First place Sharks continue bite on the road

Worcester Sharks Weekly Release
Week of December 10, 2012


First place Sharks continue bite on the road

Worcester has 12-8-1-2 record with 27pts on top of Atlantic Division

Shark Snap Shot:
The Worcester Sharks (12-8-1-2, 27pts) chomped three of a possible four points last weekend to secure the top spot in the Atlantic Division. After a rare Friday night off, the Sharks grabbed a point in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Providence Bruins in front of a sellout crowd at the DCU Center in Worcester on Saturday. In a battle for first place on Sunday, the Sharks came from behind for an AHL leading 5th time this season in a 3-2 win at Manchester to close out the weekend 1-0-0-1.

The Worcester Sharks player of the week nominee was forward Brodie Reid. The 2nd year pro had three points (2-1-3), a GWG, and fired six shots on net to lead the way offensively for Worcester in two games last week.

More than a few things to know….
• The Sharks are currently in 1st place (12-8-1-2, 27pts) in the Atlantic Division and 3rd place overall in the Eastern Conference.
• Worcester is 3-0-0-1 in the month of December.
• The Sharks will play their 500th game in franchise history on Wednesday night vs. the Whale in Hartford.
• The Sharks welcomed their 2nd largest crowd of the season on Saturday with 6,621 fans at the DCU Center as they witnessed the Sharks 3-2 shootout loss to the Bruins.
• The Sharks have won seven of their last eight road games (7-1-0-0).
• The Sharks lead the AHL with 5 wins when trailing after 40 minutes of play this season (5-6-0-1).
• Tim Kennedy ranks 3rd in the AHL with 26 points (12-14-26) and currently has an eight game point streak (7-7-14).
• Goaltender Harri Sateri has a personal four game winning streak (4-0-0).
• Coach Roy Sommer currently ranks 4th in the AHL with 521 wins in his career (15th season) and 3rd in games coached in the AHL with 1139.
• Worcester has played an AHL high 8 overtime games this season and are tied for 1st in the AHL with four shootout victories.
• James Sheppard is tied for 1st in the AHL with four goals in the shootout this season (4-for-6).
• The Sharks head to Connecticut to face the Whale on Wednesday and then travel to Hersey to battle the Bears on Saturday. The Sharks return home on Sunday to square off against the Pirates on Sunday at 3pm as Boston Garden Legend Rene Rancourt will sing the national anthem and Sam James from the VOICE will perform during the first intermission.

Top 3… Last Week!
1. Brodie Reid scored the game winning goal and added an assist in the Sharks 3-2 win at Manchester on Sunday!
2. Tim Kennedy extended his point streak to eight games with a goal and an assist in the Sharks 3-2 win at Manchester on Sunday!
3. Travis Oleksuk scored his 2nd goal of the season and fired three shots in Worcester’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Bruins on Saturday!

Last Week: (1-0-0-1) 3pts, 2gp
Sat. 12/8 SOL Providence Bruins 3 @ Worcester SHARKS 2
Sun. 12/9 W Worcester SHARKS 3 @ Manchester Monarchs 2

This week:
Wed. 12/12 Worcester SHARKS @ Connecticut Whale – 7:00pm
Sat. 12/15 Worcester SHARKS @ Hershey Bears – 7:00pm
Sun. 12/16 Portland Pirates @ Worcester SHARKS – 3:00pm

Rewind the Tape:
12.8.12 – Worcester 2 – Providence 3 – SOL – DCU Center
The Worcester Sharks (11-8-1-2, 25pts) picked up a point, but fell short in a shootout in a 3-2 loss against divisional foe the Providence Bruins (10-8-0-2, 22pts) in front of 6,621 fans at the DCU Center on Saturday night on Matt Irwin Bobblehead Night. Tim Kennedy extended his point streak to seven games (6-6-12) with an assist on Brodie Reid’s (3rd) third period power play goal. Reid and Travis Oleksuk (2nd) provided the goals for the Sharks in the shootout loss. Stalock was solid in net once again, stopping 28 of 30 Bruins shots that he faced.

12.9.12 – Worcester 3 – Manchester 2 – W – Verizon Wireless Arena
The Worcester Sharks (12-8-1-2, 27pts) scored the only two goals in the third period in another exciting come from behind 3-2 victory over the Manchester Monarchs (11-10-2-1, 25pts) on Sunday afternoon in front of 4,386 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena. With the victory, the Sharks moved into sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division. Tim Kennedy extended his point streak to eight games (7-7-14) with his team leading 12th goal and an assist while Brodie Reid scored the game winner at 11:56 of the third period. Harri Sateri grabbed his 4th straight win in net for Worcester with 21 saves in goal including a breakaway save on Tanner Pearson early in the third period when the Sharks were down 2-1. The Sharks won for an AHL leading 5th time this season when trailing after 40 minutes of play as Worcester won for the 7th time in their last eight road games.

Sharks in the Atlantic:

ATLANTIC GP W L OTL SOL PTS PCT GF GA PIM HOME ROAD LAST TEN STREAK S/O
1. Worcester 23 12 8 1 2 27 0.587 65 70 534 5-4-1-1 7-4-0-1 6-3-0-1 3-0-0-1 4-2
2. Providence 22 12 8 0 2 26 0.591 53 61 399 6-4-0-2 6-4-0-0 7-2-0-1 5-0-0-1 3-2
3. Manchester 24 11 10 2 1 25 0.521 68 61 368 6-7-2-0 5-3-0-1 4-4-2-0 0-1-0-0 1-1
4. Portland 23 11 10 1 1 24 0.522 72 78 555 5-4-0-0 6-6-1-1 5-5-0-0 1-0-0-0 1-1
5. St. John's 24 11 12 0 1 23 0.479 58 69 329 6-7-0-1 5-5-0-0 4-5-0-1 0-3-0-0 1-1

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.

AHL COACHING WINS – ALL-TIME
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 1,139GP 521 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: 521-444 -49 -48-47. (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 366 of the 521 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…. Jimmy Bonneau has also worn the “A” this season.

*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.

*December by the numbers…. The Sharks are 3-0-0-1 (7pts in 4gp) in December with 12 GF and 10 GA. PP is 3-21 (14.2%), opponents PP is 3-19 (15.8%), and the Sharks have 5 fighting majors this month.

*Streakers… the Sharks have points in four straight games (3-0-0-1)…. Tim Kennedy has an eight game point streak (7-7-14)….Brodie Reid has a two game point streak (2-1-3)…. Harri Sateri has a four game winning streak (4-0-0).

*Score first… the Sharks have scored FIRST 9 times in 23 games last season with a 6-2-0-1 record in those games. (Tim Kennedy 4, Yanni Gourde 1, John McCarthy 1, Brodie Reid 2, Travis Oleksuk 1 )

*AHL Player of the Week!.... for the 3rd time in franchise history the Sharks had the AHL’s player of the week awarded on Dec 3 . Tim Kennedy was named the AHL’s POW (joining Thomas Greiss and Tommy Wingels) after posting five goals (5-0-5), +5, and a shootout score in three games for the Sharks. Kennedy is currently riding an 8 game point streak (7-7-14) and currently ranks 3rd in the AHL with 26 points.

*Road Warriors! Worcester has won seven of their last eight road games (7-1-0-0) dating back to Nov 2 at Providence.

*Pro Debut: Forward Daniil Tarasov made his professional debut on Nov 4 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. Tarasov is currently on loan to San Francisco in the ECHL where he has 9 points (2-7-9) in eight games.

*5 National Champions… The Sharks have five 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 and Mike Brennan 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 three goals through 18 games this season for Worcester.

*OT? The Worcester Sharks have played an AHL high eight games in OT this season with a .625 point % in those games. The Sharks are 1-1 in overtime and 4-2 in the shootout.

*Keeping your hat on (Thanks Ballou)… Worcester has gone 206 games since one of its players recorded a hat trick. That is easily the longest active streak in the AHL. The Sharks’ last hat trick belongs to Dan DaSilva, who scored three times in Portland during a 5-2 Worcester victory up there on Feb. 14, 2010. No Worcester player has recorded a hat trick on home ice in more than three years, or since P.J. Fenton had one on Feb. 28, 2009 in the Sharks’ 7-3 victory over Springfield. The home-ice drought has lasted for 137 games. In the meantime, Worcester has had 42 two-goal games, including five each by Benn Ferriero, Brandon Mashinter and T.J. Trevelyan. In all, Worcester players have recorded hat tricks only seven times in the franchise’s 499 games. The Sharks are 7-0 in those games and 1-11-3 in the 15 games in which the opposition has had a hat trick.

*Shootout scorers…. The Sharks rank 10th in the AHL with a .345 scoring percentage (10-for-29) in the shootout. (McCarthy 2-for-4, Sheppard 4-for-6, Matsumoto 2-for-5, Tim Kennedy 1-for-5, Sebastian Stalberg 0-for-2, Travis Oleksuk 0-for-3, Brandon Mashinter 1-for-2, Brodie Reid 0-for-2)… Sheppard leads the AHL with 4 shootout goals and 2 game winning shootout goals this season.

*Leaders among us… Tim Kennedy ranks 3rd in the AHL with 26 points (12-14-26) and 2nd in shooting percentage (29.3%)….James Sheppard leads the AHL with four shootout goals and two game winning shootout goals… Alex Stalock ranks 19th in AHL with a 2.56 GAA…Sena Acolatse ranks 14th among AHL defensemen with 15 points (4-11-15)… Matt Pelech ranks 1st among AHL defensemen with 100 penalty minutes.

*Nice Crowd… The Sharks have welcomed three crowds over 5,000 fans during the 2012-13 season (6,659 on Oct 20 - 5,098 on Nov 17 - 6,621 on Deb 8)

*1,000,000th fan… The Sharks welcomed their 1,000,000th fan (season ticket holder Peter West) through the DCU Center turnstiles on Oct 28. Currently, the Sharks have had 1,030,077 fans attend a regular season game in the 6+ years in Worcester. (4,139 average in 249 home games).

*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 3-1-0-0 vs. Manchester this season with four sets of fighting majors.

*Sharks/Pirates Rivalry… the Sharks and the Pirates had a bench clearing brawl in Portland on April 7, 2012 after the 12th and final meeting between the two teams. The bad blood has carried over this season with the Sharks holding a 3-2-0-0 advantage so far in the season series that has seen 25 fighting majors penalties and 309 total penalty minutes (151 WOR, 158 POR). The two teams combined for 15 fighting majors and 143 penalty minutes in a 5-1 Sharks victory on Nov 24 at the DCU Center. The two teams meet again on Dec 16 at the DCU Center.

*Crazy 8’s – the Sharks set a home ice Worcester hockey record with eight fighting majors vs. the Pirates in a 5-1 win on Nov 24 at the DCU center.

*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 and added an assist 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… Freddie Hamilton scored his first on Nov 9.

*Sharks in the Atlantic… Worcester is 9-3-1-1 in divisional games in 2012-13 – best record within the division.

*Super Sunday…. the Sharks are 5-1-0-0 on Sunday afternoons this season.

*Not too super Saturday… the Sharks are 2-4-1-2 on Saturday’s this season.

*3rd period Road Heroes… Worcester is 5-6-0-1 when trailing after two periods of play this season. (5 wins most in AHL).

*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 5th with 23.22 penalty minutes per game this season and 3rd with 32 fighting majors.

*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 has 8 points (2-6-8) in 16 games this season.

*Yanni scores shorthanded…. Finally!... Sharks rookie forward Yanni Gourde scored the first Sharks shorthanded goal of the season on Dec 2 in Providence. The Sharks had not scored a shorthanded goal in their previous 70 games spanning 306 shorthanded opportunities.

*Sherriff McLaren… Sharks tough guy Frazer McLaren ranks 1st all-time in Worcester Sharks history with 531 penalty minutes (52 FM) in 2053 games.

*Tennyson chipping in… rookie defenseman Matt Tennyson has been impressive from the blue line this season! The Minneapolis, MN native and former SJ Jr. Shark has nine points (1-8-9) through 22 games this season and ranks 8th on the Sharks in total points.

*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 six players from Hockey East Schools (Irwin – UMass-Amherst, McCarthy – BU, Reid – NU, Petrecki and Brennan – BC, Stalberg – Vermont,)

*BC leading the way…. The Sharks signed BC alum Mike Brennan to a PTO on Nov 27. Brennan became the 5th former BC defensemen and 6th player overall that has suited up for the Sharks over the last seven seasons.

*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 (53), 2nd in games played (225), 8th in points (107), 6th in penalty minutes (311) and 4th in fighting majors with 33…. 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).

*50 saves… Harri Sateri made an AHL high 50 saves in the Sharks 3-2SOW at Providence on Dec 2. Sateri also went 5-for-5 in the shootout in the victory. The 50 saves was the 2nd most ever by a Sharks netminder. Thomas Greiss holds the record with 51 saves in a 4-1 win vs. Hartford on April 6, 2007.

*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 10 points (3-8-11) and an AHL high 4 shootout goals in 21 games with the Sharks this season.

*Closing in on Greiss…. Sharks netminder Alex Stalock has 67 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. Nick has misses the last 13 games due to injury.

*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 9 points (5-4-9) in 21 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 has 8 points (3-5-8) in 23 games this season.

*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 4 fighting majors, 74 penalty minutes, and 3 goals through 17 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 862 penalty minutes and 66 fighting majors in 311 AHL games. “Pelly” leads the Sharks with 100 penalty minutes this season in 15 games. Pelech has been suspended twice by the AHL this season totaling 7 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 95 fighting majors in 248 AHL games along with 738 penalty minutes…. Jimmy has 3 fighting majors and 17 penalty minutes through 7 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 3 fights (Hanson, Lane, Louis) this season through 23 games.

*Acolatse can score!..... Dating back to last season, Sena has 10 goals in his last 33 game played; including four goals in 23 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 32 fighting majors through 23 games and rank 3rd in the AHL (Pelech 6, Kearns 3, Bonneau 3, McLaren 5, Banwell 1, Gogol 4, Mashinter 3, Acolatse 3, Reid 1, Gourde 1, Brennan 1, Livingston 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: 12-8-1-2, 27 points – 1st in Atlantic and 3rd in Eastern Conference
Win percentage: .587% - 9th in AHL
Home Record: 5-4-1-1
Away Record: 7-4-0-1
Attendance: 39,363 through 11 games (3,578 average)
Goals Scored: 65, 2.83 goals per game, 19th in AHL
Goals Allowed: 70, 3.04 goals against per game, 21st in AHL
Shots per game: 30.70 –13th in AHL
Shots allowed per game: 30.61 – 16th in AHL
Score 1st: 6-2-0-1 when scoring first (.722%)
1 goal games: 7-2-1-2 in one goal games
PP: 16.9%, 12th in AHL (20-118)
PK: 80.4%, 25th in AHL (20-102)
SHG – 1 shorthanded goals scored
SHGA – 3 shorthanded goals allowed
PIMS – 23.22 penalty minutes per game, 5th in AHL
Fighting Majors: 32– 3th in AHL
OT Games – 8 – (1-1 record in OT) – Hamilton OTG
SO Games – 6 – (4-2 record in SO)
Roster Players – the Sharks have used 29 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:
No movement last week

Top Worcester Sharks:
o Goals Kennedy (12)
o Game Winners Groulx and Hamilton (2)
o Assists Kennedy (14)
o Points Kennedy (12-14-26)
o Power play Points Kennedy (4-8-12)
o Shots Irwin (63 shots)
o PIM Pelech (100)
o Fighting Pen. Pelech (6)
o Plus/Minus Kennedy (+5)
o Wins Stalock (8)
o G.A.A. Stalock (2.56)
o Save % Stalock (.913)
o Shutouts Stalock (1)

Sharks in the ECHL:
The San Francisco Bulls are 9-14-1-2 (21pts in 26gp) and currently in 3rd place in the Pacific Division.

Sharks players under an AHL contract currently playing in San Francisco include:
• G Taylor Nelson (1-4-1 record) with a 4.70 GAA and a .839 save %.
• G Thomas Heemskerk (8-10-1 record) with a 3.43 GAA and a .896 save %.
• F Marek Viedensky has 14 points (6-8-14) in 12 games played.
• F Daniil Tarasov has 9 points (2-7-9) in 8 games played.


Week ahead for the Bulls:
• Thu. Dec 13 at 10:15pm (EST) vs. Stockton
• Fri. Dec 14 at 10:00pm (EST) at Ontario
• Sat. Dec 15 at 10:00pm (EST) at Bakersfield

Coming Up for the Worcester Sharks:
The Sharks travel to Hartford, CT on Wednesday to battle the Whale at 7pm in the Sharks 500th game as a franchise.

After a road game in Hersey, PA on Saturday night, the Sharks return home to host the Portland Pirates on Sunday, December 16 at 3pm. Boston Garden legend Rene Rancourt is singing the national anthem and signing autographs and Sam James from the VOICE is performing during the first intermission! Also, it will be another $5 KIDS Sunday, as kid’s tickets are just $5 with a purchase of a full price adult ticket.

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