A Look at Whats to Come

A Look at What’s to Come
 
Darcy Hamilton
 
As the start of another season of hockey in Worcester approaches, it’s time to look at the Sharks’ upcoming schedule! Featured below are some of the most exciting matchups for the 2013-14 season. Check it out!
 
Season Opener in Springfield – Oct 12
The Worcester Sharks will begin their season on the road with the puck drop heard around Massachusetts, facing intrastate rival and reigning Northeast Division champions, the Springfield Falcons. The Sharks are 4-2-0-1 in seven season openers all-time (all on the road). The Sharks are set to face the Falcons twice in October and a total of six times this season.
 
Worcester Sharks Home Opener – Oct 19
For their home opener in the newly renovated DCU Center, the Sharks will face off against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. This is the first time the Sharks will face the Penguins in a home opener, and the only time the Penguins will visit the DCU Center this season. The opener is sure to thrill as Sharks fans welcome hockey back to Worcester! The Sharks are 3-2-1-1 in seven home openers at the DCU Center.
 
No Love Lost- Oct 20
The Portland Pirates will travel to Worcester for the Sharks second game at home and it is sure to be exciting. The history between these two teams is rich, and at times, unpleasant. Last season the Sharks went 6-5-0-1 against the Pirates, and the fists were flying in every matchup, most notably in the Nov 24 matchup in Worcester, where a total of eight fights occurred. It should be interesting to see how Portland fares this year without notorious bruiser Joel Rechlicz. In the offseason, the Pirates brought in Kyle Hagel, an enforcer they hope can fill Rechlicz’s shoes. Sharks’ fans will see a familiar face skating for Portland. Tim Kennedy, one of the Sharks leading scorers last year despite only playing in 37 games, is now suiting up for the Pirates and is sure to be an offensive threat. The Sharks face Portland six times at home this year (Oct 20, Nov 10, Dec 6, Jan 12, Mar 26 and Apr 1).
 
The Providence rivalry reignites - Nov 9
The Sharks host division rival Providence Bruins for the first time this season Nov 9. Always a huge draw at the DCU Center, the teams faced each other twice in the preseason with each team getting a win. Last year Providence finished the regular season with the best record in the AHL, but failed to perform in the playoffs. Expect to see both teams playing with a lot of emotion. The Sharks will take on Providence six times at home this year (Nov 9, Dec 7 + 26, Jan 25, Feb 1 and Apr 19).
 
Déjà Vu – Nov 13, 15, 16 and Feb 8, 9, 21 and 22
The Sharks may end up with a slight case of déjà vu when they head to Newfoundland to take on the St. John’s IceCaps three nights in a row on November 13, 15 and 16. Two other times in the season the Sharks will play the Icecaps on consecutive nights (Feb 8, 9, 21 and 22). Last season, the Sharks faced St. John’s four times, going 2-0-2-0.
 
Happy New Year! – Dec 31
The Worcester Sharks will ring in the New Year in Glen Falls, NY when they face the Adirondack Phantoms for the first time in the 2013-14 season. Last season, the Sharks went 1-1 against Adirondack. This will be the Sharks last time playing in Glen Falls, as the Phantoms are slated to move to Allentown, PA next year and will become the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
 
Championship Caliber Month – Jan 11, 17, 18
In the first month of the New Year, the Sharks will take on the Norfolk Admirals three times out of the four totals times the two teams will face one another this season. The 2012 Calder Cup champions are sure to put up a fight both at home and away. The Sharks are also looking to avenge their 0-4 record against the Admirals last season, proving themselves to be in playoff contention.
 
Home Sweet Home – April 5-19
The Sharks will wrap up the 2013-14 regular season with seven consecutive games at home from April 5-19. They will face seven different opponents during this time, ending the season against division rival Providence. Also in the mix are the Hershey Bears, the Manchester Monarchs, the Hartford Wolf Pack, the Adirondack Phantoms, the Norfolk Admirals and the St. John’s IceCaps.
 
What games are you most looking forward to this season? Tweet @WorcesterSharks with the tagline #MustSeeGame and why you are looking forward to that game! We will retweet some of the best games that you are looking forward to this season! In the meantime score your tickets today by calling 508-929-0500 and check out the Promotions Schedule online now…. Make sure to check back at SharksAHL.com on a regular basis to stay up to date. Go Sharks!


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