Roy Sommer ties AHL record in Sharks 2-1 loss at Providence
Dunkin Donuts Center
March 23, 2014
Meeting 10 of 12 vs. the Bruins
Sharks are 3-6-0-1 vs. the Bruins this season
Head Coach Roy Sommer ties AHL record in Sharks 2-1 loss at Providence
Coach Sommer records 1,256th game behind the bench as AHL head coach
Providence, RI – Head Coach Roy Sommer tied the American Hockey League record for most regular-season games by a head coach (1,256) but his Worcester Sharks (31-29-3-1, 66ts) dropped a hard fought 2-1 decision to the Providence Bruins (34-23-2-7, 77pts) in front of 8,869 fans at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Sunday afternoon. With the loss, the Sharks are now 11 points behind the 8th place Bruins with two games in hand for the final playoff spot in the East with 12 games remaining.
Dan DaSilva (16th) extended his point streak to seven games (4-5-9) and tied a franchise record with his 59th career goal for Team Teal, but it was the only shot that found its way past goaltender Malcolm Subban who finished with 38 saves. Harri Sateri was spectacular in net for Worcester with 28 saves but Justin Florek (16th) and Zach Trotman (6th) scored goals for Providence.
Sunday’s game was the 1,256th of Sommer’s AHL head coaching career, tying the record held by Hockey Hall of Fame honored member Frank Mathers. Mathers coached the Hershey Bears from 1956-73 and again in 1984-85.
Sommer, 56, has spent his entire 16-year AHL coaching career at the helm of the San Jose Sharks’ affiliates, the Kentucky Thoroughblades (1998-2001), Cleveland Barons (2001-06) and Worcester Sharks (2006-present). His 571 regular-season victories rank fourth all-time.
Sommer will eclipse Mathers’ record on Wednesday night when the Sharks visit the Portland Pirates in Lewiston, Maine.
As for the game, the majority of the play in a scoreless but feisty first period was in the Worcester end as the Sharks killed off two power plays and Harri Sateri made 12 saves. Rob Davison (6th FM) and Mike Moore (6th FM) had a great fight at 14:02 followed by John McCarthy (1st FM) and Anthony Camara (6th FM) at 15:41. Malcolm made 10 saves for the Bruins as the two teams headed into the first intermission tied 0-0.
After five fighting majors in the ECHL, rookie Kyle Bigos (1st FM) handled himself well against Rob Flick (5th FM) at 10:32 of the second period as emotions continued to run high. Harri Sateri robbed Nick Johnson will an awesome glove save with the score still 0-0 midway through the game. But the Bruins got on the board as Justin Florek (16th) deflected home a Chris Casto shot from on top of the right circle off the post and past Harri Sateri at 18:00 as the Sharks trailed 1-0 into the second intermission.
Bracken Kearns was robbed by Malcolm Subban moments before the Bruins went ahead 2-0 with a power play goal in the third period. Subban made a spectacular glove save on Kearns from ten feet which was followed by a power play blast from the point by Zach Trotman (6th) at 13:10. The Sharks battled back as Dan DaSilva (16th) banged home a Bracken Kearns rebound past Subban at 14:06 to get the Sharks back within a goal. But Subban and the Bruins were able to hold on as the Sharks dropped a 2-1 decision.
The Sharks overall record falls to 31-29-3-1, 66pts and 15-16-3-0, 33pts on the road.