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Report from Worcester - 11/21/2012

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 (7-6-1-1, 16pts) chomped out two of a possible four points in a relatively quiet week of hockey action. The Sharks won their third straight road game with their third come-from-behind victory of the season in a 4-2 win over the Pirates in Lewiston, Maine on Wednesday. The Sharks dropped a tough 2-1 decision to the Connecticut Whale in front of 5,098 at the DCU Center on Saturday to close out the week 1-1-0-0.

The Worcester Sharks player of the week nominee is defenseman Matt Irwin. Matt recorded two points (1-1-2) , was +2, and fired six shots on goal in two games last week for the Sharks.

See a report on the rest of the Sharks Prospects

Few things to know:

  • The Sharks are currently in 1st place (7-6-1-1, 16pts) in the Atlantic Division and 3rd place overall in the Eastern Conference.
  • Worcester has points in seven of their last nine games (6-2-1-0) and has won three straight road games.
  • Coach Roy Sommer currently ranks 4th in the AHL with 516 wins in his career (15th season) and 3rd in games coached in the AHL with 1131.
  • Forward Brodie Reid returned to the line up on Saturday after missing the first 14 games due to an injury. Reid scored on his first shot on goal in a 2-1 loss to the Whale.
  • Alex Stalock picked up his 66th career victory as a member of the Sharks and is 7-1-0 in his last eight starts in net for Worcester.
  • Bracken Kearns leads the AHL with five power play goals and leads Worcester with six total goals overall.
  • Marek Viedensky and Mikael Tam were assigned to San Francisco (ECHL) on Wednesday night. Viedensky has two goals in three games for the Bulls.
  • Worcester travels to Manchester, New Hampshire on Friday at 7 p.m. before returning home to host the Pirates on Saturday at 7 p.m. and the Crunch on Sunday at 3 p.m.
  • On Saturday the Sharks host their annual Teddy Bear Toss presented by Bay State Savings Bank and on Sunday fans are invited to enjoy the Hat & Mittens Holiday post game skate presented by Price Chopper.

Top 3… Last Week

  1. Brodie Reid returned to the lineup after missing the first 14 games of the season with an injury and scored on his first shot on goal with a terrific play on Saturday in the Sharks 2-1 loss to the Whale.
  2. Alex Stalock won his seventh straight start with 20 saves on Wednesday and made 21 saves in a tough 2-1 loss to the Whale on Saturday.
  3. Matt Pelech blocked several shots all weekend, was +1, and picked up his team leading 4th fighting major vs. Mark Louis on Wednesday.

Last Week: (2-0-1-0) 5pts, 3gp

Wed. 11/14 W Worcester SHARKS 4 @ Portland Pirates 2 (in Lewiston, Maine)
Sat. 11/19 L Connecticut Whale 2 @ Worcester SHARKS 1

This Week:

Fri. 11/23 Worcester SHARKS @ Manchester Monarchs – 7 p.m.
Sat. 11/24 Portland Pirates @ Worcester SHARKS – 7 p.m.
Sun. 11/25 Syracuse Crunch @ Worcester SHARKS – 3 p.m.

Rewind the Tape:

11.14.12 – Worcester 4 – Portland 2 – W – Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, ME
The Worcester Sharks (7-5-1-1, 16pts)scored three third period goals and came-from-behind for a 4-2 victory over the divisional rival Portland Pirates (5-5-1-1, 12pts) at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine on Wednesday night. Goaltender Alex Stalock improved to 7-0-0 in his last seven starts with 20 saves and Sebastian Stalberg, James Sheppard, Tim Kennedy, and Matt Irwin scored goals in the win for Worcester. The Sharks scored two goals in 68 seconds midway through the third period to cap their AHL leading third win when trailing after 40 minutes.

11.17.12 – Worcester 1 – Connecticut 2 – L – DCU Center
Brodie Reid registered the lone goal in his season debut for the Worcester Sharks (7-6-1-1, 16pts) in a 2-1 loss against the Connecticut Whale (6-7-1-0, 13pts) on Saturday night in front of 5,098 fans at the DCU Center. Cameron Talbot picked up the win in net for the Whale, stopping 23 of 24 shots that he faced. Brodie Reid, Freddie Hamilton, and Brandon Mashinter each had one point for Worcester in the loss, while Chris Kreider and Ryan Bourque notched the goals for the Whale, as Worcester fell to 4-3-1-0 on home ice at the DCU Center. Alex Stalock played solid in net for Worcester, allowing two goals on 23 shots.

Sharks in the Atlantic
The Sharks are swimming in 1st place with 16 points (7-6-1-1) in the Atlantic Division through 15 games, which is 1 point ahead of the 2nd place Manchester Monarchs (15pts in 14gp), two points ahead of the 3rd place St. John’s IceCaps (14pts in 15gp) and Portland Pirates (14pts in 15gp), and three points ahead of the 5th place Providence Bruins (13pts in 14gp) to round out a very choppy Atlantic Division.

Season by the Numbers:

Record: 7-6-1-1, 16 points – 1st in Atlantic and 3rd in Eastern Conference
Win percentage: .533% - 14th in AHL
Home Record: 4-3-1-0
Away Record: 5-3-0-1
Attendance: 26,859 through 8 games (3,357 average)
Goals Scored: 40, 2.67 goals per game, 17th in AHL
Goals Allowed: 46, 3.07 goals against per game, 18th in AHL
Shots per game: 29.73 –18th in AHL
Shots allowed per game: 27.93 – 8th in AHL
Score 1st: 4-1-0-0 when scoring first (.800%)
1 goal games: 3-1-1-1 in one goal games
PP: 18.7%, 11th in AHL (14-75)
PK: 81.3%, 22nd in AHL (12-64)
SHG – 0 shorthanded goals scored
SHGA – 3 shorthanded goals allowed
PIMS – 20.67 penalty minutes per game, 11th in AHL
Fighting Majors: 16– 8th in AHL
OT Games – 3 – (0-0 record in OT)
SO Games – 3 – (2-1 record in SO)
Roster Players – the Sharks have used 28 players this season
Goalies – the Sharks have used 2 goaltenders this season

Top Worcester Sharks:

Goals: Kearns (6)
Game Winners: Kearns, Groulx, Hamilton, Gogol, Kennedy (1)
Assists: Irwin (8)
Points: Kearns (6-6-12)
Power Play Points: Kennedy (1-5-6)
Shots: Irwin (40 shots)
PIM: Pelech (48)
Fighting Pen.: Pelech (4)
Plus/Minus: Groulx and Gogol (E)
Wins: Stalock (7)
G.A.A.: Stalock (2.32)
Save %: Stalock (.915)
Shutouts: Stalock (1)

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