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Report from Worcester - 4/17/2013

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 (30-33-4-6, 67pts) chomped three out of a possible eight points in four games last week. The Sharks began the week by snapping an eight game losing skid (0-6-2-0) with a 32 save shutout by Alex Stalock in a 3-0 win at Bridgeport on Tuesday. Worcester dropped a two game home set against the Norfolk Admirals with a 4-3 loss in regulation on Friday followed by a 4-3 overtime loss on Saturday. The Sharks closed out the four game work week with a 3-0 loss in Manchester on Sunday to end the week 1-2-1-0.

The Sharks have struggled of late, having lost 11 of their 12 games overall and a franchise record eight straight losses at the DCU Center (0-5-3-0).

See a report on the rest of the Sharks prospects

On the positive side, goaltender Alex Stalock picked up his franchise leading 75th victory (Thomas Greiss has 74) on Tuesday in a 32 save shutout in Bridgeport. Rookie Eriah Hayes (Minnesota-State Mankato) scored his first professional goal on Saturday vs. Norfolk and fired a Sharks season high ten shots on goal. The Sharks dressed a season high 12 rookies on Sunday in Manchester.

Worcester was officially eliminated from a playoff spot in the East after the 4-3 overtime loss to the Admirals on Saturday. The Sharks have three more games remaining on their regular season schedule beginning with their final home game of the season on Wednesday at 7pm vs. the Springfield Falcons. The Sharks travel to Wilkes-Barre Scranton on Friday with a 7:05pm start followed by their final game of the season on Saturday with their only visit to Syracuse with a 7:30pm battle vs. the Crunch to close out the 2012-13 season.

The Worcester Sharks player of the week nominee is rookie forward Riley Brace (Mississauga – OHL). Riley recorded four points (2-2-4) in four games last weekend highlighted by scoring in his first three professional games with a 3rd period strike vs. the Admirals on Friday.

Few things to know:
  • The Sharks are currently in 4th place (30-33-4-6, 70pts) in the Atlantic Division and 13th place overall in the Eastern Conference.
  • Playoff Primer courtesy of the AHL. Click HERE.
  • The San Jose Sharks currently have 12 players on their roster that have spent time in Worcester (Couture, Desjardins, Pavelski, Sheppard, Wingels, Braun, Demers, Greiss, Kennedy, Irwin, Vlasic, and Tennyson).
  • The San Jose Sharks are currently in 3rd place in the Pacific Division and 5th place in the Western Conference with 49 points and a 21-13-7 record.
  • The Worcester Sharks dressed 12 rookies on April 14 at 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 five points (2-3-5) in eight games for Worcester.
  • Riley Brace (Mississauga – OHL) scored his 1st professional goal and added an assist in first pro game in 4-3OTL vs. Manchester on Apr 7… Brace had a point in his first four pro games and has six points (3-3-6) in five games for Worcester.
  • Eriah Hayes (Minnesota State-Mankato) scored his first professional goal in the Sharks 4-3 overtime loss to the Admirals on April 13. Hayes also fired 10 shots on goal in the game to set a high mark on the season for Worcester.
  • 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 238 penalty minutes in 58gp this season. (Brennan Evans had 211 pims in 2007-08). Pelech has 1,000 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 73 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 surpassed Thomas Greiss for the most wins in Worcester Sharks franchise history (75) with a 32 save shutout on April 9.
  • Forward Tim Kennedy was recalled by the SJ Sharks on Feb 12. Kennedy has two goals in 12 games with San Josel. 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 32 games with the SJ Sharks this season (5-4=9) and has averaged 19:12 of ice time. Matt has signed a two year contract extension with the San Jose Sharks.
  • All-Star Bracken Kearns leads Worcester in points (46), goals (21), power play goals (11), assists (25), and shots (136).
  • Coach Roy Sommer currently ranks 4th in the AHL with 539 wins in his career (15th season) and 2nd in games coached in the AHL with 1189.
  • The Sharks play three games this week to close out the 2012-13 season.
    • Wednesday at 7pm the Sharks host the Springfield Falcons on $2-$2-$2 Fridays! Hotdogs, popcorn, and soda just $2 on school vacation week!
    • Friday at 7:05pm the Sharks battle the Penguins in Wilkes-Barre Scranton.
    • Saturday at 7:30pm the Sharks travel to Syracuse to clash with the Crunch for the final game of the season!

Top 3… Last Week

  1. Alex Stalock made 32 saves in his 75th win with Worcester in a 3-0 win at Bridgeport on Tuesday!
  2. Harri Sateri made 45 saves in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Admirals on Saturday!
  3. Eriah Hayes scored his first professional goal and fired tens shots on net in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Admirals on Saturday!

Last Week: (1-2-1-0) 3pt, 4gp
Tue. 4/9 W Worcester SHARKS 3 @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers 0
Fri. 4/12 L Norfolk Admirals 4 @ Worcester SHARKS 3
Sat. 4/13 OTL Norfolk Admirals 4 @ Worcester Sharks 3 – OT
Sun. 4/14 L Worcester SHARKS 0 @ Manchester Monarchs 3

This week:
Wed. 4/17 Springfield Falcons @ Worcester SHARKS – 7pm
Fri. 4/19 Worcester SHARKS @ Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins – 7:05pm
Sat. 4/20 Worcester SHARKS @ Syracuse Crunch – 7:30pm

Rewind the Tape:

4.9.13 – Bridgeport 0 – Worcester 3 – L – Webster Bank Arena
The Worcester Sharks (30-31-3-6, 69pts) snapped a franchise worse eight game losing skid (0-6-2-0) with a 3-0 shutout victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (30-30-6-5, 71pts) on Tuesday evening in front of 5,378 fans at the Webster Bank Arena. With the win, the Sharks are now six points behind the 8th place Hershey Bears in the Eastern Conference playoff picture with six games remaining. Alex Stalock made 32 saves to surpass Thomas Greiss for his franchise leading 75th victory in a Worcester Sharks sweater. Riley Brace scored in his 2nd straight game for Worcester, Derek Joslin scored his 2nd as a Shark and Matt Nieto scored his 2nd professional goal in the win. Rylan Schwartz added an assist (Colorado College) and Eriah Hayes (Minnesota State-Mankato) each made their professional debuts for Worcester as the Sharks dressed 11 rookies.

4.12.13 – Norfolk 4 – Worcester 3 – L – DCU Center

The Worcester Sharks (30-32-3-6, 69pts) fell to the Norfolk Admirals (36-30-4-1, 77pts) on Friday evening in front of 3,192 fans at the DCU Center. With the loss, the Sharks are now eight points behind the 8th place Admirals in the Eastern Conference playoff picture with five games remaining. Bracken Kearns (21st), Matt Pelech (2nd), and Riley Brace (3rd) all contributed goals for the Sharks in their comeback effort that fell just short. Norfolk built a four-goal lead in the first two periods on goals from Harry Zolnierczyk (11th), Josh Brittain (11th), and two goals from Reading, Massachusetts native and former Boston College standout Steven Whitney (2nd, 3rd), who received the game's first star honors. The Admirals were backstopped by Frederik Andersen, who turned aside 39 of the 42 Worcester shots that he saw. Alex Stalock suffered the loss in net for the Sharks, stopping 20 of the 24 shots that he faced.

4.13.13 – Norfolk 4 – Worcester 3 – OTL – DCU Center
The Worcester Sharks (30-32-4-6, 70pts) fell to the Norfolk Admirals (37-30-4-1, 79pts) by the count of 4-3 in overtime on Saturday evening in front of 6,247 fans at the DCU Center on Fan Appreciation Night presented by Southbridge Savings Bank. With the overtime loss, the Sharks are now officially eliminated from the Calder Cup playoffs. James Livingston (7th), Matt Pelech (3rd), and Eriah Hayes (1st) scored for Worcester and Harri Sateri made 45 saves in the OT loss. Sami Vatanen (9th) won the game with a power play overtime strike for Norfolk at 3:24 as the Sharks dropped their 8th straight game on home ice (0-5-3-0).

4.14.13 – Manchester 3 – Worcester 0 – L – Verizon Wireless Arena
The Worcester Sharks (30-33-4-6, 70pts) fell to the Manchester Monarchs (35-31-3-4, 77pts) by the count of 3-0 on Sunday afternoon in front of 9,019 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena. Alex Stalock was excellent in goal with 24 saves in the loss as Worcester dressed 12 rookies, eight players on ATO’s, and just seven players from their opening night lineup on Oct 12. The Monarchs scored three times in the third period and Martin Jones picked up his 6th win against Worcester this season with a 32 save shutout.

Season by the numbers...
Record: 30-33-4-6, 70 points – 4th in Atlantic and 13th in Eastern Conference
Win percentage: .479% - 26th in AHL
Home Record: 13-16-4-4
Away Record: 17-17-0-2
Attendance: 162,508 through 37 games (4,392 average)
Goals Scored: 181, 2.48 goals per game, 26th in AHL
Goals Allowed: 218, 2.99 goals against per game, 23rd in AHL
Shots per game: 30.00 – 14th in AHL
Shots allowed per game: 30.30 – 16th in AHL
Score 1st: 20-12-2-2 when scoring first (.611%)
1 goal games: 17-8-4-6 in one goal games
PP: 15.06%, 22nd in AHL (48-320)
PK: 82.1%, 21st in AHL (58-324)
SHG – 4 shorthanded goals scored
SHGA – 8 shorthanded goals allowed
PIMS – 19.73 penalty minutes per game, 8th in AHL
Fighting Majors: 81 – 4th in AHL
OT Games – 18 – (2-4 record in OT) – Hamilton and Petrecki OTG
SO Games – 12 – (6-6 record in SO)
Roster Players – the Sharks have used 50 players this season
Goalies – the Sharks have used 3 goaltenders this season
NHL debuts – 3 Worcester players made their NHL debuts this season (Matt Irwin, Nick Petrecki and Matt Tennyson)

Top Worcester Sharks:
Goals Kearns (21)
Game Winners Hamilton, Matsumoto, Tarasov (3)
Assists Kearns (25)
Points Kearns (21-25-46)
Power Play Points Kearns (11-6-17)
Shots Kearns (136 shots)
PIM Pelech (238)
Fighting Pen. Pelech (17)
Plus/Minus Livingston (+13)
Wins Stalock (16)
G.A.A. Stalock (2.62)
Save % Stalock (.913)
Shutouts Stalock (2)

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