The Report from Worcester is a weekly update on the San Jose Sharks AHL affiliate, the Worcester Sharks.
Sharks Snap Shot:
The Worcester Sharks (29-28-2-6, 66pts) chomped one out of a possible six points in three games last week. The Sharks began the week with a 3-1 loss vs. the Monarchs on Wednesday at the DCU Center followed by a 3-0 loss to the CT Whale in Hartford on Thursday. With Thomas Greiss making a conditioning start for Worcester on Saturday at the DCU Center, the Sharks allowed three goals late in a 5-4 overtime loss vs. the IceCaps to close out the week 0-2-1-0.
Goaltender Thomas Greiss made his first AHL appearance for Worcester since April 6, 2009 on Saturday and made 22 saves in the 5-4 overtime loss to the Icecaps. Greiss was recalled by San Jose on March 31.
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Worcester is now seven points behind the 8th place Bears with two games in hand for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference (the Sharks have 11 games left in regular season). The Sharks will embark on a four game work week by kicking off a home-and-home series vs. the Sound Tigers at 7pm on Tuesday at the DCU Center followed by a School Day Game on Thursday in Bridgeport at 11am. The Sharks then host the Falcons on Saturday at 7pm and the Monarchs at 3pm on Sunday at the DCU Center.
The Worcester Sharks player of the week nominee is forward Bracken Kearns. Bracken had four points (2-2-4) in three games last week including his team leading 18th and 19th goals on Saturday vs. the IceCaps. The Kernel leads the Sharks in points (43), goals (19), assists (24), and shots (124).Few things to know:
- The Sharks are currently in 4th place (29-28-2-6, 66pts) in the Atlantic Division and 12th place overall in the Eastern Conference. – the Sharks trail the 8th place Bears (Sharks have two games in hand) by seven points for the final playoff spot in the East. Worcester has lost four straight games (0-3-1-0).
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- 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 6th place in the Western Conference with 40 points and a 17-11-6 record.
- 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 212 penalty minutes in 51gp this season. (Brennan Evans had 211 pims in 2007-08).
- 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.
- Rookie Freddie Hamilton is the only Sharks player to play in all 65 games this season. Freddie has 21 points (9-12-21).
- Goaltender Thomas Greiss made 22 saves on 27 shots in a 5-4 overtime loss to St. John’s on March 30 on a conditioning assignment. Greiss was recalled to San Jose on March 31.
- Goaltender Harri Sateri has made 12 straight starts for Worcester (4-6-1).
- 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 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 25 games with the SJ Sharks this season (5-4=9) and has averaged 19:04 of ice time. Matt is tied for the lead among SJ Sharks defensemen with five goals.
- All-Star Bracken Kearns leads Worcester in points (43), goals (19), power play goals (10), assists (24), and shots (124).
- 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 1181.
- The Sharks play four games this week and look to climb the ladder in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
- Tuesday at 7pm the Sharks host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers – game televised live on Charter TV3.
- Thursday at 11am the Sharks travel to Bridgeport to battle the Sound Tigers.
- Saturday at 7pm the Sharks host the Springfield Falcons on March of Dimes Night with a special appearance by NE Revolution goaltender Matt Reis! The Sharks will be wearing a special March of Dimes jersey that will be auctioned off during and after the game to benefit the March of Dimes!
- Sunday at 3pm the Sharks host the Manchester Monarchs on Pucks N Paws Day! Bring your dog to the game on Sunday!
Top 3… Last Week
Last Week: (0-2-1-0) 1pt, 3gp
- Bracken Kearns had three points (2-1-3) in the Sharks 5-4 overtime loss to the IceCaps on Saturday!
- Peter Sivak scored twice in three games last week for Worcester!
- Daniil Tarasov racked up three assists in the Sharks 5-4 overtime loss to the IceCaps on Saturday!
Wed. /27 L Manchester Monarchs 3 @ Worcester SHARKS 1
Thu. 3/28 L Worcester SHARKS 0 @ Connecticut 3
Sat. 3/30 OTL St. John’s IceCaps 5 @ Worcester SHARKS 4 – overtime This week:
Tue. 4/2 Bridgeport Sound Tigers @ Worcester SHARKS – 7pm
Thu. 4/4 Worcester SHARKS @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers – 11am
Sat. 4/6 Springfield Falcons @ Worcester Sharks – 7pm
Sun. 4/7 Manchester Monarchs @ Worcester SHARKS – 3pm
Rewind the Tape:
3.27.13 – Manchester 3 – Worcester 1 – L – DCU Center
The Worcester Sharks (29-27-1-6, 65pts) fell to their Atlantic Division rivals the Manchester Monarchs (31-28-3-4, 69pts) on Wednesday evening in front of 1,908 fans at the DCU Center. With the loss, the Sharks remain six points behind the 8th place Hershey Bears in the Eastern Conference playoff picture with two games in hand and 13 games remaining. Harri Sateri made 22 saves on 25 shots in his 10th straight start in goal for Worcester before he was replaced by Thomas Heemskerk at 7:18 of the second period and the Sharks trailing 3-0. Peter Sivak scored the only goal for Worcester as Martin Jones made 40 saves for the win.3.28.13 – Connecticut 3 – Worcester 0 – L – XL Center
The Worcester Sharks (29-28-1-6, 65pts) were shut out by the Connecticut Whale (33-26-5-3, 74pts) 3-0 on Thursday evening in front of 3,907 fans at the XL Center. With the loss, the Sharks remain six points behind the 8th place Hershey Bears in the Eastern Conference playoff picture with one game in hand and 12 games remaining. Harri Sateri made 10 saves on 11 shots in his 11th straight start in goal for Worcester before he was run over by Whale forward and former Sharks player Brandon Mashinter early in the 2nd period and replaced by Thomas Heemskerk. The Sharks have dropped three straight games in regulation for the first time this season.3.30.13 – St. John’s 5 – Worcester 4 – OTL – DCU Center
The Worcester Sharks (29-28-2-6, 66pts) were defeated by the St. John’s IceCaps (29-33-1-4, 63pts) by the count of 5-4 in overtime on Saturday evening in front of 4,143 fans at the DCU Center. With the overtime loss, the Sharks are now seven points behind the 8th place Hershey Bears in the Eastern Conference playoff picture with two games in hand and 11 games remaining. The Sharks led 4-2 late in the third period but the IceCaps forced overtime and birthday boy Ben Maxwell scored his 2nd of the game just 23 seconds into overtime. Goaltender Thomas Greiss made 22 saves in his first AHL game since Apr 10, 2009 for Worcester as the Sharks wasted a three point night by Bracken Kearns (2-1-3) and a third period penalty shot score by Jon Matsumoto. Rookie Daniil Tarasov added three assists and Peter Sivak also scored for Worcester.
Season by the Numbers:
Record: 29-28-2-6, 66 points – 4th in Atlantic and 12th in Eastern Conference
Win percentage: .598% - 23rd in AHL
Home Record: 13-13-2-4
Away Record: 16-15-0-2
Attendance: 142,831 through 32 games (4,463 average)
Goals Scored: 163, 2.51 goals per game, 24th in AHL
Goals Allowed: 186, 2.86 goals against per game, 19th in AHL
Shots per game: 30.06 – 15th in AHL
Shots allowed per game: 30.08 – 16th in AHL
Score 1st: 19-9-1-2 when scoring first (.661%)
1 goal games: 17-7-2-6 in one goal games
PP: 15.5%, 21st in AHL (45-290)
PK: 82.4%, 19th in AHL (51-289)
SHG – 4 shorthanded goals scored
SHGA – 6 shorthanded goals allowed
PIMS – 19.75 penalty minutes per game, 8th in AHL
Fighting Majors: 69 – 8th in AHL
OT Games – 16 – (2-2 record in OT) – Hamilton and Petrecki OTG
SO Games – 12 – (6-6 record in SO)
Roster Players – the Sharks have used 41 players this season
Goalies – the Sharks have used 3 goaltenders this season
NHL debuts – 2 Worcester players made their NHL debuts this season (Matt Irwin and Nick Petrecki)
Top Worcester Sharks:
Goals Kearns (19)
Game Winners Hamilton, Matsumoto, Tarasov (3)
Assists Kennedy, and Kearns (24)
Points Kearns (19-24-43)
Power Play Points Kennedy (5-11-16), Tennyson (3-13-16), and Kearns (10-6-16)
Shots Kearns (124 shots)
PIM Pelech (212)
Fighting Pen. Pelech (15)
Plus/Minus Livingston (+12)
Wins Stalock (15)
G.A.A. Stalock (2.48)
Save % Stalock (.917)
Shutouts Sateri and Stalock (1)
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