Sharks keep on WIN(gels)NING on the road

Worcester Sharks Weekly Release
Week of December 19, 2011
Sharks keep on WIN(gels)NING on the road
Worcester Sharks finish season long seven game road trip 5-1-0-1!
Shark Snap Shot:
The Worcester Sharks chomped six out of a possible eight points in four road games last week. The Sharks clipped the Falcons 2-1 on Tuesday and kicked off a 3-in-3 weekend with an impressive 5-1 victory in Albany on Friday. Worcester beat the Senators 5-2 on Saturday before falling to Manchester 3-1 on Sunday afternoon. The Worcester Sharks player of the week nominee is forward Tommy Wingels; as he scored four goals (two game winners and one shorthanded goal), added two assists, fired 12 shots, and was +6, in four games last week. Wingels also was named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for his efforts. On a conditioning assignment from San Jose, goaltender Antero Niittymaki made two starts for Worcester and went 1-1-0 with a 2.05GAA and a .927%. Worcester finished their most successful road trip in franchise history with 11 points in seven games as the Sharks host the Springfield Falcons on Wednesday at 7pm before the holiday break.
Top 3… Last Week!
#1 Tommy Wingels was named the first AHL player of the week in over five years for Worcester with four goals and two assists in four games last week!
#2 Newcomer Jack Combs scores on his first shift for the Sharks and finished with five points (3-2-5) in three games for Worcester last week!
#3 Defenseman Sean Sullivan scored a rare shorthanded penalty shot goal and added an assist in 5-2W at Binghamton on Saturday!
Last Week: (3-1-0-0) 6pts, 4gp
Tue.       12/13     W                Worcester SHARKS 2 @ Springfield Falcons 1
Fri.          12/16     W                Worcester SHARKS 5 @ Albany Devils 1
Sat.        12/17     W                Worcester SHARKS 5 @ Binghamton Senators 2
Sun.       12/18     L                  Worcester SHARKS 1 @ Manchester Monarchs 3
This week:
Wed.     12/21                         Springfield Falcons @ Worcester SHARKS – 7pm
Rewind the Tape:
12.13.11 –Worcester 2– Springfield 1 – W – Mass Mutual Center
Tommy Wingels scored his third straight game winning goal for the Sharks in a 2-1 victory over the Springfield Falcons at the Mass Mutual Center on Tuesday night. Benn Ferriero also scored for Worcester and Tyson Sexsmith made 27 saves in goal to pick up the #3 star honors. The Sharks only dressed 17 skaters in a game that saw three fights and 60 penalty minutes.
12.16.11 –Worcester 5 – Albany 1– W – Times Union Center
Jack Combs scored on his first shift as a member of the Sharks and added another late in the first period as Worcester scored five unanswered goals in a 5-1 victory over the Albany Devils at the Times Union Center on Friday night. Antero Niittymaki, on a conditioning assignment from the San Jose Sharks, made 26 saves for Worcester in his first start in the AHL since winning the Calder Cup with the Philadelphia Phantoms in 2005 for the victory. Tommy Wingels extended his goal scoring streak to four games with two more goals and now leads the Sharks with 10 goals this season.
12.17.11 –Worcester 5 – Binghamton 2– W – Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
Teal hot Tommy Wingels extended his goal scoring streak to five games with a second period tally, and it turned out to be his 4th game winner in five games, to lead the Sharks to a 5-2 victory over the Binghamton Senators at the Broom County Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday night. Sean Sullivan scored a shorthanded penalty shot goal and the line of Benn Ferriero, John McCarthy, and Tommy Wingels all extended their point streaks to five games in the win. Tyson Sexsmith made 31 saves for his 7th win of the season. The Sharks tied a franchise record with their fifth straight road win and points in eight straight games (7-0-0-1).
12.18.11 –Worcester 1 – Manchester 3– L – Verizon Wireless Arena
Tommy Wingels extended his point streak to six games with an assist on the only Worcester goal as the Sharks fell 3-1 to the Manchester Monarchs at Verizon Wireless Arena on Sunday afternoon. Worcester finished with a 5-1-0-1 on their season long seven game road trip as the Sharks return home to host the Falcons on Wednesday. Antero Niittymaki made 25 saves in his second start on a conditioning assignment from the San Jose Sharks for Worcester as the Sharks five game winning streak came to an end and their point streak snapped at eight straight games with the loss. Jack Combs extended his point streak to three games (3-2-5) with the only score for Worcester.
Sharks in the Atlantic: The Sharks are swimming in 3rd place with 32 points (13-7-3-3) in the Atlantic Division through 26 games, which is seven points behind the first place St. John’s Ice Caps (29gp) and six points behind the 2nd place Manchester Monarchs (31gp). The Sharks are three points ahead of the 4th place Portland Pirates (29 points in 28gp) and the Providence Bruins (29 points in 31gp), to round out a very choppy Atlantic Division.
Coaching Milestones….
 *400 WINS!….With the 4-1 victory vs. Springfield on November 1, 2009, head coach Roy Sommer became just the 4th coach in AHL history to reach the 400 win plateau.
*500 WINS!.... Coach Roy Sommer is just 9 wins away from 500 in his AHL coaching career.
*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.
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          14seasons          1,066GP                491 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 (14th season) in the American Hockey League. His current regular season record is now: 491-440 -49 -46 -40. (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, Assistant Coach David Cunniff recorded an assist as a member of the River Rats in the hockey game.
*Assistant Coach David Cunniff has joined Coach Sommer in 337 of the 491 victories (68%).
*ECHL… Coach Sommer also has 176 wins in the ECHL coaching in five seasons with Roanoke Valley and Richmond.
Shark Bites:
*Captains for the 2011-12 season:  Mike Moore was named the Sharks 4th captain in team history on Feb 11, 2011 and was named captain again before the start of the 2011-12 season. Alternate captains for this season: veteran forward Ben Guite and forward John McCarthy. Tommy Wingels, Sean Sullivan, Jimmy Bonneau, and Benn Ferriero have also worn the “A” in the absence of an injured Ben Guite and Mike Moore.
*From east to west….. The Worcester Sharks have had 4 players (5 call-ups) receive at least one call up this season to San Jose… Currently; Andrew Desjardins, Frazer McLaren, Justin Braun, Jamie McGinn, Logan Couture, Jason Demers, Joe Pavelski, Marc-Edourd Vlasic, and Doug Murray are all former Worcester Sharks that are currently playing with the San Jose Sharks.
*AWARDS…Tommy Wingels was selected as the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Dec. 18, 2011. In four games last week Wingels recorded four goals, two assists and a plus-6 rating as the Sharks closed out a seven-game road swing having earned 11 of a possible 14 standings points.
Wingels recorded 10 points (seven goals, three assists), including four game-winning goals, and a plus-11 rating during the Sharks’ seven-game road stretch from Dec. 4-18, helping Worcester to a 5-1-0-1 mark in that time. In recognition of his achievement, Wingels will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Sharks home game.
*Games?... The Sharks have played the fewest amount of games in the AHL (26gp), while Providence and Manchester has already played 31 games already this season.
*Breaking down December… the Sharks are 7-1-0-1 (15 points in 9gp) in December with 29GF and 19GA. PP is 5-for-36, opponents PP is 5-for-26. Worcester has 20 fighting majors in the month.
*Worcester/Manchester Rivalry… the Sharks and Monarchs have already slugged it out through six of 12 games this season. The two teams have combined for 301 penalty minutes in the six games (138 WOR, 163 MCH) and 13 sets of fighting major penalties. Worcester is 1-3-1-1 vs. Manchester this season.
*Killer Start… Jack Combs scored on his first shift as a member of the Worcester Sharks in Albany on Dec 16 and added another goal later in the first period. The native of St. Louis, MS led the ECHL with 37 points (17-20-37) in 23 game with Colorado before he was signed by Worcester on Dec 14. The 23-year-old has a three game point streak for Worcester (3-2-5) in his first three games…. No too Shabby!
*6 Regulation losses… Worcester has the 2nd fewest regulation losses in the AHL with 7, and tied for the fewest in the entire Eastern Conference. Houston has only 5 regulation losses in the Western Conference.
*Road Warriors… the Sharks have taken a point in 12-of-14 road games this season (7-2-3-2) and finished with a 5-1-0-1 record on their season long seven game road trip.
*Behind in December? … No problem!... In the 3-in-3 weekend on 12/2-12/5/11 the Worcester Sharks went 2-0-0-1 despite leading for only 4:13 in the entire three games! In their next two games in St. John’s on Dec 9 and 11, Worcester outscored the IceCaps 5-0 in the third period for a pair of come-from-behind victories!
*Streakers!.... Tommy Wingels has a six game point streak (7-3-10)… Mike Moore (0-3-3) and Jack Combs (3-2-5) each have a three game point streak… Nathan Moon has a two game point streak… the Sharks have outshot their opponents in nine straight games… Worcester has a fighting major in 12 straight games.
*3rd period success!... the Sharks are outscoring their opponents 29-18 in the third period this season (+11).
*Leaders among us… Curt Gogol is 1st among AHL rookies with 77 penalty minutes and 1st with 9 fighting majors…Tyson Sexsmith is 2nd in the AHL with a 1.84GAA…Matt Irwin is 12th in the AHL defensemen scoring race with 16 points (7-9-16), 2nd in among AHL d-men with seven goals, 1st in power play goals with six, and 1st in shots with 86.
*OT Penalty Shot… On November 16, Springfield goaltender Manny Legace faced Worcester forward Mike Connolly on a penalty shot 52 seconds into overtime and saved both the attempt and the game, as just over a minute later the Falcons won, 3-2, on a goal by Alexandre Giroux. Since the 1992-93 season, there have been 27 penalty shots taken in overtime of an AHL game (including four in the playoffs); goalies have stopped 25 of them.
*Penalty Shots take 2…. Sean Sullivan scored a rare penalty shot shorthanded goal by a defenseman vs. Mike McKenna in the 2nd period in a 5-2W at Binghamton on Dec 17. Worcester is now 3-for-7 in franchise history on penalty shots.
*PP Specialist…Matt Irwin’s six power-play goals have put him in good position to set some team records, but he is not there yet. The record for most power-play goals in a season by a Sharks defenseman is nine, done by Garrett Stafford in 2006-07. The career record is 16, done by Derek Joslin. Irwin had six last year, so has 12 for his career.
*Tallest Shark…. Worcester Sharks rookie defenseman Taylor Doherty is the tallest player in team history standing at 6’7” 230lbs. Taylor has a +10 rating for the best mark on the club.
*Score first… the Sharks have scored FIRST 13 times in 26 games last season (9-1-2-1); Curt Gogol 2,Benn Ferriero 4, Nathan Moon 1, Mike Moore 1, Tommy Wingels 1, John McCarthy 2, Matt Irwin 1, Sena Acolatse 1.
*First Pro Goals this season… Curt Gogol (Oct 9 @ PRO vs. Khudobin), James Livingston (Oct15 vs. ALB vs. Frazee), Mike Connolly (Oct15 vs. ALB vs. Frazee), Nathan Moon (Oct 21 @ PRO vs. Khudobin), Sena Acolatse (Nov 1 vs. STJ vs. Pasquale), Brodie Reid (Nov 5 vs. STJ vs. Pasquale), and Marek Viedenski (Dec 11 at STJ vs. empty net)
*100 AHL goals…. Veteran Ben Guite scored his first goal as a member of the Worcester Sharks in a 6-1 win over the Devils on October 15. The goal turned out to be his 100th AHL goal in his career. Ben also has 19 NHL goals in 175 career NHL games. 
*Great first impression… Curt Gogol became just the 5th Sharks player to score in his professional debut joining Joe Pavelski, Nate Raduns, Tony Lucia, and Cam MacIntyre. (Thanks Bill Ballou, Worcester TG)
*Sharks in the Atlantic… the Sharks had a 29-20-4-7 record against Atlantic Division prey last season and are 4-7-2-2 in the division this season.
*Good when leading… the Sharks are 7-1-1-1 when leading after the 1st period of play and 7-0-0-1 when leading after the 2nd period of play this season.
*5 National Champions… The Sharks have five players that have won the NCAA Division 1 Championship…. Mike Connolly was co-captain for Minnesota-Duluth in 2011, John McCarthy was co-captain for Boston University in 2009… Benn Ferriero and Nick Petrecki with Boston College in 2008… and Ben Guite with Maine in 1999.
*These Sharks have teeth!…. Worcester is 3rd in the AHL in penalty minutes averaging 20.31 penalty minutes per game and are 1st with 43 fighting major penalties.
*2 Men Down…. John McCarthy became just the 2nd Worcester Sharks player to score a shorthanded goal while the Sharks were two men down. “JMac” scored at 8:32 of the first period in a 3-2 win over Bridgeport on Nov 11. Steve Zalewski had the other 3-on-5 score in Houston on 11/22/08.
*200/300… Worcester Sharks captain Mike Moore became just the 2nd player in Sharks history to hit 200 games and 300 penalty minutes this season joining Riley Armstrong. #8 has played in 206 games for Worcester accumulating 304 penalty minutes…
*Sherriff McLaren… Sharks tough guy Frazer McLaren was called up to San Jose on November 26 after a conditioning assignment in Worcester. #10 ranks 2nd all-time in Worcester Sharks history with 435 penalty minutes (42 FM) in 178 games. Brad Staubitz holds the top stop with 462 pims in 162 games.
*Thanks Ballou… the Worcester Sharks are 4-6-1-0 when they fire 47 or more shots on goal during a game.
*Massachusetts!... the Sharks have four players born from Massachusetts (John McCarthy – Andover, Benn Ferriero – Essex, Sean Sullivan – Braintree, and Brian O’Hanley – Quincy) In addition, assistant coach David Cunniff hails from South Boston.
*Hockey East Alumni!... the Worcester Sharks have eight players currently from Hockey East Schools (Irwin – UMass-Amherst, Ferriero – BC, McCarthy – BU, Sullivan – BU, Reid – NU, O’Hanley – BC, Guite – UMaine, Petrecki – BC)
*Young Guns… the Sharks have dressed 13 rookies already this season. (Curt Gogol, Nathan Moon, Brodie Reid, James Livingston, Mike Connolly, Taylor Doherty, Tyson Sexsmith, Harri Sateri, Sena Acolatse, Tony Lucia, Marek Viedensky, Brian O’Hanley, and Jack Combs)
*Super Sunday… the Sharks went 14-4-0-2 on Sunday afternoon games in 2010-11 and are 3-2-0-1 on Sundays this season.
*I’ll take a draft… Nine Worcester Sharks players were drafted by the San Jose Sharks. (Braun, Doherty, Lucia, McCarthy, O’Hanley, Petrecki, Sateri, Sexsmith, and Viedensky,)
*NHL Experience…. The Sharks have six players with NHL experience totaling 311 games led by veteran Ben Guite with 175… breakdown of the rest… John McCarthy 41, Mike Moore 6, Benn Ferriero 63, Matt Pelech 5, Brandon Mashinter 13, and Tommy Wingels 8.
*Like Father, Like Son… Rookie Curt Gogol leads the Sharks with 77 penalty minutes and nine fighting majors through 24 games… 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 five fighting majors in his last six games
*Major Bonneau… Worcester Sharks tough guy Jimmy Bonneau has racked up eight fighting majors in 17 games this season for the Sharks. Jimmy has 78 fighting majors in 212 AHL games along with 605 penalty minutes.
*Acolatse can throw… Worcester Sharks rookie defenseman Sena Acolatse has been quite impressive in his first four professional hockey fights this season. The 5-11, 205 pounder and native of Hayward, CA native has dropped Richard Clune, Brett Hextall, Dane Byers, and Stephane Veilleux so far this season. Sena led the Prince George Cougars in WHL with 15 fighting majors in 66 games last year, and also added 15 goals.
*Five for fighting…The Sharks have 43 fighting majors this season good for 1st in the AHL… 13 different players dropped the mitts this season for the Sharks this season: (Jimmy Bonneau 8, Curt Gogol 9, Nick Petrecki 1, Cam MacIntyre 4, Nathan Moon 4, Brandon Mashinter 2, Mike Moore 2, Frazer McLaren 2, Sena Acolatse 4, Taylor Doherty 1, Matt Pelech 4, Tommy Wingels 1, and Ryan Del Monte 1)… The Sharks had 81 fighting majors last season, 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: 13-7-3-3, 32 points – 3rd in Atlantic
Win percentage: .615% - 10th in AHL
Home Record: 6-5-0-1
Away Record: 7-2-3-2
Attendance: 45,404 through 12 games at DCU Center 3,784average) – 24th in AHL
Goals Scored: 73, 2.81 goals per game, 17th in AHL
Goals Allowed: 64, 2.46 goals against per game, 3rd in AHL
Shots per game: 35.65 – 1st in AHL
Shots allowed per game: 27.88 – 6th in AHL
Score 1st: 9-1-2-1 when scoring first (.808%)
1 goal games: 6-3-3-3 in one goal games
PP: 15.7%, 23rd in AHL (19-121)
PK: 82.7%, 14th in AHL (19-110)
SHG – 4 shorthanded goals scored
SHGA – 2 shorthanded goals allowed
PIMS – 20.31 penalty minutes per game, 3rd in AHL
Fighting Majors: 43 – 1st in AHL
OT Games – 8 – (2-3 record in OT)
SO Games – 3 – (0-3 record in SO)
Roster Players – the Sharks have used 29 players this season
Goalies – the Sharks have used 3 goaltenders this season
Players receiving call-ups to San Jose – 4 (Braun, Ferriero, McLaren, Irwin)
NHL debuts – 0 Worcester players made 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 – Jack Combs, signed to a PTO on Dec 14
ADD – Matt Irwin, loaned from San Jose to Worcester on Dec 17
Top Worcester Sharks:
o Goals                                    Wingels (11)
o Game Winners                   Wingels (4)
o Assists                                  McCarthy (14)
o Points                                   Ferriero (9-11-20)
o Power play Points              Irwin (6-4-10)
o Shots                                    Irwin (86 shots)
o PIM                                       Gogol (77)
o Fighting Pen.                       Gogol (9)
o Plus/Minus                         Doherty (+10)
o Wins                                     Sexsmith (7)
o G.A.A.                                   Sexsmith (1.84)
o Save %                                  Sexsmith (.931)
o Shutouts                             N/A
Sharks in the Pacific:
The San Jose Sharks are 17-10-3 with 37 points through 30 games and currently in 1st place in the Pacific Division. Former Worcester Sharks playing for San Jose: Joe Pavelski (13-12-25), Logan Couture (12-11-23), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (2-12-14), Torrey Mitchell (3-4-7), Douglas Murray (0-3-3), Andrew Desjardins (2-4-6), Jamie McGinn (7-5-12), Jason Demers (1-5-6), Justin Braun (1-2-3), and Frazer McLaren (0-0-0). Thomas Greiss is 4-4-0 with a 2.37GAA and .918 save %.
Week ahead:
Wed., Dec 21 at 10:30pm vs. Tampa Bay
Fri., Dec 23 at 10:30pm vs. Los Angeles
Sharks in the ECHL:
The Stockton Thunder are 12-11-1-2 in 26 games this season with 27 points which is 9 points behind the first place Las Vegas Wranglers (27gp) and one point behind the 2nd place Ontario Reign (27gp) in the Pacific Division. Thomas Heemskerk is 8-4-0 with a 3.23 GAA and a .893 save %.
Week Ahead:
No Games this week… holiday break!
Coming Up:
The teal-hot Sharks FINALLY return home on Wednesday at 7pm vs. the Springfield Falcons at the DCU Center! Santa Claus will be in attendance looking for good boys and girls in the concourse! With every Wednesday game this season, in conjunction with Sharks Charities, FREE tickets for the unemployed for up to four family members will only be available at the DCU Center Box Office on the day of the game.  All fans that wish to receive a FREE ticket(s) must present a valid proof of unemployment and a valid form of identification. 
Score a family fun pack today for only $74! Four tickets, four hot dogs, and four sodas for a portion of the price! Available only through the Sharks front office for every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday games this season!
Get your holiday shopping done early with a Worcester Sharks Holiday T-Shirt Trio! Ticket to three Sharks games and a Sharks t-shirt starting at $39! Purchase two Holiday T-Shirt Trios and receive a FREE $20 gift card from Big Y and be entered to win a Sharks VIP experience for 4!
Enjoy a Worcester sharks Experience Pack! The Sharks are offering groups to partake in a Sharks hockey experience with many interactive activities; including friends and family skates on the DCU Center ice before or after a game, the high FIN tunnel (high-fiving players as they take the ice), singing the National Anthem, intermission performances, and more.
Marina Riva, Jonathan Forsberg, Jason Jones, Chris Curtis, and Kristyn Galante are ready to take your orders and answer your questions today!  Jump in today and save up to 35% 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 2011-12 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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