Sharks close out 2013-14 season with five more home games

Week of April 7, 2014
Sharks close out 2013-14 season with five more home games
#WorSharks went 1-1-1-1 last week in four games
Shark Snap Shot:
The Worcester Sharks (34-31-4-2, 74pts) chomped four out of a possible eight points during a busy stretch last week (1-1-1-1). The Sharks currently sit in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, which is 8 points behind the 8th and final playoff spot held by the Hershey Bears (Sharks have 5 games remaining, 5 home, 0 away)
The Sharks began the month of April with a 3-2 victory over the Pirates in Worcester on Tuesday but dropped their final road game of the season in Providence on Friday with a 3-2 shootout loss to the Bruins. Worcester began their season ending seven game home stand with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Bears on Saturday and closed out the week with a 5-2 loss to the Monarchs on Sunday.
Dan DaSilva set a franchise record with his 60th career goal as a member of the Worcester Sharks on Saturday; surpassing Riley Armstrong and Mike IgguldenFreddie Hamilton scored his team leading 20th and 21st goals of the season while Travis Oleksuk picked up four points (2-2-4) last week and is now up to 18 goals on the season. Eriah Hayes (2-2-4) also had a stand out week offensively while goaltenders Troy Grosenick and Harri Sateri combined for a .916 save percentage last week.
San Jose Sharks 1st round draft pick (18th overall in 2013) defenseman Mirco Mueller made his professional debut on April 1 and picked up an assist on the game winner. Bracken Kearns was recalled by the San Jose Sharks on April 8 and defenseman Nick Jones (Mercyhurst College) is still looking to make his professional debut for the Sharks.
Konrad Abeltshauser was named the Worcester Sharks  Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Worcester community during the 2013-14 season The rookie defenseman has taken the initiative to go above and beyond in regards to community outreach and has established himself as a leader in the Worcester community. The 21-year-old native of Bad Tolz, Germany, established “Konrad’s Korner” at every Sunday home game during the 2013-14 season. Konrad purchased tickets for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA/MetroWest and personally met with the recipients after each game.
The Worcester Sharks player of the week nominee is forward Travis Oleksuk. The 25-year-old from Thunder Bay, Ontario recorded four points (2-2-4) in four games last to lead the way offensively for Worcester. Oleksuk now ranks 2nd on the Sharks roster with 37 points (18-19-37) through 69 games this season.
The Worcester Sharks (5 home, 0 away) trail the Hershey Bears (2 home, 4 away) by 8 points for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Head Coach Roy Sommer surpassed Frank Mathers (1256 games coached) for the most games coached in AHL history on March 26 in the Sharks 5-3 win in Lewiston, ME over the Portland Pirates. Coach Sommer has coached 1263 AHL games – all with the SJ Sharks AHL affiliates. In total, Coach Sommer been a head coach in 1,597 games in the AHL and ECHL and will hit # 1,600 when the Sharks host the Norfolk Admirals on April 12 at the DCU Center.
Dan DaSilva broke the franchise record for most career goals when he scored his 60th career goal on April 5 vs the Hershey Bears. DaSilva surpassed Mike Iggulden and Riley Armstrong (59 goals each).
The Worcester Sharks play three more home games this week at the DCU Center!
On Wednesday, the Shark host the Hartford Wolf Pack at 7pm. With every Wednesday home game this season, unemployed Sharks fans can receive up to four free tickets with the proper ID and proof of unemployment courtesy of Sharks Charities.
On Friday, the Sharks host the Adirondack Phantoms at 7:30pm. Enjoy $2 hot dogs, popcorn, and soda throughout the game! The game will be shown live on Charter TV3.
On Saturday, the Sharks host the Norfolk Admirals at 7pm with a special appearance from mascot Scratch! Fans are encouraged to bring in new/used baseball equipment to support the Midstate Auto Group Baseball Equipment Drive. All donors will receive a free ticket to the Sharks game on April 18! 
Few things to know….
·         The Worcester Sharks are currently in 4th place (34-31-4-2, 74pts) in the Atlantic Division and 10th place overall in the Eastern Conference.  – the Sharks trail the 8th and final playoff spot held by the Hershey Bears by 8 points with 5 games remaining.
·         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 Kearns).
·         The San Jose Sharks are in 2nd place in the Pacific Division and 4th place in the Western Conference with 107 points and a 49-21-9 record.
·         The Worcester Sharks are an impressive 10-2 in the shootout this season! 29.4% of the Sharks wins this season have come in the shootout!
·         Forward Dan DaSilva has 36pts (17-19-36) in 56 games this season and is now the Worcester Sharks franchise leader 143 points (60-83-143) in 234 games.  – DaSilva leads the AHL with 4 game winning shootout goals.
·         Veteran Bracken Kearns played in his 500th AHL game on Dec 28 vs. the IceCaps and then was recalled by the SJ Sharks on Dec 28 and scored his 1st NHL goal in a 3-1 win over the Ducks on Dec 29. Bracken had three goals and an assist in 22 games with the SJ Sharks this season and is currently on recall
·         John McCarthy returned to action on March 2 after missing seven games due to injury. J-Mac has seven points (3-4-7) in 13 games with Worcester after appearing in 36 games with the SJ Sharks (1-1-2). – J-Mac has missed the last seven games with a broken hand.
·         2nd year pro Freddie Hamilton leads the club with 21 goals, 1st with 40 points (21-19-40), and tops with nine 1st goals. Hamilton has already surpassed his point total from last season in just 59 games (76gp, 13-13-26) and has skated in 11 games with the SJ Sharks this season and is still looking for his 1st NHL point.
·         Worcester Sharks alumni Matt Nieto (Oct 8 vs. NYR), Matt Pelech (Oct 10 at VAN), Bracken Kearns (Dec 29 vs. ANA), and Eriah Hayes (Jan 30 at CLG) each have scored their first career NHL goals for the SJ Sharks this season.
·         Worcester Sharks alumni Alex Stalock is an impressive 11-5-2 with the San Jose Sharks this season with a 1.91 GAA and a .930 save %. Stalock picked up his first NHL shutout with a 24 save performance in 3-0 win at Florida on Jan 16 and followed it up with a 1-0 shutout win a 1-0 win over the Jets on Jan 23 in San Jose. Stalock set the SJ Sharks franchise record for a 178:55 shutout streak this season.
·         Current SJ Sharks forward and #WorSharks alum Joe Pavelski was named to the US Olympic men’s hockey team and leads the Sharks with 39 goals in 79 games.
·         Coach Roy Sommer currently ranks 4th in the AHL with 574 wins in his career (16th season) and 1st in games coached in the AHL with 1263. 
 Top 3… Last Week!
1.       Dan DaSilva broke the franchise recorded with his 60th career goal, his 17th goal of the season, the game tying goal with 35 seconds left in the third period in the 3-2 overtime loss to the Bears on Saturday!
2.       Harri Sateri made 32 saves in the 3-2 shootout loss to the Bruins on Friday!
3.       Travis Oleksuk had a goal and an assist in the Sharks 3-2 win over the Pirates on Tuesday!
Last Week: (1-1-1-1) 4pts, 4gp
Tue.       4/1         W            Portland Pirates 2 @ Worcester SHARKS 3
Fri.          4/4         SOL        Worcester SHARKS 2 @ Providence Bruins 3
Sat.        4/5         OTL        Hershey Bears 3 @ Worcester SHARKS 2
Sun.       4/6         L              Manchester Monarchs 5 @ Worcester SHARKS 2
This week:
Wed.     4/9                         Hartford Wolf Pack @ Worcester SHARKS – 7pm
Fri.          4/11                       Adirondack Phantoms @ Worcester SHARKS – 7:30pm
Sat.        4/12                       Norfolk Admirals @ Worcester SHARKS – 7pm
Rewind the Tape:
4.1.14 –Portland 2 – Worcester 3 –  W – DCU Center – Worcester, MA
The Worcester Sharks (34-30-3-1, 72pts) topped the Portland Pirates (24-33-2-8, 58pts) 3-2 before 1,544 fans Tuesday evening at the DCU Center in the final meeting of the season between these two teams.  With the win, the Sharks are now five points behind the 8th place Norfolk Admirals for the final playoff spot in the East with eight games remaining. The Sharks got on the board with a goal by Travis Oleksuk (17th) in the first, for a lead that would carry throughout the contest to the end. After a second Worcester tally by Freddie Hamilton (20th) early in the second period, Tobias Rieder of Portland lit the lamp for his first of two goals in the tilt for the Pirates. In the third period, Matt Pelech (3rd) netted the game-winner and Rieder scored again to bring the Pirates close, but the Sharks edged the Pirates by one goal as Troy Grosenick picked up his 17th win with 21 saves.
4.4.14 –Providence 3 – Worcester 2 – SOL – Dunkin Donuts Center – Providence, RI
The Worcester Sharks (34-30-3-2, 73pts) suffered a shootout loss to the Providence Bruins (37-23-2-7, 83pts) with a final score of 3-2 before 8,320 fans Friday evening at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in the last road trip of the season. With the shootout loss, the Sharks picked up a point and are now six points away from the last playoff position in the Eastern Conference, currently held by the eighth-placed Norfolk Admirals. The Sharks took control of the game with the only goal of the first period after a left point drive by Konrad Abeltshauser (6th) before doubling up on their goals in the second with a power play mark by Eriah Hayes (10th). Providence then returned the goal deficit to one with a rebounded score by Alexander Khokhlachev (20th) to close out the second. Late in the third with an extra attacker, Craig Cunningham (25th) tallied the equalizer for Providence and forced a scoreless overtime, as the game was decided in the shootout. Carpenter and Hayes scored for the Sharks, but the Bruins edged Worcester in the end with shootout goals by Khokhlachev, Griffith and Johnson. Harri Sateri was strong in net with 32 saves.
4.5.14 –Hershey 3 – Worcester 2 – OTL – DCU Center – Worcester, MA
The Worcester Sharks (34-30-4-2, 74pts) tied the game late in the third period to force overtime but the Hershey Bears (36-25-4-4, 80pts) picked up a 3-2 overtime win before 4,024 fans Saturday evening at the DCU Center on Tommy Wingels You Can Play bobblehead night. With just six games remaining in the regular season, the Sharks are now seven points out from the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, held by the Norfolk Admirals. After a scoreless opening period, the Sharks broke the stalemate first with an early second period marker by Chad Rau (3rd). The Bears responded within the period with two of their own, however, first by Caleb Herbert (2nd) followed by a tally from Chay Genoway (4th) to take the lead. With 34.3 seconds on the clock and an extra skater on the ice, Dan DaSilva (17th) forced overtime with his franchise record breaking 60th career goal. Less than halfway through overtime Casey Wellman (17th) capitalized on a Sharks defensive error and sealed the game with a breakaway goal.
4.6.14 –Manchester 5 – Worcester 2 – L – DCU Center – Worcester, MA
The Worcester Sharks (34-31-4-2, 74pts) dropped a 5-2 contest to the Manchester Monarchs (45-19-2-6, 98pts) before 3,708 fans and 74 dogs Sunday afternoon at the DCU Center in the third annual Pucks & Paws game. With the loss and five more games remaining, the Sharks are now eight points behind the 8th place Hershey Bears for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The first period of play made for a single Manchester goal by Brayden McNabb (8th) off a rocket from the left point. The Sharks then rallied for back to back goals in the second by Travis Oleksuk (18th) and Freddie Hamilton (21st), before giving up a shorty to Andrew Bodnarchuk (8th) that brought the game to a 2-2 tie by the close of the middle frame. Late in the third period, the Monarchs broke the stalemate with a tally by Jordan Weal (22nd) and furthered their lead with an empty net goal by Brayden McNabb (9th) and a credited goal to Sean Backman (10th) in the closing minute of the game. Net minding for Worcester, tender Harri Sateri made 36 saves while Patrik Bartosak made 30 in the Manchester win.
Sharks in the Atlantic:
The Sharks (34-31-4-2, 74pts in 71gp) are currently in 4th place in the Atlantic Division; which is 24 points behind the 1st place Monarchs (98pts in 72gp), 16 points behind the 2nd place IceCaps (90pts in 70gp), 12 points behind the 3rd place Bruins (86pts in 71gp), and 15 points ahead of the 5th place Pirates (59pts in 70gp) 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.
*1257 GAMES…..With the 5-3 win in Lewiston, ME vs. the Pirates on March 26, 2014, head coach Roy Sommer surpassed Frank Mathers (1,256 games) for the most games coached in the AHL.
*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.  
*400 WINS…. With a 4-3 victory over the Portland Pirates on Jan 12, 2014, associate coach David Cunniff picked up his 400th win an assistant/associate coach with the SJ Sharks top AHL affiliates.
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           1,263GP                 574 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: 574-531-48-56-54. (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 417 of the 574 victories (73%).
*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, Marek Viedensky, Freddie Hamilton, Sena Acolatse, Dan DaSilva, and Taylor Doherty have also worn the A this season.
*From east to west….. The Worcester Sharks have already had eight players (20 call-ups) receive at least one call up to the San Jose Sharks already this season.  (Pelech, McCarthy, Kearns, Hamilton, Nieto, Hayes, Tennyson, and Doherty)
*Breaking down October… The Sharks had a 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 had a 6-5-1-0 (13pts in 12gp) record in November with 26 GF and 35 GA. PP went 7-for-51 (13.7%); opponents PP went 11-for-60 (18.3%), and the Sharks had 18 fighting majors in November.
*Breaking down December… The Sharks had a 5-5-1-1 (12pts in 12gp) record in December with 29 GF and 33 GA. PP went 6-for-54 (11.1%); opponents PP went 8-for-48 (16.7%), and the Sharks had 10 fighting majors in December.
*Breaking down January…. The Sharks finished with a 8-5-1-0 (17pts in 14gp) record in January with 41 GF and 38 GA. PP went 14-50 (28.0%); opponents PP went 12-53 (22.6%) and the Sharks had eight fighting majors in January.
*Breaking down February…. The Sharks finished 2-8-0-0 (4pts in 10gp) record in February with 19 GF and 44 GA. PP went 4-38 (10.5%); opponents PP went 7-50 (14.0%) and the Sharks had 13 fighting majors in February.
*Breaking down March…. The Sharks went 10-4-0-0 (20pts in 14gp) record in March with 45 GF and 35 GA. PP went 8-55 (14.5%); opponents PP went 9-51 (17.6%) and the Sharks had 11 fighting majors in March.
*Breaking down April…. The Sharks are 1-1-1-1 (4pts in 4gp) record in April with 9 GF and 13 GA. PP is 2-15 (13.3%); opponents PP is 0-12 (0.0%) and the Sharks have 0 fighting majors in April.
*1st Rounder…defenseman Mirco Mueller joined the Worcester Sharks on March 30 after Everett was eliminated from the first round of the WHL playoffs. Born in Winterthur, Switzerland, the 19-year-old was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the 1st round (18th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft. Mueller has one assist in four games for Worcester this season.
*Carpenter signed…. The SJ Sharks signed unrestricted free agent forward Ryan Carpenter to an entry-level contract on March 24. Carpenter, 23, recorded 16 points (8-8=16) in 15 games for Bowling Green State University during his junior season in 2013-14. He returned to the Falcons lineup on Jan. 10 after missing the first 24 games of the season due to injury, and finished the season as the team leader in points per game (1.07). Carpenter led the Falcons to the WCHA Final Five, scoring two goals and three assists in three WCHA playoff games. As a junior in 2012-13, the Oviedo, Florida, native led the team in goals (18) and points (33) and was named to the All-CCHA Second Team. In addition, Carpenter was named to the CCHA Scholar-Athlete team, was honored with the 2012-13 Dr. Ron Zwierlein Leadership Award and was named the 2012-13 Jim Sears Award winner as the team's most valuable player. In 100 career collegiate games with Bowling Green, Carpenter registered 79 points (37-42=79) and 51 penalty minutes, while serving as team captain his sophomore and junior seasons. In his freshman season (2011-12), he was honored with the Bowling Green Rookie of the Year Award and led the team in assists (19) and points (30). Prior to attending Bowling Green, Carpenter spent two seasons (2009-11) with Sioux City of the USHL, where he tallied 23 goals and 44 assists in 117 career games. He was teammates with fellow Sharks prospect Max Gaede both years with Sioux City. The six-foot-one, 180-pound forward has two assists in seven games with the Worcester Sharks.
*Strange but true… the Sharks allowed a franchise record three shorthanded goals against in a 5-2 loss to the Monarchs on April 6. Manchester scored a shorthanded goal in the second period, an empty net shorthanded goal late in the third and an awarded shorthanded goal after Adam Comrie hooked down Sean Backman in front of an empty net.
*Shot Clock…. The Sharks fired a season high 50 shots in their 3-1 loss to the IceCaps on Feb 22. Worcester held a 17-1 advantage just 6:45 into the hockey game. Goaltender Michael Hutchinson made 49 saves for St. John’s.
*Shot Clock X2…. Worcester allowed a season low one shot on goal in the first period at Manchester on Feb 23. – but it was a goal. The Sharks lost the game 4-2 despite outshooting the Monarchs 32-19.
*Shot advantage… Worcester had outshot their opponents 252-152 in during a seven game stretch (Feb 22 – March 8) averaging 36.0 shots per game and allowing just 21.7 shots against per game.
*11… the Sharks allowed a franchise low 11 shots in a 2-1 loss to the Falcons on March 2 which included one shot against in the third period.
*Improving!…. Several players have already matched or surpassed their point totals from last year for the Worcester Sharks!
·         Freddie Hamilton (21-19-40pts in 59gp) has already surpassed his 13-13-36pts in 76gp last year!
·         Travis Oleksuk (18-19-37pts in 69gp) has already surpassed his 3-10-13pts in 60gp last year!
·         Taylor Doherty (4-11-15pts in 66gp) has already surpassed his 1-9-10pts in 40gp last year!
·         Jimmy Bonneau (2-3-5pts in 45gp) has already surpassed his 1-1-2pts in 26gp last year!
·         Marek Viedensky (6-16-22 in 51gp) has a career high in points already this season!
*Odd Numbers…. Worcester is 22-13-1-1 when they score a power play goal…. 10-4-1-1 when they score a power play goal on the road…. The Sharks are 17-1-0-0 when they score at least four goals in a game…. Worcester is 15-4-0-0 when they allow two goals or less…. The Sharks are 25-13-4-2 in games that are decided by two goals or less… but 8-17-0-0 in games decided by three goals or more.
*3 is the magic number…. The Sharks are 30-5-0-1 when they score at least three goals in a hockey game….BUT…. the Sharks are 8-27-3-2 when they allow three or more goals in a hockey game.
*What a crowd (s)!.... the Sharks welcomed 9,055 fans at the newly renovated DCU Center on Jan 25th in a 3-2 loss to the Bruins. – it was the 3rd largest crowd in franchise history! In addition, another 5,091 fans came the very next day to cheer the Sharks to a 4-3 shootout victory over the Monarchs. 14,146 fans enjoyed the two Sharks games on Jan 25 and 26!
*What a crowd Take 2… the Sharks welcomed 7,966 fans at the DCU for the 3rd annual PINK in the RINK game vs the Bruins on Feb 1!
*Holy Cross Alum…. Adam Schmidt joined Patrick Rissmiller, Jon Landry, and Jay Silva as former Crusaders that have dressed for the Worcester Sharks… Schmidt is the all-time leader with 151 games played for Holy Cross. Schmidt has two assists, and 23 shots in nine games for Worcester.
*TRADE!!!!.... The Sharks traded Curt Gogol and Riley Brace to the Minnesota Wild organization for Chad Rau on Feb 6. Rau, a 27-year-old forward from Eden Prairie, MN was a teammate of Dan DaSilva last year in Houston (AHL) and joined the Sharks with 299 games in the AHL with 147 points (63-84-147) – in addition to nine games with the Minnesota Wild in 2011-12 (2-0-2). Chad played four productive years at Colorado College and was originally drafted by the Maple Leafs in 2005. Rau has played 23 games in Worcester (2-4-6) and wears #20 for Team Teal.
*3-in-3 Sweep… the Sharks swept a 3-in-3 weekend on Jan 10-12 (3-1W vs HFD, 5-1W vs. NOR, 4-3W vs. POR) – it was the first six point weekend since April 11-13 of 2010!
*3-in-3 Sweep X2… the Sharks swept their 2nd 3-in-3 weekend on March 7-9 (5-4SOW at PRO, 3-2W vs. POR, 4-3SOW vs. Albany)
*3-in-3 Sweep X3… the Sharks swept their 2nd consecutive 3-in-3 weekend on March 14-16 (4-3OTW at PRO, 4-0W at BRI, 5-1W vs. Manchester)
*3-in-3 Sweep – Reversed…. The Sharks were swept in a 3-in-3 weekend on Feb 14-16. (5-1L at MCH, 8-0L at BNG, 4-1L at SPR) – it was the 6th time in franchise history and the 2nd time this year (Nov 8-11)
*3-in-3 Sweep – Reversed X2 … the Sharks were swept in a 3-in-3 weekend on Feb 21-2. (5-1L vs. STJ, 3-1L vs. STJ, 4-2L at MCH) – it was the 7th time in franchise history and the 1st time ever the Sharks have been swept in two consecutive 3-in-3 weekends.
*Shutout Streak…. The Sharks went a franchise record of 163:12 without scoring a goal but broke the streak in the 2nd period on Dec 27– and then the Sharks scored three goals in a 3:16 spell late in the second period vs. the St. John’s IceCaps.
*No Lead streak…the first goal by Freddie Hamilton at 5:38 of the 1st period on March 1 at Bridgeport snapped a 425 minute and 37 second span that the Sharks had not have a lead.
*Solved the Bruins….Worcester started the season 0-5-0-1 vs. the Bruins this season and were outscored 9-26 in the process before the Sharks took game 7 on Feb 1 by the score of 3-2. The Sharks have won three of last five games vs. the Bruins with the two teams meeting one more time this season - April 19 at DCU Center. – Malcolm Subban in 6-0-1 vs. the Sharks this season!
*Sharks win close games… Worcester is 19-8-4-2 in 1-goal games this season – 10 of the 19 wins have come in the shootout!
*More Goals Late…. the Sharks have scored 45 goals in the 1st, 62 in the 2nd, and 64 goals in the 3rd period this season… the Sharks have allowed 57 goals in the 1st, 73 in the 2nd, and 78 goals in the 3rd.
*Battling Back… six of the 34 wins for the Sharks this season have occurred when the team was trailing after 40 minutes of play.
*Barely outshot… Worcester has only been outshot 18 times this season… the 2nd fewest in the AHL this season.
*8 Goal Explosion!... the Worcester Sharks scored eight goals vs. the Portland Pirates on Dec 6 – setting a franchise record for most goals scored at the DCU Center! – heading into that game (18th game), the Sharks had not scored more than three goals in a game!
*Monster Night…. The line of Freddie Hamilton (2-1-3), Matt Nieto (2-3-5), and Daniil Tarasov (1-2-3) combined for 11 points, 18 shots, and a combined +12 in the Sharks 8-2 win over the Pirates on Dec 6.
*Monster Night Take 2….The line of Travis Oleksuk (1-2-3), Dan DaSilva (3-1-4), and Yanni Gourde (0-4-4) combined for 11 points, 13 shots, and a combined +11 in the Sharks 6-3 win at Portland on Jan 21
*Allowing 8… the Sharks allowed eight goals in a 8-2 loss in Providence on Jan 5 – tying a franchise record for most goals allowed in a game.
*Allowing 8 x2… Worcester suffered their worst loss in franchise history in an 8-0 loss in Binghamton on Feb 15.
*Multi-Point Game….Tough Guy Jimmy Bonneau had two assists in the Sharks 8-2 win over the Portland Pirates on Dec 6… his 1st multi point game as a member of the Sharks in game #88.
*Welcome Back… Dan DaSilva returned to the Worcester Sharks on Nov 20 after leading the ECHL with 26 points (7-19-26) in just 14 games for the Ontario Reign and was named the ECHL Player of the Week for Nov 11-17. DaSilva currently ranks 1st all-time in Worcester Sharks history with143 points (60-83-143) in 234 games for Team Teal and is the franchise leader in playoff points with 18 (5-13-18) in 23 Calder Cup playoff games. A member of the original Crazed Rats Line with John McCarthy and Andrew Desjardins; DaSilva had his best professional season with the Sharks in 2010-11 as he set career highs in points (53), goals (21), assists (32), and was +23 as the Sharks won the regular season Atlantic Division title with a 49-25-0-6 record. DaSilva was signed to a standard player AHL contract on Dec 12 for the rest of the season.
*Shooting %... the Sharks as a team have a 7.4% shooting percentage which is 30th in the AHL.
*3 in the 1st….it took 43 games but the Sharks finally scored three goals in the 1st period in their 5-2 win over the Falcons on Jan 31…. The Sharks also scored three goals in the 1st period in a 5-3 win at the Portland Pirates on March 26.
*Games past regulation…. Worcester is 3rd in the AHL with a .647 win percentage in games that are decided after 60 minutes of play (28 of 34 possible points).
*Thanks Ballou… despite being 10-2 in the shootout this season, the Sharks are just 31W-45L overall (40.7%)
*Shootout Success… the Sharks are 10-2 in the shootout this season with a 39% scoring percentage (5th) and an 79.4% saves percentage (4th).   Dan DaSilva is 6-for-10 in the shootout with four game winners – the four game winners are most in the AHL.
*Oh boy…Troy in the Shootout!.... goaltender Troy Grosenick is 6-0 this season in the shootout – tied for  most shootout wins in the AHL…. Troy has stopped 25 of 28 shootout attempts (.892%).
*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 32 times in 71 games this season (24-4-2-2) – Freddie Hamilton 9, Daniil Tarasov 2, Rylan Schwartz 1, Brodie Reid  1, Bracken Kearns 1, Eriah Hayes 1,  Dan DaSilva 3,  Lane Scheidl 2, Jimmy Bonneau 1, Travis Oleksuk 3, Konrad Abeltshauser 2, Marek Viedensky 1, Rob Davison 1, Brock Higgs 1, Matt Tennyson 1, and Chad Rau 1.
*Just like in college…. Sharks rookie forward Eriah Hayes led the NCAA last season with 186 shots on goal with Minnesota State – Mankato… Hayes is 2nd on the Worcester Sharks with 144 shots on goal through 54 games this season. Hayes also has a goal and 16 shots in 15 games for the SJ Sharks this season.
*Pro Debuts:  Konrad Abeltshauser (Oct 12 at SPR), Troy Grosenick (Oct 20 vs. WBS), Brock Higgs (Mar 14 at PRO), Mike Pereira (Mar 15 at BRI), Adam Schmidt (Mar 22 vs. HER), Ryan Carpenter (Mar 26 at POR)
*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! Davison has played 732 games in his professional career.
*2 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.
*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 14 rookies already this season. (Troy Grosenick, Konrad Abeltshauser, Eriah Hayes, Rylan Schwartz, Riley Brace, Dylan Demelo, Tyler Gron,  Lane Scheidl, Scott Fleming, Brock Higgs, Mike Pereira, Adam Schmidt, Ryan Carpenter, and Mirco Mueller)
 *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 five goals in 172 games with the Worcester Sharks…. Doherty is 3rd on Worcester with 107 penalty minutes and 3rd with seven fighting majors…. Doherty scored his 1st professional game winning goal in the 4-3W vs. Portland on Jan 10 and received his 1st NHL recall on Jan 21 and did not dress in two games for the SJ Sharks before getting assigned back to Worcester on Jan 26.
*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 six goals and 19 assists in 45 games this season. Kearns played in his 500th AHL game in the Sharks 5-2 win vs. St. John’s on Dec 27 and then scored his 1st NHL goal in the SJ Sharks 3-1 win vs. Anaheim Ducks on Dec 29. – Kearns has three goals in the NHL this season in 22 games. – Kearns was recalled by San Jose on April 7.
*First Pro Goals this season… Konrad Abeltshauser scored his 1st pro goal (JF Berube) in 2-1SOW at Manchester on Dec 8….Dylan Demelo scored his 1st (Malcolm Subban) in 8-2L at Providence on Jan 5…. Brock Higgs scored his 1st (Kevin Poulin) in 4-0W at Bridgeport on Mar 15…. Mike Pereira scored his 1st (JF Berube) in 5-1W vs. Manchester on Mar 16.
*Sharks in the Atlantic… Worcester went 19-14-3-4 in the Atlantic Division in 2012-13 and is 20-21-1-2 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 have had five players from Hockey East Schools; (McCarthy – BU, Reid – NU, Petrecki – BC, Stalberg – Vermont, Pereira – U-Mass Amherst)
*I’ll take a draft… 11Worcester Sharks players were drafted by the San Jose Sharks. (Abeltshauser, Davison, Hamilton, Doherty, McCarthy, Nieto, Petrecki, Sateri, Viedensky, Crane, and Mueller)
*NHL Experience…. The Sharks have nine players on their roster with NHL experience led by Rob Davison with 219…. Breaking down the rest….John McCarthy 83, Matt Pelech 13, Bracken Kearns 27, Matt Tennyson 4, Freddie Hamilton 11, Matt Nieto 65, Nick Petrecki 1, Eriah Hayes 15, and Chad Rau 9.
*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 belonged 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 198 games. In all, Worcester players have recorded hat tricks only nine times in the franchise’s 565 games. The Sharks are 9-0 in those games and 1-15-3 in the 19 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…. Chad Rau is the older brother of Kyle Rau (Univ. of Minnesota).
*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 has played 36 games (1-1-1) this season for the SJ Sharks this season and is 3-4-7pts in 13 games with Worcester.
*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 1,057 penalty minutes and 82 fighting majors in 372 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 six games with San Jose this season…. With his two game suspension this season by the AHL, Pelech has missed 19 games due to suspension in the last 28 months with the Worcester Sharks. Pelech missed 25 games due to a broken hand suffered in a fight with Bobby Robins on Jan 3 and returned to the lineup on March 7.
*Major Bonneau… Worcester Sharks tough guy Jimmy Bonneau has racked up 49 fighting majors in 125 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 121 fighting majors in 320 AHL games along with 908 penalty minutes…. Jimmy has 16 fighting majors and 106 penalty minutes through 45 games this season…. Bonneau scored his 2nd goal of the season in his 300th AHL game in the Sharks 4-3SOW vs. Manchester on Jan 26.
 *Five for fighting… The Sharks have 70 fighting majors through 71 games and rank 13th in the AHL (Kearns 4, Bonneau 16, Davison 6, Gogol 9, Doherty 7, Pelech 5, Tarasov 2, Hayes 1, Demelo 1, Brace 1, Tennyson 1, Viedensky 1, Acolatse 6, Petrecki 4, DaSilva 2, Schwartz 1, Scheidl 1, Bigos 1, McCarthy 1). 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: 34-31-4-2, 74 points – 4th in Atlantic
Win percentage: .521% – 19th in AHL, 10th in East
Home Record: 17-14-1-1
Away Record: 17-17-3-1
Attendance: 129,570 through 33 games this season – 3,926 average – 24th in AHL
Goals Scored: 182, 2.56 goals per game, 25th in AHL
Goals Allowed: 214, 3.01 goals against per game, 20th in AHL
Shots per game: 32.83 – 2nd in AHL
Shots allowed per game: 27.86 – 3rd in AHL
Score 1st: 24-4-2-2 when scoring first (.813%) – 4th in AHL
1 goal games: 19-8-4-2 in one goal games
PP: 15.8%, 23rd in AHL (46-291)
PK: 83.0%, 12th in AHL (50-294)
SHG – 5 shorthanded goals scored
SHGA – 12 shorthanded goals allowed
PIMS – 17.27 penalty minutes per game, 14th in AHL
Fighting Majors: 70 – 13th in AHL
OT Games – 17 – (1-4 record in OT)  
SO Games – 12 – (10-2 record in SO)
Roster Players – the Sharks have used 39 players this season
Goalies – the Sharks have used 2 goaltenders this season
Players receiving call-ups to San Jose – 8
NHL debuts – 2 Worcester Sharks alumni making their NHL debuts this season
Call-ups to San Jose – 20 different call-ups to San Jose this season
Coming and goings from the Shark Tank:
DEL Recalled from loan by San Jose (NHL)
Top Worcester Sharks:
o Goals                                    Hamilton (21)
o Game Winners                   Tarasov (4)
o Assists                                  Demelo (22)
o Points                                   Hamilton (21-19-40)
o Power play Points              Tarasov (7-6-13)
o Shots                                    DaSilva (154)
o PIM                                       Gogol (149)
o Fighting Pen.                       Bonneau (16)
o Plus/Minus                          Tarasov (+5)
o Wins                                     Grosenick and Sateri (17)
o G.A.A.                                   Grosenick (2.72)
o Save %                                  Grosenick (.900)
o Shutouts                              Grosenick and Sateri (1)
Sharks in the NHL:
The San Jose Sharks sit in 2nd place in the Pacific Division and 3rd place in the Western Conference with 103 points and a 47-20-9 record.  
Worcester Sharks alumni include: Logan Couture, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Tommy Wingels, Jason Demers, Matt Nieto, Matt Irwin, Andrew Desjardins, Justin Braun, James Sheppard, Alex Stalock, and Bracken Kearns.
Week ahead for the SJ Sharks;
Wed.     10:30pm (EST)   at Anaheim
Fri.          10pm (EST)         vs. Colorado
Sat.        9pm (EST)            at Phoenix
Coming Up for the Worcester Sharks:
The Worcester Sharks play three more home games this week at the DCU Center!
On Wednesday, the Shark host the Hartford Wolf Pack at 7pm. With every Wednesday home game this season, unemployed Sharks fans can receive up to four free tickets with the proper ID and proof of unemployment courtesy of Sharks Charities.
On Friday, the Sharks host the Adirondack Phantoms at 7:30pm. Enjoy $2 hot dogs, popcorn, and soda throughout the game! The game will be shown live on Charter TV3.
On Saturday, the Sharks host the Norfolk Admirals at 7pm with a special appearance from mascot Scratch! Fans are encouraged to bring in new/used baseball equipment to support the Midstate Auto Group Baseball Equipment Drive. All donors will receive a free ticket to the Sharks game on April 18! 
Score a Family Fun Pack (4 tickets, 4 hotdogs, and 4 sodas) for any Friday, Saturday, or Sunday game starting at just $79!
Bring a group to sing the national anthem, book a fundraising event, host a birthday party, or have a blast in the high fin tunnel…. secure your personalized Sharks experience today!
Contact Worcester Sharks account executives Kristyn Galante, Erin Croce, Sean West, Amanda Perkins, Peter Kelly, Andrew Nawn, and Mike Connole today! 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
·          Priority access to purchase tickets to other DCU Center events (subject to availability)
·          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 2014-15 are already on season are on sale now by contacting the Worcester Sharks Office at 508.929.0500 or by crashing the net at
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