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Report from Worcester - 1/6/2014

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 (14-15-2-1, 31pts) chomped two out of a possible eight points last week (1-3-0-0) to finish off a season long five game road trip with a 1-3-1-0 record.

The Sharks ended 2013 with a tough 2-1 loss vs the Phantoms in Adirondack on Tuesday and began 2014 with a 3-0 loss in Providence vs. the Bruins. Worcester bounced back with an impressive 3-2 road win in Hartford on Saturday but ended the weekend with a nightmarish 8-2 loss to the Bruins in Providence on Sunday.

Rookie forward Eriah Hayes received his 1st NHL recall on Friday and made his NHL debut for the SJ Sharks in a 3-2 shootout win in Chicago vs. the Blackhawks on Sunday evening. Rookie defenseman Dylan Demelo scored his 1st professional goal on Sunday vs. Malcolm Subban in the Sharks 8-2 loss in Providence.

The Worcester Sharks player of the week nominee is forward Travis Oleksuk. The 24-year-old forward from Thunder Bay, Ontario recorded his 4th goal of the season, fired 12 shots, and won several key face-offs in four games last week.

Veteran defenseman Rob Davison played in professional game #700 in the Sharks 2-1 loss in Adirondack on Dec 31.

The Worcester Sharks host three games this weekend beginning with a 7:30pm start on Friday vs. the Hartford Wolf Pack on a $2-$2-$2 Friday night where hot dogs popcorn and soda are just $2. Friday night’s game will be the first of four carried live on Charter TV3.

On Saturday, the Sharks host the Norfolk Admirals at 7pm with the first 2,000 fans receiving a “Dirty Harri” movie poster presented by WTAG. Doors open at 1:30pm for the 5th annual High School Hockey Showdown which will feature the Shrewsbury Colonials vs. the Algonquin Tomahawks. The girls’ varsity game is at 2pm and the boys’ game at 4pm.

On Sunday the Sharks host the Portland Pirates at 3pm on $5 Kids Sundays presented by Hebert Candies. Boston Garden Legend Rene Rancourt will perform the national anthem and sign autographs at the game!

Few things to know….
  • The Worcester Sharks are currently in 5th place (14-15-2-1, 31pts) in the Atlantic Division and 13th place overall in the Eastern Conference. – the Sharks trail by seven points for the 8th and final playoff spot in the East but have one game in hand over the Adirondack Phantoms.
  • The San Jose Sharks currently have 15 players on their roster that have spent time in Worcester (Couture, Desjardins, Pavelski, Sheppard, Wingels, Braun, Demers, Stalock, Irwin, Vlasic, Nieto, Hamilton, 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 60 points and a 27-10-6 record.
  • Veteran Bracken Kearns is tied for the team lead with 18 points (5-13-18), tops in power play points (3-7-10), and has 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 in six games with the SJ Sharks this season and is currently on recall.
  • Despite missing 11 games due to injury, Daniil Tarasov is tied for the team lead with 18 points (9-9-18) through just 21 games. Tarasov has three game winning goals and also has a shootout game winner.
  • 2nd year pro Freddie Hamilton leads the club with 11 goals, tied for the team lead in points (11-7-18), and tops with four 1st goals. Freddie is currently on recall with the SJ Sharks and has played in ten games (0-0-0).
  • Adam Comrie leads all Worcester defenseman with 12 points (1-11-12) in 25 games.
  • 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 5-2-0 with the San Jose Sharks this season with a 2.03 GAA and a .932 save %.
  • Current San Jose Sharks forward and Worcester Sharks alum Joe Pavelski was named to the US Olympic men’s hockey team.
  • Coach Roy Sommer currently ranks 4th in the AHL with 554 wins in his career (16th season) and 2nd in games coached in the AHL with 1224.

Top 3… Last Week!
  1. Harri Sateri made 32 saves and was the #2 star in the Sharks 3-2 win at Hartford on Saturday!
  2. Dylan Demelo scored his first professional goal in the Sharks 8-2 loss in Providence on Sunday!
  3. Dan DaSilva scored a power play goal and fired seven shots in the Sharks 3-2 win at Hartford on Saturday!

Last Week: (1-3-0-0) 2pts, 4gp
Tue. 12/31 L Worcester SHARKS 1 @ Adirondack Phantoms 2
Fri. 1/3 L Worcester SHARKS 0 @ Providence Bruins 3
Sat. 1/4 W Worcester SHARKS 3 @ Hartford Wolf Pack 2
Sun. 1/5 L Worcester SHARKS 2 @ Providence Bruins 8

This week:
Fri. 1/10 Hartford Wolf Pack @ Worcester SHARKS – 7:30pm
Sat. 1/11 Norfolk Admirals @ Worcester SHARKS – 7pm
Sun. 1/12 Portland Pirates @ Worcester SHARKS – 3pm

Rewind the Tape:

12.31.13 – Adirondack 2 – Worcester 1 – L – Glens Falls Civic Center
The Worcester Sharks (13-13-2-1, 29pts) closed out the 2013 calendar year with a hard fought 2-1 loss to the host Adirondack Phantoms (16-13-0-2, 34pts) in front of 3,477 fans at the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, NY on Tuesday evening. Marek Viedensky evened the score with 4:22 left in the third period for the Sharks but a late strike by Kris Newbury won the game for the Phantoms. The two teams combined for 90 penalty minutes in a physical affair as Harri Sateri was solid in net again for Worcester as he made 28 saves in the loss.

1.3.14 – Providence 3 – Worcester 0 – L – Dunkin Donuts Center
The Worcester Sharks (13-14-2-1, 29pts) began the 2014 calendar year with a 3-0 loss to the host Providence Bruins (18-10-1-5, 42pts) in front of 8,996 fans at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI on Friday evening. Nick Johnson and Alex Khokhlachev each had a goal and an assist while Malcolm Subban made 25 saves for his 1st professional shutout for the Bruins. Sharks netminder Troy Grosenick made 27 saves in the loss for Worcester as the Sharks were shutout for the 3rd time in their last six games overall.

1.4.14 – Hartford 2 – Worcester 3 – W – XL Center

The Worcester Sharks (14-14-2-1, 31pts) earned a 3-2 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack (11-17-0-5, 27pts) in front of 4,712 fans at the XL Center in Hartford, CT on Saturday evening. Dan DaSilva and Sebastian Stalberg scored 1st period power play goals for Worcester while Harri Sateri was brilliant in net as he made 30 saves in his 8th victory of the season. Curt Gogol scored the game winning goal midway through the middle frame as Worcester snapped an eight game losing skid at the XL Center with the victory.

1.5.14 – Providence 8 – Worcester 2 – L – Dunkin Donuts Center
Rookie defenseman Dylan Demelo scored his 1st professional goal but the Worcester Sharks (14-15-2-1, 31pts) closed out their five game road trip with an 8-2 loss to the host Providence Bruins (19-11-1-5, 44pts) in front of 8,692 fans at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI on Sunday afternoon.

Season by the numbers...
Record: 14-15-2-1, 31 points – 5th in Atlantic
Win percentage: .484% – 24th in AHL, 13th in East
Home Record: 6-7-0-1
Away Record: 8-8-2-0
Attendance: 47,976 through 14 games this season – 3,427 average – 24th in AHL
Goals Scored: 73, 2.28 goals per game, 29th in AHL
Goals Allowed: 95, 2.97 goals against per game, 17th in AHL
Shots per game: 32.78 – 5th in AHL
Shots allowed per game: 28.19 – 4th in AHL
Score 1st: 8-2-1-1 when scoring first (.750%)
1 goal games: 8-4-2-1 in one goal games
PP: 14.5%, 22nd in AHL (21-145)
PK: 83.3%, 12th in AHL (24-144)
SHG – 2 shorthanded goals scored
SHGA – 7 shorthanded goals allowed
PIMS – 21.66 penalty minutes per game, 8th in AHL
Fighting Majors: 40 – 6th in AHL
OT Games – 8 – (0-2 record in OT)
SO Games – 6 – (5-1 record in SO)
Roster Players – the Sharks have used 25 players this season
Goalies – the Sharks have used 2 goaltenders this season
NHL debuts – 2 Worcester Sharks alumni making their NHL debuts this season

Top Worcester Sharks:

Goals Hamilton (11)
Game Winners Tarasov (3)
Assists Kearns (13)
Points Hamilton (11-7-8), Tarasov (9-9-18), Kearns (5-13-18)
Power play Points Kearns (3-7-10)
Shots Hayes (81)
PIM Gogol (116)
Fighting Pen. Bonneau (7)
Plus/Minus Bonneau (+2)
Wins Sateri (8)
G.A.A. Grosenick (2.33)
Save % Grosenick (.914)
Shutouts Grosenick (1)

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