Sharks take two out of three in wild weekend
By Matt Metcalf
The Sharks took four out of a possible six points on the weekend with two wins against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Worcester took Friday’s game against Bridgeport 5-1, dropped Saturday night’s game in Manchester against the Monarchs 5-1, and then took care of business back in Worcester on Sunday, grabbing a 5-2 win against the Sound Tigers.
The Sharks were led offensively by Tim Kennedy. Kennedy notched a goal and two assists in two separate games this weekend, Friday and Sunday against Bridgeport, for six points on the weekend. Kennedy was named the first star of the game for both of those contests. He now leads the Sharks in scoring with eight points on three goals and five assists in seven games played.
Defensively, the Sharks were led in goal by Alex Stalock. Stalock picked up two wins on the weekend, Friday and Sunday against the Sound Tigers. Stalock made 18 saves on 19 shots in Friday’s game and 33 saves on 35 shots in Sunday’s 5-2 win. Stalock was named the second star of the game on Sunday.
Worcester’s Jon Matsumoto scored his first goal in a Sharks uniform in Friday night’s 5-1 victory over the Sound Tigers. He then scored his second goal of the season Sunday in the Sharks 5-2 victory over Bridgeport. Matsumoto has had four 20+ goal seasons in the AHL and has scored two goals in 14 career games in the NHL.
Defenseman Sena Acolatse and forwards Sebastian Stalberg, John McCarthy, and Bracken Kearns all had productive weekends as well. Acolatse notched two goals and two assists on the weekend for four points, while Stalberg, McCarthy, and Kearns all had a goal and two assists apiece for three points.
Jimmy Bonneau, Curt Gogol, and Mike Banwell all picked up their first fighting majors of the season. Bonneau and Gogol squared off with Brett Gallant of the Sound Tigers, while Banwell went toe-to-toe with Brandon DeFazio of Bridgeport. Gogol also scored the game winning goal in Worcester’s 5-1 victory over Bridgeport on Friday, his first of the season.
Worcester is now 2-4-0-1 (5pts in 7gp) on the season, which puts them in 4th in the Atlantic Division and 12th in the Eastern Conference. The Sharks have another three game weekend coming up this weekend. The Sharks travel to Providence on Friday to take on the Bruins for a 7:05pm start before coming home Saturday to take on the St. John’s Ice Caps at 7pm. The Sharks will then host the second place Manchester Monarchs on Sunday at 3pm to cap off their weekend.