First place Sharks have record breaking week!

Worcester Sharks Weekly Release
Week of March 22, 2010
First place Sharks have record breaking week!
Worcester Sharks have a three point lead over 2nd place Pirates in Atlantic
Top 3!
#1 Record crowd of 7,568 cheer the Sharks to a franchise record 42nd win in 2-1 victory over the Bruins on Saturday at the DCU Center!
#2 Dan DaSilva records a goal and an assist in back to back victories on Saturday and Sunday!
#3 Kevin Henderson scores first professional goal in 6-5SOW over the Devils in Lowell on Sunday!
Last Week: (2-1-0-0) 4pts, 3gp
Wed.      3/17     L              Worcester SHARKS 3@ Albany River Rats 5
Sat.         3/20    W              Providence Bruins 1 @ Worcester SHARKS 2
Sun.       3/21     W              Worcester SHARKS 6 @ Lowell Devils 5 - Shootout
This Week:
Tue.       3/23                      Syracuse Crunch @ Worcester SHARKS – 7:05 p.m.
Fri.         3/26                       Worcester SHARKS @ Hershey Bears – 7:00 p.m.
Sat.        3/21                       Worcester SHARKS @ Norfolk Admirals – 7:15 p.m.
Sun.       3/28                      Worcester SHARKS @ Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins – 3:05 p.m.
Rewind the Tape:
3.17.10Worcester 3 – Albany 5 – L – Times Union Center
The Worcester Sharks four game win streak came to an end as they fell to the River Rats 5-3 at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY on Wednesday night.Derek Joslin, celebrating his 23rd birthday, extended his point streak to seven games (2-7-9) with a third period assist and Danny Groulx tied a Sharks record with his 11th goal of the season in the 5-3 loss on St. Patrick’s Day. Jason Demers had a goal and an assist, Dennis McCauley scored his 9th goal of the season and Frank Doyle made 24 saves in net for the Sharks.
3.20.10Worcester 2 – Providence 1 – W – DCU Center
Worcester tied a franchise-record for wins in a season, collecting number 42 on the year as they defeated the Providence Bruins, 2-1, in front of a Sharks record-setting crowd of 7,568 fans at the DCU Center Saturday night. John McCarthy scored the game-winning goal off the opening draw in the second period and Dan DaSilva scored a first period strike for the Sharks. Frank Doyle made 24 saves in net in the victory.
3.21.10Worcester 6 – Lowell 5 – SOW – Tsongas Center
Kevin Henderson scored his first professional goal and Frank Doyle went a perfect 4-for-4 in the shootout as the Sharks defeated the Lowell Devils, 6-5, at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, MA on Sunday afternoon. The win was Worcester’s 43rd of the season, a franchise record. Dan DaSilva and T.J. Trevelyan each had a goal and an assist and John McCarthy scored a shorthanded tally as the Sharks won a see-saw battle against the Devils. Brandon Mashinter and John McCarthy also scored for Worcester while Benn Ferriero and T.J. Trevelyan scored in the shootout as the Sharks won their 6th game in their last seven.
Sharks in the Atlantic:
The Sharks are currently swimming in 1st place with 91 points (43-21-2-3) in the Atlantic Division through 69 games, three points ahead of the second place Pirates, 11 points ahead of the third place Lowell Devils and 12 points ahead of the Manchester Monarchs. Worcester has a 13 point edge over the 5th place Sound Tigers and a 20 point advantage over the 6th place Bruins. The 7th place Wolf Pack (69 points) trail Worcester by 22 points while the 8th place Springfield Falcons (62 points) round out a very choppy Atlantic Division. 
Magic Number: 5
The Sharks magic number is 5 points to clinch a playoff spot in the Atlantic Division! Any combination of Worcester Sharks points gained + points lost by the 5th spot team in the division … then the Sharks clinch a playoff spot for the 3rd time in four seasons!
400 WINS!
*400 WINS!….With the 4-1 victory vs. Springfield on November 1st, head coach Roy Sommer became just the 4th coach in AHL history to reach the 400 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              1981-2009               15seasons            1,107GP                585 WINS
4. Roy Sommer              1998-current           12th season             949GP                436 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 (12th season) in the American Hockey League. His current regular season record after the win is now: 436-398-56-59.
*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 282 of the 436 victories (65%).
Shark Bites:
*Captains for the 2009-10 season: Captain Ryan Vesce (2nd year), Assistant Captains Derek Joslin (2nd year) and Mike Moore (1st year)…. T.J. Trevelyan, Joe Callahan, Steven Zalewski, Frazer McLaren, and Dwight Helminen have also worn the “A” on their jerseys.
*From east to west….. The Sharks already have 12 players that have seen action to 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, and Logan Couture are currently (March 22) on recall to San Jose. The Worcester Sharks have had 66 CALL-UPS this season to San Jose.
*You always remember your first….. Dennis McCauley (10/10), John McCarthy (10/9), Brandon Mashinter (10/9), Logan Couture (10/10), Dean Strong (10/30), Nick Petrecki (1/23), and Kevin Henderson (3/21) have all scored their first professional regular season goals this season.
*50…. Since a 3-1 loss in Portland on November 20th, the Sharks are 35-11-2-2 in their last 50 games with 74 of a possible 100 points. (.740)
*Quickest to 31 wins… the Sharks hit the 31 win plateau in game #49 this season on February 5th. The Sharks hit 31 wins on March 6th last season in game #61, on April 12th in game #79 in 2007-08, and on March 16th in game #67 in 2006-07.
*55 shots… the Sharks set an AHL high this season with 55 shots on goal vs. the Bruins on Saturday, January 9th… the highest total in Sharks history… The Sharks had 21 shots in the 1st, 15 in the 2nd, and 19 in the 3rd…Danny Groulx had ten shots in the game and Benn Ferriero had eight.
*8 goals…. The Sharks scored eight goals for the first time in franchise history in Springfield in an 8-4 victory over the Falcons on Wednesday, February 3rd. Dennis McCauley had three goals, Danny Groulx 2, while Benn Ferriero, T.J. Trevelyan, and Nick Petrecki also scored goals for the Sharks. Worcester fired 38 shots on goal and scored three power play goals in the game.
*The Comeback…. The Sharks trailed 5-1 with just over 23 minutes left against the Pirates on Sunday, January 10th before scoring FIVE unanswered goals to win in overtime…. The four goal deficit victory tied a Sharks record.
*Road Warriors!.... the Sharks are 16-7-0-1 in their last 24 road games!
*2nd Best PP on Road… the Sharks boost the best power play on the road this season at a 21.5% rate. Overall, the Sharks power play ranks 6th in the AHL (19.9%).
*PK climbing the ladder!... Worcester has killed off 56-of-64 penalties in their last 18 games as the penalty kill is now 81.2% good for 20th in the AHL.
*These Sharks know how to score!... Worcester is 2nd in the AHL averaging 3.51 goals per game! The Sharks have 11 players with over 10 goals this season and three with at least 20 goals.
*Don’t allow FOUR!... Team Teal is 36-3-0-0 in games when they allow three goals or less!
 *Home Cooking!.... the Sharks are 19-4-2-1 in their last 26 games at the DCU Center…the Sharks are 24-10-2-1 at the DCU Center this season!
*Kick off the New Year!... the Sharks finished January with a 9-2-2-0 record… good for their best month in franchise history!
*Sharks rule the Atlantic… the Sharks have 32 WINS in Atlantic Division games (32-15-2-2) the 3rd most wins in the AHL against their own division.
*4th BEST in AHL… the Sharks have the 4th best winning percentage in the AHL with a .659 clip; trailing the Bears (.779), Bulldogs (.721), and Chicago (.686).
*Firsts this Week… Kevin Henderson scored his first professional goal on Sunday in Lowell in his 54th professional game… John McCarthy scored his first professional shorthanded goal Sunday in Lowell…
*Stole it from Bill Ballou… John McCarthy registered the 10,000th shot in team history at 5:06 of the first period against the Bears on March 14… John McCarthy’s goal :10 seconds into the 2nd period on March 20th against the Bruins was the fastest the Sharks have scored to open a period.
*Desjardins likes going FIRST… Andrew Desjardins leads the Sharks with SEVEN first goals this season… Andrew has 16 goals this season to surpass his eight goal total last season, his first in the AHL.
*Double D’s…Dan DaSilva has established AHL career highs in goals (17), assists (27) and points (44) in his first full season with the Sharks!
Double T’s… T.J. Trevelyan is tops on the club with 24 goals (24-16-40) despite missing 17 games to injury (broken jaw)… T.J. has 16 goals in his last 22 games to pace the Sharks offensively.
*Groulx leading the way… Defenseman Danny Groulx is having a career year for the Sharks this season leading the AHL with 57 (11-46-57) points from the blue line. The eight year professional had 40 points (6-34-40) in 80 games last season in Rockford which was, until this season, his highest point total since he had 112 points (29-83-112) in 68 games with Victoriaville in the QMJHL in 2001-02.
*Throw the Hats! The Sharks have two hat tricks in a six game span! Dennis McCauley in Springfield on Wednesday, Feb 3 and Dan DaSilva in Manchester on Feb 14. Worcester had gone 68 games without a hat trick (P.J. Fenton) between hat tricks before McCauley found the back of the net three times on the 3rd.
*Point per game…. The Sharks have THREE players averaging a point per game…. Couture (1.28pts per game), Benn Ferriero (1.00), and Ryan Vesce (1.08). 
*First period advantage…. Worcester is outscoring their opponents 64-50 (+14) in the first period, 83-78 (+5) in the 2nd , and lead 89-78 (+11) in the third period. The Sharks are 23-3-0-2 when leading after twenty minutes of play this season.
*Extra, Extra…. The Sharks are 3-2 in OT this season (McGinn, Couture, and Helminen) after going 7-1 last year in the overtime period.
*Young Guns….The average age of the Sharks roster is 23 (Currently the youngest team in the AHL as of Feb 25) which includes 15 rookies, five 2nd year players and two third year players. At the age of 29, Frank Doyle is the oldest while Nicholas Petrecki at 20 years old and seven months is the youngest.
*Massachusetts… The Sharks have FIVE players born and raised in Massachusetts (John McCarthy – Andover, Corey Quirk – Brockton, Dennis McCauley – Billerica, Joe Callahan – Brockton, and Benn Ferriero – Essex)
*Streakers… John McCarthy SIX games (4-3-7)… Andrew Desjardins SIX games (3-6-9)… Danny Groulx THREE games (1-2-3)…Dan DaSilva TWO games (2-2-4)… Frank Doyle has started THREE straight games (2-1-0).
*Logan among rookies… Despite only playing 42 games, Couture is 2nd in the AHL in rookie scoring with 53 points (20-33-53)…  5th among rookies with 20 goals….6th among rookies with 33 assists… Logan became the first Sharks rookie in team history to record 20 goals in a season.
*Logan among everyone… Logan is 2nd in the AHL with NINE game winning goals in just 42 games played.
*Who’s your BF?.... Benn Ferriero currently ranks 5th in the AHL among rookies with 49 points (19-30-49) in just 48 games played this season… and leads all rookies with three shorthanded goals… and is perfect in the shootout (4-for-4).
*Between the pipes…. Rookie Alex Stalock leads the AHL with 35 wins and 2nd in minutes played with 3086 and 4th in saves with 1316…only 11 goalies have won 40 games in the AHL and just once in the last 45 years (Ryan Miller won 40 with Rochester in 2004-05)… Stalock has surpassed Thomas Greiss (30 wins in 2008-09) for most wins by a Sharks goaltender in a season in franchise history. Stalock looks to become the first rookie goaltender in AHL history to record 40 wins…. and has tied the AHL recored with 35 wins by a rookie goaltender.
*Need to score 1st… Worcester is 30-6-0-2 (.816) in 38 games they have scored the first goal of the game… the Sharks are just 13-15-2-1 when allowing the first goal… the AHL average winning percentage is .744% when scoring the first goal of the hockey game.
*All four years….Defenseman Derek Joslin is the only Sharks player to suit up in all four seasons in Worcester.
*Can’t score if you don’t shoot…. The Sharks are 1st in the AHL with 35.97 shots per game, including a franchise record 55 shots on goal against the Bruins on Saturday, January 9th…. Danny Groulx is 1st among AHL defensemen with 219 shots on goal.
*Keep it close… the Sharks are 20-5-2-3 in one-goal hockey games… the Sharks are 23-17-0-0 in games decided by two or more goals…. The Sharks are 3rd in the AHL with 20 one-goal victories with ten of those coming on the road.
*Follow the leaders…. Danny Groulx is 1st in the AHL among d-men with 46 assists, 1st in shots with 219, and 1st in points (11-46-57)…. Logan Couture 2nd in the AHL with nine game winning goals, 2nd in rookie scoring (20-33-53) and 5th among rookies with 20 goals scored. Rookie Alex Stalock is 1st in the AHL with 35 wins and 2nd in minutes played (3086)…. Benn Ferriero leads all AHL rookies with THREE shorthanded goals and is 5th in rookie scoring with 48 points (19-29-48) in just 48 games played and 4th in power play points with 20, and John McCarthy is 3rd among rookies with a +30 rating and 14th with 36 points (12-24-36)… Steven Zalewski is 20th in the AHL point scoring race (21-37-58) in 68 games.
*Mr. Dependable…. Sharks defenseman Danny Groulx has played in 177 straight games… he dressed in all 80 games last season in Rockford…. Andrew Desjardins has dressed in 143 straight games for Worcester breaking the record held by Derek Joslin (114 games).
*Mr. 1000! On Friday, February 19th in Binghamton, Worcester Sharks Head Equipment Manager Vinny Ferraiuolo suited up for his 1000th game as an Equipment Manager in Professional Hockey. Vinny is in his 13th season as an equipment manager, his 5th as head equipment manager with the San Jose Sharks top affiliate in the AHL.
*10-10 Vision…. Sharks rookie forward Brandon Mashinter has 19 goals and 13 fighting major penalties…. The only Sharks player ever to have double digits in both categories over the course of a season.
*9 and 8…. After setting a Worcester Sharks record last season with 21 fighting major penalties, Frazer McLaren has nine fights in the AHL and eight fights in the NHL this season.
*Hey Shorty it’s your birthday!... the Sharks have scored TEN shorthanded goals this season (Ferriero 3, Zalewski 2, Couture 1, Desjardins 1, McGinn 1, Wilson 1, Ferriero 1)
*Five for fighting…The Sharks have 65 fighting major penalties this season through 69 games… (Brandon Mashinter 13, Dennis McCauley 10, Brett Westgarth 2 with Worcester – 9 total, Frazer McLaren 9, Nicholas Petrecki 7, Joe Loprieno 4, John McCarthy 3, Mike Moore 4, Steven Zalewski 2, Joe Callahan 1, Andrew Desjardins 5, Dan DaSilva 2, Jamie McGinn 1, Derek Joslin 1, and Kevin Henderson). The Sharks had 78 fighting majors last season, 68 fighting majors in 2007-08 and 54 in 2006-07.
*Olympics… FOUR former Worcester Sharks played in Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Thomas Greiss and Dmitri Patzold for Germany, Doug Murray for Sweden, and Joe Pavelski for USA.
Logan Couture, Danny Groulx, and Alex Stalock represented the Sharks in the 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic held January 18th and 19th at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine.  Former AHL All-Stars for the Worcester Sharks include: Mathieu Darche (2007), Mike Iggulden (2008), Derek Joslin (2009), and Ryan Vesce (2009).
*Team Record Breaking Season!
*43 Wins… The Sharks record for most wins in a season was 42 set in 2008-09… Worcester has 43 wins this season, with the 43rd coming in Lowell on Sunday, March 21st.
*Closing in on 93!... The Sharks record for most points in a season is 93 points set in 2006-07… Worcester needs just three points in their next 11 games to surpass that total.
*5 more goals!... The Sharks have 242 goals scored this season (3.5 goals per game). The team record for most goals in a season is 247 back in 2006-07.
*Home Cooking!.... The Sharks are 24-10-2-1 at the DCU Center this season ! Worcester had a franchise best 24 wins at home in 2006-07… The Sharks have three home games remaining this season.
*Road Warriors!... The Sharks are 19-11-0-2 on the road this season! Worcester had a franchise best 19 wins on the road last season…. The Sharks have 8 road game remaining this season.
Coming and goings from the shark tank:
ADD Signed to ATO
ADD Signed to ATO
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DEL Recalled from loan by San Jose (NHL)
ADD Signed to ATO
Top Worcester Sharks:
o Goals                                    Trevelyan (24)
o Game Winners                       Couture (9)
o Assists                                  Groulx (46)
o Points                                   Zalewski (21-37-58)
o Power play Points                  Zalewski (9-16-25)
o Shots                                    Groulx (219)
o PIM                                       McLaren (114)
o Fighting Pen.                         Mashinter (13)
o Plus/Minus                            McCarthy (+30)
o Wins                                     Stalock (35)
o G.A.A.                                  Stalock (2.62)
o Save %                                 Stalock (.907)
o Shutouts                               Stalock (2)
Sharks in the Pacific:
The San Jose Sharks are 43-19-10 with 96 points this season and are currently in 2nd place in the Pacific Division and 4th place in the Western Conference. The Sharks trail the Phoenix Coyotes by one point in the Pacific Division.
Jamie McGinn has ten points (8-2-10) in 50 games played…Brad Staubitz has three goals and three assists along with 99 penalty minutes through 42 games…. Former Worcester Shark Devin Setoguchi has 31 points (17-14-31) through 60 games… Torrey Mitchell has a goal and five assists in 46 games… Logan Couture has three points (1-2-3) in 15 games… Thomas Greiss is 6-4-1 with 2.74 GAA and a .908 save%.
Sharks in the ECHL:
The Kalamazoo Wings are 38-19-5-3 with 84 points this season in the ECHL and currently in 1st place in the North Division leading the 2nd place Cincinnati Cyclones by one point.
Mitch Versteeg has 18 points (5-13-18) in 56 games… Dean Strong has 11 goals and 16 assists in 27 games played… Louis Liotti has a goal and ten assists in 46 games… and Will Colbert has 9 points (4-5-9) in 30 games played.
Coming Up:
The First Place Worcester Sharks play four games this week!
On Tuesday, the Sharks host the Syracuse Crunch for the first time in franchise history on “Officials Night” at the DCU Center at 7pm. The game will be seen live on Charter TV3!
The Sharks begin a SEVEN game road trip in Hershey on Friday at 7pm! Worcester then travels to Norfolk on Saturday (7:15pm) and Wilkes-Barre Scranton on Sunday (3:05pm). 
The Sharks game on Sunday against the Penguins will be broadcast LIVE on MyTV New England (WZMY).
2010 Playoff tickets are on sale now! As of now, only the first two Sharks home games in the first round are on sale “Games A & B”.  Season ticket holders will get the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs for FREE by placing a deposit on season tickets for the 2010-11 Sharks season by April 10th. Ticket strips for the first round (possible four games) and the entire playoff package (possible 16 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.
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
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