Sharks have won 4 of 5 heading into busy week

Worcester Sharks Weekly Release
Week of January 7, 2013

Sharks have won 4 of 5 heading into busy week

Worcester plays four games this week including two games this weekend at the DCU Center

Shark Snap Shot:
The Worcester Sharks (18-12-1-2, 39pts) chomped four of a possible six points in three games last week. The Sharks finished 2012 with an exciting 3-2 win in Manchester on Monday to kick off a four game road trip. After a tough 3-0 loss in Wilkes-Barre Scranton on Saturday, the Sharks rebounded with a close 2-1 victory in Hershey on Sunday! The Sharks finished the three game work week with a 2-1-0-0 record and have now won four of their last five games. Worcester is 2-1-0-0 on their four game road swing which concludes on Tuesday night at 7pm in Portland.

The Worcester Sharks player of the week nominee is forward Jon Matsumoto. Jon finished the three games with three points (2-1-3) and his team leading 3rd game winning goal of the season in Hershey on Sunday.

More than a few things to know….
• The Sharks are currently in 2nd place (18-12-1-2, 39pts) in the Atlantic Division and 5th place overall in the Eastern Conference.
• Worcester finished with an 8-3-0-1 in the month of December.
• The Sharks finished the 2012 calendar year with a 32-35-9 record.
• The Sharks are 1-1-0-0 in two games in the month of January.
• The Sharks have won 11 of their last 15 road games (11-4-0-0) and are 2-1-0-0 on their four game road trip which concludes on Tuesday night in Portland.
• Worcester has a 13-5-1-1 record vs. the Atlantic Division this season.
• The Sharks lead the AHL with 6 wins when trailing after 40 minutes of play this season (6-8-0-1). In addition the Sharks are 6-2-0-1 when tied after 40 minutes of play.
• Worcester had played in 13 straight games decided by a single goal (8-4-0-1) before a 3-0 loss to the Penguins on Jan 5.
• Leading scorer Tim Kennedy has 30 points (12-18-30) in 31 games but has missed the last two games due to injury.
• The Sharks have allowed just one power play goal in the last six games and have killed off 24-of-25 penalties during that span.
• Coach Roy Sommer currently ranks 4th in the AHL with 527 wins in his career (15th season) and 3rd in games coached in the AHL with 1149.
• Worcester has played 9 overtime games this season (6th most in AHL) and leads the AHL with 5 shootout victories.
• Goaltender Alex Stalock picked up his 71st win as a member of the Worcester Sharks on Sunday at Hershey. Stalock trails the franchise win leader Thomas Greiss by just three wins.
• James Sheppard is tied for 1st in the AHL with four goals in the shootout this season (4-for-7)… Sheppard also is riding a hot streak with 10 points (5-5-10) in his last nine games.
• The Sharks finish a four game road trip with a 7pm start in Portland on Tuesday, return home to host the Falcons on Friday at 7:30pm, travel to Albany to battle the Devils at 5pm on Saturday, and host the Pirates on Sunday at 3pm.

Top 3… Last Week!
1. Alex Stalock stood on his head and made 30 saves in the Sharks 2-1 win over Hershey on Sunday!
2. Captain John McCarthy scored the game winner with 66 seconds remaining in the Sharks 3-2 win at Manchester on Monday!
3. Harri Sateri made 35 saves in a 3-2 win over the Monarchs in Manchester on Monday!

Last Week: (2-1-0-0) 4pts, 3gp
Mon. 12/31 W Worcester SHARKS 3 @ Manchester Monarchs 2
Sat. 1/5 L Worcester SHARKS 0 @ Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins 3
Sun. 1/6 W Worcester SHARKS 2 @ Hershey Bears 1

This week:
Tue. 1/8 Worcester SHARKS @ Portland Pirates – 7pm
Fri. 1/11 Springfield Falcons @ Worcester SHARKS – 7:30pm
Sat. 1/12 Worcester SHARKS @ Albany Devils – 5pm
Sun. 1/13 Portland Pirates @ Worcester SHARKS – 3pm

Rewind the Tape:
12.31.12 – Worcester 3 – Manchester 2 – W – Verizon Wireless Arena
The Worcester Sharks (17-11-1-2, 37pts), in their 13th straight one goal game (8-4-0-1), defeated the Manchester Monarchs (14-15-2-2, 32pts) 3-2 on Monday evening in front of 9,051 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena. With the win, the Sharks finished the calendar year 2012 with a 32-35-9 record (thanks Bill Ballou). Jon Matsumoto (8th) extended his point streak (2-2-4) to three games in the Shark’s 3-2 victory. Harri Sateri was awesome in net, stopping 35 of 37 Manchester shots, including 12 in the third period, to secure the win for Worcester. Captain John McCarthy scored with 66 seconds remaining for the game winner and Freddie Hamilton scored his first professional goal for Worcester as the Sharks grabbed their first three game win streak of the season.

1.5.13 – Worcester 0 – Wilkes-Barre Scranton 3 – L – Mohegan Sun Arena
The Worcester Sharks (17-12-1-2, 37pts) fell 3-0 to the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (15-15-2-1, 33pts) on Saturday evening in front of 5,884 fans at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Brad Thiessen made 30 saves for the Penguins as Worcester was shutout for the first time since the home opener 4-0 to the Devils on Oct 20. Harri Sateri made 17 in the loss as the Sharks streak of 13 straight games decided by a single goal came to an end in the 3-0 loss.

1.6.13 – Worcester 2 – Hershey 1 – W – Giant Center
The Worcester Sharks (18-12-1-2, 39pts) battled out a 2-1 win over the Hershey Bears (16-16-1-1, 34pts) on Sunday evening in front of 10,168 fans at the Giant Center. The Sharks are now 2-1-0-0 on their four game road trip which concludes Tuesday night at Portland vs. the Pirates. Alex Stalock made 30 saves in net for Worcester and Jon Matsumoto (9th) continued his success against the Bears with a goal and an assist including the game winner. Matt Tennyson (3rd) added a power play goal and James Sheppard added two assists in the victory.

Sharks in the Atlantic:
The Sharks (18-12-1-2, 39pts in 33gp) are currently in 2nd place in the Atlantic Division; which is three points behind the 1st place Pirates (42pts in 34gp) and three points ahead the 3rd place Bruins (36pts in 32gp). The Sharks also have a three point edge over the 4th place Monarchs (36pts in 35gp) and a seven point lead over the 5th place IceCaps (32pts in 36gp) 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 1,149GP 527WINS

*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: 527-448 -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 372 of the 527 victories (71%).

*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 finished with an 8-3-0-1 (17pts in 12gp) in December with 33 GF and 29 GA. PP was 10-57 (17.5%), opponents PP was 9-59 (15.3%), and the Sharks had 13 fighting majors in December.

*January by the numbers… The Sharks are 1-1-0-0 (2pts in 2gp) in January with 2 GF and 4 GA. PP is 1-9 (11.1%), opponents PP is 0-9 (0.0%) and the Sharks have one fighting major this month.

*Streakers… no current streakers for Worcester.

*PK looking good of late…. The Sharks have allowed just one power play goal against in the last six games killing off 24 of the last 25 power plays (96%)

*Score first… the Sharks have scored FIRST 16 times in 33 games last season with a 10-5-0-1 record in those games. (Tim Kennedy 4, Yanni Gourde 1, John McCarthy 1, Brodie Reid 2, Travis Oleksuk 1, Matt Tennyson 2, Jon Matsumoto 2, James Livingston 2, and James Sheppard 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 currently leads the Sharks with 30 points (12-18-30) but has missed the last two games due to injury.

*Road Warriors! Worcester has won 11 of their last 15 road games (11-4-0-0) 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 14 points (3-11-14) in 17 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 9 goals through 27 games this season for Worcester and current leads the team with three game winning goals.

*OT? The Worcester Sharks have played nine games in OT this season with a .667 point % in those games. The Sharks are 1-1 in overtime and 5-2 in the shootout.

*Keeping your hat on (Thanks Ballou)… Worcester has gone 216 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 139 games. In the meantime, Worcester has had 43 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 509 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 11th in the AHL with a .324 scoring percentage (11-for-34) in the shootout. (McCarthy 2-for-4, Sheppard 4-for-7, Matsumoto 3-for-6, Tim Kennedy 1-for-6, Sebastian Stalberg 0-for-2, Travis Oleksuk 0-for-4, Brandon Mashinter 1-for-2, Brodie Reid 0-for-3)… Sheppard leads the AHL with 4 shootout goals and 2 game winning shootout goals this season.

*Leaders among us… James Sheppard leads the AHL with four shootout goals and two game winning shootout goals… Matt Tennyson is 3rd among AHL rookies with 10 power play assists…Matt Pelech ranks 2nd among AHL defensemen with 121 penalty minutes.

*Nice Crowd… The Sharks have welcomed five 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, 5,008 on Dec 28, and 6,503 on Dec 29)

*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 1,045,253 fans attend a regular season game in the 6+ years in Worcester. (4,147 average in 252 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 5-2-0-0 vs. Manchester this season with seven sets of fighting majors. The two teams battle on Jan 18 at the DCU Center.

*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 3-3-0-0 record so far in the season series that has seen 25 fighting majors penalties and 327 total penalty minutes (161 WOR, 166 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 Jan 8 at Portland.

*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. Doherty has missed the last 13 games with a lower body injury.

*Penalty Shot!.... Brandon Mashinter was denied on a penalty shot late in the 3rd period at Hershey on Dec 15 as Braden Holtby made the save… the Sharks are 3-for-10 in penalty shot situations in franchise history with Mash as the only player ever to take more than one (0-for-2).

*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 13-5-1-1 in divisional games in 2012-13 – best record within the division.

*Super Sunday…. the Sharks are 6-2-0-0 on Sunday afternoons this season and perfect on the road 4-0-0-0!

*3rd period Heroes… Worcester is 6-8-0-1 when trailing after two periods of play this season. (6 wins most in AHL)…. the Sharks were 5-44-4-7 in that situation the last two seasons combined.

*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 4th with 23.00 penalty minutes per game this season and 3rd with 41 fighting majors.

*90 PIMS… the Sharks recorded an AHL high 90 penalty minutes in Worcester’s 5-4 win at Providence on Dec 21. (15 minors, 2 majors, 3 misconducts, 2 game misconducts)

*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. Groulx has missed the last 14 games due to injury.

*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 572 penalty minutes (53 FM) in 215 games. Frazer had an AHL single game high this season with 37 penalty minutes on Dec 21 at Providence.

*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 16 points (3-13-16) through 33 games this season. Tennyson is the only Sharks d-man to skate in all 33 games this season.

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

*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. Brennan has three points (0-3-3) in 15 games for the Sharks and 2 fighting majors.

*Rookies… the Sharks have dressed 9 rookies already this season. (Travis Oleksuk, Sebastian Stalberg, Matt Tennyson, Freddie Hamilton, Yanni Gourde, Mikael Tam, Daniil Tarasov, Mike Banwell, and Denny Urban)

*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 (54), 2nd in games played (234), 7th in points (108), 6th in penalty minutes (320) and 4th in fighting majors with 34…. 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 21 points (8-13-21) and an AHL high 4 shootout goals in 33 games with the Sharks this season.

*Closing in on Greiss…. Sharks netminder Alex Stalock has 71 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 214 games played… Nick also ranks 4th in penalty minutes with 391.

*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 10 points (6-4-10) in 28 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 11 points (4-7-11) in 33 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, 76 penalty minutes, and 3 goals through 19 games this season. Gogol has missed the last two games due to injury.

*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 876 penalty minutes and 66 fighting majors in 318 AHL games. “Pelly” leads the Sharks with 121 penalty minutes this season in 25 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 258 AHL games along with 738 penalty minutes…. Jimmy has 3 fighting majors and 17 penalty minutes through 9 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 4 fights (Hanson, Lane, Louis, Andreoff) this season through 27 games. Sena has missed the last three games due to a broken jaw.

*Acolatse can score!..... Dating back to last season, Sena has 10 goals in his last 37 game played; including four goals in 27 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 41 fighting majors through 33 games and rank 3rd in the AHL (Pelech 7, Kearns 4, Bonneau 3, McLaren 6, Banwell 1, Gogol 4, Mashinter 4, Acolatse 4, Reid 1, Gourde 1, Brennan 2, Livingston 2, Tam 1, Petreck 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: 18-12-1-2, 39 points – 2nd in Atlantic and 5th in Eastern Conference
Win percentage: .591% - 11th in AHL
Home Record: 7-5-1-1
Away Record: 11-7-0-1
Attendance: 54,539 through 14 games (3,896 average)
Goals Scored: 88, 2.67 goals per game, 18th in AHL
Goals Allowed: 93, 2.82 goals against per game, 16th in AHL
Shots per game: 29.91 – 18th in AHL
Shots allowed per game: 30.45 – 16th in AHL
Score 1st: 10-5-0-1 when scoring first (.656%)
1 goal games: 13-5-1-2 in one goal games -13 wins most in AHL
PP: 17.2%, 12th in AHL (28-163)
PK: 82.8%, 18th in AHL (26-151)
SHG – 1 shorthanded goals scored
SHGA – 3 shorthanded goals allowed
PIMS – 23.00 penalty minutes per game, 4th in AHL
Fighting Majors: 41 – 3rd in AHL
OT Games – 9 – (1-1 record in OT) – Hamilton OTG
SO Games – 7 – (5-2 record in SO)
Roster Players – the Sharks have used 30 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 transactions this past week

Top Worcester Sharks:
o Goals Kennedy (12)
o Game Winners Matsumoto (3)
o Assists Kennedy (18)
o Points Kennedy (12-18-30)
o Power Play Points Kennedy (4-9-13)
o Shots Irwin (84 shots)
o PIM Pelech (121)
o Fighting Pen. Pelech (7)
o Plus/Minus Kennedy and Reid (+5)
o Wins Stalock (12)
o G.A.A. Stalock (2.51)
o Save % Stalock (.915)
o Shutouts Stalock (1)

Sharks in the ECHL:
The San Francisco Bulls are 13-17-1-4 (31pts in 35gp) and currently in 4th place in the Pacific Division.

Sharks players under an AHL contract currently playing in San Francisco include:
• G Taylor Nelson (2-5-2 record) with a 4.26 GAA and a .855 save %.
• G Thomas Heemskerk (11-12-1 record) with a 3.26 GAA and a .899 save %.
• F Marek Viedensky has 16 points (7-9-16) in 16 games played.
• F Daniil Tarasov has 14 points (3-11-14) in 17 games played.

Week ahead for the Bulls:
• Thu. Jan 10 at 10:15pm (EST) vs. Idaho
• Sun. Jan 13 at 5:15pm (EST) vs. Bakersfield

Coming Up for the Worcester Sharks:
The Sharks close out their four game road trip with a 7pm battle vs. the Pirates on Tuesday.

The Sharks return home to host the Northeast Division leaders the Springfield Falcons on $2-$2-$-2 Fridays with a 7:30pm start at the DCU Center!

Worcester will head to Albany on Saturday to square off against the Devils at 5pm.

The 5th annual High School Hockey Clash between the Hudson Hawks and the Marlboro Panthers will take place on Sunday, January 13 at 12pm before the Sharks host the Portland Pirates at 3pm. Doors open at 11:30am with one ticket to get you entry into both games! As always, kid’s tickets are just $5 with the purchase of an adult ticket.

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