Turkey Weekend Preview

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Sharks swim into busy holiday weekend in 1st place in the Atlantic!
By Andrew Nawn

The Worcester Sharks will look to continue to build on their Atlantic Division lead and continue their November success, when they travel to Manchester to take on the Monarchs to begin a 3 game weekend. Worcester (7-6-1-1) has 16 points in 15 games played, will come into Friday’s game one point ahead of Manchester for the Atlantic Division lead and are (1-1-0-0) so far in the 12 game season series verse the Monarchs. After traveling to Manchester, the Sharks will host back to back home games, as they take on another Atlantic Divisional foe in the Portland Pirates (6-6-1-1) on Saturday at 7pm and face the Syracuse Crunch (10-2-1-1) for the first time this season on Sunday at 3pm.

Here are the ways you can listen or watch the game if you can’t make the trip to the rink:

All 76 regular season games can be heard live on 580AM and 94.9FM WTAG or online at www.wtag.com. Email Sharks broadcaster Eric Lindquist at radio@Sharksahl.com to send questions or a special shout out!

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A look at the Monarchs…
Manchester currently sits in second place in the Atlantic Division and seventh in the Eastern Conference with 15 points (7-6-0-1), trailing Worcester by one point for the Atlantic Division lead, after losing to Providence 3-2 on Nov. 16th and Bridgeport 4-0 on Nov. 17th. The Monarchs have been one of the stingier teams defensively in the AHL, as they are allowing 27.93 shots per game, allowing just 2.29 goals per game, good for third in the entire league.

Monarchs to look for…
Manchester has always been known for their solid goaltending and this year is no difference with Martin Jones between the pipes. Jones is (6-5-0-1) on the season, but don’t let his subpar record fool you as he has posted an impressive stat line of allowing 2.20 goals against per game, a .920 save percentage, and 3 shutouts which is tied for second among all goalies in the AHL. Monarch’s tough guy Richard Clune finds himself as the team leader with 47 PIM and 7 fighting majors this season, with one coming against Worcester’s Bracken Kearns on Nov. 4th. The team is offensively led by Brandon Kozun who has registered 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists) in 14 games played this season.

A look at the Pirates…

Portland comes into this matchup (1-2-0-0) verse Worcester this season in their 12 game season series and will be playing the Sharks for a third consecutive week. The Pirates are (6-6-1-1) with 14 points in 14 games, good for 3rd in the Atlantic and 8th in the Eastern Conference. They are coming off a split weekend in which they were victorious verse Connecticut 2-1 on Nov.16 and lost to Providence 2-1 on Nov.17. Portland’s offense has been very dynamic with the team scoring 3.29 goals per game and have benefited from having two forwards who are averaging at least a point per game in Alexandre Bolduc and Chris Conner.

Pirates to look for…
Portland’s offensive success this season has been a result of two forwards, Alexandre Bolduc and Chris Conner, who are both averaging at least a point per game. Bolduc has collected 14 points (9 goals, 5 assists) in 14 games, leading the Pirates in goals and points, and is looking to be having a career year so far with his highest point total being 37 points (18 goals, 19 assists) back in the 2007-08 season with the Manitoba Moose. Chris Conner has tallied 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists) in 11 games and leads the teams in assists.

A look at the Crunch…

This will be Syracuse’s only trip up to the DCU Center as well as their first game verse an Atlantic Division opponent. The Crunch sit atop the East Division and also find themselves tied atop the Eastern Conference with 22 points and a (10-2-1-1) record in 14 games this season. Syracuse is coming off of a successful 3 in 3 weekend with two wins verse Hershey, 6-1 on Nov. 16th, 5-3 on Nov. 18th and a 5-2 win verse Adirondack on Nov. 17th. The Crunch have been one of the more balanced teams in the AHL by leading the league in not only goals per game with 3.86 but also in shots allowed with only 23.93 shots reaching the net per game. Syracuse is one of the toughest teams in the AHL as well, leading the league in total penalty minutes with 378 PIM.

Crunch to look for…
Syracuse’s dangerous and potent offense is led by last year’s Dudley “Red” Garret Memorial Award winner (AHL rookie of the year) and Les Cunningham Award winner (AHL regular season MVP) Cory Conacher, who seems to be continuing last year’s success by collecting 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists) in 14 games so far this season. Conacher’s solid play has resulted in Syracuse’s Tyler Johnson being a benefactor, leading the team with 10 goals, good for 4th among AHL skaters, and compiling 15 points in 14 games this season.

Shark Bites…

When the Sharks travel to Manchester they will look to extend their 3 game road win streak, the longest road win streak since their 5 game streak on December 17, 2011.

Brodie Reid scored his first goal of the season in his season debut in the Sharks 2-1 loss to the Connecticut Whale on Nov. 17th.

Trouble in the first period….. Worcester is tied with Milwaukee and Portland for highest amount of goals allowed in the first period with 17.

Shark’s goaltender Alex Stalock is tied for 3rd in the AHL with 7 victories this season.

Matt Pelech has been the main enforcer on the blue line, as he leads the team in PIM with 48.

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