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Report from Worcester - 1/27/2014

by Eric Lindquist / San Jose Sharks

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

Shark Snap Shot:
The Worcester Sharks (20-17-3-1, 44pts) chomped four out of a possible eight points last week (2-2-0-0) during a busy week which featured four divisional games. The Sharks had a season long six game point streak (5-0-1-0) snapped on Friday in Manchester but returned home to the DCU Center and split a pair of games on home ice in front of 14,146 fans.

Worcester matched a season high six game point streak (5-0-1-0) in Lewiston, ME on Tuesday with a 6-3 victory over the Portland Pirates but closed out a four game road trip (2-1-1-0) with a 2-1 loss in Manchester on Friday. The Sharks fell 3-2 to the Bruins on Saturday in front of the 3rd largest crowd in franchise history at the DCU Center (9,055) to kick off a five game home stand and closed out the busy week on Sunday with a 4-3 shootout victory over the Manchester Monarchs in front of 5,091 at the DCU.

Dan DaSilva recorded his 2nd career hat trick with the Sharks and added an at the Pirates on Tuesday, had a Gordie Howe Hat Trick vs. the Bruins on Saturday, and closed out with the shootout game winner on Sunday vs. the Monarchs. Yanni Gourde continued his fine play with five points (1-4-5) and a shootout goal in four games while defensemen Matt Tennyson (3-2-5) and Sena Acolatse (2-2-4) had strong weeks offensively for Worcester. Goaltender Harri Sateri started all four games (2-2-0) and Jimmy Bonneau scored his 2nd goal of the season in his 300th AHL career game on Sunday to close out an eventful week for the Sharks.

The Worcester Sharks player of the week nominee is goaltender Dan DaSilva. The 28-year-old forward from Saskatoon, SASK recorded seven points (4-3-7), fired 15 shots, was +2, scored a game winner in the shootout, and picked up a fighting major in four games last week. DaSilva began the week by scoring his 2nd career hat trick and added an assist in the 6-3 win at the Pirates on Tuesday, had a Gordie Howe Hat Trick vs the Bruins on Saturday, and added an assist and scored the game winner in the shootout on Sunday vs. the Monarchs.

The Sharks five game home stand at the DCU Center continues with three games this week. The Sharks entertain the Binghamton Senators on Wednesday at 7pm, the Falcons on Friday at 7:30pm, and the Bruins on Saturday at 7pm.

Forward Jimmy Bonneau has skated in his 300th AHL game on Sunday vs. the Manchester Monarchs. “Bone-Saw” scored his 10th career AHL goal in the Sharks 4-3SOW in the contest.

Head Coach Roy Sommer is 23 games away from tying Frank Mathers (1256 games coached) for the most games coached in AHL history. Coach Sommer has coached 1233 AHL games – all with the SJ Sharks AHL affiliates.

Few things to know….
  • The Worcester Sharks are currently in 4th place (20-17-3-1, 44pts) in the Atlantic Division and 11th place overall in the Eastern Conference. – the Sharks trail the 8th and final playoff spot by just six points with one game in hand over the Hershey Bears.
  • The San Jose Sharks currently have 14 players on their roster that have spent time in Worcester (Couture, Desjardins, Pavelski, Sheppard, Wingels, Braun, Demers, Stalock, Irwin, Vlasic, Nieto, McCarthy, Kearns, and Hayes,).
  • The San Jose Sharks are currently in 2nd place in the Pacific Division and 4th place in the Western Conference with 74 points and a 34-12-6 record. – the Sharks have won six straight games!
  • Defenseman Taylor Doherty was loaned back to Worcester on Jan 26 and is expected back in the Worcester Sharks lineup on Wednesday. Doherty did not appear in any games for San Jose during recall.
  • Forward Dan DaSilva became just the 2nd player in franchise history to record two hat tricks (Mike Iggulden the other) with his four point performance (3-1-4) on Jan 21 at Portland. With 17pts (8-9-17) in 27 games this season, DaSilva is know tied with Mike Iggulden for 5th all-time in Worcester Sharks history with 123 points (51-72-123) in 205 games
  • Goaltender Thomas Heemskerk was released from PTO on Jan 26 and went back to Fort Wayne in the Central Hockey League as Troy Grosenick returned from injury on Sunday.
  • Veteran Bracken Kearns is ranked 3rd in Worcester with 18 points (5-13-18), tops in power play points (3-7-10), and played in his 500th AHL game on Dec 28 vs. the IceCaps. Kearns was recalled by the SJ Sharks on Dec 28 and scored his 1st NHL goal in a 3-1 win over the Ducks on Dec 29. Bracken currently has three goals and an assist in 15 games with the SJ Sharks this season and is currently on recall.
  • Despite missing 14 games due to injury, Daniil Tarasov leads Worcester with 22 points (11-11-22) through just 27 games. Tarasov has three game winning goals and also has a shootout game winner.
  • 2nd year pro Freddie Hamilton leads the club with 12 goals, tied for 1st with 22 points (12-10-22), and tops with five 1st goals. Freddie has skated in 11 games with the SJ Sharks this season and is still looking for his 1st NHL point.
  • Matt Tennyson (5-10-15 in 35gp) leads all Worcester defensemen in pts (15), goals (5), and power play points (3-6-9).
  • Worcester Sharks alumni Matt Nieto (Oct 8 vs. NYR), Matt Pelech (Oct 10 at VAN), and Bracken Kearns (Dec 29 vs. ANA) each have scored their first career NHL goals for the SJ Sharks this season.
  • Worcester Sharks alumni Alex Stalock is an impressive 7-2-0 with the San Jose Sharks this season with a 1.62 GAA and a .942 save %. Stalock picked up his first NHL shutout with a 24 save performance in 3-0 win at Florida on Jan 16 and followed it up with a 1-0 shutout win a 1-0 win over the Jets on Jan 23 in San Jose.
  • Current SJ Sharks forward and #WorSharks alum Joe Pavelski was named to the US Olympic men’s hockey team and leads the Sharks with 28 goals in 52 games.
  • Coach Roy Sommer currently ranks 4th in the AHL with 550 wins in his career (16th season) and 2nd in games coached in the AHL with 1233.

Top 3… Last Week!
  1. Dan DaSilva recorded four points (3-1-4) and was +4 in the Sharks 6-3 win at Portland on Tuesday!
  2. Yanni Gourde racked up four assists and was +4 in the Sharks 6-3 win at Portland on Tuesday!
  3. Sena Acolatse scored a goal, added an assist, and fired six shots on goal in the Sharks 3-2 loss to the Bruins on Saturday!
Last Week: (2-2-0-0) 4pts, 4gp
Tue. 1/21 W Worcester SHARKS 6 @ Portland Pirates 3
Fri. 1/24 L Worcester SHARKS 1 @ Manchester Monarchs 2
Sat. 1/25 L Providence Bruins 3 @ Worcester SHARKS 2
Sun. 1/26 SOW Manchester Monarchs 3 @ Worcester SHARKS 4

This week:
Wed. 1/29 Binghamton Senators @ Worcester SHARKS – 7pm
Fri. 1/31 Springfield Falcons @ Worcester SHARKS – 7:30pm
Sat. 2/1 Providence Bruins @ Worcester SHARKS – 7pm

Rewind the Tape:

1.21.14 – Portland 3 – Worcester 6 – W – Androscoggin Bank Colisee – Lewiston, ME
The Worcester Sharks (19-15-3-1, 42pts) hit the midway point of the 2013-14 season with an impressive 6-3 victory over the Portland Pirates (15-16-1-6, 37pts) in front of 1,623 fans at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee on Tuesday evening. Dan DaSilva (3-1-4), Yanni Gourde (0-4-4), Travis Oleksuk (1-2-3), and Matt Tennyson (1-2-3) all had big games offensively for Worcester while Harri Sateri was solid in goal with 25 saves as the Sharks extended their point streak to six games (5-0-1-0) with the victory. Worcester fired a season high 47 shots on goal which included seven shots from defenseman Sena Acolatse who also added a goal and an assist in the win over the Pirates.

1.24.14 – Manchester 2 – Worcester 1 – L – Verizon Wireless Arena

The Worcester Sharks (19-16-3-1, 42pts) had their season long point streak snapped at six games and concluded their four game road trip with a 2-1 loss to the Manchester Monarchs (27-12-2-4, 60pts) in front of 4,507 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Friday evening. Matt Tennyson scored a power play goal in the third period while Harri Sateri was solid in goal with 25 saves as the Sharks six game point streak came to an end. Brian O’Neill and Zach O’Brien each scored for Manchester while JF Berube made 32 saves in net for the victory for the Monarchs.

1.25.14 – Providence 3 – Worcester 2 – L – DCU Center

The Worcester Sharks (19-17-3-1, 42pts) fell to the Providence Bruins (22-16-1-5, 50pts) by the score of 3-2 before a season high 9,055 fans at the DCU Center on Saturday evening to kick off a five game home stand. Dan DaSilva and Sena Acolatse each netted a power play goal while Harri Sateri was solid in goal with 24 saves as the Sharks four game home winning streak came to an end. Nick Johnson scored twice, with rookie Alexander Khokhlachev scoring for Providence for the game winner in the third period, while Malcolm Subban made 28 saves in net for the Bruins’ victory.

1.26.14 – Manchester 3 – Worcester 4 – SOW – DCU Center

The Worcester Sharks (20-17-3-1, 44pts) defeated the Manchester Monarchs (28-12-2-5, 63pts) in the shootout by the score of 4-3 in front of 5,091 fans at the DCU Center on Sunday afternoon. Jimmy Bonneau, Matt Tennyson, and Yanni Gourde scored within a 6:57 span in the second period to charge Worcester out to a 3-0 advantage before the Monarchs rattled off three straight of their own to force overtime. Yanni Gourde and Dan DaSilva scored in the shootout while Harri Sateri stopped 4-of-5 shooters to secure the 4-3 victory.

Season by the numbers...
Record: 20-17-3-1, 44 points – 4th in Atlantic
Win percentage: .537% – 17th in AHL, 10th in East
Home Record: 10-8-0-1
Away Record: 10-9-3-0
Attendance: 72,499 through 19 games this season – 3,816 average – 21st in AHL
Goals Scored: 101, 2.46 goals per game, 26th in AHL
Goals Allowed: 114, 2.78 goals against per game, 16th in AHL
Shots per game: 32.88 – 4th in AHL
Shots allowed per game: 27.71 – 3rd in AHL
Score 1st: 13-3-1-1 when scoring first (.778%)
1 goal games: 11-6-3-1 in one goal games
PP: 16.9%, 19th in AHL (30-177)
PK: 82.2%, 14th in AHL (31-174)
SHG – 4 shorthanded goals scored
SHGA – 7 shorthanded goals allowed
PIMS – 19.76 penalty minutes per game, 9th in AHL
Fighting Majors: 45 – 11th in AHL
OT Games – 11 – (0-3 record in OT)
SO Games – 8 – (7-1 record in SO)
Roster Players – the Sharks have used 29 players this season
Goalies – the Sharks have used 2 goaltenders this season
Players receiving call-ups to San Jose – 7
NHL debuts – 2 Worcester Sharks alumni making their NHL debuts this season
Call-ups to San Jose – 15 different call-ups to San Jose this season

Top Worcester Sharks:

o Goals Hamilton (12)
o Game Winners Tarasov (3)
o Assists Kearns (13)
o Points Tarasov (11-11-22) and Hamilton (12-10-22)
o Power play Points Kearns (3-7-10) and Tarasov (5-5-10)
o Shots Livingston (97)
o PIM Gogol (147) – 6th in AHL
o Fighting Pen. Gogol (9)
o Plus/Minus Gourde (+4)
o Wins Sateri (12)
o G.A.A. Grosenick (2.14) – 5th in AHL
o Save % Grosenick (.919)
o Shutouts Grosenick (1)

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