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Report from Worcester - 12/26/2012

Wednesday, 12.26.2012 / 8:30 PM / News
By Eric Lindquist  - Staff Writer

The Report from Worcester is a weekly update on the San Jose Sharks AHL affiliate, the Worcester Sharks.

Sharks Snap Shot:

The Worcester Sharks (14-10-1-2, 31pts) chomped two of a possible two points last weekend in one game last week. The Sharks won a thrilling 5-4 see-saw slugfest in Providence on Friday night behind Jon Matsumoto’s game winner with 10.5 seconds left in the third period. The Sharks finished the quiet one game work week with a 1-0-0-0 record before a three day holiday break.

The Worcester Sharks player of the week nominee was forward Jon Matsumoto. Jon scored two goals (5th and 6th), fired 7 shots, was +1, and was the #3 star in the Sharks 5-4 win at Providence on Friday in the only game last week.


See a report on the rest of the Sharks Prospects

Few things to know:

  • The Sharks are currently in 3rd place (14-10-1-2, 31pts) in the Atlantic Division and 6th place overall in the Eastern Conference.
  • Worcester is 5-2-0-1 in the month of December with four games remaining in December.
  • The Sharks have won 9 of their last 11 road games (9-2-0-0).
  • The Sharks lead the AHL with 6 wins when trailing after 40 minutes of play this season (6-6-0-1).
  • Worcester has played in nine straight games decided by a single goal (5-3-0-1).
  • Tim Kennedy ranks 10th in the AHL with 28 points (12-16-28) and 1st overall in shooting percentage (26.7%).
  • The Sharks set a season high with 90 penalty minutes in the 5-4 win at Providence on Dec 21; Frazer McLaren had an AHL single game high of 37 penalty minutes.
  • Defenseman Nick Petrecki returned to the Sharks blue line on Friday after missing the last 16 games with a hand injury. Nick recorded an assist and was +3 in the 5-4 win at Providence.
  • Coach Roy Sommer currently ranks 4th in the AHL with 523 wins in his career (15th season) and 3rd in games coached in the AHL with 1143.
  • Worcester has played an AHL high 9 overtime games this season and leads the AHL with 5 shootout victories.
  • James Sheppard is tied for 1st in the AHL with four goals in the shootout this season (4-for-7) and has scored a goal in three straight games (4-1-5).
  • The Sharks head to Manchester on Wednesday night for a 7pm battle vs. the Monarchs before returning home for a pair of games. The Sharks host the Manchester Monarchs on Friday at 7:30pm with a post game fireworks display presented by Enterprise Cleaning Corp. and then host the Providence Bruins on Saturday at 7pm with the first 500 kids 12-and-under receiving a free Worcester Sharks winter hat.

Top 3… Last Week

  1. Jon Matsumoto scores twice including the game winner with 10.5 seconds remaining in the Sharks 5-4 win at Providence on Friday
  2. James Sheppard scored in his third straight game (4-1-5), added an assist, and had 14 penalty minutes in the 5-4 win at Providence on Friday
  3. Defenseman Nick Petrecki returned to the lineup on Friday and recorded an assist and was +3 in the Sharks 5-4 win at Providence on Friday

Last Week: (1-0-0-0) 2pts, 1gp
Fri. 12/21 W Worcester SHARKS 5 @ Providence Bruins 4

This week:
Wed. 12/26 Worcester SHARKS @ Manchester Monarchs – 7 p.m.
Fri. 12/28 Manchester Monarchs @ Worcester SHARKS – 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 12/29 Providence Bruins @ Worcester SHARKS – 7 p.m.

Rewind the Tape:

12.21.12 – Worcester 5 – Providence 4 – W – Dunkin Donuts Center
The Worcester Sharks (14-10-1-2, 31pts) defeated the Providence Bruins (14-10-0-2, 30pts) 5-4 in a game that featured 144 penalty minutes on Friday evening in front of 7,572 fans at the Dunkin Donuts Center. Jon Matsumoto (6th) scored with 10.5 seconds remaining for the game winner and James Sheppard scored his 4th goal in three games and added an assist in the Sharks 9th straight one goal game (5-3-0-1). Alex Stalock was superb with 32 saves in his 10th win of the season and Matt Tennyson extended his point streak to four games (1-4-5) with an assist in the victory. John McCarty (4th) and Bracken Kearns (8th) also scored and Frazer McLaren had an AHL single game high 37 penalty minutes in the game.

Sharks in the Atlantic:
The Sharks (14-10-1-2, 31pts) are currently in 3rd place in the Atlantic Division; which is three points behind the 1st place Pirates (34pts in 29gp) and one point behind the 2nd place Bruins (32pts in 27gp). The Sharks have a one point edge over the 4th place Monarchs (30pts in 29gp) and a two point lead over the 5th place IceCaps (29pts in 31gp) to round out a very choppy Atlantic Division.

Season by the Numbers:

Record: 14-10-1-2, 31 points – 3rd in Atlantic and 6th in Eastern Conference
Win percentage: .574% - 12th in AHL
Home Record: 5-5-1-1
Away Record: 9-5-0-1
Attendance: 43,028 through 12 games (3,586 average)
Goals Scored: 77, 2.85 goals per game, 15th in AHL
Goals Allowed: 82, 3.04 goals against per game, 22nd in AHL
Shots per game: 30.63 – 13th in AHL
Shots allowed per game: 30.93 – 18th in AHL
Score 1st: 7-4-0-1 when scoring first (.625%)
1 goal games: 9-4-1-2 in one goal games
PP: 18.3%, 9th in AHL (26-142)
PK: 80.2%, 26th in AHL (25-126)
SHG – 1 shorthanded goals scored
SHGA – 3 shorthanded goals allowed
PIMS – 25.65 penalty minutes per game, 3rd in AHL
Fighting Majors: 37 – 3th in AHL
OT Games – 9 – (1-1 record in OT) – Hamilton OTG
SO Games – 7 – (5-2 record in SO)
Roster Players – the Sharks have used 30 players this season
Goalies – the Sharks have used 2 goaltenders this season

Top Worcester Sharks:

Goals: Kennedy (12)
Game Winners: Groulx and Hamilton (2)
Assists: Kennedy (16)
Points: Kennedy (12-16-28)
Power Play Points: Kennedy (4-9-13)
Shots: Irwin (63 shots)
PIM: Pelech (119)
Fighting Pen.: Pelech (7)
Plus/Minus: Kennedy (+5)
Wins: Stalock (10)
G.A.A.: Stalock (2.66)
Save %: Stalock (.909)
Shutouts: Stalock (1)

For more information on the Worcester Sharks, visit SharksAHL.com

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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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