Sharks teeth look sharp in season opener

Worcester Sharks Weekly Release
Week of October 10, 2011
Sharks teeth look sharp in season opener
Opening night at the DCU Center is Saturday, October 15th at 7pm vs. the Albany Devils
Shark Snap Shot:
The Worcester Sharks chomped two out of a possible two points last week to kick-off their 6th season of hockey in Worcester with a 4-1 win at Providence on Sunday (1-0-0-0). The Sharks improved to 4-1-0-1 in season openers with the win at the Bruins. The Worcester Sharks player of the week nominee is rookie forward Curt Gogol as he scored his first professional goal (first goal for the Sharks this season) and his first professional fighting major.
Top 3… Last Week!
#1 Curt Gogol scores the Sharks first goal of the 2011-12 season and picks up his first professional fighting major in Providence on Sunday.
#2 Tyson Sexsmith makes 20 saves in solid 4-1 win in Providence on Sunday.
#3 Sean Sullivan scores game winning goal and fires a team high six shots on goal in victory at Providence on Sunday!
Last Week: (1-0-0-0) 2pts, 1gp
Sun.       10/9       W                Worcester SHARKS 4 @ Providence Bruins 1
This week:
Sat.        10/15                        Albany Devils @ Worcester Sharks – 7:00pm
Rewind the Tape:
10.9.11 –Worcester 4 – Providence 1 – W – Dunkin Donuts Center
Tyson Sexsmith made 20 saves and the Sharks got goals from four different players in a complete team effort as Worcester defeated the Providence Bruins 4-1 in the Sharks season opener at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island on Sunday afternoon. Worcester received goals from Curt Gogol, Sean Sullivan, Brandon Mashinter, and Benn Ferriero as the Sharks improved to 4-1-0-1 in openers in their six year history in the AHL.
Sharks in the Atlantic: The Sharks are swimming in 2nd place with two points (1-0-0-0) in the Atlantic Division through one game, which is two points behind the first place St. John’s Ice Caps (2gp), and tied with the Portland Pirates (1gp), and the Manchester Monarchs (2gp). The Sharks lead the 5th place Bruins (2gp) by two points 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 21 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          1,041GP                479 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: 479-433 -48 -44 -37. (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 325 of the 479 victories (68%)… Coach Cunniff filled in for Roy in a 3-2SOW in Springfield on December 29, 2010 as coach Sommer was in California attending his father’s funeral.
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.
*From east to west….. The Worcester Sharks had 13 different players (36 call-ups) receive at least one call up last season to San Jose… Currently; Andrew Desjardins, Jamie McGinn, Logan Couture, Jason Demers, Joe Pavelski, Marc-Edourd Vlasic, Frazer McLaren, Doug Murray, and Tommy Wingels are all former Worcester Sharks that are currently playing with the San Jose Sharks.
*Season Openers… the Sharks improved to 4-1-0-1 in season openers after their 4-1 win on Sunday!
*Score first… the Sharks scored FIRST 39 times in 80 games last season (29-8-1-1); and scored first in their 4-1 win at Providence on Sunday. Curt Gogol 1.
*First goal of the season goes to… Curt Gogol scored the first Worcester Sharks goal of the season on Sunday at Providence, joining: Mathieu Darche in 2006, Graham Mink in 2007, Cory Larose in 2008, Andrew Desjardins in 2009, and Jonathan Cheechoo in 2010.
*Starting Goalies… Tyson Sexsmith allowed just one goal on 21 shots on Sunday in Providence to become the first goaltender to allow less than two goals in a Sharks opener. Dimitri Patzold 3GA in 2006, Thomas Greiss 2GA in 2007, Thomas Greiss 5GA in 2008, Alex Stalock 2GA in 2009, and Alex Stalock 5GA in 2010.
*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)
*We like Providence… with the 4-1 win in Providence on Sunday, the Sharks improved to 9-4-0-0 in their last 13 meetings at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
*Sharks in the Atlantic… the Sharks had a 29-20-4-7 record against Atlantic Division prey this season and are 1-0-0-0 in the division this season.
*Good when leading… the Sharks area 1-0-0-0 when leading after the 1st period of play and 1-0-0-0 when leading after the 2nd period of play this season.
*Pro Debuts: Five players made their professional debuts in the Sharks 4-1 victory in Providence on Sunday; Curt Gogol, Nathan Moon, Brodie Reid, James Livingston, and Mike Connolly.
*5 National Champions… The Sharks have two 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.
*Young Guns… the Sharks dressed seven rookies on Sunday (Curt Gogol, Nathan Moon, Brodie Reid, James Livingston, Mike Connolly, Taylor Doherty, and Tyson Sexsmith)
*Super Sunday… the Sharks went 14-4-0-2 on Sunday afternoon games in 2010-11 and are now 1-0-0-0 on Sundays this season.
*I’ll take a draft… Six Worcester Sharks players were drafted by the San Jose Sharks. (Braun, Doherty, McCarthy, Petrecki, Sexsmith, Viedensky,)
*NHL Experience…. The Sharks have seven players with NHL experience totaling 324 games led by veteran Ben Guite with 175… breakdown of the rest… John McCarthy 41, Mike Moore 6, Benn Ferriero 57, Matt Pelech 5, Justin Braun 28, and Brandon Mashinter 13.
*Five for fighting…The Sharks have two fighting majors this season good for 3rd in the AHL… Two different players dropped the mitts this season for the Sharks this season: (Jimmy Bonneau 1, and Curt Gogol 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: 1-0-0-0, 2 points
Home Record: 0-0-0-0
Away Record: 1-0-0-0
Attendance: N/A
Goals Scored: 4, 4.00 goals per game, 5th in AHL
Goals Allowed: 1, 1.00 goals against per game, 5th in AHL
Shots per game: 31.00 – 9th in AHL
Shots allowed per game: 20.00 – 2nd in AHL
Score 1st: 1-0-0-0 when scoring first (1.000 win %)
1 goal games: 0-0-0-0 in one goal games
PP: 16.7%, 14th in AHL (1-6)
PK: 100%, 1st in AHL (0-3)
SHG – 0 shorthanded goals scored
SHGA – 0 shorthanded goals allowed
PIMS – 18.00 penalty minutes per game, 11th in AHL
Fighting Majors: 2 – 3rd in AHL
OT Games – 0 – (0-0 record in OT)
SO Games – 0 – (0-0 record in SO)
Roster Players – the Sharks have used 19 players this season
Goalies – the Sharks used 1 goaltender this season
Players receiving call-ups to San Jose – 0
NHL debuts – 0 Worcester players made their NHL debuts this season
Call-ups to San Jose – 0 different call-ups to San Jose this season
Coming and goings from the Shark Tank:
No movement this week.
Top Worcester Sharks:
o Goals                                    Gogol, Sullivan, Mashinter, and Ferriero (1)
o Game Winners                  Sullivan (1)
o Assists                                  Petrecki (2)
o Points                                   Petrecki (0-2-2)
o Power play Points           several tied with 1
o Shots                                    Sullivan (6 shots)
o PIM                                       Gogol (7)
o Fighting Pen.                      Bonneau and Gogol (1)
o Plus/Minus                        Doherty and Petrecki (+2)
o Wins                                     Sexsmith (1)
o G.A.A.                                   Sexsmith (1.01)
o Save %                                  Sateri (.950)
o Shutouts                             N/A
Sharks in the Pacific:
The San Jose Sharks took Game 1 of their regular season 6-3 vs. the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night at the Shark Tank. Former Worcester Sharks players Andrew Desjardins and Joe Pavelski each scored two goals and Thomas Greiss made 26 saves in net for the win.
Week ahead:
Fri., Oct 14 at 10pm at Anaheim
Sat., Oct 15 at 10pm vs. St. Louis
Sharks in the ECHL:
The Stockton Thunder finished 37-23-5-7 with 86 points in 72 games good for 2nd place in the Pacific Division in the ECHL last season.
Week Ahead:
Fri., Oct. 14 at 10:30pm vs. Colorado
Sat., Oct.15 at 9:00pm at Ontario
Coming Up:
There are only 5 days until the Worcester Sharks opening night (October 15) at the DCU Center when the Sharks host the Albany Devils at 7pm presented by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care! The first 2,500 fans will receive a free t-shirt and everyone in attendance will receive a magnet schedule compliments of Charter Communications!
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!
Starting now, 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
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

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