Stalock sharp heading into weekend
Stalock sensational in five point weekend for Sharks
By Matt Metcalf
Worcester Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock, a fourth round pick by San Jose in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, won both games that he started this past weekend, stopping 59 of 61 shots that he faced which is good for a .967 save percentage.
The former University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldog looks to be back to the form he was in during the 2009-10 season, in which Stalock posted a 39-19-2 record with a 2.63 goals against average and a .908 save percentage, capturing rookie of the year honors. He picked up his first career NHL victory on February 1, 2011 in a 5-3 San Jose win against the Phoenix Coyotes.
In Stalock’s last four starts since surrendering seven goals in Lewiston to the Portland Pirates, he has a 4-0-0-0 record with a .947 save percentage and 1.48 goals against average in his last five outings.
His most recent victories came this past weekend in Providence against the Bruins and at home against the Manchester Monarchs. In Providence, Stalock sent Bruins fans home disappointed, stopping 32 of 34 shots for a 3-2 win on Friday night. In Sunday’s game, Stalock stopped all of Manchester’s 27 shots, including three of five in the shootout, to pick up a 1-0 shutout win.
“We started off a little slow,” Stalock said. “Things are coming together now. Our special teams are starting to look better and we got a much needed shutout win which was good. That will give us some confidence. It was a great weekend for us getting five out of six points. We’ll take that any weekend.”
These victories were Stalock’s 62nd and 63rd wins as a member of the Sharks. Additionally, Stalock’s shutout on Sunday was his first of the season.
Worcester’s goaltenders were collectively solid on the weekend. In addition to Stalock’s two wins, Harri Sateri played a solid game Saturday night, stopping 29 of St. John’s 32 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss.
The Sharks goaltending is looking strong heading into another three game weekend. The Sharks will host the Portland Pirates and the Connecticut Whale at home Friday and Saturday night, before heading to Providence for an afternoon game on Sunday.