Acolatse looking to continue his hot start

Acolatse looking to continue his hot start
By Matt Metcalf
Sena Acolatse has done it all so far this season for the Sharks; score goals, make plays, play solid defense, lay big hits, and fight. After a rookie season in which he posted 21 points in 65 games, he is looking poised to have a solid sophomore campaign, already compiling four goals and four assists for eight points in 13 games. After getting his rookie season out of the way, Acolatse’s level of comfortability looks much higher this season, showing confidence in his ability to shoot the puck and make plays for his teammates.
“I definitely feel like I have more responsibility this year,” Acolatse said. “I know what to expect now and I’m not as nervous as last year. I feel more comfortable and now I can just relax and play my game.”
Acolatse has been the definition of an offensive defenseman for the Sharks, jumping up into the rush whenever he can as a scoring threat and having the ability to score from anywhere on the ice on the power play. He has notched five points on the power play already this season, with two goals and three assists. Acolatse, the winner of the hardest shot in the WHL in 2010, likes to use his shot to his advantage whenever he can on the power play.
“On the power play the coaches just want me to keep it simple,” Acolatse said. “They just want me to move pucks quick and get shots through. That’s just what I’ve been trying to do. If I don’t have anything I just try to set up Danny (Groulx) for a shot.”
Even though he’s a main point producer for the Sharks, Acolatse isn’t afraid to mix it up, picking up his eighth career fighting major this season against the Providence Bruin’s Christian Hanson, after Hanson took a run at a Sharks player. He was also named the toughest player in the WHL in 2010, along with his hardest shot title.
“I’m not afraid to mix it up and I’ll do it if I have to,” Acolatse said. “If it’ll get the guys fired up, I have no problem doing it. At the same time, I’m not going to go out of my way to fight a heavyweight or anything like that.”
Acolatse is embracing his new role with the team this year and has been a big part of the team’s recent success.
Come watch Acolatse and the Sharks this Saturday night, as they host the Connecticut Whale at 7pm at the DCU Center!

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