Shark warning in Atlantic after 5 point weekend

Week of November 5, 2012
Shark warning in Atlantic after 5 point weekend
Busy stretch continues as Sharks get ready for 3rd straight 3-in-3 weekend
Shark Snap Shot:
The Worcester Sharks (4-4-1-1, 10pts) chomped out five of a possible six points in their 2nd consecutive 3-in-3 weekend of the season.  All three games were decided by one goal as Worcester snagged their first road win of the season with a hard fought 3-2 victory over the Bruins at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Friday, dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to the IceCaps at the DCU Center on Saturday, and finished strong with an exciting 1-0 shootout win over the Monarchs at home on Sunday afternoon.
The Worcester Sharks player of the week nominee is goaltender Alex Stalock. In two starts last week; Stalock went a perfect 2-0-0 allowing just two goals on 61 shots (.967 save %) which was highlighted by a 27 save shutout with a 1-0 shootout win over the Monarchs on Sunday.
Few things to know….
·         The Sharks are currently in 6th place in the Eastern Conference (4-4-1-1, 10pts).
·         Worcester is currently on a four game point streak (3-0-1-0) and continue their four game home stand on Friday vs. Portland and Saturday vs. the Whale.
·         The Sharks won their first ever 1-0 shootout game over the Manchester Monarchs on Sunday.
·         Coach Roy Sommer currently ranks 4th in the AHL with 513 wins in his career (15th season) and surpassed John Paddock on Sunday for the 3rd most games coached in the AHL with 1126.
·         Taylor Doherty and Travis Oleksuk each scored their first professional goals in the 2nd period in the Sharks 3-2OTL to St. John’s on Saturday.
·         Alex Stalock picked up career victories 62 and 63 as a member of the Sharks with a pair of victories over the Bruins and Monarchs. Stalock is now 4-0-0 in his last four starts with a .947 save percentage and a 1.48 GAA in his last five outings.
·         Braken Kearns had a strong week with a pair of power play goals and a fighting major.
·         The Sharks welcomed their 1,000,000th fan through the DCU Center turnstiles on Oct 28. Currently the Sharks have had 1,007,234 fans attend a regular season game in the 6+ years in Worcester. The Sharks will honor an honorary 1,000,000th fan before the Sharks game on Nov 17.
·         Worcester’s four game home stand continues on Friday with a 7:30pm start vs. the Pirates and concludes on Saturday with a 7pmstart vs. the Whale. The Sharks travel to Providence on Sunday at 3:05pm. To close out their 3rd consecutive 3-in-3 weekend.
Top 3… Last Week!
1.       Alex Stalock picked up his 6th career shutout (5th with Worcester) with 27 saves in 1-0 shootout victory over the Monarchs on Sunday!
2.       Harri Sateri was terrific with 29 saves in 3-2OTL to the IceCaps on Saturday!
3.       Taylor Doherty scored his first professional goal and added an assist in the Sharks 3-2OTL on Saturday!
Last Week: (2-0-1-0) 5pts, 3gp
Fri.          11/2       W                Worcester SHARKS 3 @ Providence Bruins 2
Sat.        11/3     OTL              St. John’s IceCaps 2 @ Worcester SHARKS 3 – OT
Sun.       11/4    SOW             Manchester Monarchs 0 @ Worcester SHARKS 1 – SO 
This week:
Fri.          11/9                           Portland Pirates @ Worcester SHARKS – 7:30pm
Sat.        11/10                        Connecticut Whale @ Worcester SHARKS – 7:00pm
Sun.       11/11                         Worcester SHARKS @ Providence Bruins – 3:05pm
Rewind the Tape:
11.2.12 – Worcester 3 – Providence 2 – W – Dunkin Donuts Center
The Worcester Sharks (3-4-0-1) kicked off their 3-in-3 weekend with their first road victory of the season in a hard fought 3-2 win over the Providence Bruins (2-5-0-0) on Friday evening in front of 7,372 fans at the Dunkin Donuts Center. The road victory was the first in 14 games for the Sharks, with their previous road win occurring back on March 3, 2012 In Providence. Alex Stalock made 32 saves in the win for Worcester. Bracken Kearns scored two power play goals and Tim Kennedy scored his 4th of the season in the victory as the two teams combined for three sets of fighting majors and 70 penalty minutes.
11.3.12 – Worcester 2 – St. John’s 3 – OTL – DCU Center
Taylor Doherty and Travis Oleksuk scored their first professional goals for the Worcester Sharks (3-4-1-1) as the Sharks dropped a 3-2 overtime heartbreaker with 12 seconds remaining to the St. John’s IceCaps (5-5-0-0) on Saturday evening in front of 2,790 fans at the DCU Center.  Harri Sateri was sharp in goal for Worcester making 29 saves in goal in the loss.
11.4.12 – Worcester 1 – Manchester 0 – SOW – DCU Center
Alex Stalock turned aside all 27 shots that he faced to pick up his first shutout of the season in the Sharks (4-4-1-1)exciting 1-0 shootout win against the Manchester Monarchs (5-2-0-1) on Sunday afternoon in front of 2,647 fans at the DCU Center. The Sharks outscored the Monarchs 3-2 in the shootout with goals scored by Jon Matsumoto, James Sheppard, and John McCarthy to secure the victory as Worcester improved to 3-1-1-0 on home ice at the DCU Center. It was the first game in Sharks history to enter the shootout in a scoreless tie. Martin Jones made38 saves for Manchester in the shootout loss for the Monarchs.
Sharks in the Atlantic: The Sharks are swimming in 2nd place with 10 points (4-4-1-1) in the Atlantic Division through 10 games, which is 1 point behind the first place Manchester Monarchs (11pts in 8gp), percentage points ahead of the 3rd place St. John’s IceCaps (10pts in 11gp), 1 point ahead of the 4th place Portland Pirates (9pts in 8gp), and 4 points ahead of the 5th place Providence Bruins (6pts in 8gp) to round out a very choppy Atlantic Division.
Coaching Milestones….
*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.  
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           1,126GP                 513 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 (15th season) in the American Hockey League. His current regular season record is now: 513-440 -49 -48-46. (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 359 of the 513 victories (70%).
*ECHL… Coach Sommer also has 176 wins in the ECHL coaching in five seasons with Roanoke Valley and Richmond.
Shark Bites:
*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.
*From east to west….. The Worcester Sharks had 9 players (11 call-ups) receive at least one call up to the San Jose Sharks last season. Overall the Worcester Sharks have had 39 different players receive at least one call up to the San Jose Sharks over the last six seasons.
*Score first… the Sharks scored FIRST 39 times in 80 games last season (29-8-1-1); and are 3-0-0-0 when scoring the first goal of the season in 2012-13.
*Streak broken – thank goodness!… the Sharks were 0-9-0-3 in their last 12 road games dating back to the end of last season before a 3-2 win over the Bruins in Providence on Nov 2. Coincidentally, the Sharks last road win prior to Friday was March 3, 2012 at Providence.
*Pro Debut: Forward Daniil Tarasov made his professional debut on Sunday 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.
*4 National Champions… The Sharks have four 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 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 two goals through 10 games this season for Worcester.
*November by the numbers… The Sharks are 2-0-1-0 (5pts in 3gp) record in November with 6 GF and 5 GA. PP is 2-13 (15.3%), opponents PP is 2-for-14 (14.3%), and the Sharks have five fighting majors in November.
*OT? The Worcester Sharks finished 12th  in the AHL with 18 games (23.6%) that went into overtime in 2012-13. The Sharks finished 4-4 in OT and 2-8 in the shootout. In 2012-13, the Sharks are 1-1 in the shootout.
*Shootout scorers…. The Sharks rank 4th in the AHL with a .444 scoring percentage (4-for-9) in the shootout led by Jon Matsumoto’s 2-for-2 performance this season.
*Leaders among us… Sebastian Stalberg is tied for 4th among AHL rookies with four goals, tied for 1st with two power play goals, and 11th in rookie points with seven (4-3-7)…. Sena Acolatse is tied for 4th among AHL defensemen with three goals.
*Nice Crowd… The Sharks had 14 crowds over 5,000 fans during the 2011-12 season, and welcomed a sellout crowd (6,659) in the home opener on Oct 20 vs. the Devils.
*1,000,000th fan… The Sharks welcomed their 1,000,000th fan through the DCU Center turnstiles on Oct 28. Currently, the Sharks have had 1,007,234 fans attend a regular season game in the 6+ years in Worcester. (4,144 average in 243 home games). The Sharks will honor an honorary 1,000,000th fan before the Sharks game on Nov 17.
*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 1-1-0-0 vs. Manchester this season with two sets of fighting majors.
*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.
*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 in the Sharks 3-2OTL to the IceCaps on Nov 3.
*First Pro Goals this season… Travis Oleksuk and Taylor Doherty each scored their first professional goals on Nov 3.
*Great first impression… Sebastian Stalberg became just the 6th Sharks player to score in his professional debut in 2011-12 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 in 2011-12 and is 2-2-1-0 in divisional games in 2012-13.
*20 goal scorers?... The Sharks have four players that have scored at least 20+ goals in a season in the AHL… John McCarthy scored 20 goals last year for Worcester, Jon Matsumoto has score 20+ goals in AHL in each of the last five seasons, Bracken Kearns has scored 20+ goals in each of the last two seasons, and Brandon Mashinter scored 22 goals with Worcester in 2009-10.
*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 this season with 21.00 penalty minutes per game this season.
*Welcome back Groulx… Defensemen Danny Groulx is back with the Sharks after spending the last two seasons in the KHL. With Worcester in 2009-10, Groulx was named the Best Defensemen in the AHL (Eddie Shore Award) and First Team AHL All-Star as he racked up 66 points (14-52-55) in 80 games. Groulx recorded his first three points (1-2-3) of the season on Oct 28 in the Sharks 5-2 win over Bridgeport.
*Stole it from Ballou… the Sharks have not scored a shorthanded goal in their last 60 games which spans 256 penalty kills. Sean Sullivan has the last shorthanded goal in a 5-2 win at Binghamton on Dec 17, 2011.
*Sherriff McLaren… Sharks tough guy Frazer McLaren ranks 1st all-time in Worcester Sharks history with 516 penalty minutes (49 FM) in 198 games. 
*Massachusetts!... the Sharks have one player that hails from Massachusetts that suited up for the team this season (John McCarthy – Andover) In addition, associate coach David Cunniff hails from South Boston.
*Hockey East Alumni!... the Worcester Sharks have five players from Hockey East Schools (Irwin – UMass-Amherst, McCarthy – BU, Reid – NU, Petrecki – BC, Stalberg – Vermont,)
*Rookies… the Sharks have dressed 7 rookies already this season. (Travis Oleksuk, Sebastian Stalberg, Matt Tennyson, Freddie Hamilton, Yanni Gourde, Mikael Tam, and Daniil Tarasov)
*I’ll take a draft… Eight Worcester Sharks players were drafted by the San Jose Sharks. (McLaren, Hamilton, Stalock, Doherty, McCarthy, Petrecki, Sateri, and Viedensky,)
*NHL Experience…. The Sharks have nine players on their roster with NHL experience led by James Sheppard with 224…. Breaking down the rest….Tim Kennedy 112, John McCarthy 51, Frazer McLaren 39, Jon Matsumoto 14, Bracken Kearns 5, Matt Pelech 5, Brandon Mashinter 13, and Alex Stalock 1.
*Franchise player?... Sharks forward Brandon Mashinter ranks in the top 10 in many of the Worcester Sharks all-time records…. Mash ranks 4th all time in goals (52), 4th in games played (213), 8th in points (104), 8th in penalty minutes (295) and 4th in fighting majors with 31…. 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).
*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.
*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 five points (1-4-5) in ten games with the Sharks this season.
*Closing in on Greiss…. Sharks netminder Alex Stalock has 63 career wins with Worcester, trailing only Thomas Greiss (74) for the most in franchise history.
*200 games… Sharks defensemen Nick Petrecki is 5th in Sharks history with 210 games played… Nick also ranks 4th in penalty minutes with 366.
*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 seven points (4-3-7) in 10 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 still playing in Niagara. Freddie picked up his first professional points with a pair of assists at the Pirates on Oct 19.
*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 two fighting majors and one goal through six games this season.
*Piling up the PIMS with Pelech… Defenseman Matt Pelech played in his 300th AHL game on Oct 20 vs. the Devils. The 6-foot-5 bruising defenseman from Toronto, ONT has accumulated 784 penalty minutes and 62 fighting majors in 301 AHL games.
*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 93 fighting majors in 243 AHL games along with 728 penalty minutes…. Jimmy has one fighting major and 7 penalty minutes through two 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 one fight (Hanson) this season through 10 games.
*Acolatse can score!..... dating back to last season, Sena has 9 goals in his last 20 game played; including three goals in 10 games this season!
*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 12 fighting majors through 10 games and raked 2nd in the AHL (Pelech 2, Kearns 2, Bonneau 1, McLaren 2, Banwell 1, Gogol 2, Mashinter 1, Acolatse 1). 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: 4-4-0-1, 10 points – 2nd in Atlantic and 6th in Eastern Conference
Win percentage: .500% - 15th in AHL  
Home Record: 3-1-1-0
Away Record: 1-3-0-1
Attendance: 16,520 through 5 games (3,304 average – 27th in AHL)
Goals Scored: 26, 2.60 goals per game, 20th in AHL
Goals Allowed: 32, 3.20 goals against per game, 21st in AHL
Shots per game: 30.10 –15th in AHL
Shots allowed per game: 28.60 – 7th in AHL
Score 1st: 3-0-0-0 when scoring first (1.000%)
1 goal games: 2-0-1-1 in one goal games
PP: 17.3%, 17th in AHL (9-52)
PK: 81.0%, 17th in AHL (8-42)
SHG – 0 shorthanded goals scored
SHGA – 3 shorthanded goals allowed
PIMS – 21.00 penalty minutes per game, 8th in AHL
Fighting Majors: 12– 2nd in AHL
OT Games – 2 – (0-0 record in OT)
SO Games – 2 – (1-1 record in SO)
Roster Players – the Sharks have used 27 players this season
Goalies – the Sharks have used 2 goaltenders this season
Players receiving call-ups to San Jose – 0
NHL debuts – 0 Worcester players made their NHL debuts this season
Call-ups to San Jose – 0 different call-ups to San Jose this season
Coming and goings from the Shark Tank:
DEL Released from PTO
Top Worcester Sharks:
o Goals                                    Kennedy and Stalberg (4)
o Game Winners                   Kearns, Groulx, and Gogol (1)
o Assists                                  Irwin, Kearns, and Kennedy (5)
o Points                                   Kennedy (4-5-9)
o Power play Points              Acolatse and Kennedy (1-3-4)
o Shots                                    Stalberg (30 shots)
o PIM                                       McLaren (26)
o Fighting Pen.                       Pelech, Kearns, and McLaren (2)
o Plus/Minus                          Livingston and Gogol (+1)
o Wins                                     Stalock (4)
o G.A.A.                                   Stalock (2.53)
o Save %                                  Stalock (.909)
o Shutouts                             Stalock (1)
Sharks in the ECHL:
The San Francisco Bulls are 2-6-0-2 (6pts in 10gp) and currently in 5th place in the Pacific Division.
Sharks players under an AHL contract currently playing in Bakersfield include:
G Taylor Nelson (1-2-1 record) with a 3.88 GAA and a .856 save %
G Thomas Heemskerk (1-4-1 record) with a 3.99 GAA and a .892 save %
Week ahead for the Bulls:
Wed. Nov 7 at 10pm (EST) at Ontario
Fri. Nov 9 at 10:15pm (EST) vs. Stockton
Sat. Nov 10 at 10:15pm (EST) vs. Ontario
Coming Up for the Worcester Sharks:
The Sharks are getting geared up for their 3rd straight 3-in-3 weekend of the 2012-13 season!
On Friday, kick off the weekend with a $2-$2-$2 Friday ($2 hot dogs, popcorn, and soda) as the Sharks host the Portland Pirates at 7:30pm. College student tickets are only $9 on Fridays with a valid student ID!
On Saturday, the Sharks host the Connecticut Whale at 7pm. The first 2,000 fans will receive a Worcester Sharks movie poster “The Usual Suspects” presented by WTAG featuring Alex Stalock, Matt Irwin, Frazer McLaren, Brandon Mashinter, and John McCarthy!
On Sunday, the Sharks travel to Providence  to battle the Bruins at 3:05pm.
Score a family fun pack today for only $79! 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! Click HERE to purchase today!
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