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Report from Worcester - 10/21/2013

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 (1-2-0-0, 2pts) chomped two of a possible four points in two home games last weekend.

The Sharks dropped their home opener in a feisty affair by the count of 3-2 to the Penguins in front of 5,400+ at the renovated DCU Center on Saturday followed by their 1st win of 2013-14 with a 3-2 win over the Pirates on Sunday.

Worcester’s three game home stand will conclude on Wednesday with a 7pm faceoff vs. the Manchester Monarchs followed by a Saturday night date at 7pm with the Falcons in Springfield.

The Worcester Sharks player of the week nominee is rookie goaltender Troy Grosenick. The 24-year old Union College alum made 30 saves in his first 1st professional start and win in the 3-2 victory over the Portland Pirates on Sunday

Few things to know:
  • The Worcester Sharks are currently in 4th place (1-2-0-0, 2pts) in the Atlantic Division and 14th place overall in the Eastern Conference.
  • The Worcester Sharks have only played three games (fewest in AHL) in the first 17 days of the AHL regular season schedule. – all three games have been decided by a single goal.
  • The San Jose Sharks currently have 13 players on their roster that have spent time in Worcester (Couture, Desjardins, Pavelski, Sheppard, Wingels, Braun, Demers, Stalock, Irwin, Vlasic, Nieto, McCarthy, and Hamilton).
  • The San Jose Sharks are currently in 1st place in the Pacific Division and 1st place in the Western Conference with 15 points and a 7-0-1 record.
  • Veteran defenseman Rob Davison was named the 6th captain in Worcester Sharks history before the game on Oct 12. Bracken Kearns and Jimmy Bonneau are the alternate captains.
  • Bracken Kearns (2-4-6) and Brodie Reid (1-3-4) each have a point in all three games this season.
  • Worcester Sharks alumni Matt Nieto (Oct 8 vs. NYR) and Matt Pelech (Oct 10 at VAN) each have scored their first career NHL goals for the SJ Sharks.
  • Coach Roy Sommer currently ranks 4th in the AHL with 541 wins in his career (16th season) and 2nd in games coached in the AHL with 1195.
  • The Sharks play two games this week:
    • Wednesday at 7pm – The Sharks host the Manchester Monarchs at the DCU Center. Unemployed Sharks fans can receive up to (4) free tickets to all Wednesday games.
    • Saturday at 7pm – The Sharks travel to Springfield to battle the Penguins

Top 3… Last Week

  1. Bracken Kearns scored two first period power play goals in the Sharks 3-2 win over the Pirates on Sunday.
  2. Rookie Troy Grosenick made 30 saves in his 1st professional start for his 1st pro win in 3-2 victory over the Pirates on Sunday.
  3. Freddie Hamilton scored his first goal of the season and added a season high six shots on goal in 3-2 loss to the Penguins on Saturday.

Last Week: (1-1-0-0) 2pts, 2gp
Sat. 10/19 L Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins 2 @ Worcester SHARKS 3
Sun. 10/20 W Portland Pirates 2 @ Worcester SHARKS 3

Rewind the Tape:

10.19.13 – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 3 – Worcester 2 – L – DCU Center
Freddie Hamilton and John McCarthy both scored for Worcester, but the Sharks (0-2-0-0, 0pts) couldn’t hold off the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (5-0-0-0, 10pts) explosive third period offense, falling 3-2 at the DCU Center in front of 5,476 in the home opener on Saturday night. Harri Sateri made 20 saves in goal in the loss while Sena Acolatse, Brodie Reid, Rylan Schwartz and Bracken Kearns each added an assist as Worcester dropped to 3-3-1-1 in eight career home openers. Tom Kuhnhackl scored twice for the Penguins while Andrew Ebbett added a goal and an assist for the Penguins in a game that featured four fights and 86 penalty minutes.

10.20.13 – Portland 2 – Worcester 3 – W – DCU Center
Rookie Troy Grosenick made 30 saves in his first professional start to lead the Worcester Sharks (1-2-0-0, 2pts) to a 3-2 victory over the Portland Pirates (0-3-0-1, 1pt) on Sunday afternoon at the DCU Center. Bracken Kearns scored two first period power play goals and Daniil Tarasov added the eventual game winner late in the second period as the Sharks broke a ten game winless skid on home ice. Andy Miele put up some strong numbers for the Pirates, scoring two goals while Portland goaltender Mike Lee went 27-for-30 in net for the loss.

Season by the numbers...
Record: 1-2-0-0, 2 points – 4th in Atlantic
Win percentage: .333% – 25th in AHL
Home Record: 1-1-0-0
Away Record: 0-1-0-0
Attendance: 7,277 through two games this season – 3,639 average – 25th in AHL
Goals Scored: 8, 2.67 goals per game, 17th in AHL
Goals Allowed: 9, 3.00 goals against per game, 16th in AHL
Shots per game: 30.00 – 16th in AHL
Shots allowed per game: 24.67 – 3rd in AHL
Score 1st: 0-1-0-0 when scoring first (.000%)
1 goal games: 1-2-0-0 in one goal games
PP: 20.0%, 14th in AHL (3-15)
PK: 85.7%, 12th in AHL (2-14)
SHG – 0 shorthanded goals scored
SHGA – 1 shorthanded goals allowed
PIMS – 37.33 penalty minutes per game, 1st in AHL
Fighting Majors: 8 – 7th in AHL
OT Games – 0 – (0-0 record in OT)
SO Games – 0 – (0-0 record in SO)
Roster Players – the Sharks have used 24 players this season
Goalies – the Sharks have used 2 goaltenders this season
Players receiving call-ups to San Jose – 4
NHL debuts – 1 Worcester Sharks alumni making their NHL debuts this season

Top Worcester Sharks:
Goals Kearns (2)
Game Winners Tarasov (1)
Assists Kearns (4)
Points Kearns (2-4-6)
Power play Points Kearns (2-1-3) and Reid (1-2-3)
Shots Hayes (12)
PIM Kearns (22)
Fighting Pen. Bonneau (3)
Plus/Minus several at +1
Wins Grosenick (1)
G.A.A. Grosenick (2.01)
Save % Grosenick (.938)

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