By Chris Del Vecchio
WORCESTER, Mass. — With Lowell’s 5-2 setback in Portland on Saturday night, the Worcester Sharks have clinched a Calder Cup Playoff berth in their inaugural season. The Sharks will face either Hartford or Manchester in the first round.
Worcester is guaranteed to host at least two first round games, with those contests scheduled for Saturday, April 21st and Wednesday, April 25th at the DCU Center. Entering Saturday night’s contest against the Manchester Monarchs, the Sharks had won ten of their last twelve contests and will enter the playoffs among the league’s hottest teams while playing their most consistent and entertaining stretch of hockey this year.
Should the Sharks reach the Calder Cup Finals, they would host no less than eight playoff games at home between now and mid-June. Such an occurrence is not out of the question, as the team has ample playoff experience and a wealth of past Cup participants. Sharks defenseman Scott Ferguson reached the Finals in 1997 as a member of the Hamilton Bulldogs and Sharks leading scorer Mathieu Darche won the Calder Cup Trophy with Milwaukee in 2004. A Finals trip would also mean consecutive appearances on the AHL’s biggest stage for Sharks right wing Graham Mink, who led the Hershey Bears to the league title last year.
On the bench, head coach Roy Sommer won a championship in 1984 while playing for the Maine Mariners and equipment manager Vinny Ferraiuolo did the same with Providence in 1999.
Be sure to reserve your seats with individual tickets available at the DCU Center box office and online at www.sharksahl.com
, or take advantage of special playoff ticket packages available exclusively at the Sharks website. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of the action as the Sharks look to bring the Calder Cup trophy back to Massachusetts for the first time since 1991. More details on game schedules and playoff ticket options are available on the web or by calling the Sharks offices at 508-929-0500.