Worcester Sharks all tied up in Atlantic Division Finals

Worcester Sharks Weekly Release
Week of May 3, 2010
Worcester Sharks all tied up in Atlantic Division Finals
Sharks host Monarchs on Wednesday night with $1 Hot Dogs!
Shark Snap Shot
The Sharks and Monarchs are tied 2-2 in their best-of-seven series in the Atlantic Division Finals with the winner facing the Hershey Bears in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Sharks host Game 5 on Wednesday, May 5 at the DCU Center at 7:05PM.
Top 3!
#1 Derek Joslin scores two goals this week, including the game winner with 33.2 seconds remaining in Game 4 at Manchester on Saturday.
#2 Cory Quirk ties the score in third period in 3-2 win in Game 4.
#3 Brandon Mashinter adds three assists in 3-2 win over the Monarchs in Game 4 on Saturday.
Round 1: Atlantic Division Semifinals (best-of-seven)
Worcester Sharks advance 4-1.
Game 1 – Wed., Apr. 14 – Lowell 3 at Worcester 2 - LOSS
Game 2 – Thu., Apr. 15 – Lowell 2 at Worcester 3 OT WIN
Game 3 – Sat., Apr. 17 – Worcester 3 at Lowell 2WIN
Game 4 – Tue., Apr. 20 – Worcester 4 at Lowell 2WIN
Game 5 – Wed., Apr. 21 – Worcester 5 at Lowell 1WIN
Round 2: Atlantic Division Finals (best-of-seven)
Series tied 2-2.
Game 1 – Sun. April 25 – Manchester 3 at Worcester 4WIN
Game 2 – Wed. April 28 – Manchester 3 at Worcester 2 – OT LOSS
Game 3 – Fri. April 30 – Worcester 0 at Manchester 5 – LOSS
Game 4 – Sat. May 1 – Worcester 3 at Manchester 2 – WIN
Game 5 – Wed. May 5 – Manchester at Worcester 7:05 PM
Game 6 – Fri. May 7 – Worcester at Manchester 7:30 PM
*Game 7 – Sat. May 8 – Manchester at Worcester 7:05 PM
* - denotes if necessary games
Rewind the Tape:
Game 1 - 4.25.10 – Worcester 4 – Manchester 3 – W – DCU Center
The Worcester Sharks erased a two-goal deficit and hung on to defeat the Manchester Monarchs in game one of the best-of-seven Atlantic Division finals, 4-3 at the DCU Center Sunday night. Steven Zalewski provided the heroics late in the third period as Worcester now leads the series one game to none. Dean Strong, Cory Quirk, and Benn Ferriero had the other goals for Worcester. Dennis McCauley chipped in with two assists as well. It was the first time in Sharks franchise history that they have won game one of a playoff series.
Game 2 - 4.28.10 – Worcester 2 – Manchester 3 – OTL – DCU Center
The Sharks were unable to hold a third period lead and they fell to the Manchester Monarchs in overtime, 3-2, at the DCU Center Wednesday night in game two of the Atlantic Division Finals. Bud Holloway scored his fifth game-winning goal of the playoffs to lift the Monarchs to victory. Brandon Mashinter scored his first professional playoff goal and Steven Zalewski tallied two assists for the Sharks in the losing effort. Alex Stalock made 28 saves for the Sharks.
Game 3 - 4.30.10 – Worcester 0 – Manchester 5 – L – Verizon Wireless Arena
Worcester surrendered three power-play goals and could not beat Jonathan Bernier as they dropped game three of the Atlantic Division Finals to Manchester, 5-0 at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Friday night. Alex Stalock stopped 31 shots in the losing effort and kept Worcester in the game early as the Sharks never received a power play in the game. The Sharks were whistled for 45 penalty minutes and the Monarchs just four in a game that saw Manchester have eight power play chances.
Game 4 - 5.1.10 – Worcester 3 – Manchester 2 – W – Verizon Wireless Arena
The Sharks scored two goals in the third period to overcome a one goal deficit and shocked the Monarchs in Game 4 of the Atlantic Division Finals, 3-2 at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday night. Worcester scored the first goal of the game for the first time in the series, and came from behind for the third time in the playoffs with a stunning goal from Derek Joslin with 33.3 seconds remaining in the third period to tie the series at 2-2. Ryan Vesce scored in the first, Cory Quirk tied the score in the third, and Brandon Mashinter added three assists in the victory.
Sharks in the Atlantic: Sharks take home Atlantic Division Title!
The Sharks finished swimming in 1st place with 104 points (49-25-3-3) in the Atlantic Division through 80 games, three points ahead of the second place Pirates, 9 points ahead of the third place Manchester Monarchs, and 16 points ahead of the fourth place Lowell Devils. The Sharks had an 18 point cushion over 5th place Sound Tigers, a 21 point edge over the 6th place Wolf Pack and a 26 point advantage over the 7th place Bruins. The 8th place Springfield Falcons (66 points) rounded out a very choppy Atlantic Division. 
Playoff Shark Bites:
*From east to west….. The Sharks had 12 players that saw action in both the AHL and NHL this season (McLaren, Zalewski, Vesce, Joslin, McGinn, Couture, Callahan, Ferriero, Mitchell, Demers, McCarthy, and Helminen). The Sharks had 11 players accomplish that feat last season.  Logan Couture, Ryan Vesce, Benn Ferriero, Jason Demers, and Frazer McLaren have each recorded their first NHL goals this season.  Jamie McGinn, Torrey Mitchell, Logan Couture, Jason Demers, and Dwight Helminen are currently (April 26) on recall to San Jose. The Worcester Sharks had 69 CALL-UPS this season to San Jose.
* The Sharks are 14-13 all time in the Calder Cup playoffs.
*Home Cooking…. the Sharks are 7-6 in 13 playoff games at the DCU Center…. Including a 2-2 record this season
*Road Warriors… the Sharks are 7-7 in 12 playoff games on the road… including a 4-1 record this season.
*5th time a charm… Worcester won their first ever Game 1 to open a series in a 4-3 win over the Monarchs on April 25.
*Finally, Game 2… Worcester won their first Game 2 in four tries in franchise history in a 3-2 overtime win over the Devils at the DCU Center on April 15th.
*Special Teams… the Sharks are 7-for-32 (21.9%) on the power play in the playoffs and 37-for-44 (84.1%) on the penalty kill.
*Jolly Joslin… after going goalless in his first 17 playoff games with the Sharks, Joslin had goals in back-to-back games in Games 2 and 3 vs. the Devils… and has four goals in his last eight playoff games… Derek has also played the most playoff games with Worcester in franchise history (25) and counting.
*Three 3rd period firsts…. Dean Strong, Cory Quirk, and Steve Zalewski all scored their first AHL playoff goals in the third period in the come-from-behind victory over the Monarchs in Game 1.
*Mr. OT… the Sharks are 2-4 in overtime playoff games in franchise history, with Ryan Vesce scoring both of the overtime game winners. Vesce scored at 21:07 of overtime in Game 3 vs. the Wolf Pack in the Atlantic Division Semifinals on April 20th last year and scored at 19:03 in overtime in Game 2 vs. the Devils on April 15th.
*Mr. April’s… with eight points (2-6-8) already this playoff season, Dan DaSilva is the all-time leader in Sharks franchise history with 18 points (5-13-18)… Andrew Desjardins has SIX career playoff goals for Worcester which ranks him tops on the leader board.
*Dirty Dozen… With Alex Stalock making his first professional playoff start in Game 1 vs. the Devils on Wednesday, it broke a streak of 12 straight playoff games started by Thomas Greiss… Stalock has started all nine playoff games for Worcester this playoff season.
*Hey Mr. T.J…. T.J. Trevelyan has four goals in six playoff games for the Sharks… previously; Trevelyan had 17 points (8-9-17) in 23 career playoff games with the Providence Bruins.
*Scores in bunches… Benn Ferriero had not scored in 24 games before finding the back of the net in Game 4 vs. the Devils…. Currently, Benn has four goals in his last six games.
*AHL Leader Board…. Dan DaSilva is ranked 16th in AHL points with seven (2-6-8)… Alex Stalock ranks 5th in GAA with a 2.46 GAA… Benn Ferriero is ranked 9th (4-2-5), Brandon Mashinter ranked 9th (1-5-6), and John McCarthy ranked 16th (2-3-5) in rookie scoring…Danny Groulx ranks 4th among defenseman with seven points (1-6-7) and Derek Joslin 10th with five points (4-1-5).
*I have a ring… Danny Groulx won the Calder Cup with the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2007 and coach Roy Sommer won as a player with the Maine Mariners in 1984.
*Score 1st… The Sharks are 4-0-0 when scoring the first goal in a game in the playoffs. 2-3-0 when they allow the first strike.
*Stingy D… Worcester is ranked 3rd in the AHL allowing just 2.56GA per game… the Sharks are 10th with 2.89 goals scored per playoff game.
*Take the early lead… The Sharks are 4-0-0 when leading after the first period of play in the playoffs.
*Sin Bin… Frazer McLaren has 85 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games with the Sharks for the most playoff penalty minutes in franchise history.
*First Playoff tallies… John McCarthy (Game 1 vs Lowell), Derek Joslin (Game 2 vs. Lowell), Benn Ferriero (Game 4 vs. Lowell), Cory Quirk (Game 1 vs. Manchester), Dean Strong (Game 1 vs. Manchester), Steven Zalewski (Game 1 vs. Manchester), and Brandon Mashinter (Game 2 vs. Manchester) have all scored their first AHL playoff goals.
Coming and goings from the shark tank:
No Transactions this week.
Top Worcester Sharks in Playoffs:
o Goals                                    Ferriero, Joslin, and Trevelyan (4)
o Game Winners                   Ferriero and Joslin (2)
o Assists                                  DaSilva and Groulx (6)
o Points                                   DaSilva (2-6-8)
o Power play Points              Groulx (0-5-5)
o Shots                                    Ferriero (27)
o PIM                                       McLaren (35)
o Fighting Pen.                       0
o Plus/Minus                         Braun, Mashinter, and Quirk +3
o Wins                                     Stalock (6)
o G.A.A.                                   Stalock (2.46)
o Save %                                  Stalock (.914)
o Shutouts                               Stalock (0)
Sharks in the Pacific:
The San Jose Sharks finished 51-20-11 with 113 points and won their Second Consecutive Western Conference Regular Season Championship and the Team’s fifth Pacific Division Championship and third consecutive.
Round 1: Western Conference Quarterfinals (best-of-seven)
San Jose Advances 4-2.
Game 1 – Wed., Apr. 14 – Colorado 2 at San Jose 1 - LOSS
Game 2 – Fri., Apr. 16 – Colorado 5 at San Jose 6 OT WIN
Game 3 – Sun., Apr. 18 – San Jose 0 at Colorado 1OT WIN
Game 4 – Tue., Apr. 20 – San Jose 2 at Colorado 1OT WIN
Game 5 – Thu., Apr. 22 – Colorado 0 at San Jose 5 - WIN
Game 6 – Sat., Apr. 24 – San Jose 5 at Colorado 2WIN
Round 2: Western Conference Semifinals (best-of-seven)
San Jose Leads 2-0.
Game 1 – Thu., Apr. 29 – Detroit 3 at San Jose 4 - WIN
Game 2 – Sun., May. 2 – Detroit 3 at San Jose 4 WIN
Game 3 – Tue., May 4 – San Jose at Detroit 
Game 4 – Thu., May 6 – San Jose at Detroit
Game 5 – Sat., May 8 – Detroit at San Jose
Game 6 – Mon., May 10 – San Jose at Detroit
Game 7 – Wed., May 12 – Detroit at Colorado
Sharks in the ECHL:
The Kalamazoo Wings finished the regular season 42-20-6-4 with 94 points in the ECHL and 1st place in the North Division. The Wings fell to the Reading Royals three games to two in the first round of the Kelly Cup playoffs.
Coming Up:
Round 2: Atlantic Division Finals (best-of-seven)
Series tied 2-2.
Game 1 – Sun. April 25 – Manchester 3 at Worcester 4WIN
Game 2 – Wed. April 28 – Manchester 3 at Worcester 2 – OT LOSS
Game 3 – Fri. April 30 – Worcester 0 at Manchester 5 – LOSS
Game 4 – Sat. May 1 – Worcester 3 at Manchester 2 – WIN
Game 5 – Wed. May 5 – Manchester at Worcester 7:05 PM
Game 6 – Fri. May 7 – Worcester at Manchester 7:30 PM
*Game 7 – Sat. May 8 – Manchester at Worcester 7:05 PM
* - denotes if necessary games
The first round single game playoff prices at the DCU Center are as follows;
ADULT:                                        GOLD LEVEL: $18.25                TEAL LEVEL: $15.25
SENIOR/CHILDREN (2-12):     GOLD LEVEL: $11.75                TEAL LEVEL: $11.75
Get your family fun pack (4 tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 sodas) or the stick pack (4 tickets and 1 autographed Sharks stick) today for just $69. The Sharks host Game 5 on Wednesday at 7PM on Dollar Dog Wednesdays! Hot Dogs are just $1!
Ticket strips for the second round and the entire playoff package (possible 9 games) are on sale now. Save up to 20% off Box Office prices by purchasing the first round or the entire playoff package today! For more information call the Sharks front office at 508-929-0500.
Playoff tickets may be purchased by visiting the box office, contacting the Worcester Sharks front office at 508.929.0500, or by crashing the net at www.SharksAHL.com.
The Sharks finished the regular season with 49 wins, 104 points, and were crowned the Atlantic Division champions for the first time in franchise history. 
The Sharks are already taking deposits for their 5th season in Worcester! Jump in today and save over 30% off box office prices! Find out how to get the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs for FREE by calling the Sharks front office 508-929-0500. Some of the exclusive benefits for full season ticket holders will include:
·         Guaranteed same seat for all 40 home dates and playoff home games at the DCU Center
·         Significant savings off box office ticket prices
·         Priority access to purchase tickets to DCU Center events (subject to availability)
Season ticket packages, group tickets, and individual tickets for the 2009-10 and season are on sale now by contacting the Worcester Sharks Office at 508.929.0500 or by crashing the net at www.SharksAHL.com.
All games can be heard live on 580AM and 94.9FM WTAG, as well as online through AHL Live, by following the link on the Sharks website at www.SharksAHL.com.

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