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Report from Worcester - 3/27/2013

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 (29-26-1-6, 65pts) chomped two out of a possible six points in three games last week highlighted by a 5-3 win over the Bruins in front of a HUGE crowd at the DCU Center on Saturday. The Sharks began the week with a 2-1 loss in Springfield but followed up on Saturday with a big 5-3 victory over the Bruins in front of 6,557 fans at the DCU Center. Worcester ended the 3-in-3 weekend with a disappointing 4-1 loss vs. the Bears on Sunday.

Defenseman Derek Joslin returned to Worcester last week after the Vancouver Canucks assigned the 26-year-old from Chicago (AHL) to Worcester in return for San Jose assigning Danny Groulx from Worcester to Chicago (AHL). Joslin recorded two points (1-1-2) in his first two games back with the Sharks last weekend.

Worcester is now six points behind the 7th place Penguins and 8th place Bears with three games in hand for the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference (the Sharks have 14 games left in regular season). The Sharks will embark on a three game work week beginning with a division matchup vs. the Monarchs on Wednesday at the DCU Center followed by a rare Thursday night game in Connecticut vs. the Whale. The Sharks wrap up the week with a 7pm start vs. the IceCaps on Saturday at the DCU Center.

The Worcester Sharks player of the week nominee is forward John McCarty. The Sharks captain had three points (0-3-3) in three games last week and currently ranks 5th on the Sharks with 23 points (9-14-23) and leads the team with 120 shots in 56 games with Worcester.

Few things to know:
  • The San Jose Sharks are currently in 4th place (29-26-1-6, 65pts) in the Atlantic Division and 11th place overall in the Eastern Conference. – the Sharks trail the 7th place Penguins and 8th place Bears (Sharks have three games in hand) by six for the final playoff spot in the East.
  • Playoff Primer courtesy of the AHL. Click HERE.
  • The San Jose Sharks currently have 11 players on their roster that have spent time in Worcester (Couture, Desjardins, Pavelski, Sheppard, Wingels, Braun, Demers, Greiss, Kennedy, Irwin, and Stalock).
  • The San Jose Sharks are currently in 4th place in the Pacific Division and 9th place in the Western Conference with 32 points and a 13-11-6 record.
  • Defenseman Derek Joslin returned to Worcester on March 22 after he was reassigned by Vancouver (NHL) from Chicago (AHL). The former SH Sharks draft selection recorded two points last weekend in two games in his return to Team Teal. – In addition, defenseman Danny Groulx was reassigned by San Jose from Worcester to the Chicago Wolves.
  • The Sharks signed Regina Pats (WHL) MVP forward Lane Scheidl to an ATO last week. Scheidl picked up an assist in three games for the Sharks last weekend.
  • Matt Pelech needs just one minor penalty to set a Worcester sharks record for most penalty minutes in a single season. Pelech has 210 penalty minutes in 48gp this season. (Brennan Evans had 211 pims in 2007-08).
  • Rookie Freddie Hamilton is the only Sharks player to play in all 62 games this season. Freddie has 21 points (9-12-21).
  • Goaltender Harri Sateri has made nine straight starts for Worcester (4-4-1).
  • Goaltender Alex Stalock was recalled by the SJ Sharks on March 8. Al has appeared in two games in relief with the SJ Sharks and has a 0-1-0 record with a 2.86GAA and a .846 save %. Stalock is currently tied with Thomas Greiss for the most wins in Worcester Sharks franchise history (74).
  • Forward Tim Kennedy was recalled by the SJ Sharks on Feb 12. Kennedy has two goals in 12 games with San Jose. Tim is 2nd on the Worcester Sharks with 37 points (13-24-37) in just 37 games… Kennedy has a two game point streak (0-5-5) in Worcester.
  • Matt Irwin was recalled again by the San Jose Sharks on Feb 25. Irwin has played 21 games with the SJ Sharks this season (5-3-8) and has averaged 19:11 of ice time. Matt leads all SJ Sharks defensemen with five goals in just 21 games.
  • Forward Tommy Grant was recalled from San Francisco (ECHL) on March 25 after recording five points (1-4-5) in four games along with 19 penalty minutes.
  • All-Star Bracken Kearns leads Worcester with ten power play goals, 17 goals overall, 39 points, and is 3rd with seven fighting majors. He was returned to Worcester on March 7 after appearing in one scoreless game with the SJ Sharks and since then has a four game point streak 4-3-7).
  • Coach Roy Sommer currently ranks 4th in the AHL with 538 wins in his career (15th season) and 2nd in games coached in the AHL with 1178.
  • The Sharks play three games this week and look to climb the ladder in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
    • Wednesday at 7pm the Sharks host the Manchester Monarchs.
    • Thursday at 7pm the Sharks travel to Connecticut to battle the Whale.
    • Saturday at 7pm the Sharks host the St. John’s IceCaps. Before the game, the Sharks will host the Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association High School All-Star Games presented by Shriners, beginning with a 1:45pm start for the girl’s game followed by a 4pm puck drop for the boys at the DCU Center. The All-Star Games will feature the state’s top 92 high school senior boys and girls from MIAA schools, as selected by the MSHCA. For more information click HERE.

Top 3… Last Week

  1. Sebastian Stalberg scored the game winning goal with less than five minutes left in the 3rd period to propel the Sharks to a 5-3 win over the Bruins on Saturday!
  2. Matt Tennyson racked up two assists and was +2 in the Sharks 5-3 victory over the Bruins on Saturday!
  3. Derek Joslin scored his first goal in his 2nd game back with the Sharks in a 4-1 loss to the Bears on Sunday!

Last Week: (1-2-0-0) 2pts, 3gp
Fri. 3/22 L Worcester SHARKS 1 @ Springfield Falcons 2
Sat. 3/23 W Providence Bruins 3 @ Worcester SHARKS 5
Sun. 3/24 L Hershey Bears 4 @ Worcester SHARKS 1

This week:
Wed. 3/27 Manchester Monarchs @ Worcester SHARKS – 7pm
Thu. 3/28 Worcester SHARKS @ Connecticut Whale – 7pm
Sat. 3/30 St. John’s IceCaps @ Worcester SHARKS – 7pm

Rewind the Tape:

3.22.13 – Springfield 2 – Worcester 1 – L – Mass Mutual Center
The Worcester Sharks (28-25-1-6, 63pts) were defeated by their Eastern Conference rival the Springfield Falcons (36-18-5-4, 81pts) by a score of 2-1 on Friday night in front of 4,396 fans at the Mass Mutual Center. Goaltender Curtis McElhinney came up huge for the Falcons making 25 saves in his 25th win. Nick Holden’s second period goal at 16:24 was the game winner as the Falcons held off a late third period rally by Worcester. Adam Comrie scored Worcester’s only goal of the night in the third period to make things interesting but the Sharks were unable to send the game into overtime. Harri Sateri made 19 saves for the Sharks in the loss.

3.23.13 – Providence 3 – Worcester 5 – W – DCU Center
Five different goal scorers led the Worcester Sharks (29-25-1-6, 66pts) to a 5-3 win over the Atlantic Division leading Providence Bruins (39-20-0-5, 83pts) on Saturday evening in front of 6,557 fans at the DCU Center. The Sharks broke a five game losing skid against the Bruins to finish the season series 6-3-0-3. Freddie Hamilton, Peter Sivak, Travis Oleksuk, Sebastian Stalberg, and Denny Urban all scored for Worcester while Harri Sateri made 28 saves in net in his 8th straight start. Matt Tennyson and John McCarthy added two assists in a game that saw only three minor penalties.

3.24.13 – Hershey 4 – Worcester 1 – L – DCU Center
The Worcester Sharks (29-26-1-6, 65pts) fell to the 8th seeded Hershey Bears (31-25-1-6, 71pts) on Sunday afternoon in front of 4,917 fans at the DCU Center. Derek Joslin scored the only Sharks goal in the third period and Harri Sateri allowed four goals on 19 shots in the loss for Worcester. Hershey had four different goal scorers and got 32 saves from Dany Sabourin to lead the way and moved six points ahead of Worcester for the 8th and final playoff spot in the East.

Season by the Numbers:

Record: 29-26-1-6, 65 points – 4th in Atlantic and 11th in Eastern Conference
Win percentage: .524% - 19th in AHL
Home Record: 13-12-1-4
Away Record: 16-14-0-2
Attendance: 136,780 through 30 games (4,559 average)
Goals Scored: 158, 2.55 goals per game, 23rd in AHL
Goals Allowed: 175, 2.82 goals against per game, 18th in AHL
Shots per game: 29.84 – 17th in AHL
Shots allowed per game: 30.05 – 14th in AHL
Score 1st: 19-9-0-2 when scoring first (.667%)
1 goal games: 17-7-1-6 in one goal games
PP: 16.2%, 19th in AHL (45-277)
PK: 82.4%, 20th in AHL (49-278)
SHG – 4 shorthanded goals scored
SHGA – 5 shorthanded goals allowed
PIMS – 20.06 penalty minutes per game, 8th in AHL
Fighting Majors: 67 – 7th in AHL
OT Games – 15 – (2-1 record in OT) – Hamilton and Petrecki OTG
SO Games – 12 – (6-6 record in SO)
Roster Players – the Sharks have used 40 players this season
Goalies – the Sharks have used 2 goaltenders this season
NHL debuts – 2 Worcester players made their NHL debuts this season (Matt Irwin and Nick Petrecki)

Top Worcester Sharks:

Goals Kearns (17)
Game Winners Hamilton, Matsumoto, Tarasov (3)
Assists Kennedy (24)
Points Kearns (17-22-39)
Power Play Points Kennedy (5-11-16), Tennyson (3-13-16), and Kearns (10-6-16)
Shots McCarthy (120 shots)
PIM Pelech (210)
Fighting Pen. Pelech (15)
Plus/Minus Livingston (+13)
Wins Stalock (15)
G.A.A. Stalock (2.48)
Save % Stalock (.917)
Shutouts Sateri and Stalock (1)

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