Sharks Preparing for Big Game on Wednesday
The boys were back at it on the ice Monday morning preparing for game four on Wednesday night against the Manchester Monarchs. It feels like just yesterday the season was starting and here I am saying game four of the playoffs. It feels so weird!
Anyway, I headed down to practice and three new faces were on the ice. Of course Chris Blight, who we just signed to a PTO, was practicing, but so wasn’t Jonathon Tremblay and Ryan MacDonald. Tremblay and McDonald are here after the Fresno Falcons, our ECHL affiliate, lost a best of seven series to the Bakersfield Condors.
The team seemed to be in good spirits this morning after enjoying a nice day off yesterday. It was needed after playing back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday. The Surge had a game here yesterday, so there was no ice to practice anyway. Thankfully the weather has become warm and sunny after enduring all that cold and rain. I enjoyed the day too after hitting the links for the first time of the season. It felt good to get out there.
Ok, enough about the day off.
It’s back to business and game four is Wednesday. The Sharks must win to keep their season alive. I think under normal circumstances I would be pretty upset heading into Wednesday being in a 3-0 hole, but this team has persevered all season. We have had to come back all year long and when everyone thought we wouldn’t be able to make the playoffs, we did! So, with that in mind, I refuse to believe we’re out of it. This team can do it and I have faith they can. The Red Sox came back from a 0-3 deficit two years ago and the Sharks can do it this year. The key will be focusing on the little battles which will ultimately win the big battle and force game five.
Following a formal practice session, the boys stayed out on the ice to have some fun and practice a few things. Many played a rebound game on Thomas Greiss. Greiss almost won, but with seven guys on a goalie, it’s a bit tough. Jonathan Tremblay was the winner with the final goal. Loud cheers came from that end of the rink and the guys skated off happily. “They were lucky,” said Greiss.
As a whole, the Sharks are loose and relaxed and ready for Wednesday.
Check back later for another update.
Jeremy Lemoine is the Public Relations Coordinator for the Worcester Sharks. He, along with Jamie Smock, the Sharks play-by-play broadcaster, will be writing a playoff blog on Sharksahl.com called "Chasing the Calder." "Chasing the Calder" will be updated with information about the Sharks games, practices, off ice activities and bring, you the fan, the most up-to-the-minute information on Sharks Playoff Hockey.