Sharks Continue to Add Reinforcements

Sharks Continue to Add Reinforcements
Last Week: (1-1-0-0) 2 pts 2gp
Wed.       2/6          WORCESTER SHARKS 6 @ Lowell Devils 1
Sun.        2/10        WORCESTER SHARKS 4 @ Hershey Bears 6
This Week:
Wed.       2/13        WORCESTER SHARKS @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers 7:30 p.m.
Fri.          2/15        WORCESTER SHARKS @ Norfolk Admirals 7:15 p.m.
Sat.          2/16        WORCESTER SHARKS @ Norfolk Admirals 7:15 p.m.
Rewind the Tape:
2.6.08 – Worcester 6 – Lowell 1 – Tsongas Arena
Behind a three-goal second period and five multi-point efforts, the Worcester Sharks cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Lowell Devils on Wednesday evening at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, MA. Riley Armstrong led the way with three points (2g, 1a), while Mike Iggulden (1g, 1a), Devin Setoguchi (1g, 1a), Dennis Packard (0g, 2a), and Patrick Traverse (0g, 2a) had two. Sharks goaltender Dimitri Patzold was solid in net, stopping 23 of 24 Devils shots.
2.10.08 – Worcester 4 –Hershey 6 – Giant Center      
After Worcester took the early lead, the Hershey Bears scored three consecutive goals which proved to be too much as the Sharks fell, 6-4, on Sunday at the Giant Center in Hershey PA. In his return to Worcester, Thomas Greiss made 27 saves on 32 shots. Graham Mink, T.J. Fox, Devin Setoguchi, and Nate Raduns scored for the Sharks. Two of Hershey’s goals deflected off Sharks' skates while two others were scored from behind the net. Meanwhile, Hershey goaltender Daren Machesney stopped 26 of 30 shots. Worcester remains seven points behind Springfield for the fourth and final playoff spot and four behind Manchester for fifth.
Sharks in the Atlantic…
The Sharks (21-21-3-3) swim in sixth place with 48 points in the Atlantic Division, four points behind Manchester for fifth and seven points behind the Falcons for the fourth and final playoff spot.  The Sharks have played an AHL low 48 games, which is three less than Manchester and Springfield. The Sharks trail the Providence Bruins by 29 points for the top spot in the Atlantic.
Sharks Bites:
* F Mike Iggulden is tops on the team with 18 goals, 24 assists, 42 points, and 117 shots, and was the lone Sharks representative in the 2008 AHL-All Star Classic in Binghamton, NY.
*The six goals scored on Wednesday at Lowell were a season high, breaking the previous high of five. It was also the first time the Sharks have won by five goals this season.
*Mike Iggulden’s 18th goal of the season on Wednesday ended a six-game point drought. It was his first point since Jan. 18 vs. Portland when he scored two goals in the third period.
*After picking up two assists at Lowell and one at Hershey, Dennis Packard has tallied five assists the last four games after having six in the first 41.
*After first goals in both games last week, the Sharks extended their streak of scoring first to five games dating back to Feb. 1. This followed a four-game drought of not scoring first.
*Brennan Evans’ assist in the second period on Wednesday marked his first point since Dec. 27 when he picked up a helper at Lowell. He added an assist in his second game in a row at Hershey on Sunday.
*Craig Valette’s second period assist at Lowell was his first point since Dec. 16 at Manchester, when he also had an assist.
*Riley Armstrong’s two second period goals at Lowell marked only the third times a Sharks player has found the back of the net twice in a period. The last time it happened was at Providence on Feb. 3 when Josh Prudden scored twice in the first period.
*The three shots allowed in the second period at Lowell tied a season-best for fewest shots allowed in a period. The other time was in the second period on Dec. 15 vs. Houston.
*The three second period goals at Lowell tied for the most goals scored in a period this season.
*The three points for Armstrong on Wednesday was a season-high.
*Patrick Traverse tied his season-high for points in both games last week, picking up a pair of assists in both contests.
*The Sharks were not called for any penalties on Wednesday for the first time in franchise history. The six combined penalty minutes also tied a season-low.
*Newly acquired defenseman J.D. Forrest made his Sharks debut at Hershey on Sunday.
*On Sunday, Sharks captain Graham Mink made his return to Hershey, where he won the Calder Cup with the Bears in 2006 and scored a first period goal.
*With points recorded on Sunday, Brennan Evans, Tom Cavanagh, Mike Iggulden, Dennis Packard, Devin Setoguchi, Patrick Traverse, and Tom Walsh all extended their point streaks to two consecutive games. T.J. Fox is currently on a two-game goal scoring streak and four-game point streak. Riley Armstrong improved his point streak to three games in a row and four of the last five games.
Roster Moves:
The San Jose Sharks acquired defenseman J.D. Forrest from the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday and assigned him to Worcester. The same day, the team also released Josh Prudden. On Friday, Feb. 8, the San Jose Sharks assigned goaltender Thomas Greiss to Worcester and recalled Dimitri Patzold.
* Top Sharks:
o Goals                  Iggulden (18)
o Assists                Iggulden (24)
o Points                 Iggulden (42)
o PIM                     Evans (146)
o Fighting Pen.    Staubitz (12)
o Plus/Minus       Raduns (+5)
o Wins                   Greiss (13)
o G.A.A.                 Patzold (2.94)
o Save %                Patzold (.906)
Worcester to host the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic!
American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced that the Worcester Sharks and the city of Worcester have been awarded the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic. The event will take place at the DCU Center in January, 2009. The 2009 event in Worcester will mark the fourth time since it was revived in 1995 that the AHL All-Star Classic will take place in New England. The AHL All-Star Game was last held in Massachusetts in 1959 at the Eastern States Coliseum in West Springfield.
Coming Up:
The Sharks continue their six-game road swing on Wednesday when they travel to Bridgeport for a matchup with the Sound Tigers. They then head to Norfolk for single games against the Admirals on Friday and Saturday. Worcester returns to the DCU Center on Friday, Feb. 22, for a 3-in-3 weekend, with all three games on home ice. Friday’s matchup features Lowell, with Portland skating into town on Saturday and the Springfield Falcons wrapping up the weekend with an 8:05pm start on Sunday the 24th
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