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Report from Worcester - 1/23/2013

by Eric Lindquist / San Jose Sharks

The Report from Worcester is a weekly update on the San Jose Sharks AHL affiliate, the Worcester Sharks.

Sharks Snap Shot:

The Worcester Sharks (19-17-1-2, 43pts) chomped one point of a possible six points in three home games last week. The Sharks battled for a point in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Bears on Wednesday before falling to the Monarchs 3-1 on Friday night on a game that was televised live on Charter TV3. The Sharks ended their three game work week with a feisty 2-1 loss to the Phantoms in front of 6,959 fans at the DCU Center on Saturday to close out the home stand 0-3-0-1.
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The Worcester Sharks player of the week nominee is rookie forward Daniil Tarasov. Daniil gathered three points (1-2-3) which included his first career AHL goal with 10.7 seconds remaining to force overtime vs. the Bears on Wednesday, fired seven shots, and finished +2 to lead the way offensively for Worcester in three games last week.

Few things to know:
  • The Sharks are currently in 4th place (19-17-1-3, 42pts) in the Atlantic Division and 9th place overall in the Eastern Conference.
  • The San Jose Sharks had 11 players on their opening day roster that have spent time in Worcester (Couture, Desjardins, McLaren, Pavelski, Sheppard, Wingels, Braun, Demers, Irwin, Petrecki, and Greiss).
  • Defenseman Matt Irwin made his NHL debut in the SJ Sharks 4-1 win at Calgary on Sunday. Irwin logged in 19:06 of ice time (3rd highest on team) and fired two shots in his first NHL game and wore #52 for San Jose.
  • Forward Tim Kennedy will represent the Sharks in the 2013 AHL All-Star Classic on Sunday and Monday in Providence, RI. Kennedy leads the Sharks with 30 points (12-18-30) in 31 games.
  • Worcester is 2-6-0-1 in the month of January.
  • The Sharks have lost a season high five straight games (0-4-0-1).
  • Jimmy Bonneau picked up his 99th and 100th AHL fighting majors on Friday night vs. Manchester.
  • Worcester has a 13-8-1-1 record vs. the Atlantic Division this season. – best record within the division.
  • The Sharks lead the AHL with 14 one-goal wins. Worcester is 14-6-1-3 in one goal games this season.
  • The Sharks lead the AHL with 6 wins when trailing after 40 minutes of play this season (6-12-0-2). In addition the Sharks are 6-3-0-1 when tied after 40 minutes of play.
  • Coach Roy Sommer currently ranks 4th in the AHL with 528 wins in his career (15th season) and 3rd in games coached in the AHL with 1156.
  • Worcester has played 11 overtime games this season (2nd most in AHL) and leads the AHL with 5 shootout victories.
  • The Sharks travel to Springfield for the first time this season with a 7pm start vs. the Falcons before returning home to host the Providence Bruins on Saturday at 7pm with a special performance by Probable Cause presented by Columbia Tech to benefit the 15-40 Connection! Doors open at 3:30pm for the 4th annual High School Hockey Showdown between Shrewsbury and Algonquin. The Sharks game will be televised live on Charter TV3 with coverage beginning at 7pm.

Top 3… Last Week

  1. Daniil Tarasov scored his first AHL goal with 10.7 seconds remaining to force overtime in the Sharks 3-2 shootout loss to the Bears on Wednesday!
  2. Defenseman Denny Urban picked up his 3rd goal and added assist in 3-2 shootout loss to Bears on Wednesday!
  3. Forward Matt Pelech dished out several thunderous checks and picked up his team leading 10th and 11th fighting majors in 2-1 loss to Phantoms on Saturday!

Last Week: (0-2-0-1) 1pt, 3gp
Wed. 1/16 SOL Hershey Bears 3 @ Worcester SHARKS 2
Fri. 1/18 L Manchester Monarchs 3 @ Worcester SHARKS 1
Sat. 1/19 L Adirondack Phantoms 2 @ Worcester SHARKS 1

This week:
Fri. 1/25 Worcester SHARKS @ Springfield Falcons – 7pm
Sat. 1/26 Providence Bruins @ Worcester SHARKS – 7pm
Sun. 1/27 AHL All-Star Skills Competition @ Providence, RI– 7pm
Mon. 1/28 AHL All-Star Game @ Providence, RI - 7pm

Rewind the Tape:

1.16.13 – Hershey 3 – Worcester 2 – SOL – DCU Center
The Worcester Sharks (18-13-1-2, 39pts) led 2-0 and 3-2 but the Pirates scored the final five goals as Worcester dropped a 7-3 decision to the Portland Pirates (21-12-1-1, 44pts) on Tuesday evening in front of 2,800 fans at the Cumberland County Civic Center. The Sharks finished 2-2-0-0 on their four game road trip. Denny Urban scored his first AHL goal while James Sheppard and Jon Matsumoto each picked up two assists in the loss for Worcester. Brodie Reid scored his 6th and 7th goals of the season and Alex Stalock allowed seven goals on 39 shots as the Pirates scored the final five goals for the 7-3 win.

1.18.13 – Manchester 3 – Worcester 1 – L – DCU Center
The Worcester Sharks (19-13-1-2, 41pts) topped the Northeast Division leading Springfield Falcons (19-9-3-3, 44pts) 4-3 in a see-saw overtime thriller on Friday evening in front of 3,663 fans at the DCU Center. Sharks defenseman Nick Petrecki (1st) delivered the knockout blow in overtime, burying the game-winner with 42 seconds remaining. The Sharks led 1-0, 2-1, 3-2, and eventually won 4-3. Denny Urban (2nd), Bracken Kearns (9th), and Freddie Hamilton (5th) also scored for Worcester. Harri Sateri was great in net for the Sharks, making 25 saves on 28 shots, giving his team a chance to win as John McCarthy and Jon Matsumoto each had two assists.

1.19.13 – Adirondack 2 – Worcester 1 – L – DCU Center
The Worcester Sharks (19-14-1-2, 41pts) fell 4-1 to the Albany Devils (14-12-1-6, 35pts) on Saturday evening in front of 7,321 fans at the Times Union Center. Eight healthy regulars did not dress for Worcester (Tennyson, McCarthy, McLaren, Sheppard, Kearns, Irwin, Pelech, and Petrecki) as Patrick Rissmiller made his return to the Sharks organization in the 4-1 loss. Freddie Hamilton scored in his 2nd straight game and former Sharks winger Steve Zalewski scored and added an assist for the Devils. Alex Stalock made 24 saves in the loss for Worcester.

Season by the Numbers:

Record: 19-17-1-3, 42 points – 4th in Atlantic and 9th in Eastern Conference
Win percentage: .554% - 19th in AHL
Home Record: 8-8-1-2
Away Record: 11-9-0-1
Attendance: 76,393 through 19 games (4,021 average)
Goals Scored: 101, 2.53 goals per game, 20th in AHL
Goals Allowed: 118, 2.95 goals against per game, 20th in AHL
Shots per game: 29.40 – 20th in AHL
Shots allowed per game: 30.38 – 16th in AHL
Score 1st: 11-8-0-1 when scoring first (.575%)
1 goal games: 14-6-1-3 in one goal games -14 wins most in AHL
PP: 16.0%, 19th in AHL (30-187)
PK: 81.6%, 20th in AHL (33-179)
SHG – 1 shorthanded goals scored
SHGA – 4 shorthanded goals allowed
PIMS – 21.75 penalty minutes per game, 5th in AHL
Fighting Majors: 50 – 3rd in AHL
OT Games – 11 – (2-1 record in OT) – Hamilton and Petrecki OTG
SO Games – 8 – (5-3 record in SO)
Roster Players – the Sharks have used 37 players this season
Goalies – the Sharks have used 2 goaltenders this season
Players receiving call-ups to San Jose – 8
NHL debuts – 1 Worcester players made their NHL debuts this season (Matt Irwin on Jan 20 at Calgary)
Call-ups to San Jose – 8 different call-ups to San Jose this season

Top Worcester Sharks:

Goals Kennedy (12)
Game Winners Matsumoto (3)
Assists Kennedy (18)
Points Kennedy (12-18-30)
Power Play Points Kennedy (4-9-13) and Tennyson (2-11-13)
Shots Irwin (84 shots)
PIM Pelech (143)
Fighting Pen. Pelech (11)
Plus/Minus Kennedy and Grant (+5)
Wins Stalock (12)
G.A.A. Stalock (2.71)
Save % Sateri (.908)
Shutouts Stalock (1)

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