The Report from Worcester is a weekly update on the San Jose Sharks AHL affiliate, the Worcester Sharks.
Shark Snap Shot:
The Worcester Sharks (10-8-1-0, 21pts) chomped five out of a possible six points last week (2-0-0-1) to extend their point streak to a season high six games (5-0-0-1).
The Sharks set a franchise record for most goals on home ice with an 8-2 thrashing of the Portland Pirates on Friday highlighted by a franchise tying five point performance (2-3-5) by rookie Matt Nieto. Team Teal grabbed a point in a 4-3 shootout loss vs. the Bruins on Saturday in front of 5,210 at the DCU Center and wrapped up the 3-in-3 weekend with an impressive 2-1 shootout thriller at Manchester over the first place Monarchs.
The Worcester Sharks player of the week nominee is forward Travis Oleksuk. The 24-year-old second year forward recorded a pair of goals in three games last week while playing three solid games as the Sharks extended their point streak to six games.
The Sharks host the Manchester Monarchs on Friday at 7:30pm with a special appearance and signing by New England Patriots WR Kenbrell Thompkins presented by Bay State Savings Bank! – In addition, the first 1,000 fans will receive a popsicle stick goalie mask.
Few things to know:
- The Worcester Sharks are currently in 4th place (10-8-1-1, 22pts) in the Atlantic Division and 11th place overall in the Eastern Conference. – the Sharks trail by five points for the 8th and final playoff spot in the East but have five games in hand over the IceCaps.
- The San Jose Sharks currently have 12 players on their roster that have spent time in Worcester (Couture, Desjardins, Pavelski, Sheppard, Wingels, Braun, Demers, Stalock, Irwin, Vlasic, Nieto, Hamilton and McCarthy).
- The San Jose Sharks are currently in 2nd place in the Pacific Division and 3rd place in the Western Conference with 43 points and a 19-6-5 record.
- The Worcester Sharks ride the longest point streak in the East (5-0-0-1) and are 7-1-1-1 in their last ten games overall.
- The #WorSharks set a franchise record with eight goals on home ice on Friday in the 8-2 win over the Pirates.
- Matt Nieto tied a franchise record with five points (2-3-5) – tying Mathieu Darche, fired seven shots, and was +4 in the #WorSharks 8-2 win on Friday – he was recalled by the SJ Sharks the next morning.
- Defenseman Nick Petrecki played in his 254th game as a member of the Worcester Sharks on Sunday, surpassing Mike Moore for the franchise lead in games played.
- The Worcester Sharks lead the AHL with five shootout wins this season.
- Veteran Bracken Kearns is tied for the team lead with 16 points (5-11-16) through 20 games. Kearns also leads the club with eight power play points (3-5-8).
- Rookie goaltender Troy Grosenick ranks 2nd among all AHL goaltenders with a 1.87 GAA, 3rd with a .928 save %, tied for 1st with three shootout wins, and is 5-2-0-0 this season.
- Goaltender Harri Sateri is 4-1-1 in his last six starts dating back to Nov 15.
- Despite missing six games due to injury, Daniil Tarasov leads the club with eight goals and is tied for 1st with 16 points (8-8-16) through just 14 games. Tarasov is 3rd in AHL with three game winning goals and also has a shootout game winner.
- Adam Comrie leads all Worcester d-men with seven points (1-7-8) in 14 games.
- Worcester Sharks alumni Matt Nieto (Oct 8 vs. NYR) and Matt Pelech (Oct 10 at VAN) each have scored their first career NHL goals for the SJ Sharks this season
- Worcester Sharks alumni Alex Stalock is 3-1-0 with the San Jose Sharks this season with a 2.06 GAA and a .930 save %.
- Coach Roy Sommer currently ranks 4th in the AHL with 550 wins in his career (16th season) and 2nd in games coached in the AHL with 1212.
- Matt Nieto tied a franchise record with five points (2-3-5), fired five shots, and was +4 in the Sharks 8-2 win over the Pirates on Friday!
- Troy Grosenick made 31 saves and stopped 4-of-5 shooters in the shootout for his 3rd straight win in the Sharks 2-1SOW at Manchester on Sunday!
- Freddie Hamilton recorded three points (2-1-3), fired six shots, and was +4 in the Sharks 8-2 win vs. the Pirates on Friday!
Last Week: (2-0-0-1) 5pts, 3gp
Fri. 12/6 W Portland Pirates 2 @ Worcester SHARKS 8
Sat. 12/7 SOL Providence Bruins 4 @ Worcester SHARKS 3
Sun. 12/8 SOW Worcester SHARKS 2 @ Manchester Monarchs 1
Rewind the Tape:
12.6.13 – Portland 2 – Worcester 8 – W – DCU Center
Six different goal scorers led the Worcester Sharks (9-8-1-0, 19pts) to a season high fourth straight victory with an 8-2 win over the Portland Pirates (7-9-1-2, 17pts) at the DCU Center on Friday night. With the win, the Sharks improved to over .500 for the first time this season. Matt Nieto (2-3-5), Freddie Hamilton (2-1-3), Daniil Tarasov (1-2-3), Dylan Demelo (0-2-2), Marek Viedensky (1-1-2), and Jimmy Bonneau (0-2-2) each had multi point performances while Harri Sateri was sharp with 29 saves in net. Taylor Doherty and Adam Comrie each finished with a +4 rating and as Worcester recorded a four game win streak for the first time since the Sharks won five in a row on Dec 9-17th.
12.7.13 – Providence 4 – Worcester 3 – SOL – DCU Center
The Worcester Sharks (9-8-1-1, 20pts) led 3-1 midway through the third period but the Providence Bruins (13-7-1-2, 29pts) barreled back for a 4-3 shootout victory in front of 5,210 fans at the DCU Center on Saturday night. Eriah Hayes, Travis Oleksuk, and Bracken Kearns scored for Worcester and Harri Sateri made 25 saves in the shootout loss as the Sharks extended their point streak to five games (4-0-0-1). Ryan Spooner added three points for the Bruins (1-2-3) and Zach Trotman forced overtime with a late 3rd period strike as the Bruins won their 5th straight game overall.
12.8.13 – Manchester 1 – Worcester 2 – SOW – Verizon Wireless Arena
Rookie defenseman Konrad Abeltshauser scored his first professional goal in the third period to lift the Worcester Sharks (10-8-1-1, 22pts) to a 2-1 shootout victory over the Manchester Monarchs (16-5-1-4, 38pts) at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Sharks picked up five points on the weekend and now ride a six game point streak (5-0-0-1) heading into Friday night’s rematch vs. the Monarchs at the DCU Center. Troy Grosenick won his third straight start making 31 saves and stopping 4-of-5 shooters in the shootout in the victory. Worcester is now 7-1-1-1 in their last 10 games and 5-3-1-0 on the road this season.
Season by the numbers...
Record: 10-8-1-1, 22 points – 4th in Atlantic
Win percentage: .550% – 14th in AHL, 9th in East
Home Record: 5-5-0-1
Away Record: 5-3-1-0
Attendance: 35,737 through 11 games this season – 3,249 average – 25th in AHL
Goals Scored: 51, 2.55 goals per game, 26th in AHL
Goals Allowed: 56, 2.80 goals against per game, 12th in AHL
Shots per game: 32.45 – 4th in AHL
Shots allowed per game: 26.40 – 3rd in AHL
Score 1st: 5-1-1-1 when scoring first (.750%)
1 goal games: 6-3-1-1 in one goal games
PP: 14.4%, 21st in AHL (13-90)
PK: 83.3%, 12th in AHL (15-90)
SHG – 2 shorthanded goals scored
SHGA – 3 shorthanded goals allowed
PIMS – 22.95 penalty minutes per game, 6th in AHL
Fighting Majors: 28 – 7th in AHL
OT Games – 7 – (0-1 record in OT)
SO Games – 6 – (5-1 record in SO) – most shootout wins in AHL
Roster Players – the Sharks have used 25 players this season
Goalies – the Sharks have used 2 goaltenders this season
NHL debuts – 1 Worcester Sharks alumni making their NHL debuts this season
Goals Tarasov (8)
Game Winners Tarasov (3)
Assists Kearns (11)
Points Kearns (5-11-16) and Tarasov (8-8-16)
Power play Points Kearns (3-5-8)
Shots Hayes (50)
PIM Doherty (60)
Fighting Pen. Bonneau (5)
Plus/Minus Tarasov (+7)
Wins Grosenick and Sateri (5)
G.A.A. Grosenick (1.87)
Save % Grosenick (.928)
Shutouts Grosenick (1)
For more information on the Worcester Sharks, visit SharksAHL.com