The Sharks hit the road for a 3-in-3 weekend!

The Sharks hit the road for a 3-in-3 weekend!
February 12, 2013
By Jake Denver

The Worcester Sharks (22-18-1-5,50pts) continue their five game road trip with three games this weekend. The Sharks will travel to Springfield to face off against the Falcons at 7pm on Friday before playing the Adirondack Phantoms on Saturday at 7pm and finishing the weekend off in Providence against the Bruins for a 3:05pm puck drop. The Sharks are coming off a 2-0-0-0 weekend at St. John’s, collecting four points against the Ice Caps in two games.

Daniil Tarasov, Tim Kennedy, and Bracken Kearns are Worcester players to watch out for this upcoming weekend. Tarasov (6-4-10), who scored three goals in the last two games, has now recorded eight points in the last nine games for the Sharks. Tim Kennedy (13-24-37) leads Worcester in points and tallied five assists in two games last weekend. Kearns, who represented Worcester in the AHL All-Star game, has eight power play goals this season which is 5th best in the NHL. Sharks Goaltender, Harri Sateri recorded his first shutout of the season in a 4-0 win over the Ice Caps on February 6th, making his season record 10-9-2. Tarasov, Kennedy, and the rest of the Sharks prepare for a three game weekend, where they will look to capture six available points.

Worcester will face off against the Springfield Falcons (28-11-3-3, 62pts) for the 3rd time this season on Friday. The last time these two Massachusetts rivals played the Sharks won 3-1 and are 2-0-0-0 overall against the Falcons this season. Springfield is currently the Northeast Division leaders, and their 62 points leads the entire Eastern Conference. Springfield is currently a perfect 3-0-0-0 in the month of February and is led by a balanced attack.

Left wing, Jonathan Audy-Merchessault, leads the Falcons with 16 goals and 19 assists for a total of 45 points this season. Audy-Merchessault is accompanied by Nick Drazenovic (15-29-44) as team leaders in points. Springfield’s forwards aren’t the only threat however, as defenseman David Savard has added 24 points from the point.

The Adirondack Phantoms (19-24-2-1, 41pts) are 5th in the Northeast Division and have the fewest points in the Eastern Conference. The Phantoms had success against the Sharks earlier in the year, defeating Worcester 2-1 on January 19th. When the Phantoms and Sharks face off on Saturday, it will be the last meeting between the two teams for the remainder of the regular season.

The Phantoms are led by Jason Akeson, who has seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points on the season. Harry Zolnierczyk (9-8-17) has helped the Phantoms with scoring as well from the left wing. Defenseman Danny Syvret has been solid for the Phantoms by adding three goals and 21 assists to the Phantoms attack.

Finally, the Sharks will travel to face off against the Providence Bruins (26-17-0-3, 55pts) for a crucial division game. The Bruins are one spot ahead of Worcester in the Atlantic Division, making this an important game for the Sharks to grab some points and continue to climb toward the top of the division. The Sharks are 5-1-0-2 against the Bruins this season. This highly anticipated matchup will be the ninth of 12 meetings between these Atlantic Division rivals.

Providence is led by Ryan Spooner, who has nine goals and 22 assists for the Bruins this season. Right winger, Jamie Tardif (21-9-30) leads the Bruins in goals, and will return to Providence this weekend after making his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins playing in two of Boston’s ten games. Torey Krug has helped with scoring from the blue line with seven goals and 12 assists on the season as he leads the Bruins defense.

This weekend will be important for the Sharks as the season progresses. The Sharks will look to chomp as many possible points on their road trip before returning home to play the Manchester Monarchs on Friday, February 22nd at the DCU Center.

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