Weekend Preview

Sharks start second half of season this week…..
By: Andrew Nawn

The Worcester Sharks (20-17-1-4, 45 points) will start the post All-Star second half of their season this weekend with a pair of games verse Atlantic Division opponents. Worcester will travel to Portland on Friday to take on the Atlantic Division leading Pirates at 7pm, followed by hosting the Providence Bruins on Saturday at 7pm for PINK in the RINK. Worcester begins the weekend sitting in fourth place in the Atlantic Division and tied with Wilkes-Barre Scranton for seventh in the Eastern Conference.

Listen to every game live on WTAG or watch online at AHLlive.com.

Previous game results this season:

Record vs. Portland (3-5-0-0)

October 19, 2012 WOR 4 AT POR 7 Loss

November 9, 2012- POR 1 AT WOR 3 Win

November 14, 2012- WOR 4 AT POR 2 Win

November 24, 2012 POR 1 AT WOR 5 Win

November 30, 2012 WOR 3 AT POR 4 Loss

December 16, 2012 POR 3 AT WOR 2 Loss

January 8, 2013 WOR 3 AT POR 7 Loss

January 13, 2013 POR 3 AT WOR 1 Loss

Record vs. Providence (5-0-0-2)

November 2 WOR 3 @ PRO 2 Win

November 11 WOR 4 @ PRO 3 Win

December 2 WOR 3 @ PRO 2 Win

December 8 PRO 3 @ WOR 2 Loss

December 21 WOR 5 @ PRO 4 Win

December 29 PRO 2 @ WOR 3 Win

January 26 PRO 4 @ WOR 3 Loss

A Look at Portland….
The Portland Pirates (25-16-1-1, 52 points) enter the second half of the 2012-13 seasons atop the Atlantic Division and third in the Eastern Conference. The Pirates have been a constant offensive force as they lead the Division in goals scored with 127 goals, but have needed every single one of their goals, as they also lead the Atlantic Division in goals allowed with 130 goals. They have twice scored seven goals against Worcester this season, which is the most that Worcester has given up in a game this season.

Pirates to watch for…
With Portland’s captain and leading point scorer, Alexandre Bolduc getting called up to the Phoenix Coyotes, players like Rob Klinkhammer and Chris Conner have stepped up in his absence. Klinkhammer leads the Pirates in points with 33 points (9 goals, 24 assists) and has been a “constant thorn” in Worcester’s side this season. Chris Conner, another dynamic player for Portland also saves his best for Worcester as he has tallied 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) out of his 24 points (8 goals, 16 assists) in eight contests this season.

A look at Providence….
The Providence Bruins (22-16-0-3, 47 points) come off a first half where they are currently sitting in second in the Atlantic Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference after sitting in the cellar of the Division for almost half of the first half of the season. The Bruins have used very solid play from All Star rookie goaltender Niklas Svedberg to stay competitive in the tightly contested Atlantic Division.

Bruins to watch for….
The Bruins are paced by rookie goaltender Niklas Svedberg, who is second in the AHL with 18 wins to go along with 2.34 goals against average and a .921 save percentage. Jamie Tardiff leads Providence in points with 29 points (20 goals, 9 assists); his 20 goals are tied for second among all active AHL skaters… but Tardiff was just called up to the Boston Bruins. Lastly, Providence tough guy, Bobby Robbins is another skater to take note of as he leads the AHL with 25 major penalties and 211 penalty minutes.

Shark Notes…

• Worcester leads the AHL with nine shootouts and holds a record of (5-4) in them. Their 5 wins are also a league high.
• Milestones…. Sharks’ Captain John McCarthy has now skated in over 200 games in a Shark’s Jersey
• Rookie Freddie Hamilton has been the only Worcester skater to skate in all 42 games this season.
• The Sharks lead the AHL with 14 one-goal wins. Worcester is 14-6-1-4 in one goal games this season.
• The Sharks lead the AHL with 6 wins when trailing after 40 minutes of play this season (6-12-0-3). In addition the Sharks are 6-3-0-1 when tied after 40 minutes of play.

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