In Camp with the Worcester Sharks: Acolatse

Tuesday, 10.02.2012 / 10:46 PM / News
By Patrick Hooper  - Digital Content Developer
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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.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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