Sharks six points out with 14 games left

Week of March 25, 2013
Sharks six points out with 14 games left
Worcester has three games in hand heading into three game week
Shark Snap Shot:
The Worcester Sharks (29-26-1-6, 65pts) chomped two out of a possible six points in three games last week highlighted by a 5-3 win over the Bruins in front of a HUGE crowd at the DCU Center on Saturday. The Sharks began the week with a 2-1 loss in Springfield but followed up on Saturday with a big 5-3 victory over the Bruins in front of 6,557 fans at the DCU Center. Worcester ended the 3-in-3 weekend with a disappointing 4-1 loss vs. the Bears on Sunday.
Defenseman Derek Joslin returned to Worcester last week after the Vancouver Canucks assigned the 26-year-old from Chicago (AHL) to Worcester in return for San Jose assigning Danny Groulx from Worcester to Chicago (AHL). Joslin recorded two points (1-1-2) in his first two games back with the Sharks last weekend.
Worcester is now six points behind the 7th place Penguins and 8th place Bears with three games in hand for the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference (the Sharks have 14 games left in regular season). The Sharks will embark on a three game work week beginning with a division matchup vs. the Monarchs on Wednesday at the DCU Center followed by a rare Thursday night game in Connecticut vs. the Whale. The Sharks wrap up the week with a 7pm start vs. the IceCaps on Saturday at the DCU Center.
The Worcester Sharks player of the week nominee is forward John McCarty. The Sharks captain had three points (0-3-3) in three games last week and currently ranks 5th on the Sharks with 23 points (9-14-23) and leads the team with 120 shots in 56 games with Worcester.
More than a few things to know….
·         The Sharks are currently in 4th place (29-26-1-6, 65pts) in the Atlantic Division and 11th place overall in the Eastern Conference. – the Sharks trail the 7th place Penguins and 8th place Bears (Sharks have three games in hand) by six 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 Stalock)
·         The San Jose Sharks are currently in 4th place in the Pacific Division and 9th place in the Western Conference with 32 points and a 13-11-6 record.
·         Defenseman Derek Joslin returned to Worcester on March 22 after he was reassigned by Vancouver (NHL) from Chicago (AHL). The former SH Sharks draft selection recorded two points last weekend in two games in his return to Team Teal. – In addition, defenseman Danny Groulx was reassigned by San Jose from Worcester to the Chicago Wolves.
·         The Sharks signed Regina Pats (WHL) MVP forward Lane Scheidl to an ATO last week. Scheidl picked up an assist in three games for the Sharks last weekend.
·         Matt Pelech needs just one minor penalty to set a Worcester sharks record for most penalty minutes in a single season. Pelech has 210 penalty minutes in 48gp this season. (Brennan Evans had 211 pims in 2007-08).
·         Rookie Freddie Hamilton is the only Sharks player to play in all 62 games this season. Freddie has 21 points (9-12-21).
·         Goaltender Harri Sateri has made nine straight starts for Worcester (4-4-1).
·         Goaltender Alex Stalock was recalled by the SJ Sharks on March 8. Al has appeared in two games in relief with the SJ Sharks and has a 0-1-0 record with a 2.86GAA and a .846 save %. Stalock is currently tied with Thomas Greiss for the most wins in Worcester Sharks franchise history (74)
·         Forward Tim Kennedy was called up by the SJ Sharks on Feb 12. Kennedy has two goals in 12 games with San Jose and is currently still on re-call. Tim is 2nd on the Worcester Sharks with 37 points (13-24-37) in just 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 21 games with the SJ Sharks this season (5-3-8) and has averaged 19:11 of ice time. Matt leads all SJ Sharks defensemen with five goals in just 21 games.
·         Forward Tommy Grant was recalled from San Francisco (ECHL) on March 25 after recording five points (1-4-5) in four games along with 19 penalty minutes.
·         All-Star Bracken Kearns leads Worcester with ten power play goals, 17 goals overall, 39 points, and is 3rd with seven fighting majors. He was returned to Worcester on March 7 after appearing in one scoreless game with the SJ Sharks and since then has a four game point streak 4-3-7).
·         Coach Roy Sommer currently ranks 4th in the AHL with 538 wins in his career (15th season) and 2nd in games coached in the AHL with 1178. 
·         The Sharks play three games this week and look to climb the ladder in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
o   Wednesday at 7pm the Sharks host the Manchester Monarchs
o   Thursday at 7pm the Sharks travel to Connecticut to battle the Whale.
o   Saturday at 7pm the Sharks host the St. John’s IceCaps. Before the game, the Sharks will host the Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association High School All-Star Games presented by Shriners, beginning with a 1:45pm start for the girl’s game followed by a 4pm puck drop for the boys at the DCU Center. The All-Star Games will feature the state’s top 92 high school senior boys and girls from MIAA schools, as selected by the MSHCA. For more information click HERE.
Top 3… Last Week!
1.       Sebastian Stalberg scored the game winning goal with less than five minutes left in the 3rd period to propel the Sharks to a 5-3 win over the Bruins on Saturday!
2.       Matt Tennyson racked up two assists and was +2 in the Sharks 5-3 victory over the Bruins on Saturday!
3.       Derek Joslin scored his first goal in his 2nd game back with the sharks in a 4-1 loss to the Bears on Sunday!
Last Week: (1-2-0-0) 2pts, 3gp
Fri.          3/22       L                  Worcester SHARKS 1 @ Springfield Falcons 4
Sat.        3/23       W                Providence Bruins 3 @ Worcester SHARKS 5
Sun.       3/24       L                  Hershey Bears 4 @ Worcester SHARKS 1
This week:
Wed.     3/27                           Manchester Monarchs @ Worcester SHARKS – 7pm
Thu.       3/28                           Worcester SHARKS @ Connecticut Whale – 7pm
Sat.        3/30                           St. John’s IceCaps @ Worcester SHARKS – 7pm
Rewind the Tape:
3.22.13 – Springfield 2 – Worcester 1 – L – Mass Mutual Center
The Worcester Sharks (28-25-1-6, 63pts) were defeated by their Eastern Conference rival the Springfield Falcons (36-18-5-4, 81pts) by a score of 2-1 on Friday night in front of 4,396 fans at the Mass Mutual Center.Goaltender Curtis McElhinney came up huge for the Falcons making 25 saves in his 25th win. Nick Holden’s second period goal at 16:24 was the game winner as the Falcons held off a late third period rally by Worcester. Adam Comrie scored Worcester’s only goal of the night in the third period to make things interesting but the Sharks were unable to send the game into overtime. Harri Sateri made 19 saves for the Sharks in the loss.
3.23.13 – Providence 3 – Worcester 5 – W – DCU Center
Five different goal scorers led the Worcester Sharks (29-25-1-6, 66pts) to a 5-3 win over the Atlantic Division leading Providence Bruins (39-20-0-5, 83pts) on Saturday evening in front of 6,557 fans at the DCU Center. The Sharks broke a five game losing skid against the Bruins to finish the season series 6-3-0-3. Freddie Hamilton, Peter Sivak, Travis Oleksuk, Sebastian Stalberg, and Denny Urban all scored for Worcester while Harri Sateri made 28 saves in net in his 8th straight start. Matt Tennyson and John McCarthy added two assists in a game that saw only three minor penalties.
3.24.13 – Hershey 4 – Worcester 1 – L – DCU Center
The Worcester Sharks (29-26-1-6, 65pts) fell to the 8th seeded Hershey Bears (31-25-1-6, 71pts) on Sunday afternoon in front of 4,917 fans at the DCU Center.    Derek Joslin scored the only Sharks goal in the third period and Harri Sateri allowed four goals on 19 shots in the loss for Worcester. Hershey had four different goal scorers and got 32 saves from Dany Sabourin to lead the way and moved six points ahead of Worcester for the 8th and final playoff spot in the East.
Sharks in the Atlantic:
The Sharks (29-26-1-6, 65pts in 62gp) are currently in 4th place in the Atlantic Division; which is 18 points behind the 1st place Bruins (83pts in 64gp), ten points behind the 2nd place Pirates (75pts in 64gp) and two points behind the 3rd place Monarchs (67pts in 65gp). The Sharks have a six point edge over the 5th place IceCaps (59pts in 65gp) 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           1,178GP                 538WINS
*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: 538-462-49-48-51. (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 383 of the 538 victories (72%).
*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, Jon Matsumoto, and Sena Acolatse 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, Stalock)
*Trade (sort of)…. The San Jose Sharks assigned defenseman Danny Groulx to the Chicago Wolves while the Vancouver Canucks assigned defenseman Derek Joslin to the Worcester Sharks on Friday. Joslin had posted 8 assists, 10 points, and 40 penalty minutes in 53 games with the Wolves this season. The 26-year-old blueliner has amassed 28 goals, 81 assists, 109 points, and 153 penalty minutes in 260 career AHL tilts with Chicago, Worcester, the Cleveland Barons, and Charlotte Checkers spanning seven seasons (2006-present). He also has tallied 12 assists, 16 points, and 63 penalty minutes in 114 career NHL games with the San Jose Sharks and Carolina Hurricanes spanning four seasons (2008-12). Drafted by the San Jose Sharks in 2005, Joslin has 98 points (27-71-97) in 203 career games with the Worcester Sharks including (1-1-2) in two games this season. Derek is the Worcester Sharks franchise leader with most career power play goals by a defenseman with 16.
*March by the numbers…. The Sharks are 4-5-0-1 (9pts in 10gp) in March with 26GF and 28GA. PP is 7-39 (17.9%), opponents PP is 8-36 (22.2%) and the Sharks have 4 fighting majors this month.
*Streakers… John McCarthy (0-3-3) and Derek Joslin (1-1-2) each have a two game point streak…Harri Sateri has started nine straight games (4-4-1).
*New faces… Worcester Sharks signed forward Lane Scheidl (SHY-DELL) to an amateur tryout agreement (ATO) on March 21. The 5-11, 190lbs forward and native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan led the Regina Pals (WHL) with 80 points (41-39-80) in 72 games this season. The 21-year-old was named the Pats Player of the Year and the Three Stars Award winner and led the Pats with 16 power play goals.  Scheidl accumulated 186 points (88-98-186) in 277 career games in the WHL with Vancouver, Red Deer and Regina. Lane has one point (0-1-1) in three games with Worcester.
In addition, the Sharks signed forward Peter Sivak (SEE-VACK) to a professional tryout agreement (PTO) on March 20. Sivak led the San Francisco Bulls (ECHL) and was 4th in the ECHL with 33 goals. The 5-10, 180lbs forward from Cheb, Czech Republic had 56 points (33-23-56) in 64 games with the Bulls and led the ECHL with 266 shots on goal. The 31-year-old has 181 pts (86-95-181) in 356 games in Slovakia and 22 points (4-18-22) in 97 games in the Czech Republic on his international resume. Sivak scored his first AHL goal on March 23.
*Score 3!... the Worcester Sharks are 25-4-0-3 when they score at least three goals in a game…. But just 4-20-1-3 when they score two goals or less in a game this season.
*Remaining schedule… the Sharks have eight games remaining at home this season…. Just six games left on the road!
*Road Warriors… Worcester is 16-14-0-2 on the road this season… the Sharks lead the AHL with 13 1-goal wins on the road this season (13-4-0-2)… and lead the AHL with five wins when trailing after 40 minutes of play on the road.
*Harri likes the Road… Sateri has a 9-6-2 record  and a .928 save % on the road this season for the Sharks!
*Al likes the DCU…. Stalock has an 8-4-3 record and a .940 save % 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 15 points (4-11-15) in 30 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 nine points (2-7-9) and is +4 in 15 games for Worcester.
*Score first… the Sharks have scored FIRST 30 times in 62 games this season with a 19-9-0-2 record in those games. (Tim Kennedy 4, Yanni Gourde 1, Freddie Hamilton 3, John McCarthy 1, Brodie Reid 2, Travis Oleksuk 1, Matt Tennyson 2, Jon Matsumoto 3, James Livingston 4, James Sheppard 1, Denny Urban 1, Daniil Tarasov 1, Danny Groulx 1, Marek Viedensky 2, and Sebastian Stalberg 2).
*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 9-14-0-2 when Tim Kennedy is not in the lineup. Worcester has been outscored 57-74 in those 25 games and the power play is just 13.1% (13-99) 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 is 2nd on 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 12 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 18 points (9-9-18) in 29 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 13 goals through 54 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 6-6 in the shootout.
*Score on the power play and win?... the Sharks are 23-6-0-3 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 9-1-0-0 when they score at least two power play goals in a game this season!
*Keeping your hat on (Thanks Ballou)… Worcester has gone 245 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 155 games. In the meantime, Worcester has had 48 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 538 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 23rd in the AHL with a .258 scoring percentage (16-for-62) in the shootout. (McCarthy 2-for-5, Sheppard 4-for-7, Matsumoto 3-for-10, Tim Kennedy 1-for-8, Sebastian Stalberg 0-for-2, Travis Oleksuk 0-for-5, Brandon Mashinter 1-for-2, Brodie Reid 0-for-6, Denny Urban 3-for-4, Daniil Tarasov (1-for-5), Tommy Grant (0-for-1), Danny Groulx (0-for-1), Patrick Rissmiller (0-for-1) Bracken Kearns (0-for-1), Marek Viedensky (1-for-2) Sean Acolatse (0-for-1), and Freddie Hamilton (0-for-1)
*Shootout stoppers…the Sharks rank 6th in the AHL with a .766 save % in the shootout (15 goals on 64 chances)… Harri Sateri has allowed just 5 goals on 30 chances (.833 save %) and has stopped 25 of his last 28 chances.
*Nice Crowd… The Sharks have welcomed 12 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, 5,045 on Feb 23, 7,804 on Mar 9, 5,865 on Mar 15, and 6,557 on Mar 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 1,127,485 fans attend a regular season game in the 6+ years in Worcester. (4,207 average in 268 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 27 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 finishing with a 6-5-0-1 record in the season series that saw 35 fighting majors penalties and 521 total penalty minutes (250 WOR, 271 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. 
*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 and has five goals in 21 games.
*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 19-12-1-5 in divisional games in 2012-13
*3rd period Heroes… Worcester is 6-19-0-4 when trailing after two periods of play this season. (6 wins 2nd 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 8th with 20.06 penalty minutes per game this season and 7th with 67 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)
*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: 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 27 points (5-22-27) through 58 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 14 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, William Wrenn, Thomas Heemskerk, and Lane Scheidl)
*I’ll take a draft… Seven Worcester Sharks players were drafted by the San Jose Sharks. (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 three points (1-2-3) in 14 games with Worcester and five points (1-4-5) in four games with the SF Bulls.
*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… Brodie has missed the last nine games due to injury.
*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 three assists in 22 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 in the NHL…. Alex Stalock replaced Antti Niemi in the 3rd period on March 9 in the SJ Sharks game vs. the St. Louis Blues with the game tied at 3-3. Stalock picked up his first NHL loss with a 4-3 OT loss to the St. Louis Blues. Al made six saves on seven shots in 15:34 of action. It was 767 days between NHL appearances for the Sharks. Stalock is 0-1-0 with a 2.86GAA and a .846 save % with the SJ Sharks.
*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 230 games played… Nick also ranks 3rd in penalty minutes with 435…. 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 14 points (10-4-14) in 53 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 21 points (9-12-21) in 62 games this season. Freddie is the only skater to appear in all 62 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, 139 penalty minutes, and 3 goals through 36 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 972 penalty minutes and 75 fighting majors in 341 AHL games. “Pelly” leads the Sharks with 210 penalty minutes this season in 48 games. #23 is only the 2nd player in Worcester Sharks history to hit the 200 pim plateau (Evans 211 in 2007-08). Pelech has been suspended twice by the AHL this season totaling 7 games. Matt currently leads the Sharks with 15 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 102 fighting majors in 269 AHL games along with 771 penalty minutes…. Jimmy has 8 fighting majors and 50 penalty minutes through 22 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 37 games. Sena has missed 19 games with a broken jaw before returning March 1.
*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 67 fighting majors through 62 games and rank 7th in the AHL (Pelech 15, Kearns 7, Bonneau 8, 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: 29-26-1-6, 65 points – 4th in Atlantic and 11th in Eastern Conference
Win percentage: .524% - 19th in AHL  
Home Record: 13-12-1-4
Away Record: 16-14-0-2
Attendance: 136,780 through 30 games (4,559 average)
Goals Scored: 158, 2.55 goals per game, 23rd in AHL
Goals Allowed: 175, 2.82 goals against per game, 18th in AHL
Shots per game: 29.84 – 17th in AHL
Shots allowed per game: 30.05 – 14th in AHL
Score 1st: 19-9-0-2 when scoring first (.667%)
1 goal games: 17-7-1-6 in one goal games
PP: 16.2%, 19th in AHL (45-277)
PK: 82.4%, 20th in AHL (49-278)
SHG – 4 shorthanded goals scored
SHGA – 5 shorthanded goals allowed
PIMS – 20.06 penalty minutes per game, 8th in AHL
Fighting Majors: 67 – 7th in AHL
OT Games – 15 – (2-1 record in OT) – Hamilton and Petrecki OTG
SO Games – 12 – (6-6 record in SO)
Roster Players – the Sharks have used 40 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 – 15 different call-ups to San Jose this season
Coming and goings from the Shark Tank:
ADD Reassigned by San Jose (NHL) from San Francisco (ECHL)
DEL Reassigned by San Jose (NHL) to Chicago (AHL)
ADD Reassigned by Vancouver (NHL) from Chicago (AHL)
ADD Signed to ATO
ADD Signed to PTO
Top Worcester Sharks:
o Goals                                    Kearns (17)
o Game Winners                   Hamilton, Matsumoto, Tarasov (3)
o Assists                                  Kennedy (24)
o Points                                   Kearns (17-22-39)
o Power Play Points              Kennedy (5-11-16), Tennyson (3-13-16), and Kearns (10-6-16)
o Shots                                    McCarthy (120 shots)
o PIM                                       Pelech (210)
o Fighting Pen.                       Pelech (15)
o Plus/Minus                          Livingston (+13)
o Wins                                     Stalock (15)
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 13-11-6 (33pts in 30gp) and currently in 4th place in the Pacific Division and 9th in the Western Conference.
Former Worcester Sharks players on the San Jose Sharks roster include; (Couture, Desjardins, Pavelski, Sheppard, Wingels, Braun, Demers, Pelech, Greiss, Kennedy, Irwin, and Stalock).
Matt Irwin has five goals in 21 games for the SJ Sharks.
Click here for a full SJ Sharks update.
Week ahead for San Jose:
·         Mon. Mar  25 at 10pm (EST) at Anaheim
·         Wed. Mar 27 at 10pm (EST) vs. Anaheim
·         Thu. Mar 28 at 10pm (EST) vs. Detroit
·         Sat. Mar 20 at 10:30pm (EST) vs. Phoenix
Sharks in the ECHL:
The San Francisco Bulls are 24-37-1-7 (56pts in 69gp) and currently in 4th place in the Pacific Division and have clinched a spot in the Kelly Cup playoffs.
Sharks players under an AHL contract currently playing in San Francisco include:
·         G Taylor Nelson (11-19-5 record) with a 3.49 GAA and a .891 save %.
·         D Mikael Tam has 10 points (1-9-10) in 34 games.
Week ahead for the Bulls:
·         Wed. Mar 27 at 10:15pm (EST) vs. Idaho
·         Fri. Mar 29 at 10:15pm (EST) vs. Idaho
·         Sat.  Mar 30 at 10pm (EST)at Bakersfield
Coming Up for the Worcester Sharks:
The Sharks have a three game work week in their quest towards a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference!
On Wednesday, the Sharks host the Manchester Monarchs in a key Eastern Conference battle at 7pm. Don’t forget…. it’s the 3rd of four Wednesday night home games where unemployed Sharks fans can receive up to four free tickets to the game! (proper ID and proof of unemployment is needed)
On Thursday, the Sharks travel to Hartford one final time to battle the CT Whale at 7pm.
On Saturday, the Sharks host the St. John’s Ice Caps at 7pm on the popular Sharks Movie Poster giveaway night presented by WTAG! The first 2,000 fans will receive a “YOUNG GUNS” movie poster featuring Sebastian Stalberg, Matt Tennyson, Yanni Gourde, and Freddie Hamilton! Before the game, the Sharks will host the Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association High School All-Star Games presented by Shriners, beginning with a 1:45pm start for the girl’s game followed by a 4pm puck drop for the boys at the DCU Center. The All-Star Games will feature the state’s top 92 high school senior boys and girls from MIAA schools, as selected by the MSHCA. For more information click HERE.
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