#WorSharks ready for much needed road trip

Week of November 11, 2013
#WorSharks ready for much needed road trip
Worcester went 0-3-0-0 last week in 1st 3-in-3 of the season
Shark Snap Shot:
The Worcester Sharks (3-7-0-0, 6pts) chomped zero out of a possible six points in three games last week  and will now head northeast for a three game set in Canada vs. the St. John’s IceCaps.
Despite firing a season high 46 shots on Friday night in Lewiston, ME, the Sharks began their 3-in-3 weekend with a 5-1 loss to the Pirates. On Saturday night, the Sharks dropped a 5-2 decision to the Bruins in front of 5,616 fans at the DCU Center.  The Sharks closed out the weekend on the wrong end of a 4-3 score to the Pirates on Sunday afternoon in Worcester to close out the 3-in-3 weekend with zero points.
The Worcester Sharks player of the week nominee is defenseman Sena Acolatse.  The 22-year old third year pro grabbed three points (0-3-3) and fired six shots in three games last week for the Sharks.
Few things to know….
·         The Worcester Sharks are currently in 5th place (3-7-0-0, 6pts) in the Atlantic Division and 15th place overall in the Eastern Conference.
·         The Worcester Sharks have only played ten games (fewest in AHL) this season.
·         The San Jose Sharks currently have 12 players on their roster that have spent time in Worcester (Couture, Desjardins, Pavelski, Sheppard, Wingels, Braun, Demers, Stalock, Irwin, Vlasic, Nieto, and McCarthy).
·         The San Jose Sharks are currently in 3rd place in the Pacific Division and 5th place in the Western Conference with 25 points and a 10-2-5 record.
·         Veteran defenseman Rob Davison was named the 6th captain in Worcester sharks history before the game on Oct 12.  Bracken Kearns and Jimmy Bonneau are the alternate captains.
·         Forward Riley Brace was recalled from the SF Bulls on Nov 10 after appearing in two games (0-1-1) with the Bulls.
·         Rookie netminder Troy Grosenick has been impressive so far this season with a 2-2-0 record and a 2.17 GAA and a .924 save %.
·         Bracken Kearns (3-8-11) leads the Worcester Sharks in points (11), assists (8), power play points (3-4-7), and fighting majors (3).
·         Daniil Tarasov leads the club with six goals and 11 points (6-5-11) through just nine games.  Tarasov leads the entire AHL with three game winning goals. 
·         Sena Acolatse leads all Worcester d-men and is 3rd overall with six points (1-5-6) through nine games.
·         Worcester Sharks alumni Matt Nieto (Oct 8 vs. NYR) and Matt Pelech (Oct 10 at VAN) each have scored their first career NHL goals for the SJ Sharks.
·         Worcester Sharks alumni Alex Stalock made his 1st NHL start on Oct 27 and made 38 saves in a 5-2 SJ Sharks win at Ottawa.
·         Coach Roy Sommer currently ranks 4th in the AHL with 543 wins in his career (16th season) and 2nd in games coached in the AHL with 1202. 
·         The Sharks play three games this week in St. John’s, NFLD – the first time in franchise history the Sharks will play a three game set vs. the same team in the regular season.
o   Wednesday at 6pm (EST)
o   Friday at 6pm (EST)
o   Saturday at 6pm (EST)
 Top 3… Last Week!
1.       Sena Acolatse recorded two assists in the Sharks 4-3 loss to the Pirates in Worcester on Sunday!
2.       Troy Grosenick kept the Sharks in the game early and made 22 saves in a 5-2 loss to the Bruins on Saturday!
3.       Matt Pelech scored his 1st goal of the season and fired six shots on goal in a 5-1 loss at Lewiston, ME vs. the Pirates on Friday!
Last Week: (0-3-0-0) 0pts, 3gp
 Fri.         11/8       L              Worcester SHARKS 1 @ Portland Pirates 5
Sat.        11/9       L              Providence Bruins 5 @ Worcester SHARKS 2
Sun.       11/10     L              Portland Pirates 4 @ Worcester SHARKS 3
This week:
Wed.     11/13                     Worcester SHARKS @ St. John’s IceCaps – 6pm (EST)
Fri.          11/15                     Worcester SHARKS @ St. John’s IceCaps – 6pm (EST)
Sat.        11/16                     Worcester SHARKS @ St. John’s IceCaps – 6pm (EST)
Rewind the Tape:
11.8.13 –Portland 5 – Worcester 1 – L – Androscoggin Bank Colisee
Head coach Roy Sommer became just the 2nd coach in AHL history to hit the 1200 game plateau but his Worcester Sharks (3-5-0-0, 6pts) fell to the Portland Pirates (3-5-0-1, 7pts) by the count of 5-1 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee on Friday night in kick off a 3-in-3 weekend. Matt Pelech scored the only Sharks goal on 46 shots while Harri Sateri made 24 saves in the loss as the Pirates won for the 1st time on home ice this season.  Mark Visentin made 45 saves and Lucas Lessio scored his 1st two professional goals to pace the way for Portland.
11.9.13 –Providence 5 – Worcester 2 – L – DCU Center
Bracken Kearns and Eriah Hayes scored for the Worcester Sharks (3-6-0-0, 6pts) but it wasn’t enough in a 5-2 loss to the Providence Bruins (6-4-0-2, 14pts) in front of 5,616 at the DCU Center on Saturday during Autism Awareness Night to benefit the Autism Resource Center of Central Massachusetts.  Troy Grosenick made 24 saves in his first professional loss. A slew of penalties and strong goaltending from Bruins rookie goaltender Malcolm Subban contributed to the Sharks loss in their first game against division rival Providence.
11.10.13 –Portland 4 – Worcester 3 – L – DCU Center
Adam Comrie, Nick Petrecki and James Livingston all picked up goals for the Worcester Sharks (3-7-0-0, 6pts) but were unable to defeat the Portland Pirates (4-5-0-1, 9pts) for the second time this weekend, falling 4-3. The Sharks trailed 1-0, 2-1, but led 3-2 early in the third period before Chris Brown scored twice in a 3:26 span to life the Pirates to a 4-3 victory. Despite keeping penalty minutes to a minimum, the Sharks were unable to hold on to the lead, partly due to strong performances from Portland’s Tobias Rieder, Chris Brown and Tim Kennedy, each with two points.
Sharks in the Atlantic:
The Sharks (3-7-0-0, 6pts in 10gp) are currently in 5th place in the Atlantic Division; which is 15 points behind the 1st place Monarchs (21pts in 14gp), ten points behind the 2nd place Bruins (16pts in 13gp), seven points behind the 3rd place IceCaps (13pts in 14gp), and thee points behind the 4th place Pirates (9pts in 10gp) 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.
*1200 GAMES… With the 5-1 loss in Lewiston, ME vs. the Pirates on November 8, 2013, head coach Roy Sommer became just the 2nd  coach in AHL history to reach the 1,200 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          16seasons           1,202GP                 543 WINS
*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 (16th season) in the American Hockey League. His current regular season record is now: 543-477-49-51-52. (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 388 of the 543 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 2013-14 season:  Rob Davison was named the Sharks 6th captain in team history on October 12, 2013. Alternate captains for this season: Bracken Kearns and Jimmy Bonneau. – Brodie Reid and Marek Viedensky have also worn the A this season.
*From east to west….. The Worcester Sharks have already had four players (4 call-ups) receive at least one call up to the San Jose Sharks already this season.  (Pelech, McCarthy, Kearns, and Hamilton)
*Breaking down October… The Sharks went 2-3-0-0 (4pts in 5gp) record in October with 12 GF and 14 GA. PP was 5-27 (18.5%); opponents PP was 2-for-22 (9.0%), and the Sharks had 10 fighting majors in October.
*Breaking down November… The Sharks are 1-4-0-0 (2pts in 5gp) record in November with 10 GF and 21 GA. PP is 4-21 (19.0%); opponents PP is 7-for-33 (21.2%), and the Sharks have six fighting majors in November.
*Firsts last week… Matt Pelech, Adam Comrie, and Nick Petrecki all scored their 1st goals of the season…. Daniil Tarasov picked up his first AHL fighting major.
*Home shutout… the 27 save shutout by Troy Grosenick on Nov 2 vs. the St. John’s IceCaps at the DCU Center was the 1st shutout on home ice for the Sharks in almost a year.  Alex Stalock had the last shutout on Nov 4, 2012 vs. the Manchester Monarchs in a 1-0SOW.  Coincidentally, Stalock also made 27 saves in the victory.
*Score first… the Sharks have scored FIRST 3 times in 10 games this season (2-1-0-0) – Freddie Hamilton 1 and Daniil Tarasov 2.
*Tough scoring goals… the Sharks have scored just 22 goals this season (2.20 per game – 29th in AHL) through 10 games.  Worcester has scored nine goals on the PP, 1 shorthanded, 1 empty netter, and just 11 goals when at even strength this season… the sharks have yet to score four goals in a game this season.
*Please don’t trail… the Sharks are 0-5-0-0 when trailing after the 1st period of play and 2nd period of play this season.
*3-for-3…. The Sharks may only have three wins this season, but Daniil Tarasov leads the AHL with thee game winning goals.
*Just like in college…. Sharks rookie forward Eriah Hayes led the NCAA last season with 186 shots on goal with Minnesota State – Mankato… Hayes leads the Sharks with 31 shots on goal through ten games this season.
*Streakers… Sena Acolatse (0-3-3) and Daniil Tarasov (0-2-2) each have a two game point streak… the Sharks have lost three straight games (0-3-0-0-).
*Pro Debuts:  Konrad Abeltshauser (Oct 12 at SPR) and Troy Grosenick (Oct 20 vs. WBS).
*3-for-3!...veteran defenseman Rob Davison became the second player (Jonathan Cheechoo is the other) to play for the SJ Sharks AHL affiliate in three different cities after his game for Worcester on Oct 12 at Springfield.  Davison played 72 games for the Kentucky Thoroughblades in 2000-01 and 112 games for the Cleveland Barons in 2001-03!
*3 National Champions… The Sharks have three 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… and Nick Petrecki with Boston College in 2008.
*Memorial Cup… rookie defenseman Konrad Abeltshauser won the Memorial Cup in 2013 with the Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) and was named to the 2013 Memorial Cup All-Star Team.
*Young Guns… the Sharks have dressed six rookies already this season. (Troy Grosenick, Konrad Abeltshauser, Eriah Hayes, Rylan Schwartz, Riley Brace, and Dylan Demelo)
 *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, 2012.  Doherty has one goal in 116 games with the Worcester Sharks…. Doherty leads Worcester with 41 penalty minutes, three fighting majors, and a +1 rating.
*Four straight seasons with 20?…. Forward Bracken Kearns scored his 21 goals last season and hit the 20 goal plateau for the third straight season having scored 20 and 22 goals the previous two seasons with San Antonio…. Bracken has three goals in ten games this season.
*First Pro Goals this season… still waiting!
*Sharks in the Atlantic… Worcester went 19-14-3-4 in the Atlantic Division in 2012-13 and are 2-4-0-0 vs. the Atlantic this season.
*Massachusetts!... the Sharks have one player that hails from Massachusetts that suited up for the team this season (John McCarthy – Andover) In addition, associate coach David Cunniff hails from South Boston.
*Hockey East Alumni!... the Worcester Sharks had four players from Hockey East Schools; (McCarthy – BU, Reid – NU, Petrecki – BC, Stalberg – Vermont)
*I’ll take a draft… Eight Worcester Sharks players were drafted by the San Jose Sharks. (Abeltshauser, Davison, Hamilton, Doherty, McCarthy, Petrecki, Sateri, and Viedensky)
*NHL Experience…. The Sharks have seven players on their roster with NHL experience led by Rob Davison with 219…. Breaking down the rest….John McCarthy 61, Matt Pelech 12, Bracken Kearns 7, Matt Tennyson 4, Freddie Hamilton 4, and Nick Petrecki 1.
*Keeping your hat on (Thanks Ballou)… Worcester had gone 263 games without one of its players recording a hat trick before Daniil Tarasov scored three goals in Springfield on Oct 26. That was easily the longest active streak in the AHL. The Sharks’ last hat trick had belongs to Dan DaSilva, who scored three times in Manchester during a 5-2 Worcester victory in Manchester 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 171 games. In all, Worcester players have recorded hat tricks only eight times in the franchise’s 557 games. The Sharks are 8-0 in those games and 1-11-3 in the 15 games in which the opposition has had a hat trick.
* Brothers… Sebastian Stalberg is the younger brother of Viktor Stalberg, who currently plays with the Nashville Predators…. Freddie Hamilton is the older brother of Dougie Hamilton, who currently plays with the Boston Bruins…. Rylan Schwartz is the younger brother of Jayden Schwartz, who currently plays for the St. Louis Blues.
*Franchise Player… Sharks defensemen Nick Petrecki is 2nd in Sharks history with 247 games played (Mike Moore had 253)… Nick also ranks 2nd in penalty minutes with 487 (Frazer McLaren had 577)…. Nick made his NHL debut in San Jose’s 3-2SOW over the Anaheim Ducks on 1/29/13 and played 11:58… the 216 games before his first NHL game was the most of any Worcester Sharks graduate to San Jose.
*200/50…. John McCarthy played in his 200th game for the Sharks on Jan 26, 2013… 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…  JMac is currently on recall with the San Jose Sharks.
*Like Father, Like Son… Rookie Curt Gogol finished 2nd on the Sharks with 139 penalty minutes in just 38 games in 2012-13… 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…. Gogol has 2 fighting majors and 30 penalty minutes in nine games this season.
*Piling up the PIMS with Pelech… Forward/Defenseman Matt Pelech played in his 300th AHL game on Oct 20, 2012 vs. the Devils. The 6-foot-4 bruising defenseman turned forward from Toronto, ONT has accumulated 1,022 penalty minutes and 79 fighting majors in 356 AHL games. “Pelly” led the Sharks with 238 penalty minutes last season in 58 games. #23 is only the 2nd player in Worcester Sharks history to hit the 200 pim plateau (Evans 211 in 2007-08). Matt led the Worcester Sharks with 17 fighting majors and had one fighting major (Jared Boll) in two games last year with the SJ Sharks in 2012-13… Pelech has 22 penalty minutes and his 1st NHL goal in five games with San Jose this season.
*Major Bonneau… Worcester Sharks tough guy Jimmy Bonneau has racked up 36 fighting majors in 84 games for the Worcester Sharks. Bonneau has set the Worcester Sharks record for most fighting majors in a season in 2011-12 with 22, surpassing Frazer McLaren (21 in 2008-09). Jimmy has 108 fighting majors in 277 AHL games along with 821 penalty minutes…. Jimmy has 3 fighting major and 19 penalty minutes through 4 games this season.
 *Five for fighting… The Sharks have 16 fighting majors through ten games and rank 6th in the AHL (Kearns 3, Bonneau 3, Davison 2, Gogol 2, Doherty 3, Pelech 2, and Tarasov). The Sharks had 84 fighting majors in 2012-13, 120 fighting majors in 2011-12 (1st in AHL), 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: 3-7-0-0, 6 points – 5th in Atlantic
Win percentage: .300% – 29th in AHL  
Home Record: 2-5-0-0
Away Record: 1-2-0-0
Attendance: 22,423 through seven games this season – 3,203 average – 24th in AHL
Goals Scored: 22, 2.20 goals per game, 29th in AHL
Goals Allowed: 35, 3.50 goals against per game, 26th in AHL
Shots per game: 32.30 – 6th in AHL
Shots allowed per game: 26.50 – 5th in AHL
Score 1st: 2-1-0-0 when scoring first (.667%)
1 goal games: 1-3-0-0 in one goal games
PP: 18.8%, 13th in AHL (9-48)
PK: 83.6%, 10th in AHL (9-55)
SHG – 1 shorthanded goals scored
SHGA – 2 shorthanded goals allowed
PIMS – 27.00 penalty minutes per game, 2nd in AHL
Fighting Majors: 16 – 6th in AHL
OT Games – 0 – (0-0 record in OT) – only team yet to play an OT game
SO Games – 0 – (0-0 record in SO)
Roster Players – the Sharks have used 24 players this season
Goalies – the Sharks have used 2 goaltenders this season
Players receiving call-ups to San Jose – 4
NHL debuts – 1 Worcester Sharks alumni making their NHL debuts this season
Call-ups to San Jose – 5 different call-ups to San Jose this season
Coming and goings from the Shark Tank:
ADD Recalled from loan to San Francisco (ECHL)
DEL Loaned to San Francisco (ECHL)
Top Worcester Sharks:
o Goals                                    Tarasov (6)
o Game Winners                   Tarasov (3)
o Assists                                  Kearns (8)
o Points                                   Kearns (3-8-11) and Tarasov (6-5-11)
o Power play Points              Kearns (3-4-7)
o Shots                                    Hayes (31)
o PIM                                       Doherty (41)
o Fighting Pen.                       Bonneau, Kearns, and Doherty (3)
o Plus/Minus                          Doherty (+1)
o Wins                                     Grosenick (2)
o G.A.A.                                   Grosenick (2.17)
o Save %                                  Grosenick (.924)
o Shutouts                              Grosenick (1)
Sharks in the ECHL:
The San Francisco Bulls are 3-5-1-0, 7pts through nine games this season which is good for 3rd place in the Pacific Division. 
Sharks players under an AHL contract currently playing in San Francisco include:
Forward Chris Crane (1-1-2) in 9gp
Defenseman Kyle Bigos (1-1-2) in 9gp
Goaltender JP Anderson – 0-2-0, 2.02 .911%
Forward Ryan McDonough (0-1-1) in 8gp
Defenseman Steve Tarasuk (0-0-0) in 9gp
Week ahead for the Bulls:
Mon. Nov 11 at 8pm (EST) at Stockton
Fri. Nov 15 at 10:30pm (EST) vs. Idaho
Sat. Nov 16 at 10:30pm (EST) vs. Idaho
Sun. Nov 17 at 5:15pm (EST) vs. Ontario
Sharks in the NHL:
The San Jose Sharks are currently in 3rd place in the Pacific Division and 5th place in the Western Conference with 25 points and a 10-2-5 record.
Worcester Sharks alumni include: Logan Couture, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Tommy Wingels, Jason Demers, Matt Nieto, Matt Irwin, Andrew Desjardins, Justin Braun, James Sheppard, John McCarthy, and Alex Stalock.
The San Jose Sharks are in the middle of a five game road trip.
Week ahead for the SJ Sharks;
Tue. Nov 12 at 9pm (EST) at Calgary
Thur. Nov 14 at 10pm (EST) at Vancouver
Fri. Nov 15 at 9:30pm (EST) at Winnipeg
Sun. Nov 17 at 7pm (EST) at Chicago
Coming Up for the Worcester Sharks:
The Sharks head northeast for a three game set vs. the IceCaps in St. John’s, NFLD!  Listen to all three games on WTAG! (Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday with puck drops at 6pm EST)
After the Sharks close out their four game road trip in Manchester on Friday, November 22, the Sharks return home for a pair of games!
On Saturday, Nov 23 the Sharks host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 7pm on Teddy Bear Toss Night presented by Bay State Savings Bank!
Score a Family Fun Pack (4 tickets, 4 hotdogs, and 4 sodas) for any Friday, Saturday, or Sunday game starting at just $79!
2013-14 Flex ticket packages are on sale now! Score your 40 or 12 ticket flex package by contacting the Sharks front office at 508-929-0500. You decide how many tickets and how many games YOU want to attend while saving $$$ off box office pricing! It is that EASY!
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Contact Worcester Sharks account executives Kristyn Galante, Erin Croce, Sean West, Amanda Perkins, Peter Kelly, Andrew Nawn, and Mike Connole as they are taking deposits for the Sharks 8th season in Worcester! Jump in today and save up to 40% off box office prices! Some of the exclusive benefits for full season ticket holders will include:
·          Guaranteed same seat for all 38 home dates and playoff home games at the DCU Center
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·          Seven FREE friends and family vouchers
·          Exclusive events with Sharks players
·          Merchandise discounts and much, much, more!
Season ticket packages and group tickets for the 2013-14 season are on sale now by contacting the Worcester Sharks Office at 508.929.0500 or by crashing the net at www.SharksAHL.com.
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