Sharks Road Weekend Preview
Stalock and company looking to continue winning ways on the road
By: Andrew Nawn
Alex Stalock will look to win career game number 75 and surpass Thomas Greiss’s all-time win record this weekend when the Worcester Sharks (25-21-1-5, 56 points) go on the road for a 3 in three 3 road trip. Worcester is currently on a two game winning streak will look to continue their winning ways on the road and add to their 15 road wins this season, which is tied for the second most in the Eastern Conference.
Worcester is currently in third place in the Atlantic Division and ninth in the Eastern Conference, will travel to play Providence on Friday at 7:05 p.m., Portland on Saturday at 7 p.m., and Springfield on Sunday at 3 p.m. to cap off the three in three weekend.
Last weekend , Worcester’s three game home stand saw them chomp four out a possible of six points, as they won back to back games verse Portland (4-1) and Springfield (5-1) after being defeated by Manchester (7-2) on Friday.
How Worcester has done this season verse the upcoming opponents
Record verse Providence Bruins (5-2-0-2)
November 2, 2012 WOR 3 @ PRO 2 Win
November 11, 2012 WOR 4 @ PRO 3 Win
December 2, 2012 WOR 3 @ PRO 2 Win
December 8, 2012 PRO 3 @ WOR 2 Shootout Loss
December 21, 2012 WOR 5 @ PRO 4 Win
December 29, 2012 PRO 2 @ WOR 3 Win
January 23, 2013 PRO 4 @ WOR 3 Shootout Loss
February 2, 2013 PRO 2 @ WOR 0 Loss
February 17, 2013 WOR 1 @ PRO 3 Loss
Record verse Portland Pirates (4-5-0-1)
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
February 1, 2013 WOR 2 AT POR 3 Loss
February 23, 2013 POR 1 AT WOR 4 Win
Record verse Springfield Falcons (3-1-0-0)
January 11, 2013 SPR 3 AT WOR 4 Win
January 25, 2013 WOR 3 AT SPR 1 Win
February 15, 2013 WOR 1 AT SPR 3 Loss
February 24, 2013 SPR 1 AT WOR 5 Win
A look at Providence…
The Providence Bruins (31-18-0-4) will enter Friday night’s tilt verse Worcester coming off a 6-3 loss to Atlantic Division Rival Portland on Tuesday. Providence currently sits tied for first in the Atlantic Division with Portland with 66 points and fifth place in the Eastern Conference. In their past ten games Providence is (7-2-0-1), they are the only team in the AHL not to lose a game in overtime this season.
Bruins to watch…
On the Providence roster there are few skaters that will catch your eye because of the impressive seasons they are respectively having. Jamie Tardiff who is Providence’s leading goal scorer has tallied 26 goals this season, the second highest amount in the AHL. Tough guy Robby Robbins seems to be making a case for the toughest guy in the AHL as he has collected an AHL leading 30 fighting majors to go along with 244 penalty minutes, which also leads the league. In between the pipes for Providence is Niklas Svedburg, the rookie is enjoying a great first year as his 25 wins are the most of any goalie in the Atlantic Division and are the second most among active goalies in the AHL. Another Bruin to keep your eye on is Matt Bartkowski, who enters the game on a six game point streak (0 goals, 8 assists).
A look at Portland…
The Portland Pirates (32-19-1-1) are tied atop the Atlantic Division with Providence Bruins but with the 32 wins, one more than Providence, Portland currently claims the third seed in the Eastern Conference. Portland has enjoyed divisional play as their (18-12-1-0) record verse the Atlantic Division opponents is the best record among the Division. In their last ten games the Pirates have a record of (7-3-0-0).
Pirates to watch…
Rob Klinkhammer Portland’s leading scorer seems to save his best for Worcester as he has collected 8 points (3 goals and 5 assists) out of his 44 points (14 goals and 30 assists) in ten games verse the Sharks. Another Pirate to keep your eyes on is rookie Chris Brown whose 18 goals are currently the second highest among active rookies. Portland enforcer Joel Rechlicz is always willing to drop the gloves as he has amassed 72 penalty minutes in 10 contests verse Worcester this season.
A look at Springfield…
By the time Sunday comes, Springfield (30-14-4-3, 67 points) will have played close to three games in the past two days. On Friday they are scheduled to finish a previous game verse the Adirondack Phantoms and then play a full game after that verse the Phantoms, the two games will total over 83 minutes. Springfield then will travel to Providence to take on the Bruins on Saturday before returning home and taking on the Sharks on Sunday. For the season, Springfield leads the NorthEast Division and stands in second place in the Eastern Conference. The Falcons hold a record of (5-4-1-0) in their last ten games.
Falcons to watch…
Springfield’s Jonathan Audy-Marchessault who is the team leading scorer and the third leading scorer in all the AHL is one of the most exciting players to watch in the AHL. Marchessault has registered 16 goals and 33 assists for 49 points in 50 games, but has only recorded two assists in four games verse Worcester this season. Another Falcon who has had a stellar season but has struggled verse Worcester this season is goaltender Curtis McElhinney who is (0-3-0-0) and has let up 12 goals verse the Sharks this season but has compiled a record of (21-10-0-2) to accompany a 2.38 goals against average and .922 save percentage.
As always here are the ways you can listen or watch the game if you can’t make the trip to the rink.
All 76 regular season games can be heard live on 580AM and 94.9FM WTAG or online at www.wtag.com. Email Sharks broadcaster Eric Lindquist at radio@Sharksahl.com to send questions or a special shout out!
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· Rookie Freddie Hamilton remains the only Worcester skater to skate in all 53 games this season.
· With the 2 wins over the past weekend, Alex Stalock tied the Sharks all time wins record of 74 wins.
· Shark’s All Star Bracken Kearns led the team in scoring with 9 points ( 3 goals, 6 assists) in the month of February
· Second period struggles???? The Sharks have scored the second fewest goals in the second period (35) this season.
· With 186 penalty minutes so far this season, Matt Pelech needs 26 penalty minutes to pass Brennan Evans (211 minutes) for most penalty minutes in a Worcester Shark season.