Sharks kick off four game homestand on Saturday
Stalock looks for win #75 as Worcester begins home stand
BY: Andrew Nawn
Alex Stalock will look to become Worcester’s all-time franchise leader with win # 75 and surpass former Worcester goalie Thomas Greiss’s record as the Worcester Sharks (26-23-1-5, 58 points) will look to enjoy some “home cooking” at the DCU Center this weekend. Worcester hosts the Providence Bruins at 7 p.m. on Saturday and the Portland Pirates at 3 p.m. on Sunday to start a four game home stand. With fourteen home games left this season, Worcester has the most home games remaining in the AHL.
In last weekend’s 3 in 3 the Sharks chomped two out of a possible six points as they lost to Providence (3-1), defeated Portland (2-1) in a shootout, and lost to Springfield (2-0) to cap off the weekend road trip. Currently, Worcester is fourth in the Atlantic Division and eleventh in the Eastern Conference; in their last ten games the Sharks hold a record of (5-5-0-0).
Record verse Providence Bruins (5-3-0-2)
November 2, 2012 WOR 3 AT PRO 2 Win
November 11, 2012 WOR 4 AT PRO 3 Win
December 2, 2012 WOR 3 AT PRO 2 Win
December 8, 2012 PRO 3 AT WOR 2 Shootout Loss
December 21, 2012 WOR 5 AT PRO 4 Win
December 29, 2012 PRO 2 AT WOR 3 Win
January 23, 2013 PRO 4 AT WOR 3 Shootout Loss
February 2, 2013 PRO 2 AT WOR 0 Loss
February 17, 2013 WOR 1 AT PRO 3 Loss
March 1, 2013 WOR 1 AT PRO 3 Loss
Record verse Portland Pirates (5-5-0-1)
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 5 Win
March 2, 2013 WOR 2 AT POR 1 Win
A look at Providence…
There aren’t that many teams that have been hotter than the Providence Bruins (33-18-0-5, 71 points) in the past couple months as they have used consistent offensive play and solid goaltending to make their way atop the Atlantic Division and third in the Eastern Conference. Providence, who has a current four game win streak verse Worcester are (7-2-0-1) in their past ten games. The Bruins play host to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins before playing the Sharks on Saturday night.
Bruins to watch out for…
In between the pipes for Providence is rookie goaltender Niklas Svedburg, whose numbers aren’t just tops among rookie goaltenders, but are good enough to be in talks to be considered one of the top goalies in the American Hockey League. On the season, Svedburg’s 27 wins are second amongst all active goalies and accompany a stellar 2.26 goals against average to go along with a .921 save percentage, both of which are in the top ten in the AHL. Another rookie who is having a sensational first season for Providence is forward Ryan Spooner whose 30 assists leads all active AHL rookies. On the season Spooner has collected 40 points (10 goals, 30 assists) in 44 games for the Bruins. Tough guy Bobby Robbins is another Bruin to keep your eye on as he leads the AHL with 253 penalty minutes, 31 fighting majors, and is tied for third with 37 minor penalties.
A look at Portland…
After winning five consecutive games verse Worcester earlier this season, the Portland Pirates (33-20-1-2, 69 points) come into this weekend’s game on a two game losing streak verse Worcester. Portland sits in second in the Atlantic Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference with 69 points. In their past ten games they are (6-3-0-1) including a (4-2-0-1) record verse Atlantic Division opponents. Portland will host the Manchester Monarchs and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins before coming to Worcester on Sunday.
Pirates to watch for…
Portland’s leading scorer Rob Klinkhammer has continued to be a thorn in Worcester’s side all season as he has tallied 9 ( 4 goals, 5 assists) out of his 44 points ( 14 goals , 30 assists) verse them. Rookie Chris Brown is another Pirate to pay attention to with his 19 goals being the second highest among active rookies as well as being second highest on the team. Only Captain Alexandre Bolduc has scored more with 20 goals making Bolduc an additional Pirate to watch during Sunday’s game.
· With one more win, Worcester goalie Alex Stalock will become Worcester’s All-Time leader in games won with 75 wins…
· 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.
· In last Sunday’s game verse Springfield, Head Coach Roy Sommer tied Fred “Bun” Cook for the 2nd most games coached in AHL history with 1171.
· Impressive!!! Worcester currently has four players up in San Jose that have played in Worcester this season. (Matt Irwin, Bracken Kearns, Tim Kennedy, and James Sheppard.)
· Guess whose back??? Fan Favorite Sena Acolatse will play his first game at the DCU Center in over two months. Acolatse returned last Friday after missing 22 games due to a broken jaw.
As always here are the ways you can listen or watch the game if you can’t make the trip to the rink.
· RADIO: 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!
· WATCH ONLINE: For a small fee watch EVERY Worcester Sharks game online at www.AHLlive.com.
· TWITTER: Get live updates at all three preseason games and all 76 regular season games through www.twitter.com/SharksAHLinGame (goals, assists, fights, and big saves). Get the inside scoop and behind the scenes stuff on game days via www.twitter.com/WorcesterSharks
· FACEBOOK: Interact with other Sharks fans on game day by following the Worcester Sharks on Facebook (www.facebook.com/WorcesterSharks). Exclusive game day photos will be posted after most games!
· WEBSITE: Visit www.SharksAHL.com every game day for previews, special features, game photos, post game highlights, and recap!