalty minutes. Kennedy brings 112 NHL games of experience, was a National Champion with Michigan State in 2007, and was on the AHL All Rookie Team in 2008-09 with the Portland Pirates. Tim has 30 points (9-21-30) in 31gp with Worcester.
*TRADE 2!… The San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche agreed to a trade on Feb 27 sending Jamie McGinn, Mike Connolly, and Michael Sgarbossa to Colorado in exchange for Daniel Winnik, T.J. Galiardi and a 7th round pick.
*Loaned!... Worcester Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock was loaned to the Peoria Rivermen (AHL) on March 3. Stalock posted a 1-1-0 record with a 2.51 GAA and a .909 save % with Worcester this season.
The 24-year-old native of South St. Paul, MN had a 5-1-0 record in six starts for the Stockton Thunder along with a 2.83GAA and a .914 save percentage before his call up to Worcester on Feb 13. The Worcester Sharks Team MVP during the 2009-10 season, Stalock has compiled a 59-37-6 all-time record with the Worcester Sharks and a 1-0-0 career record with the San Jose Sharks. Before his 2-1 victory over the Springfield Falcons on Feb 19, 2012, Stalock had not played a game with Worcester since a season ending injury on Feb 4, 2011 vs. the Manchester Monarchs. Alex Stalock was named to the 2009-10 AHL-All Rookie Team and an AHL All-Star in 2010 with Worcester. The Sharks currently has All-Star Tyson Sexsmith and rookie Harri Sateri on their roster as the Sharks continue to battle for a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. Stalock is 2-0-0 with Peoria.
*First Half… the Sharks finished the first half of the season after a 3-2 loss in Providence on Jan 22. Worcester went 19-12-3-4 with 45 points in 38gp for a .592 win percentage; the 2nd best first half record in franchise history. Worcester had a .639 win percentage with 51pts in 40gp in 2009-10, the year they won the Atlantic Division.
*1 Goal Games… 18 of the last 36 games for Worcester have been decided by a single goal. The Sharks are 14-10-4-8 overall in 1 goal games this season.
*Score 4…. The Sharks were a perfect 16-0-0-0 when scoring at least four goals in a game before dropping three such games in a 6-5 decision in Albany on March 21, a 5-4 loss in Bridgeport on March 27, and a 5-4 shootout loss in Portland on April 7.
*OT? The Worcester Sharks are 9th in the AHL with 18 games (25.0%) that have gone into overtime. The Sharks are 4-4 in OT and 2-8 in the shootout. The Sharks have the 3rd lowest win percentage in games that end in overtime or the shootout (.333%). Currently, the Sharks have gone 15 straight games without heading into overtime; the longest such streak this season until their 5-4 shootout loss in Portland on April 9.
*Nice Crowd… the Worcester Sharks had their 2nd biggest crowd in franchise history on Jan 21, 2012 in a 3-2 overtime win over Bruins at the DCU Center. The Sharks welcomed 8,840 fans through the gates in the exciting win. The Sharks have had 12 crowds over 5,000 fans this season, including another sellout crowd (7,787) on March 16.
*Huge Crowd… the Worcester Sharks welcomed a franchise record 10,170 fans at the DCU Center on Feb 24 for the GRONK PUCK SPIKE.
*Worcester/Manchester Rivalry… the Sharks and Monarchs have already slugged it out through 11 of 12 games this season. The two teams have combined for 547 penalty minutes in the 11 games (265WOR, 282 MCH) and 25 sets of fighting major penalties. Worcester is 2-6-2-1 vs. Manchester this season with the final meeting coming in Worcester on April 10.
*Road Warriors… the Sharks have taken a point in 23-of-37 road games this season (13-14-4-6) and finished with a 5-1-0-1 record on their season long seven game road trip. (12/4-12/18/11)
*Streakers!.... Harri Sateri has made 6 straight starts in goal (1-4-1).
*Leaders among us… Jimmy Bonneau is 3rd in the AHL with 22 fighting majors…Curt Gogol is 1st among AHL rookies with 163 penalty minutes and 1st with 19 fighting majors…Nathan Moon is 2nd among rookies with 149 penalty minutes and 3rd with 11 fighting majors…Tyson Sexsmith is 9th in the AHL with a 2.33 GAA… Matt Irwin is 9th with 39 points (10-30-40), 1st in power play goals with 8, and 2nd in shots with 196… Matt Pelech is 3rd among AHL defensemen with 16 fighting majors.
*Penalty Shots…. Sean Sullivan scored a rare penalty shot shorthanded goal by a defenseman vs. Mike McKenna in the 2nd period in a 5-2W at Binghamton on Dec 17. Worcester is now 3-for-8 in franchise history on penalty shots.
*PP Specialist…Matt Irwin’s eight power-play goals have put him in good position to set some team records, but he is not there yet. The record for most power-play goals in a season by a Sharks defenseman is nine, done by Garrett Stafford in 2006-07. The career record is 16, done by Derek Joslin. Irwin had six last year, so has 14 for his career.
*Tallest Shark…. Worcester Sharks rookie defenseman Taylor Doherty is the tallest player in team history standing at 6’7” 230lbs. Taylor has added four fighting majors. Doherty recorded his first professional point (assist) in his 37th pro game in Manchester on Jan 28.
*Score first… the Sharks have scored FIRST 33 times in 72 games this season (20-7-2-4); Curt Gogol 3,Benn Ferriero 4, Nathan Moon 3, Mike Moore 2, Tommy Wingels 1, John McCarthy 3, Matt Irwin 1, Sena Acolatse 2, Tony Lucia 2, Brodie Reid 3, Brandon Mashinter 3, Jack Combs 3, Mike Connolly 1, Jimmy Bonneau 1, and Andrew Murray 1.
*First Pro Goals this season… Curt Gogol (Oct 9 @ PRO vs. Khudobin), James Livingston (Oct15 vs. ALB vs. Frazee), Mike Connolly (Oct15 vs. ALB vs. Frazee), Nathan Moon (Oct 21 @ PRO vs. Khudobin), Sena Acolatse (Nov 1 vs. STJ vs. Pasquale), Brodie Reid (Nov 5 vs. STJ vs. Pasquale), Marek Viedensky (Dec 11 at STJ vs. empty net), Sebastian Stalberg (Mar 18 vs. BRI vs. Poulin), and Matt Tennyson (April 7 at POR vs. Mannino).
*100 AHL goals…. Veteran Ben Guite scored his first goal as a member of the Worcester Sharks in a 6-1 win over the Devils on October 15. The goal turned out to be his 100th AHL goal in his career. Ben also has 19 NHL goals in 175 career NHL games.
*Great first impression… Sebastian Stalberg became just the 6th Sharks player to score in his professional debut joining Joe Pavelski, Nate Raduns, Tony Lucia, Cam MacIntyre, and Curt Gogol (Thanks Bill Ballou, Worcester TG)
*Sharks in the Atlantic… Worcester is 14-20-3-5 in the Atlantic Division this season.
*Good when leading… the Sharks are 15-6-1-2 when leading after the 1st period of play and 15-4-0-2 when leading after the 2nd period of play this season.
*Leads tough to come by… The Sharks have had the lead just 22 times in 72 games heading into the third period. The 2nd fewest in the AHL.
*Tied after 2 periods…. The Sharks have been tied 24 times in 72 games heading into the third period, the most in the AHL. Worcester is 12-6-2-4 in those games. (12 wins tied for most in AHL).
*5 National Champions… The Sharks have five players that have won the NCAA Division 1 Championship…. John McCarthy was co-captain for Boston University in 2009, Benn Ferriero and Nick Petrecki with Boston College in 2008, Tim Kennedy with Michigan State University in 2007, and Ben Guite with Maine in 1999.
*These Sharks have teeth!…. Worcester is 1st in the AHL in penalty minutes averaging 21.93 penalty minutes per game and are 1st with 119 fighting major penalties. Manchester is 2nd with 81 fighting majors.
*100 club… The Worcester Sharks are the only team in the AHL with five players with over 100 penalty minutes this season. Curt Gogol (163), Nathan Moon (149), Jimmy Bonneau (168), and Matt Pelech (168), and Nick Petrecki (103) have all hit the century mark already this season for Worcester.
*2 Men Down…. John McCarthy became just the 2nd Worcester Sharks player to score a shorthanded goal while the Sharks were two men down. “JMac” scored at 8:32 of the first period in a 3-2 win over Bridgeport on Nov 11. Steve Zalewski had the other 3-on-5 score in Houston on 11/22/08.
*200/300… Worcester Sharks captain Mike Moore became just the 2nd player in Sharks history to hit 200 games and 300 penalty minutes this season joining Riley Armstrong. #8 has played in 249 games for Worcester accumulating 360 penalty minutes… Moore surpassed Lukas Kaspar on Jan 15 for the most games played by a Worcester Sharks player with 217.
*Sherriff McLaren… Sharks tough guy Frazer McLaren was assigned back to Worcester on Jan 22 from San Jose. #10 ranks 1st all-time in Worcester Sharks history with 490 penalty minutes (47 FM) in 190 games. Brad Staubitz had 462 pims in 162 games.
*Massachusetts!... the Sharks have three players born from Massachusetts (John McCarthy – Andover, Benn Ferriero – Essex, and Brian O’Hanley – Quincy) In addition, assistant coach David Cunniff hails from South Boston.
*Hockey East Alumni!... the Worcester Sharks have nine players from Hockey East Schools (Irwin and Braun – UMass-Amherst, Ferriero – BC, McCarthy – BU, Reid – NU, O’Hanley – BC, Guite – UMaine, Petrecki – BC, Stalberg – Vermont)
*Young Guns… the Sharks have dressed 18 rookies already this season. (Curt Gogol, Nathan Moon, Brodie Reid, James Livingston, Mike Connolly, Taylor Doherty, Tyson Sexsmith, Harri Sateri, Sena Acolatse, Tony Lucia, Marek Viedensky, Brian O’Hanley, Jack Combs, Chad Costello, Ian O’Connor, Sebastian Stalberg, Thomas Heemskerk, and Matt Tennyson )
*Great Start to the Weekend…. The Sharks are 9-6-2-2 on Friday nights this season…. A perfect way to kick off the weekend!
*Super Sunday… the Sharks went 14-4-0-2 on Sunday afternoon games in 2010-11 and are 8-5-0-3 on Sundays this season.
*I’ll take a draft… Nine Worcester Sharks players were drafted by the San Jose Sharks. (Braun, Doherty, Lucia, McCarthy, O’Hanley, Petrecki, Sateri, Sexsmith, and Viedensky,)
*NHL Experience…. The Sharks have eight players with NHL experience totaling 622 games led by veteran Andrew Murray with 220… breakdown of the rest… Ben Guite 175, Tim Kennedy 112, John McCarthy 51, Frazer McLaren 39, Mike Moore 6, Matt Pelech 5, Brandon Mashinter 13.
*2 Gordie Howe Hattricks…. Worcester Sharks winger Brandon Mashinter recorded a Gordie Howe Hattrick in the Sharks 4-3W vs. the Whale at the DCU Center on Dec 30th. Mash recorded an assist on Tony Lucia’s goal at 5:20 of first period, fighting major vs. Jared Nightingale at 19:54 of the second period, and the game winning goal at 17:04 of the third period. It was the first time a Sharks player had recorded a Gordie Howe Hattrick since Mash did it vs. Lowell on Nov 11, 2009… Mash followed up with another on Feb 4 at St. John’s with a fighting major vs. Garth Murray at 18:36 of the first period, an assist on Mike Connolly’s goal at 6:15 of the third period, and a empty net goal at 19:54 of the 3rd period. Mash is 2nd on the team with 16 goals.
*10/10…. Worcester Sharks rookie forward Nathan Moon became just the third player in Worcester Sharks history to record at least 10 goals and 10 fights in a season joining Brandon Mashinter (twice) and Dennis McCauley. Moon has 12 goals and 11 fighting majors with 4 games to go this season.
*Like Father, Like Son… Rookie Curt Gogol is 3rd on the Sharks with 163 penalty minutes and 2nd with 19 fighting majors through 51 games… 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.
*Major Bonneau… Worcester Sharks tough guy Jimmy Bonneau has racked up 22 fighting majors in 54 games this season 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 92 fighting majors in 241 AHL games along with 721 penalty minutes.
*Acolatse can throw… Worcester Sharks rookie defenseman Sena Acolatse has been quite impressive in his first seven professional hockey fights this season. The 5-11, 205 pounder and native of Hayward, CA native has fought Richard Clune, Brett Hextall, Dane Byers, Stephane Veilleux, Andre Deveaux, J.D. Watt, and Garth Murray so far this season. Sena led the Prince George Cougars in WHL with 15 fighting majors in 66 games last year, and also added 15 goals.
*Worcester record… the Sharks are close to surpassing the Worcester IceCats team record of 126 fighting majors in 1997-98. A few players from the 97-98 squad include Terry Virtue, Jamal Mayers, Justin Hocking, Tyler Willis, and Reed Low.
*Five for fighting…The Sharks have 119 fighting majors this season (franchise record) good for 1st in the AHL… 18 different players dropped the mitts this season for the Sharks this season: (Jimmy Bonneau 22, Curt Gogol 19, Nick Petrecki 3, Cam MacIntyre 5, Nathan Moon 11, Brandon Mashinter 7, Mike Moore 6, Frazer McLaren 7, Sena Acolatse 7, Taylor Doherty 4, Matt Pelech 16, Tommy Wingels 2, Ryan Del Monte 3, James Livingston 3, John McCarthy 1, Sean Sullivan 1, Tony Lucia 1, and Brodie Reid 1)… The Sharks had 81 fighting majors last season, 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: 29-31-4-8, 70 points – 5th in Atlantic
Win percentage: .486% - 26th in AHL
Home Record: 16-17-0-2
Away Record: 13-14-4-7
Attendance: 155,678 through 35 games at DCU Center 4,448 average) – 24th in AHL
Goals Scored: 189, 2.63 goals per game, 24th in AHL
Goals Allowed: 209, 2.90 goals against per game, 19th in AHL
Shots per game: 33.06 – 3rd in AHL
Shots allowed per game: 29.61 – 10th in AHL
Score 1st: 20-7-2-4 when scoring first (.697%)
1 goal games: 14-10-4-8 in one goal games
PP: 17.5%, 14th in AHL (52-297)
PK: 81.7%, 17th in AHL (58-317)
SHG – 4 shorthanded goals scored
SHGA – 9 shorthanded goals allowed
PIMS – 21.93 penalty minutes per game, 1st in AHL
Fighting Majors: 119 – 1st in AHL (franchise record)
OT Games – 18 – (4-4 record in OT)
SO Games – 10 – (2-8 record in SO)
Roster Players – the Sharks have used 39 players this season
Goalies – the Sharks have used 5 goaltenders this season
Players receiving call-ups to San Jose – 9 (Sheppard, Sexsmith, Braun, Ferriero, McLaren, Irwin, Niittymaki, Wingels, McCarthy)
NHL debuts – 0 Worcester players made their NHL debuts this season
Call-ups to San Jose – 11 different call-ups to San Jose this season
Coming and goings from the Shark Tank:
No Transactions this week.
Top Worcester Sharks:
o Goals McCarthy (20)
o Game Winners Wingels (4) – currently in San Jose
o Assists Irwin (30)
o Points McCarthy (20-26-48)
o Power play Points Irwin (8-15-23)
o Shots Irwin (196 shots)
o PIM Bonneau and Pelech (168)
o Fighting Pen. Bonneau (22)
o Plus/Minus McCarthy (+7)
o Wins Sateri and Sexsmith (13)
o G.A.A. Sexsmith (2.33)
o Save % Sexsmith (.916)
o Shutouts Sateri (2)
Sharks in the Pacific:
The San Jose Sharks finished the regular season in 7th place in the Western Conference with 96 points through 82 games with a 43-29-10 record. Final regular season stats for San Jose:
The San Jose Sharks will face the 2nd seed St. Louis Blues in a best of 7 first round Stanley Cup playoffs series. All times listed are EST.
Thur., April 12 GAME 1 @ St. Louis 7:30pm
Sat., April 14 GAME 2 @ St. Louis 7:30pm
Mon., April 16 GAME 3 @ San Jose 10pm
Thur., April 19 GAME 4 @ San Jose 10:30pm
*Sat., April 21 GAME 5 @ St. Louis 7:30pm
*Mon., April 23 GAME 6 @ San Jose TBD
*Wed., April 26 GAME 7 @ St. Louis TBD
Sharks in the ECHL:
The Stockton Thunder finished the season with a 34-33-1-4 with 73 points, which was good for 5th place in the Western Conference. The Stockton Thunder defeated the 4th seeded Colorado Eagles in a best-of-5 first round series for the Kelly Cup three games to zero.
The Thunder will face the top seeded Alaska Aces in Round 2
Round 2: (all times EST)
Fri., April 13 GAME 1 @ Alaska 11:15pm
Sat., April 14 GAME 2 @ Alaska 11:15pm
Wed., April 18 GAME 3 @ Stockton 10pm
Fri., April 20 GAME 4 @ Stockton 10:30pm
*Sat., April 21 GAME 5 @ Stockton 10:30pm
*Tue., April 24 GAME 6 @ Alaska 11:15pm
*Wed., April 25 GAME 7 @ Alaska 11:15pm
On Tuesday, the Sharks host their Atlantic Division Rivals the Manchester Monarchs at 7pm at the DCU Center. The Sharks need to win in regulation to keep their playoff hopes alive!
On Friday, April 13th the Sharks host the St. John’s IceCaps at 7:30pm with the first 500 fans 18 years-old and above receiving a free Massachusetts Lottery scratch ticket with a chance to win $500 a week for life! Non winners will have the chance to win a signed #13 Curt Gogol puck and the biggest winner will receive a game used #13 Curt Gogol signed stick! It’s the final $2-$2-$2 Friday night as select hot dogs, popcorn, and soda for just $2! The game will be shown live on Charter TV3.
On Saturday, the Sharks swim west for a 7pm date with the Phantoms in Glens Falls, NY.
On Sunday, April 15th the Sharks host the Hershey Bears at 3pm in the final regular season home game at the DCU Center. Doors will open at 12pm with the Boston Bruins Alumni game to benefit the Why Me organization presented by Lundgren Honda to start at 12:30pm. The first 1,000 fans will receive a free drawstring backpack courtesy of Becker College. Tickets as low as $10, with one ticket good for both games!
Join the WAAF street team in the lobby and enjoy face painting from Andi the Clown. Before the game, the Sharks will announce their team awards which include Team MVP, Rookie of the Year, and the 7th Player Award during an on ice presentation. Welcome the annual Parade of Champions as youth hockey teams throughout central Massachusetts will take to the ice and be recognized for a terrific season.
Throughout the game, the Sharks will be hosting a game worn jersey auction, with the winners receiving the jerseys right of the back of the players during a post game ceremony!
There also will be several giveaways of Sharks merchandise and other prizes. Three lucky fans will have an opportunity to win a car courtesy of Lundgren Honda of Auburn during a SHOOT to WIN contest during the 2nd intermission!
It will be another $5 KIDS Sunday presented by Southwick's Zoo, with a full price adult ticket. Plus, kids get a FREE Southwick's Zoo one day pass!
The Boston Bruins Alumni roster will be announced a few days before the event and posted on SharksAHL.com. Past players included; Rick Middleton, Bob Sweeney, Bruce Shoebottom, Bob Beers, and many more!
Score a family fun pack today for only $74! Four tickets, four hot dogs, and four sodas for a portion of the price! Available only through the Sharks front office for every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday games this season!
Marina Riva, Jonathan Forsberg, Jason Jones, Chris Curtis, and Kristyn Galante are ready to take your orders and answer your questions today! Season Tickets for the 2012-13 season are on sale now by contacting the Worcester Sharks Office at 508.929.0500 or by crashing the net at www.SharksAHL.com.
All games can be heard live on 580AM and 94.9FM WTAG, as well as online through AHL Live, by following the link on the Sharks website at www.SharksAHL.com.