Goaltending keeping Worcesters playoff hopes alive

Week of March 4, 2013
Goaltending keeping Worcester’s playoff hopes alive
Sateri and Stalock were solid last week allowing just five goals in three games!
Shark Snap Shot:
The Worcester Sharks (26-23-1-5, 58pts) chomped two out of a possible six points in three road games last week. The Sharks began the weekend with a tough 3-1 loss in Providence on Friday. But the Sharks bounced back with an impressive 2-1 shootout victory over the Pirates in Portland on Saturday followed by a 2-0 loss to the Falcons in Springfield on Sunday afternoon to finish the 3-in-3 road weekend 1-2-0-0. Head coach Roy Sommer tied Fred “Bun” Cook for the 2nd most games coached in AHL history (1,171) on Sunday in Springfield. Sommer trails Frank Mathers by 85 games for the most games coached in AHL history (1,256). Worcester is now three points behind the 8th place CT Whale with two games in hand for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Sharks host two games this weekend at the DCU Center with a 7pm start vs. the Bruins on Saturday and a 3pm game vs. the Pirates on Sunday.
The Worcester Sharks player of the week nominee was goaltender Harri Sateri. Harri made 54 saves on 57 shots (.947 save %) in two games last weekend which included a 37 save effort on Saturday in a 2-1 shootout win at Portland. 
More than a few things to know….
·         The Sharks are currently in 3rd place (26-23-1-5, 58pts) in the Atlantic Division and 10th place overall in the Eastern Conference. – the Sharks trail the CT by three points (Sharks have two games in hand) for the final playoff spot in the East.
·         Playoff Primer courtesy of the AHL. Click HERE.
·         The San Jose Sharks currently have 11 players on their roster that have spent time in Worcester (Couture, Desjardins, Pavelski, Sheppard, Wingels, Braun, Demers, Greiss, Kennedy, Irwin, and Kearns).
·         The San Jose Sharks are currently in 2nd place in the Pacific Division with 24 points and a 10-6-4 record.
·         Goaltender Alex Stalock is currently tied with Thomas Greiss for the most wins in franchise history (74).
·         Forward Tim Kennedy was called up by the SJ Sharks on Feb 12. Kennedy has two goals in eight games with San Jose and is currently still on re-call. Tim continues to lead the Worcester Sharks with 37 points (13-24-37) in 37 games… Kennedy has a two game point streak (0-5-5) in Worcester.
·         Matt Irwin was recalled again by the San Jose Sharks on Feb 25. Irwin has played 11 games with the SJ Sharks this season (1-1-2) and has averaged 19:19 of ice time.
·         Yanni Gourde was loaned to the San Francisco Bulls on Feb 25. Yanni has three points (1-2-3) and one fighting major in four games.
·         Defenseman Sena Acolatse returned to the lineup on Friday after missing 22 games with a broken jaw.
·         All-Star Bracken Kearns leads Worcester with eight power play goals and is second with seven fighting majors. Kearns was recalled by the San Jose Sharks on March 3.
·         The Sharks are tied for 1st in the AHL with 17 one-goal wins. Worcester is 17-6-1-5 in one goal games this season. – Worcester is 13-3-0-2 in one goal games on the road this season – best in AHL.
·         The Sharks lead the AHL with 6 wins when trailing after 40 minutes of play this season (6-16-0-4). In addition the Sharks are 9-4-0-1 when tied after 40 minutes of play.
·         Coach Roy Sommer currently ranks 4th in the AHL with 534 wins in his career (15th season) and 2nd in games coached in the AHL with 1171. 
·         The Sharks are hosting an online jersey auction to benefit the Autism Resource Center of Central Massachusetts! Click HERE to post your bids though March 6 at 8pm (est).
·         The Sharks host two action packed games at the DCU Center this weekend.
o   Saturday at 7pm vs. Providence Bruins – the first 3,000 fans receive a FINZ Pan-Mass Challenge bobblehead compliments of Saint Vincent Hospital.
o   Sunday at 3pm at Portland Pirates – the first 2,000 fans receive a Team Photo and stick around after the game for a full team postgame autograph session!
Top 3… Last Week!
1.       Harri Sateri made 37 saves and went 5-for-5 in the shootout in 2-1 shootout win at Portland on Saturday!
2.       Marek Viedensky scored the only shootout goal in the Sharks 2-1 shootout win at Portland on Saturday!
3.       Alex Stalock made allowed two goals on 22 shots in 3-1 loss at Providence on Friday!
Last Week: (1-2-0-0) 2pts, 3gp
Fri.          3/1         L                  Worcester SHARKS 1 @ Providence Bruins 3
Sat.        3/2         SOW          Worcester SHARKS 2 @ Portland Pirates 1 – shootout  
Sun.       3/3         L                  Worcester SHARKS 0 @ Springfield Falcons 2
This week:
Sat.        3/9                             Providence Bruins @ Worcester SHARKS – 7pm
Sun.       3/10                           Portland Pirates @ Worcester SHARKS – 3pm
Rewind the Tape:
3.1.13 – Providence 3 – Worcester 1 – L – Dunkin Donuts Center
The Worcester Sharks (25-22-1-5, 56pts) kicked off their 3rd consecutive 3-in-3 weekend with a 3-1 loss to the Atlantic Division leading Providence Bruins (32-18-0-4, 68pts) on Friday evening in front of 9,182 fans at the Dunkin Donuts Center. Alex Stalock was superb with 20 saves but was denied win #75. Marek Viedensky scored in his second consecutive game with an unassisted shorthanded goal late in the second period but it wasn’t enough offense for the Sharks.
3.2.13 – Portland 1 – Worcester 2 – SOW – Cumberland County Civic Center
The Worcester Sharks (26-22-1-5, 58pts) defeated the division rival Portland Pirates (32-19-1-2, 67pts) by a score of 2-1 in the shootout on Saturday evening in front of 6,164 fans at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Harri Sateri was super with 37 saves for his 9th road win of the season and Marek Viedensky scored the only goal in the shootout for the Sharks. Sebastian Stalberg scored a first period power play goal as Worcester improved to 15-3-0-1 when they score a power play on the road. 
3.3.13 – Springfield 2 – Worcester 0 – L – Mass Mutual Center
The Worcester Sharks (26-23-1-5, 58pts) were defeated by their Eastern Conference rival the Springfield Falcons (34-19-1-2, 71pts) by a score of 2-0 on Sunday afternoon in front of 3,791 fans at the Mass Mutual Center. The Sharks wrapped up the 3-in-3 road weekend with a 1-2-0-0 record. Harri Sateri made 17 saves in the loss. Head Coach Roy Sommer tied Fred “Bun” Cook for the 2nd most games coached in AHL history with 1171 as Curtis McElhinney made 30 saves for his AHL leading 8th shutout of the season for the Falcons.
Sharks in the Atlantic:
The Sharks (26-23-1-5, 58pts in 55gp) are currently in 3rd place in the Atlantic Division; which is 13 points behind the 1st place Bruins (71pts in 56gp), nine points behind the 2nd place Pirates (67pts in 55gp) and percentage points ahead of the 4th place Monarchs (58pts in 56gp). The Sharks have an eight point edge over the 5th place IceCaps (50pts in 58gp) 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           1,171GP                 535WINS
*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: 535-459-49-48-50. (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 380 of the 535 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, Brandon Mashinter, James Livingston, and Jon Matsumoto have also all worn the “A” this season.
*From east to west….. Four Worcester Sharks players from the 2012-13 season are currently on the San Jose Sharks NHL roster (Irwin, Kennedy, Sheppard, Kearns)
*March by the numbers…. The Sharks are 1-2-0-0 (2pts in 3gp) in March with 3GF and 6GA. PP is 1-13 (7.7%), opponents PP is 1-14 (7.1%) and the Sharks have 1 fighting major this month.
*Streakers… no current streaks for Worcester
*Tough scoring goals (turning around!)… the Sharks had scored four goals twice in 23 games leading up to Feb 23…. Worcester had scored just 45 goals during that stretch (1.96 goals per game). The Sharks scored four goals on Feb 23 vs. Portland and five goals on Feb 24 vs. Springfield!
*Special Teams at home… Worcester is 13-103 on the power play on home ice this season (12.6% - ranks 28th in AHL)…. However the penalty kill ranks 8th in the AHL on home ice (13-102) at 87.3%.
*Score 3!... the Worcester Sharks are 22-3-0-2 when they score at least three goals in a game…. But just 4-18-1-3 when they score two goals or less in a game this season.
*Even Strength goal drought…. The Sharks have not scored an even strength goal since Marek Viedensky’s strike at 11:13 of the 3rd period in 5-1 win vs. Falcons on Feb 24 (a span of 193:47). The Sharks have two power play goals and a shorthanded goal since.
*Home Record… the Sharks had lost seven straight games at the DCU Center (0-5-0-2) and had scored just nine goals during that stretch ending on Feb 23… Worcester is 10-10-1-3 at the DCU Center.
*Remaining schedule… the Sharks have an AHL high 14 games remaining at home this season…. Just seven games left on the road!
*Road Warriors… Worcester is 16-13-0-2 on the road this season – 16 wins tied for 2nd most in Eastern Conference… the Sharks lead the AHL with 13 1-goal wins on the road this season (13-3-0-2)… and lead the AHL with five wins when trailing after 40 minutes of play on the road.
*Harri likes the Road… Sateri has a 9-5-2 record on the road this season for the Sharks!
*Al likes the DCU…. Stalock has an 8-4-3 record at the DCU Center this season for the Sharks!
*AHL Deal…..Defenseman Denny Urban was signed to a standard AHL player contract on Feb 1… the Pittsburgh, PA native and Robert Morris alum has been impressive in his first AHL action with the Sharks as he has 13 points (3-10-13) in 24 games with Worcester… Urban was named an ECHL All-Star starter as he scored 13 goals with the Reading Royals at the time of his signing with the Sharks to a PTO.
*AHL Deal 2…. Defenseman Adam Comrie was signed to a standard AHL player contract on Feb 6. Comrie was originally drafted by the Florida Panthers with the 80th pick in the 2008 NHL draft. The 6-4 215lb native of Ashburn, Virginia played in 45 games this season for the Reading Royals (ECHL) posting 33 points (17-16-33) and 106 penalty minutes. Adam has played 44 games in the AHL with the Rochester Americans. Comrie has two points (0-2-2) and is +4 in eight games for Worcester.
*Score first… the Sharks have scored FIRST 26 times in 55 games this season with a 16-9-0-1 record in those games. (Tim Kennedy 4, Yanni Gourde 1, Freddie Hamilton 2, John McCarthy 1, Brodie Reid 2, Travis Oleksuk 1, Matt Tennyson 2, Jon Matsumoto 3, James Livingston 3, James Sheppard 1, Denny Urban 1, Daniil Tarasov 1, Danny Groulx 1, Marek Viedensky, and Sebastian Stalberg 1).
*Points in Bunches… Sharks forward Tim Kennedy leads the team with 12 multi point games this season. Kennedy has 28 points (10-18-28) in those 12 games this season!
*We miss Kennedy…. The Worcester Sharks are 6-11-0-1 when Tim Kennedy is not in the lineup. Worcester has been outscored 34-52 in those 18 games and the power play is just 9.6% (7-73) when #22 is not in the lineup
*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 37 points (13-24-37) in 37 games… Kennedy is currently on recall with the San Jose Sharks and has two goals in eight games.
*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 had 14 points (3-11-14) in 17 games with San Francisco in the ECHL and 13 points (7-6-13) in 22 games with Worcester.
*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 12 goals through 47 games this season for Worcester and currently is tied for the team lead with three game winning goals.
*OT? The Worcester Sharks have played 14 games in OT this season with a .571 point %  in those games. The Sharks are 2-1 in overtime and 6-5 in the shootout.
*Score on the power play and win?... the Sharks are 20-6-0-3 when they score a power play goal this season, 15-3-0-1 on the road when they score on the man advantage. Worcester is 8-1-0-0 when they score at least two power play goals in a game this season!
*Keeping your hat on (Thanks Ballou)… Worcester has gone 238 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 in Portland 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 149 games. In the meantime, Worcester has had 46 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 531 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 20th in the AHL with a .273 scoring percentage (15-for-55) in the shootout. (McCarthy 2-for-5, Sheppard 4-for-7, Matsumoto 3-for-9, Tim Kennedy 1-for-8, Sebastian Stalberg 0-for-2, Travis Oleksuk 0-for-4, Brandon Mashinter 1-for-2, Brodie Reid 0-for-6, Denny Urban 2-for-3, Daniil Tarasov (1-for-4), Tommy Grant (0-for-1), Danny Groulx (0-for-1), Patrick Rissmiller (0-for-1) Bracken Kearns (0-for-1), and Marek Viedensky (1-for-1).
*Shootout stoppers…the Sharks rank 4th in the AHL with a .772 save % in the shootout (13 goals on 57 chances)… Harri Sateri has allowed just three goals on 23 chances (.870 save %) and has stopped 20 of his last 21 chances.
*Leaders among us… Matt Pelech is 6th in AHL with 186 penalty minutes.
*Nice Crowd… The Sharks have welcomed nine 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, 6,503 on Dec 29, 6,959 on Jan 19, 8,189 on Jan 26, 7,966 fans on Feb 2, and 5,045 on Feb 23)
*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 1,096,319 fans attend a regular season game in the 6+ years in Worcester. (4,184 average in 262 home games).
*Most fans to watch the Sharks… the crowd of 11,152 at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Feb 17 to watch the Sharks lose 3-1 to the Bruins was the largest crowd (home or away) ever to watch a Worcester Sharks game.
*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 5-4-0-0 vs. Manchester this season with 11 sets of fighting majors. The two teams battle on Mar 17 at 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 5-5-0-1 record so far in the season series that has seen 33 fighting majors penalties and 503 total penalty minutes (241 WOR, 262 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 one last time on Mar 10 at the DCU Center
*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…. Irwin made his NHL debut with the SJ Sharks on Jan 20 in a 4-1 win at Calgary and scored his first NHL goal on Jan 26 in a 4-0 win vs. Colorado… Irwin is currently on recall with the San Jose Sharks.
*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 missed 29 games with a leg injury before returning back to the lineup on Feb 22.
*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 and Daniil Tarasov was denied by Martin Jones on Feb 22. The Sharks are 3-for-11 in penalty shot situations in franchise history with Mash as the only player ever to take more than one (0-for-2)… Mash was traded to the NY Rangers organization on Jan 16.
*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, and Mike Banwell scored his first snipe on Jan 26.
*Sharks in the Atlantic… Worcester is 17-12-1-4 in divisional games in 2012-13
*3rd period Heroes… Worcester is 6-16-0-4 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 three 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, and Bracken Kearns has scored 20+ goals in each of the last two seasons.
*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 6th with 21.18 penalty minutes per game this season and 4th with 64 fighting majors.
*90 PIMS… the Sharks recorded a then 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 15 points (4-11-15) in 29 games this season. Groulx missed 21 games due to injury before returning on Jan 25.
*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 577 penalty minutes (54 FM) in 217 games. Frazer had an AHL single game high this season with 37 penalty minutes on Dec 21 at Providence. Watch Frazer’s marathon fight vs. Joel Rechlicz from Jan 8 by clicking here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJhIFfNb-n4. Frazer was picked up by the Toronto Maple Leafs on waivers on Jan 31.
*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 24 points (5-19-24) through 51 games this season. Tennyson has 16 power play points (3-13-16).
*Massachusetts!... the Sharks have had two players that that hail from Massachusetts that suited up for the team this season (John McCarthy – Andover and Patrick Rissmiller - Belmont) 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 four points (0-4-4) in 24 games for the Sharks and 2 fighting majors.
*Rookies… the Sharks have dressed 12 rookies already this season. (Travis Oleksuk, Sebastian Stalberg, Matt Tennyson, Freddie Hamilton, Yanni Gourde, Mikael Tam, Daniil Tarasov, Mike Banwell, Denny Urban, Sacha Guimond, Andy Bohmbach, Michael Pelech, and William Wrenn)
*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,)
*Franchise player traded... Sharks forward Brandon Mashinter ranked 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 (236), 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)…. Mash was traded to the NY Rangers for Tommy Grant and a 7th round conditional pick on Jan 16.
*Whale turned Shark…. Tommy Grant, 26, had posted 16 points (9-7=16) in 34 games with Connecticut (AHL) this season before getting traded to the Sharks on Jan 16. Last season with Connecticut, the six-foot-two, 195-pound North Vancouver, British Columbia native notched 23 points (11-12=23) with 39 penalty minutes in 72 games. Grant has two points (1-1-2) in 13 games with Worcester.
*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.
*No sophomore jinx for Brodie… 2nd year player Brodie Reid continues to impress this season for Worcester… Reid had 25 points (10-15-25) in 66 games last year for Worcester as a rookie but already has 21 points (10-11-21) in 34 games this season for the Sharks…
*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 23 points (8-15-23) and an AHL high 4 shootout goals in 34 games with the Sharks this season. Sheppard is currently on recall with the SJ Sharks and has two assists in 13 games.
*Tying Greiss…. Sharks netminder Alex Stalock has 74 career wins with Worcester, tying Thomas Greiss (74-60-6) for the most in franchise history. Stalock is 74-49-9 with the Worcester Sharks… Al has 42 wins at the DCU Center, 30 wins on the road and has won 12 games vs. the Bruins (most vs. any team.) 
*Stalock likes the Falcons…. Alex Stalock is 11-0-1 all-time vs. the Springfield Falcons.
*200 games… Sharks defensemen Nick Petrecki is 3rd in Sharks history with 225 games played… Nick also ranks 3rd in penalty minutes with 429…. Nick made his NHL debut in San Jose’s 3-2SOW over the Anaheim Ducks on 1/29 and played 11:58… he was returned to Worcester on Feb 3… the 216 games before his first NHL game was the most of any Worcester Sharks graduate to San Jose.
*200/50…. Captain John McCarthy played in his 200th game for the Sharks on Jan 26… J-Mac scored his 50th goal as a member of the Worcester Sharks joining Riley Armstrong, Mike Iggulden, Graham Mink, and Brandon Mashinter as the only five players to score 50+ goals as a member of the Worcester Sharks.
*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 12 points (8-4-12) in 46 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 attending the Boston Bruins training camp. Freddie has 16 points (7-9-16) in 55 games this season. Freddie is the only skater to appear in all 55 games this season for Worcester.
*Brothers on the same line… for the first time in Worcester’s AHL history, two brothers suited up in the same game for the same Worcester team on Jan 19. Matt and Michael Pelech skated on the same line along side Tommy Grant in the Sharks 2-1 loss to Adirondack. Michael picked up an assist and Matt picked up his team leading 10th and 11th fighting majors in the loss.
*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 7 fighting majors, 137 penalty minutes, and 3 goals through 32 games this season. 
*Piling up the PIMS with Pelech… Forward/Defenseman Matt Pelech played in his 300th AHL game on Oct 20 vs. the Devils. The 6-foot-5 bruising defenseman turned forward from Toronto, ONT has accumulated 948 penalty minutes and 73 fighting majors in 336 AHL games. “Pelly” leads the Sharks with 186 penalty minutes this season in 43 games. Pelech has been suspended twice by the AHL this season totaling 7 games. Matt currently leads the Sharks with 13 fighting majors and has one fighting major (Jared Boll) in two games with the SJ Sharks this season.
*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 101 fighting majors in 268 AHL games along with 766 penalty minutes…. Jimmy has 7 fighting majors and 45 penalty minutes through 21 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 30 games. Sena has missed 19 games with a broken jaw before returning March 1
*Acolatse can score!..... Dating back to last season, Sena has 10 goals in his last 40 game played; including four goals in 30 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 64 fighting majors through 52 games and rank 4th in the AHL (Pelech 13, Kearns 7, Bonneau 7, McLaren 7, Banwell 1, Gogol 7, Mashinter 4, Acolatse 4, Reid 1, Gourde 1, Brennan 2, Livingston 4, Tam 3, Petrecki 3). 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: 26-23-1-5, 58 points – 3rd in Atlantic and 10th in Eastern Conference
Win percentage: .527% - 19th in AHL  
Home Record: 10-10-1-3
Away Record: 16-13-0-2
Attendance: 105,614 through 24 games (4,401 average)
Goals Scored: 135, 2.45 goals per game, 24th in AHL
Goals Allowed: 153, 2.78 goals against per game, 14th in AHL
Shots per game: 29.44 – 22nd in AHL
Shots allowed per game: 30.16 – 17th in AHL
Score 1st: 16-9-0-1 when scoring first (.635%)
1 goal games: 17-6-1-5 in one goal games -17 wins most in AHL
PP: 15.5%, 21st in AHL (39-251)
PK: 83.5%, 16th in AHL (42-255)
SHG – 4 shorthanded goals scored
SHGA – 5 shorthanded goals allowed
PIMS – 21.18 penalty minutes per game, 6th in AHL
Fighting Majors: 64 – 4th in AHL
OT Games – 14 – (2-1 record in OT) – Hamilton and Petrecki OTG
SO Games – 11 – (6-5 record in SO)
Roster Players – the Sharks have used 38 players this season
Goalies – the Sharks have used 2 goaltenders this season
Players receiving call-ups to San Jose – 11  
NHL debuts – 2 Worcester players made their NHL debuts this season (Matt Irwin and Nick Petrecki)
Call-ups to San Jose – 13 different call-ups to San Jose this season
Coming and goings from the Shark Tank:
DEL Recalled from loan by San Jose (NHL)
DEL Recalled from loan by San Jose (NHL)
DEL Loaned to San Francisco (ECHL)
Top Worcester Sharks:
o Goals                                    Kennedy and Kearns (13)
o Game Winners                   Hamilton and Matsumoto (3)
o Assists                                  Kennedy (24)
o Points                                   Kennedy (13-24-37)
o Power Play Points              Kennedy (5-11-16) and Tennyson (3-13-16)
o Shots                                    McCarthy (105 shots)
o PIM                                       Pelech (186)
o Fighting Pen.                       Pelech (13)
o Plus/Minus                          Livingston (+9)
o Wins                                     Stalock (14)
o G.A.A.                                   Stalock (2.48)
o Save %                                  Stalock (.917)
o Shutouts                             Sateri and Stalock (1)
Sharks in the NHL
The San Jose Sharks are 10-6-4 (24pts in 20gp) and currently in 2nd place in the Pacific Division.
Former Worcester Sharks players on the San Jose Sharks roster include; (Couture, Desjardins, Pavelski, Sheppard, Wingels, Braun, Demers, Pelech, Greiss, Kennedy, Irwin, and Kearns).
Matt Irwin scored his first NHL goal on Jan 26 in the Sharks 4-0 win over the Avalanche in San Jose.
Tim Kennedy scored his first goal with the Sharks on Feb 15 at Chicago.
Week ahead for San Jose:
·         Tue. Mar 5 at 10pm (EST) at Vancouver
·         Wed. Mar 6 at 9:30pm (EST) at Calgary
·         Sat. Mar 9 at 4pm (EST) vs. St. Louis
·         Sun. Mar 10 at 8pm (EST) at Colorado
Sharks in the ECHL:
The San Francisco Bulls are 21-31-1-6 (49pts in 59gp) and currently in 4th place in the Pacific Division.
Sharks players under an AHL contract currently playing in San Francisco include:
·         G Taylor Nelson (8-14-4 record) with a 3.57 GAA and a .891 save %.
·         G Thomas Heemskerk (13-16-1 record) with a 3.19GAA and a .902 save %.
·         D Mikael Tam has 7 points (1-6-7) in 24 games.
·         F Yanni Gourde has three points (1-2-3) in four games.
Week ahead for the Bulls:
·         Wed. Mar 6 at 10:15 (EST) vs. Alaska
·         Fri.  Mar 8 at 10:15pm (EST) vs. Alaska
·         Sat.  Mar 9 at 10:15pm (EST) vs. Alaska
·         Sun. Feb 10 at 5:15pm (EST) vs. Las Vegas
Coming Up for the Worcester Sharks:
The Sharks host two promotion packed games this weekend at the DCU Center!
On Saturday, the Sharks the Sharks host the Providence Bruins at 7pm! The first 3,000 fans will receive a FINZ Pan-Mass Challenge bobblehead compliments of Saint Vincent Hospital!
On Sunday, the Sharks the Sharks host the Portland Pirates at 3pm! The first 2,000 fans will receive a team photo and stick around after the game for a full team on-ice autograph session! Before the game, the Worcester Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2013 will be inducted during an on-ice ceremony. Kid’s tickets are just $5 with the purchase of an adult ticket!
Score a family fun pack today for only $79! Four tickets, four hot dogs, and four sodas for a portion of the price! Available only through the Sharks front office for every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday games this season! Click HERE to purchase today!
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