Worcester Sharks Weekly
Week of April 16, 2012
14 Crowds of 5,000+ at DCU Center highlight Worcester Sharks season
Sharks finish in 13th place in Eastern Conference with 74 points
Shark Snap Shot:
The Worcester Sharks chomped four out of a possible eight points in four games last week to close out the 2011-12 regular season. The Sharks began the week with an impressive 4-1 victory over the Manchester Monarchs on Tuesday at the DCU Center. The Sharks began a 3-in-3 weekend with a 3-1 loss at home to the IceCaps on Friday followed by a 3-2 loss in Adirondack on Saturday night. Worcester closed out the season with a 3-2 win over the Hershey Bears on Sunday afternoon at the DCU Center to close out the 2011-12 season on a high note.
The Worcester Sharks player of the week nominee is rookie goaltender Harri Sateri. In three starts last week; Harri allowed just five goals on 113 shots (.955%) and posted a 2-1-0 record to close out the season. Sateri made a season high 49 saves and was the #1 star in the Sharks 4-1 victory over the Monarchs on April 10.
The Sharks did not make the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs. Worcester finished nine points behind the 8th place Manchester Monarchs for the final playoff spot in the East.
Few things to know….
· The Sharks finished in 5th place in the Atlantic Division, 20 points behind the first place St. John’s IceCaps, nine points behind the 2nd place Monarchs, seven points behind the 3rd place Pirates, and three points behind the 4th place Bruins.
· The Sharks completed the season with 14 crowds of over 5,000 at the DCU Center, including a franchise record 10,170 on Feb 24.
· The AHL announced that Worcester Sharks defenseman Nick Petrecki was selected the winner of the Yanick Dupré Memorial Award as the 2011-12 IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year.
· Coach Roy Sommer currently ranks 4th in the AHL with 509 wins in his career (14 seasons).
· Captain Mike Moore is the all-time leader in Worcester Sharks history with 253 games played.
· Andover, MA native and BU alum, John McCarthy led the Worcester Sharks with 47 points (20-27-47) in 65 games this season.
· Defenseman Matt Irwin finished with 42 points (11-31-42) in 71 games which was good for 9th in AHL among defenseman. Matt led all AHL defenseman with nine power play goals and 209 shots on goal.
· Tough guy Jimmy Bonneau broke the Worcester Sharks record for most fighting majors in a season and led the team with 168 penalty minutes. Bonneau had 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 191gp with Worcester surpassing Brad Staubitz’s 462 penalty minutes in 162gp.
· The 7th seeded San Jose Sharks trail the 2nd seeded St. Louis Blues 2-1 in a best-of-seven first round series in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
· Former Worcester Sharks forward and original Crazed Rat Andrew Desjardins was named the San Jose Sharks PlayStation Rookie of the Year.
Top 3… Last Week!
1. Harri Sateri made a season high 49 saves and was the #1 star in 4-1 win over the Monarchs on Tuesday!
2. Rookie Yanni Gourde recorded his first professional goal, added two assists, and was the #1 star in 3-2 victory over the Hershey Bears on Sunday!
3. Sena Acolatse scored two third period power play goals and was #2 star in 4-1 win over the Monarchs on Tuesday!
Last Week: (2-2-0-0) 4pts, 4gp
Tue., 4/10 W Manchester Monarchs 1 @ Worcester SHARKS 4
Fri., 4/13 L St. John’s IceCaps 3 @ Worcester SHARKS 1
Sat. 4/14 L Worcester SHARKS 2 @ Adirondack Phantoms 3
Sun., 4/15 W Hersey Bears 2 @ Worcester SHARKS 3
Rewind the Tape:
4.10.12 – Worcester 4 – Manchester 1 – W – DCU Center
Harri Sateri made 49 saves and Sena Acolatse scored two third period power play goals as the Sharks defeated the Manchester Monarchs 4-1 at the DCU Center on Tuesday night. Sebastian Stalberg and Ben Guite also scored for Worcester as the Sharks stayed alive in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. The game featured a pregame brawl during warm ups and Mike Moore added two assists in the win.
4.13.12 – Worcester 1 – St. John’s 3 – L – DCU Center
Veteran Ben Guite scored the only goal for Worcester in a fast moving up and down battle in a 3-1 loss to the St. John’s IceCaps at the DCU Center on Friday night. Harri Sateri made 25 saves and Dylan Demelo recorded his first career point (assist) as the Sharks dressed 11 rookies in the loss.
4.14.12 – Worcester 2 – Adirondack 3 – L – Glens Falls Civic Center
Jack Combs and Brian O’Hanley scored for Worcester but Phantoms netminder Michael Leighton made 48 saves in goal as the Sharks fell 3-2 to the Adirondack Phantoms at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Saturday night. Rookie Thomas Heemskerk made 22 saves in his first career AHL start and Tony Lucia added two assists as the Sharks dressed 11 rookies in the loss.
4.15.12 – Worcester 3 – Hershey 2 – W – DCU Center
Rookie Yanni Gourde scored his first professional goal and added two assists as the Sharks won their regular season finale 3-2 over the Hershey Bears in front of 5,810 at the DCU Center on Sunday afternoon. Harri Sateri made 34 saves in his 15th win of the season, Matt Irwin scored his AHL leading 9th power play goal from the blue line, and Tim Kennedy scored the game winner for the Sharks. The Sharks closed out their 6th season in Worcester with a 31-33-4-8 record with 74 points.
Sharks in the Atlantic: The Sharks finished swimming in 5th place with 74 points (31-33-4-8) in the Atlantic Division through 76 games, which was 20 points behind the first place St. John’s IceCaps, nine points behind the 2nd place Manchester Monarchs, seven points behind the 3rd place Portland Pirates and three points behind the 5th place Bruins 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 1,116GP 509 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: 509-466 -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 355 of the 509 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, Andrew Murray, and Tim Kennedy have also worn the “A” this season.
*From east to west….. The Worcester Sharks had 9 players (11 call-ups) receive at least one call up 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
2011-12 Team Award Winners:
MVP – John McCarthy
3 Stars Awards – Tommy Wingels
Rookie of the Year – Sena Acolatse
Unsung Hero – Matt Pelech
Man of the Year – Nick Petrecki
*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.
*Petrecki is the Man of the Year…The AHL announced that Worcester Sharks defenseman Nick Petrecki was selected the winner of the Yanick Dupré Memorial Award as the 2011-12 IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year. Click HERE to read more about Nick’s accomplishments in the central Massachusetts community.
*Breaking down April… The Sharks finished the final month of the regular season with a 3-4-0-1 (7pts in 8gp) record in April with 18 GF and 21 GA. PP is 6-29 (20.6%), opponents PP is 6-for-29 (20.6%), and the Sharks had four fighting majors in April.
*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 had 31 points (10-21-31) in 35gp 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 went 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 20. 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.
*2nd Half… the Sharks finished the 2nd half of the season with a 12-21-1-4 record which began with a 3-2OTW vs. the Bruins on Jan 21. The Sharks had 27 points in their final 38 games to close out the season. (.355 win percentage).
*1 Goal Games… 20 of the last 40 games for Worcester have been decided by a single goal. The Sharks went 15-11-4-8 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 finished 12th in the AHL with 18 games (23.6%) that went into overtime. The Sharks finished 4-4 in OT and 2-8 in the shootout. The Sharks had the 3rd lowest win percentage in games that end in overtime or the shootout (.333%).
*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 had 14 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 combined for 567 penalty minutes in the 12 games (275WOR, 292 MCH) and 25 sets of fighting major penalties. Worcester went 3-6-2-1 vs. Manchester this season and featured a pre game brawl in the series final at the DCU Center on April 10.
*Road Warriors… the Sharks took a point in 23-of-38 road games this season (13-15-4-6) and finished with a 5-1-0-1 record on their season long seven game road trip. (12/4-12/18/11)
*Leaders among us… Jimmy Bonneau finished 4th in the AHL with 22 fighting majors…Curt Gogol finished 1st among AHL rookies with 167 penalty minutes and 1st with 19 fighting majors…Nathan Moon 2nd among rookies with 149 penalty minutes and 3rd with 11 fighting majors…Tyson Sexsmith 12th in the AHL with a 2.33 GAA… Matt Irwin 9th with 42 points (11-31-42), 1st in power play goals with 9, and 1st in shots with 209… Matt Pelech 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 nine 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, also done by Garrett Stafford in 2006-07. The career record is 16, done by Derek Joslin. Irwin had six last year, so has 15 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 scored FIRST 34 times in 76 games this season (21-7-2-4); 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, Andrew Murray 1, and Sebastian Stalberg.
*First Pro Goals this season… Ten players scored their first professional goals this season for the Sharks….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), Matt Tennyson (April 7 at POR vs. Mannino), and Yanni Gourde (April 15 vs. HER vs. Greenham)
*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 went 15-21-3-5 in the Atlantic Division this season.
*Good when leading… the Sharks went 16-6-1-2 when leading after the 1st period of play and 17-4-0-2 when leading after the 2nd period of play this season.
*Leads tough to come by… The Sharks have had the lead just 23 times in 76 games heading into the third period. The 2nd fewest in the AHL.
*Tied after 2 periods…. The Sharks have been tied 24 times in 76 games heading into the third period, the most in the AHL. Worcester is 12-6-2-4 in those games. (12 wins were 2nd best 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 finished 1st in the AHL in penalty minutes averaging 21.32 penalty minutes per game and were 1st with 120 fighting major penalties. Manchester finished 2nd with 84 fighting majors.
*100 club… The Worcester Sharks were the only team in the AHL with five players with over 100 penalty minutes this season. Curt Gogol (167), Nathan Moon (149), Jimmy Bonneau (168), and Matt Pelech (168), and Nick Petrecki (107) all hit the century mark 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 253 games for Worcester accumulating 365 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 191 games. Brad Staubitz had 462 pims in 162 games.
*Massachusetts!... the Sharks had six players born from Massachusetts that suited up for the team this season (John McCarthy – Andover, Benn Ferriero – Essex, Brian O’Hanley – Quincy, Sean Sullivan – Boston, Jay Silvia – Burlington, and Bobby Farnham – North Andover) In addition, assistant coach David Cunniff hails from South Boston.
*Hockey East Alumni!... the Worcester Sharks had ten players from Hockey East Schools (Irwin and Braun – UMass-Amherst, Ferriero – BC, Sullivan – BU, McCarthy – BU, Reid – NU, O’Hanley – BC, Guite – UMaine, Petrecki – BC, Stalberg – Vermont)
*Young Guns… the Sharks dressed 22 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, Matt Tennyson, Yanni Gourde, Dylan Demelo, Jay Silvia, and Bobby Farnham )
*Great Start to the Weekend…. The Sharks went 9-7-2-2 on Friday nights this season…. A perfect way to kick off the weekend!
*Super Sunday… the Sharks went 9-5-0-3 on Sundays this season.
*I’ll take a draft… Ten Worcester Sharks players were drafted by the San Jose Sharks. (Braun, Doherty, Lucia, McCarthy, O’Hanley, Petrecki, Sateri, Sexsmith, Viedensky,and Demelo)
*New Faces in the final weekend…. Worcester welcomed San Jose Sharks draft pick Dylan Demelo from Mississauga in the OHL, and ATO’s; Jay Silva from Holy Cross, Yanni Gourde from Victoriaville in the QMJHL, and Bobby Farnham from Brown. Gourde scored a goal and added two assists in the Sharks season finale vs. the Bears on Sunday.
*NHL Experience…. The Sharks finished the season with eight players that had 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.
*Younger Brother… Sebastian Stalberg joined Worcester on March 15 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 recorded five points (3-2-5) in 13 games with Worcester. The native of Gothenburg, Sweden finished with 27 goals in 106 games with Vermont.
*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 finished with 12 goals and 11 fighting majors this season.
*Like Father, Like Son… Rookie Curt Gogol finished 3rd on the Sharks with 167 penalty minutes and 2nd with 19 fighting majors through 53 games… 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 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. Acolatse also added eight goals from the blue line.
*Five for fighting…The Sharks finished with 120 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 7, 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: 31-33-4-8, 74 points – 5th in Atlantic
Win percentage: .487% - 27th in AHL
Home Record: 18-18-0-2
Away Record: 13-15-4-7
Attendance: 167,292 through 38 games at DCU Center 4,402 average) – 24th in AHL
Goals Scored: 199, 2.62 goals per game, 25th in AHL
Goals Allowed: 218, 2.87 goals against per game, 18th in AHL
Shots per game: 33.25 – 2nd in AHL
Shots allowed per game: 29.88 – 11th in AHL
Score 1st: 21-7-2-4 when scoring first (.706%)
1 goal games: 15-11-4-8 in one goal games
PP: 17.5%, 15th in AHL (55-314)
PK: 81.8%, 20th in AHL (60-329)
SHG – 4 shorthanded goals scored
SHGA – 9 shorthanded goals allowed
PIMS – 21.32 penalty minutes per game, 1st in AHL
Fighting Majors: 120– 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 43 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:
Top Worcester Sharks:
o Goals McCarthy (20)
o Game Winners Wingels (4)
o Assists Irwin (31)
o Points McCarthy (20-27-47)
o Power play Points Irwin (9-15-24)
o Shots Irwin (209 shots)
o PIM Bonneau and Pelech (168)
o Fighting Pen. Bonneau (22)
o Plus/Minus Lucia (+8)
o Wins Sateri (15)
o G.A.A. Sexsmith (2.33)
o Save % Sexsmith (.916)
o Shutouts Sateri (2)
FULL TEAM STATS:
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 face the 2nd seed St. Louis Blues in a best of 7 first round Stanley Cup playoffs series.
St. Louis leads the Series 2-1. All times listed are EST.
Thur., April 12 GAME 1 @ St. Louis 7:30pm SJ wins 3-2 OT
Sat., April 14 GAME 2 @ St. Louis 7:30pm STL wins 3-0
Mon., April 16 GAME 3 @ San Jose 10pm STL wins 4-3
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
END OF REGUALR SEASON
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