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In Camp with the Worcester Sharks: Acolatse

Tuesday, 10.2.2012 / 7:46 PM PT / News
By Patrick Hooper
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In Camp with the Worcester Sharks: Acolatse

Sena Acolatse will forever have a special bond with the San Jose Sharks. Not only did the undrafted defenseman become the first Bay Area native to sign with the Sharks, but he also shares the same age.

Soon after Acolatse and Sharks hockey were “born” in to the Bay Area, Acolatse picked up the sport at his local ice rink in Fremont, California. The rink would later become Sharks Ice at Fremont, but the passion and drive for the game was instilled in Acolatse immediately.

“[The Sharks] are the reason I started playing hockey,” said Acolatse. “My dad would take me to games… I loved the speed of the game and how rough it was and it caught my eye. I decided to take it up.”

Fast forward and Acolatse is in camp preparing for his second professional season with the Worcester Sharks. In 65 games last season, the 6-0, 205 pound blueliner scored eight goals, second most among team defenseman. Acolatse saw multiple opportunities on the Sharks power play last season and produced 11 points when his side had the man advantage. He brings an offensive presence to his position, but understands his defensive responsibilities and a responsibility to continue and evolve both sides of his game.

“I feel like I’ve got to be better defensively this year,” admits Acolatse. “I had a decent season offensively for my first year, but I wasn’t too good in the plus/minus column. I’ve got to be better in our own end.”

Acolatse also brings one other element to his game, understanding the influence it can have on the team.
“I’ll give the boys a spark if I have to,” said Acolatse. “I don’t mind fighting if it comes to that or standing up for one of the guys.”

Acolatse had seven fighting majors last season in Worcester. He also gives his squad a fighter’s chance at a successful 2012-13 campaign, one he expects to last well in to the playoffs.

“This year I think that we’ve got the team to make the playoffs,” said Acolatse. “If we get in, I think that we have a team that could go far.”

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 37 33 12 70
L. Couture 82 27 40 -6 67
J. Thornton 78 16 49 -4 65
B. Burns 82 17 43 -9 60
P. Marleau 82 19 38 -17 57
T. Wingels 75 15 21 -7 36
T. Hertl 82 13 18 -5 31
M. Nieto 72 10 17 -12 27
M. Karlsson 53 13 11 -3 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 31 23 7 .914 2.59
A. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
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