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Report from Worcester - 4/24/2013

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 (31-34-4-7, 73pts) chomped three out of a possible six points in three games last week. The Sharks began the week by dropping their 9th straight home game (0-6-3-0) in a 4-3 loss to the Falcons in the final home game of the season at the DCU Center on Wednesday. Worcester snapped the Penguins seven game win streak with a 4-2 win in Wilkes-Barre Scranton on Friday followed by a 4-3 shootout loss in the regular season finale in Syracuse vs. the Crunch on Saturday.

The Sharks finished the season with an above .500 record on the road (18-17-0-3) with points (1-0-0-1) in their last two games of the season.

See a report on the rest of the Sharks prospect

Lane Scheidl (Regina – WHL) and Rylan Schwartz (Colorado College) each scored their first professional goals for Worcester last week and Freddie Hamilton scored his team leading 4th game winning goal in Wilkes-Barre Scranton on Friday. Daniil Tarasov (14th) scored the final goal of the season for Worcester on Saturday in Syracuse, and it was a big one, tying the game midway through the 3rd period.

Worcester finished the season in 4th place in the Atlantic Division and 13th in the Eastern Conference with 73 points. Click HERE for final stats.

The Worcester Sharks player of the week nominee is defenseman Adam Comrie. Adam ended the season on a three game point streak (1-4-5) and was +2 in those three games.

Few things to know:
  • The Sharks finished in 4th place (31-34-4-7, 73pts) in the Atlantic Division and 13th place overall in the Eastern Conference.
  • AHL playoff schedule 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 55 points and a 25-14-7 record.
  • Daniil Tarasov led all Worcester rookies with 28 points (14-14-28) in just 43 games.
  • 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 finished with six points (2-4-6) in 11 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 finished with six points (3-3-6) in eight games for Worcester.
  • Rylan Schwartz (Colorado College) scored his first professional goal on Apr 19 at WBS and finished with four points (1-3-4) in seven games with Worcester.
  • Lane Scheidl (Regina – WHL) scored his first professional goal on Apr 17 vs. Springfield and finished with two points (1-1-2) in 11 games with 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. Hayes finished with four points (3-1-4) in seven games with 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 finished with 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.
  • Rookie Freddie Hamilton is the only Sharks player to play in all 76 games this season. Freddie finished with 26 points (13-13-26) and led the team with four 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. Stalock finished with a 17-16-4 record in Worcester.
  • SJ Sharks recalled forward Tim Kennedy on Feb 12. Kennedy has two goals in 12 games with San Jose. Tim finished 2nd on the Worcester Sharks with 37 points (13-24-37) in just 37 games.
  • Matt Irwin was recalled again by the San Jose Sharks on Feb 25. Irwin has played 35 games with the SJ Sharks this season (6-6-12) and has averaged 19:10 of ice time. Matt has signed a two year contract extension with the San Jose Sharks.
  • All-Star Bracken Kearns led 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 540 wins in his career (15th season) and 2nd in games coached in the AHL with 1192.

Top 3… Last Week

  1. Freddie Hamilton scored two shorthanded goals, including his team leading 4th GWG in the final two minutes in 4-2 win at WBS on Friday!
  2. Adam Comrie scored his 3rd goal and added assist in the Sharks 4-2 W at WBS on Friday!
  3. Daniil Tarasov scored his 14th of the season, the final goal for Worcester this year to force OT in 4-3SOL at Syracuse on Saturday!

Last Week: (1-1-0-1) 3pts, 3gp
Wed. 4/17 L Springfield Falcons 4 @ Worcester SHARKS 3
Fri. 4/19 W Worcester SHARKS 4 @ Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins 2
Sat. 4/20 SOL Worcester SHARKS 4 @ Syracuse Crunch 3

Rewind the Tape:

4.17.13 Springfield 4 – Worcester 3 – L – DCU Center
The Worcester Sharks (30-34-4-6, 70pts) fell to the Springfield Falcons (44-21-5-4, 97pts) by the count of 4-3 on Wednesday evening in front of 3,695 fans in the final home game of the season at the DCU Center. Lane Scheidl scored his first professional goal, Eriah Hayes added a goal and an assist, and Daniil Tarasov scored on the power play in the loss as Worcester dressed 12 rookies and seven players on ATO’s.

4.19.13 – Wilkes-Barre Scranton 2 – Worcester 4 – W – Mohegan Sun Arena
The Worcester Sharks (31-34-4-6, 72pts) defeated the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (42-29-2-2, 88pts) by the count of 4-2 on Friday evening in front of 7,995 fans at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Alex Stalock made 20 saves in net in his 17th victory of the season as Worcester dressed 12 rookies and seven players on ATO’s. Adam Comrie (1-1-2) recorded two points and Rylan Schwartz (Colorado College) scored his first professional goal before Freddie Hamilton scored twice shorthanded in the final two minutes of the game that featured 105 penalty minutes.

4.20.13 – Syracuse 4 – Worcester 3 – SOL – War Memorial Arena
The Worcester Sharks (31-34-4-7, 73pts) fell to the Syracuse Crunch (43-21-6-5, 97pts) by the count of 4-3 in the shootout on Saturday evening in front of 5,438 fans at the War Memorial Arena in the final game of the 2012-13 season for the Sharks. The Sharks trailed 3-0 after 26 minutes of play but barreled back for three goals in the third period to force overtime. Alex Stalock made 26 saves in net as Worcester dressed 11 rookies and seven players on ATO’s. Curt Gogol, Eriah Hayes, and Daniil Tarasov scored for Worcester as the Sharks closed out the season with a point on the road.

Season by the numbers...
Record: 31-34-4-7, 73 points – 4th in Atlantic and 13th in Eastern Conference
Win percentage: .480% - 26th in AHL
Home Record: 13-16-4-4
Away Record: 18-17-0-3
Attendance: 166,203 through 38 games (4,374 average)
Goals Scored: 191, 2.51 goals per game, 24th in AHL
Goals Allowed: 228, 3.00 goals against per game, 24th in AHL
Shots per game: 29.86 – 16th in AHL
Shots allowed per game: 30.11 – 16th in AHL
Score 1st: 20-13-2-2 when scoring first (.595%)
1 goal games: 17-9-4-7 in one goal games
PP: 15.2%, 21st in AHL (51-335)
PK: 82.5%, 21st in AHL (60-342)
SHG – 6 shorthanded goals scored
SHGA – 8 shorthanded goals allowed
PIMS – 20.17 penalty minutes per game, 6th in AHL
Fighting Majors: 84 – 3rd in AHL
OT Games – 19 – (2-4 record in OT) – Hamilton and Petrecki OTG
SO Games – 13 – (6-7 record in SO)
Roster Players – the Sharks used 50 players this season
Goalies – the Sharks 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:
Goal Kearns (21)
Game Winners Hamilton (4)
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 (17)
G.A.A. Stalock (2.60)
Save % Stalock (.912)
Shutouts Stalock (2)

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