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Report from Worcester - 4/10/2013

by Staff Writer / 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 (29-31-3-6, 67pts) chomped one out of a possible eight points in four games last week. The Sharks began the week with a 4-2 loss vs. the Sound Tigers on Tuesday followed by a 6-3 loss in Bridgeport during a School Day Game on Thursday. Worcester dropped a 7-1 decision vs. the Falcons on Saturday followed by a come-from-behind 4-3 overtime loss vs. the Monarchs on Sunday to close out the week 0-3-1-0. The Sharks have currently lost eight straight games (0-6-0-2) which ties a franchise record (Sharks also lost eight straight (0-6-0-2) on 3/4/12-4/14/12).

Forward Bracken Kearns reached the 20 goal plateau in Bridgeport on Thursday with his team leading 11th power play goal. Matt Nieto (BU) and Riley Brace (Mississauga – OHL) each scored their first professional goals last week for Worcester.

See a report on the rest of the Sharks prospects

Worcester is now eight points behind the 8th place Bears with one game in hand for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference (the Sharks have 7 games left in regular season). The Sharks will embark on another four game work week by traveling to Bridgeport to battle the Sound Tigers on Tuesday at 7pm for the 3rd meeting in eight days. The Sharks kick off the weekend by hosting the Norfolk Admirals on Friday at 7:30p and again on Saturday at 7pm on Fan Appreciation Night. Worcester will close out the weekend with a 3pm start in Manchester on Sunday afternoon.

The Worcester Sharks player of the week nominee is rookie forward Freddie Hamilton. Freddie recorded three points (2-1-3) in four games last weekend highlighted by a game tying goal with 1.7 seconds remaining in the third period to force overtime in the Sharks 4-3 OTL to the Monarchs on Sunday.

Few things to know:
  • The Sharks are currently in 4th place (29-31-3-6, 67pts) in the Atlantic Division and 13th place overall in the Eastern Conference. – the Sharks trail the 8th place Bears (Sharks have one game in hand) by eight points for the final playoff spot in the East. Worcester has lost eight straight games (0-6-2-0).
  • 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 Tennyson,)
  • The San Jose Sharks are currently in 3rd place in the Pacific Division and 5th place in the Western Conference with 47 points and a 20-11-7 record. – SJ has a point in eight straight games (7-0-1).
  • The Worcester Sharks dressed 11 rookies on April 7 vs. the Manchester Monarchs.
  • BU Alumni and SJ Sharks 47th pick in 2011 draft Matt Nieto made professional debut on Apr 2 vs. Bridgeport and added an assist. Matt scored his first pro goal in his 2nd game in 6-3 loss at Bridgeport on Apr 4. Nieto has three points (1-2-3) in four games for Worcester.
  • Riley Brace (Mississauga – OHL) scored his 1st professional goal and added assist in first pro game in 4-3OTL vs. Manchester on Apr 7.
  • Forward Matt Pelech set the Worcester Sharks record for most penalty minutes in a single season on March 30 with a roughing minor. Pelech has 236 penalty minutes in 55gp this season. (Brennan Evans had 211 pims in 2007-08). Pelech has 998 penalty minutes in his AHL career.
  • Rookie Defenseman Matt Tennyson received his first NHL recall on March 30. Tennyson leads all Worcester d-men in pts (27), goals (5), and assists (22) in 60 games. Matt has two points (0-2-2) in three games for San Jose and is currently on recall.
  • Rookie Freddie Hamilton is the only Sharks player to play in all 69 games this season. Freddie has 24 points (11-13-24) and tied for the team lead with three game winning goals.
  • Goaltender Alex Stalock was returned to Worcester on April 1 from the SJ Sharks. Al 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 called up by the SJ Sharks on Feb 12. Kennedy has two goals in 12 games with San Jose and is currently still on re-call. 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 29 games with the SJ Sharks this season (5-4=9) and has averaged 19:09 of ice time. Matt is tied for the lead among SJ Sharks defensemen with five goals and signed a two year contract extension with the San Jose Sharks last week.
  • All-Star Bracken Kearns leads Worcester in points (45), goals (20), power play goals (11), assists (25), and shots (132).
  • 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 1185.
  • The Sharks play four games this week and look to climb the ladder in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
    • Tuesday at 7pm the Sharks travel to Bridgeport to play a rescheduled game (Blizzard on Feb 10).
    • Friday at 7:30pm the Sharks host the Norfolk Admirals on $2-$2-$2 Fridays! Hotdogs, popcorn, and soda just $2! – game televised live on Charter TV3.
    • Saturday at 7pm the Sharks host the Norfolk Admirals on Fan Appreciation Night! Join us at 4:30pm for the Boston Bruins Alumni Doubleheader presented by Southbridge Savings Bank to benefit the Why Me Organization.
    • Sunday at 3pm the Sharks travel to Manchester to battle the Monarchs.

Top 3… Last Week

  1. Freddie Hamilton scored with 1.7 seconds remaining to force OT and added assist in the Sharks 4-3OTL to Manchester on Sunday!
  2. Bracken Kearns scored his 20th goal of the season and picked up his 8th fighting major in Worcester’s 6-3 loss at Bridgeport on Thursday!
  3. Rile Brace scored his first professional goal and added an assist in first professional game in 4-3OTL to Manchester on Sunday.

Last Week: (0-2-1-0) 1pt, 3gp
Tue. 4/2 L Bridgeport Sound Tigers 4 @ Worcester SHARKS 2
Thu. 4/4 L Worcester SHARKS 3 @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3
Sat. 4/6 L Springfield Falcons 7 @ Worcester Sharks 1
Sun. 4/7 OTL Manchester Monarchs 4 @ Worcester SHARKS 3 – OT

This week:
Tue. 4/9 Worcester SHARKS @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers – 7pm
Fri 4/12 Norfolk Admirals @ Worcester SHARKS – 7:30pm
Sat. 4/13 Norfolk Admirals @ Worcester Sharks – 7pm
Sun. 4/14 Worcester SHARKS @ Manchester Monarchs – 3pm

Rewind the Tape:

4.2.13 – Bridgeport 4 – Worcester 2 – L – DCU Center
The Worcester Sharks (29-29-2-6, 66pts) were defeated by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (28-28-6-5, 67pts) by the count of 4-2 on Tuesday evening in front of 1,777 fans at the DCU Center. With the loss, the Sharks remain seven points behind the 8th place Hershey Bears in the Eastern Conference playoff picture with one game in hand and 10 games remaining. Alex Stalock made his first start with Worcester in over a month after he was loaned back from San Jose yesterday and made 31 saves in the loss. Boston University alum Matt Nieto made his professional debut for the Sharks and recorded an assist as Worcester matched a season high 5th straight loss (0-4-1-0). The Sharks led 2-0 early in the first period after goals by Daniil Tarasov and Freddie Hamilton but the Sound Tigers scored four unanswered goals.

4.4.13 – Bridgeport 6 – Worcester 3 – L – Webster Bank Arena
The Worcester Sharks (29-30-2-6, 66pts) were swept in a home-and-home series by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (29-28-6-5, 69pts) by the count of 6-3 on Thursday morning in front of 7,550 fans at the Webster Bank Arena during a school day game. With the loss, the Sharks remain seven points behind the 8th place Hershey Bears in the Eastern Conference playoff picture with nine games remaining. The Sharks led 2-0 before the clock hit noon, but the Sound Tigers scored five straight goals as Worcester dropped their season high 6th straight game (0-5-1-0). Matt Nieto scored his first professional goal in the third period, Bracken Kearns scored his team leading 20th, and Daniil Tarasov grabbed his 11th in the loss. Harri Sateri made 25 saves in net while Jon Matsumoto and Derek Joslin added two assists.

4.6.13 – Springfield 7 – Worcester 1 – L – DCU Center
The Worcester Sharks (29-31-2-6, 66pts) dropped their season high 7th straight game (0-6-1-0) with a 7-1 loss to the Springfield Falcons (40-30-2-6, 89pts) on Saturday night in front of 4,746 fans at the DCU Center on March of Dimes Night. With the loss, the Sharks remain nine points behind the 8th place Hershey Bears in the Eastern Conference playoff picture with eight games remaining. Alex Stalock allowed seven goals on 36 shots and dropped his first game in regulation to the Falcons in his career (12-1-1). Peter Sivak (4th) scored the only goal for Worcester early in the first period but the Falcons scored three in the 2nd and four more in the 3rd period for their 40th win of the season.

4.7.13 – Manchester 4 – Worcester 3 – OTL – DCU Center
The Worcester Sharks (29-31-3-6, 67pts) tied a franchise record with their 8th straight loss (0-6-2-0) dropping a 4-3 overtime decision to the Manchester Monarchs (32-31-3-4, 71pts) on Sunday afternoon in front of 3,715 people and 70 dogs at the DCU Center on Pucks N Paws Day. With the overtime loss, the Sharks are now eight points behind the 8th place Hershey Bears in the Eastern Conference playoff picture with seven games remaining. Riley Brace (Mississauga – OHL) scored his first professional goal and added an assist in his first professional game for Worcester and Freddie Hamilton tied the score with 1.7 seconds remaining in the third period to force overtime. Harri Sateri made 19 saves in net and Chris Crane (Ohio St. Univ) was +1 and fired two shots in his professional debut for Worcester.

Season by the numbers...
Record: 29-31-3-6, 67 points – 4th in Atlantic and 13th in Eastern Conference
Win percentage: .486% - 26th in AHL 
Home Record: 13-15-3-4
Away Record: 16-16-0-2
Attendance: 153,069 through 35 games (4,373 average)
Goals Scored: 172, 2.49 goals per game, 25th in AHL
Goals Allowed: 207, 3.00 goals against per game, 26th in AHL
Shots per game: 29.77 – 17th in AHL
Shots allowed per game: 30.14– 16th in AHL
Score 1st: 19-12-1-2 when scoring first (.603%)
1 goal games: 17-7-3-6 in one goal games
PP: 15.6%, 21st in AHL (48-307)
PK: 81.5%, 23rd in AHL (57-308)
SHG – 4 shorthanded goals scored
SHGA – 6 shorthanded goals allowed
PIMS – 20.00 penalty minutes per game, 8th in AHL
Fighting Majors: 77 – 5th in AHL
OT Games – 17 – (2-3 record in OT) – Hamilton and Petrecki OTG
SO Games – 12 – (6-6 record in SO)
Roster Players – the Sharks have used 48 players this season
Goalies – the Sharks have used 3 goaltenders this season
Players receiving call-ups to San Jose – 12 
NHL debuts – 3 Worcester players made their NHL debuts this season (Matt Irwin, Nick Petrecki and Matt Tennyson)
Call-ups to San Jose – 18 different call-ups to San Jose this season

Top Worcester Sharks:
Goals: Kearns (20)
Game Winners:  Hamilton, Matsumoto, Tarasov (3)
Assists: Kearns (25)
Points: Kearns (20-25-45)
Power Play Points: Kearns (11-6-17)
Shots: Kearns (132 shots)
PIM: Pelech (236)
Fighting Pen.: Pelech (17)
Plus/Minus: Livingston (+11)
Wins: Stalock (15)
G.A.A.: Stalock (2.67)
Save %: Stalock (.911)
Shutouts: Sateri and Stalock (1)

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