Sharks vs. Bears on Wednesday

January 14, 2013
By: Jake Denver

Sharks look to bounce back vs. Hershey
The Sharks continue their four game homestand with a 7pm puck drop vs. the Tom Poti and the Bears on Wednesday

Following an eventful three game weekend, the Sharks (19-15-1-2, 41pts) will look to bounce back from a two game losing streak when the Hershey Bears come to town for a 7pm puck drop on Wednesday, January 16th. This will be the third of four meetings between these teams this season. The Sharks, who are in second place in the Atlantic division, have had success against the Bears so far this season with two victories on the road on December 15th and January 6th.

The Hershey Bears (19-17-1-1, 40pts) will travel to Worcester as the third place team in the East Division behind Binghampton and Syracuse. Although Worcester holds the edge in this exciting series, you can’t sleep on Hershey. With almost identical records, both teams will be looking for their twentieth win of the season. Tom Poti, a Worcester native will be playing for the Bears while he is on loan from the Washington Capitals. Poti has played in one game this season for Hershey and has already tallied a goal. The Bears will look for Poti to make a big impact in the game by using not only his talent, but his experience as well. Poti has played for three NHL teams including the Washington Capitals, New York Islanders, and the New York Rangers. His career in the NHL started impressively with Poti being named to the All-Rookie team in the 1998-99 season.

Hershey’s offensive attack is led by Jeff Taffe who has 8 goals and 27 assist for a total of 35 points this season. Hershey’s forwards aren’t the only attacking weapons the team possesses however, as Defenseman Tomas Kundratek is third on the team in points with 12 goals and 11 assists from the point. TJ Syner, who played his college hockey at UMass Amherst and Barry Almeida from Boston College are two young players to watch out for on Wednesday. Almeida has had success against Sharks in the past, recording his first AHL goal on his second shift of his AHL debut against Worcester in the 2011-12 season. Almeida is coming into the game with eight points on the season and Syner with six as the forwards look to make an impact on the game for Hershey.

The Sharks new signings of Patrick Rissmiller and Michael Wilson all have recorded a point in their new Sharks uniform. The new signings will play key roles in the second half of the season as the Sharks push toward the playoffs. Jon Matsumotto will lead the Sharks attack as he’s tallied 9 goals and 13 assists on the season. Accompanied by newly appointed assistant captain James Livingston and the Sharks work horse Freddie Hamilton, the Sharks and Matsumotto will look to beat Hershey for the third time in a row and continue the streak.

For ticket information please call the Sharks front office at 508-929-0500.

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