WorSharks Booster Club announces award winners

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Monday, April 14, 2014

Worcester Sharks Booster Club President Rich Lundin announced the winners of the 2013-2014 Booster Club awards at a dinner held Monday night at the DCU Center to honor the Worcester Sharks. Club members voted for each award in late March/early April. The winners were:

Best Offensive Player – Daniil Tarasov
Best Defensive Player – Konrad Abeltshauser
Fan Favorite – Jimmy Bonneau
Best Single Game Performance – Dan DaSilva (Hat Trick, Assist, +4 @ POR on 1/2/14)
“Tough Guy” Award – Jimmy Bonneau
Rookie of the Year – Troy Grosenick
Seventh Player Award – Travis Oleksuk
Most Valuable Player – Dan DaSilva

The Booster Club also recognized the players of the month for February and March:
February 2014 – Brodie Reid
March 2014 – Travis Oleksuk

In addition, because of the large fan reaction from across the league about DaSilva being snubbed by the American Hockey League and not being named the AHL player of the week and it instead going to Joacim Eriksson of Utica, the Booster Club presented DaSilva with a “Fan’s choice player of the week” plaque.

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Blanking WorSharks again, Norfolk wins 3-0

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Worcester Sharks followed up Friday’s total team effort win against the Adirondack Phantoms with one on the complete opposite end of the spectrum as they looked like 18 guys that had never been on the ice together before in dropping a 3-0 contest to the Norfolk Admirals Saturday night at the DCU Center in front of a crowd of 4,500 fans for the WorSharks second consecutive shutout loss to the Admirals. As has been the case in many of his losses this season, Worcester rookie netminder Troy Grosenick played well enough to win but his teammates failed him on the other end of the ice.


Worcester Sharks forward Daniil Tarasov (#19) is dwarfed by Norfolk defenseman
Nolan Yonkman as the two battle for position during a WorSharks power play. Yonkman
won the battle and the Admirals won the game 3-0.
Photo courtesy of TEAMSHRED

For video highlights, such as they are, we’ll once again point to AHLlive.com.

Scratches for the WorSharks were Konrad Abeltshauser (lower body), Sena Acolatse (leg), Jimmy Bonneau, Brock Higgs, Nick Jones, and John McCarthy (hand). Harri Sateri was the backup goaltender. It might not be good news on the Abeltshauser injury as despite it being said on the pregame broadcast that his injury “wasn’t serious” Abeltshauser was seen on crutches by many people and reportedly told several that his injury will require surgery during the off season. Hopefully, more on that later in the week.

Worcester was held to just three shots in the second period, with their first shot on goal of the stanza coming with 6:02 remaining in the period. To add further insult to the general incompetence of the period, both Dan DaSilva and Taylor Doherty missed yawning open nets in the middle frame.

Freddie Hamilton had just his third minor penalty of the season called on him when he flipped Travis Oleksuk’s stick back to him. It was in the direction of where the puck carrier was, so referee Tom Chmielewski called a penalty on the play. Technically the right call, although looking at the rest of the penalties Chmielewski called–or maybe more correctly, didn’t call–it stands out as a huge oddity. Referee Chmielewski has done a few WorSharks games this season, and he is clearly not skilled enough to be working AHL games alone. He’s not the reason Worcester lost, but it doesn’t take away from the fact he’s not a very good referee by himself.

On Wednesday’s posting we talked about how poor Matt Tennyson’s plus/minus number is, and how at (-25) he was the lowest any WorSharks player ever was. After a brief investigation it appears Tennyson is only (-3) away from tying the worst plus/minus for any Worcester pro player ever. The current low is Jarrett Deuling’s (-28) in 1994-95, the Worcester IceCats first season in existence when they were the last non-NHL affiliated team in the AHL. In an odd irony, Deuling went on to play three season for WorSharks head coach Roy Sommer with the Kentucky Thoroughblades.

It was a penalty filled night for former WorSharks players in the AHL Saturday, headed by Frazer McLaren and Brad Staubitz, both with the Toronto Marlies, earning game misconducts. McLaren was called for a charging major and a fight, while Staubitz got a fight and a “continuing altercation” game misconduct. Yanni Gourde (Syracuse) was also involved in that huge fracas, receiving charging and roughing minors. In Rockford, Curt Gogol (Iowa) fought Brad Mills and they both earned the silly “taking the helmet off while fighting” misconduct minor, as did Nick Petrecki (Rochester) and Nick Tarnasky in their battle.

The three stars of the game were
1. NOR – 31 Brad Thiessen (28 save shutout win)
2. NOR – 20 Andre Petersson (2g)
3. NOR – 28 Antoine Laganiere (g)

The Sharkspage player of the game was Troy Grosenick.

Even strength lines
Hayes/Oleksuk/Hamilton
Tarasov/Carpenter/DaSilva
Schmidt/Rau/Schwartz
Pelech/Viedensky/Reid

Davison/Tennyson
Comrie/Doherty
Mueller/DeMelo

BOXSCORE

Norfolk 1 1 1 – 3
Worcester 0 0 0 – 0

1st Period-1, Norfolk, Laganiere 10 (Friberg, Steckel), 12:33. Penalties-Stortini Nor (tripping), 14:54; Schwartz Wor (slashing), 18:28.

2nd Period-2, Norfolk, Petersson 21 (Karlsson), 14:56. Penalties-Hamilton Wor (throwing equipment), 0:20.

3rd Period-3, Norfolk, Petersson 22 (Etem), 17:11. Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Norfolk 13-8-8-29. Worcester 11-3-14-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 0 / 2; Worcester 0 / 1.
Goalies-Norfolk, Thiessen 5-6-2 (28 shots-28 saves). Worcester, Grosenick 17-14-0 (29 shots-26 saves).
A-4,500
Referees-Tom Chmielewski (43).
Linesmen-Brian MacDonald (72), Todd Whittemore (70).

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WorSharks use full team effort to down Adirondack 4-1

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Worcester Sharks may have been eliminated from playoff contention with Wednesday night’s loss to Hartford, but they put together one of their best games of the season Friday night at the DCU Center against the Adirondack Phantoms and behind multiple point nights by Adam Comrie, Freddie Hamilton, and Travis Oleksuk defeated the Phantoms 4-1 to hand Adirondack goaltender Cal Heeter his AHL leading 25th loss on the season.


Worcester Sharks defenseman Adam Comrie (#44) guards Adirondack winger Derek Whitmore
during the WorSharks 4-1 victory Friday night. Comrie had a highlight game winning goal
and an assist in the contest and was named the game's #1 star.
Photo courtesy of TEAMSHRED

For video highlights we’ll do as we usually do and point to AHLlive.com. You’ll have to crank the sound up a bit because the game was on local TV here in Worcester, and that occasionally causes audio issues in the highlights package.

Scratches for the WorSharks were Konrad Abeltshauser (lower body), Sena Acolatse (leg), Jimmy Bonneau, Taylor Doherty (lower body), Brock Higgs, and John McCarthy (hand). Troy Grosenick was the backup goaltender.

There were two goals in a game where who scored them was in dispute. In the first period both Brodie Reid and Marek Viedensky took a whack at the puck as it lay just inside the crease and with a yawning net in front of it. The goal was credited to Reid, but we’ll see if that gets changed. The second was Worcester’s third goal originally credited to Freddie Hamilton and changed to Eriah Hayes. Several folks, this writer included, were waiting for the goal to be waved off because while it’s not clear from the video it was definitely clear from our vantage point the puck was redirected into the net by a kicking motion. When the goal was credited to Hamilton that would mean it was the Phantoms defenseman that did it accidentally and it would be a good goal. But when the goal was changed to Hayes that means it had to have been Hayes that kicked it in, so it shouldn’t have counted.

It’s rare for there to be three defensemen on the ice for a goal scored by a team, but Worcester did just that on Adam Comrie’s game winner when Mirco Mueller stepped out of the penalty box after serving his two minutes for boarding. Instead of skating to the bench to get an additional forward on the ice Mueller went into the offensive zone after a loose puck and in a play that was more like a veteran forward as opposed to a teenaged defenseman didn’t force the issue and let the support come to him, finding Comrie screaming into the zone unchecked by a Phantoms player. In an even more head’s up play, Mueller still didn’t go to the bench but instead headed to Comrie’s now vacant defensive spot as Comrie went in basically all alone on Adirondack goaltender Cal Heeter.

Had a great pregame conversation with WorSharks tough-guy Jimmy Bonneau. He had the night off and was going to be doing some intermission stuff during the TV broadcast so he had a few minutes to kill and struck up a conversation with several of us on the concourse behind press row. Bonneau might not make the NHL as a player, but I have zero doubt that when he’s done playing if he goes the coaching route–and he absolutely could–he will find himself behind an NHL bench someday. Bonneau also has an amazing grasp of the business side of the game and a pretty good eye for talent, so maybe a front office job could be in his future too. The one thing I would love to see is Bonneau take a shootout attempt. With three games left this season, hopefully there’s a chance.

The three stars of the game were
1. WOR – 44 Adam Comrie (gwg,a)
2. WOR – 35 Harri Sateri (33 save win)
3. WOR – 12 Freddie Hamilton (g,a)

The boxscore lists Mirco Mueller as the game’s #1 star, but it was announced in the arena and in the radio/TV broadcast as Comrie.

The Sharkspage player of the game was Travis Oleksuk.

Even strength lines
Hayes/Oleksuk/Hamilton
Tarasov/Carpenter/DaSilva
Schmidt/Rau/Schwartz
Pelech/Viedensky/Reid

The defense went out as mixed pairings throughout most of the game.

BOXSCORE

Adirondack 0 0 1 – 1
Worcester 1 2 1 – 4

1st Period-1, Worcester, Reid 11 (Viedensky, Pelech), 5:57. Penalties-Tarasov Wor (hooking), 10:24; Mueller Wor (boarding), 18:47.

2nd Period-2, Worcester, Comrie 3 (Mueller, Oleksuk), 1:01. 3, Worcester, Hayes 11 (Hamilton, Comrie), 8:41. Penalties-Brown Adk (hooking), 2:19; Oleksuk Wor (hooking), 11:28; Noebels Adk (hooking), 14:49; Tennyson Wor (goaltender interference), 15:04; Alderson Adk (hooking), 16:32.

3rd Period-4, Adirondack, Alderson 10 (Whitmore, Cousins), 0:52. 5, Worcester, Hamilton 22 (Oleksuk, DeMelo), 18:40 (EN). Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Adirondack 11-13-10-34. Worcester 11-13-8-32.
Power Play Opportunities-Adirondack 0 / 4; Worcester 0 / 3.
Goalies-Adirondack, Heeter 16-25-2 (31 shots-28 saves). Worcester, Sateri 18-23-2 (34 shots-33 saves).
A-3,117
Referees-Jarrod Ragusin (54).
Linesmen-Joe Ross (92), Todd Whittemore (70).

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WorSharks fall out of playoff chase, but Mo steals the show

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014

Both the Worcester Sharks and Wednesday night’s opponent the Hartford Wolf Pack had one path to the AHL’s Calder Cup playoffs–to win out and have the Albany Devils lose all their remaining games in regulation. Unfortunately for the WorSharks it was the Wolf Pack that came out of the game with a 2-1 victory ending Worcester’s longshot playoff hopes. Adam Schmidt had the lone WorSharks tally with his first professional goal, but it was head coach Roy Sommer’s son Marley who stole the show with a rousing rendition of the national anthem.


Former Holy Cross standout Adam Schmidt (#26), pictured from last Saturday's game
against the Hershey Bears, scored his first professional goal Wednesday for the
Worcester Sharks in their 2-1 loss against the Hartford Wolf Pack.
Photo courtesy of TEAMSHRED

For video highlights we once again point to AHLlive, but the best highlight from the game follows just below.

Prior to the start of the game Marley Sommer, wearing last season’s Autism Awareness jersey with his nickname “Mo” emblazoned on the back of it, was to sing the national anthem while standing on the bench next to his dad Roy. As you will see in the video, Mo, who suffers from both Down’s syndrome and is autistic, was having no part of standing on the bench to sing. He was also having no part of Coach Sommer stealing his spotlight. What follows is one of the greatest moments ever in Worcester hockey.

Scratches for the WorSharks were Sena Acolatse (leg), Jimmy Bonneau, Adam Comrie, Taylor Doherty (lower body), John McCarthy (hand), and Daniil Tarasov (back). Harri Sateri was the backup goaltender. Earlier in the week the Worcester shuttle swung by to pick up Bracken Kearns for the fourth time this season. Marek Viedensky returned to action after missing a handful of games, but it looks like Konrad Abeltshauser might be taking his place on the injured list as in the first period after Hartford had pinned the WorSharks in their own zone for a long spell Abeltshauser intentionally iced the puck and then labored to the bench and off down the tunnel. He did not return. Worcester went with a five man defensive rotation from that point, with Matt Pelech playing defense on the penalty kill.

Worcester had a rare six on three skater advantage late in the third period after Hartford was called for consecutive penalties and Sommer pulled Grosenick for an extra attcker. It speaks volumes that the WorSharks did not have a legitimate scoring chance despite have twice as many skaters on the ice as the Wolf Pack. It then turned to a six on four advantage and all Worcester could manage was a single weak shot on goal. Not the type of play a team wants with their playoff lives on the line.

Upon further review, defenseman Matt Tennyson had a “minus” taken away from him from a recent game to improve, so to speak, his rating to (-25) on the season. Just like was mentioned when he was briefly at (-26), that is the lowest a WorSharks player has ever been at any point during the season. Tennyson is tied for fourth worse in the AHL with Tyler Graovac of Iowa and Mark Flood of Charlotte. Only Iowa’s Zack Phillips (-26), Portland’s James Melindy (-27), and Brian Connelly of Rockford (-33) are worse. The WorSharks record low in that category is (-20) set in 2009-10 by Dwight Helminen and tied the next season by T.J. Trevelyan.

The three stars of the game were
1. HFD – 32 David LeNeveu (35 save win)
2. HFD – 44 Aaron Johnson (2a)
3. WOR – 1 Troy Grosenick (29 saves)

Like there would be any doubt, the Sharkspage “player” of the game was Marley Sommer.

Even strength lines
Hayes/Oleksuk/Hamilton
Schmidt/Carpenter/DaSilva
Schwartz/Rau/Reid
Higgs/Viedensky/Pelech

Starting defensive pairings:
Abeltshauser/DeMelo
Mueller/Tennyson
Davison/Jones

BOXSCORE

Hartford 1 1 0 – 2
Worcester 0 0 1 – 1

1st Period-1, Hartford, Hrivik 11 (Johnson, Lindberg), 13:17 (PP). Penalties-Davison Wor (cross-checking), 11:25.

2nd Period-2, Hartford, Powe 13 (Hensick, Johnson), 15:14. Penalties-Oleksuk Wor (high-sticking), 15:27.

3rd Period-3, Worcester, Schmidt 1 10:45. Penalties-served by DaSilva Wor (bench minor – too many men), 4:39; Hayes Wor (slashing), 9:11; McCarthy Hfd (tripping), 10:04; Allen Hfd (tripping), 17:01; Johnson Hfd (interference), 17:56.

Shots on Goal-Hartford 10-15-6-31. Worcester 11-10-15-36.
Power Play Opportunities-Hartford 1 / 3; Worcester 0 / 3.
Goalies-Hartford, LeNeveu 10-8-0 (36 shots-35 saves). Worcester, Grosenick 17-13-0 (31 shots-29 saves).
A-1,836
Referees-T.J. Luxmore (49), Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Todd Whittemore (70), Scott Whittemore (96).

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WorSharks lose 3-2 in OT, see playoff chances hit virtually nil

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Worcester Sharks went into Saturday night’s contest against the Hershey Bears at the DCU Center in “must win in regulation” mode to keep their incredibly slim playoff hopes alive, and after squandering an early lead were able to get into overtime on Dan DaSilva’s WorSharks career goal leading tally late in the third period but a poor line change in the extra session lead to a turnover and a Bears goal to give Worcester a 3-2 loss and virtually kill them in the playoff hunt.


Worcester Sharks forward Dan DaSilva became the franchise's all-time goal scoring leader
with his third period extra attacker strike Saturday night. DaSilva entered the game tied
with Riley Armstrong and Mile Iggulden at 59 career goals.
Photo courtesy of TEAMSHRED

For video highlights we point to AHLlive.com because even when the WorSharks lose they still upload highlights, unlike some other New England AHL franchise.

Scratches for Worcester were Sena Acolatse (leg), Adam Comrie, Nick Jones, John McCarthy (hand), Matt Pelech, Daniil Tarasov (back), and Marek Viedensky (unknown injury). Harri Sateri was the back-up goaltender.

Pregame there was a large ceremony to acknowledge Roy Sommer breaking the American Hockey League’s record for most games coached. There were many VIPs in attendance, including AHL president Dave Andrews, San Jose Executive Vice President and General Manager Dug Wilson, WorSharks Vice President Jon Gustafson, and WorSharks General Manager Joe Will. It may have been the first time Andrews was not loudly booed at the DCU Center, as over the years it has become somewhat of a tradition for AHL fans to boo the league president. Worcester City Councilor Phil Palmieri, who was there to present Sommer with a Key to the City, did not escape the boos despite many not knowing who he was. Such is the case with many politicians in Worcester.

The turning point in the game was during the first media timeout of the second period. With Worcester controlling play Hershey Bears head coach Mike Haviland really lit into his team as they all were gathered in front of him, to the point he could almost be heard in the stands in front of the press box over the sound of the blaring music. Over at the WorSharks bench Sommer, as he customarily does, did no coaching and basically stood there with his hands in his pockets. From that moment until DaSilva’s extra attacker goal with 35 seconds left in regulation the ice was decidedly tilted toward the Worcester end and the WorSharks were outscored 2-0. Not coaching when the opportunity arises is likely the reason Sommer not only leads the career list of games coached in the AHL but also is well ahead in career losses too.

With DaSilva’s goal giving him the franchise lead at 60 he now has six Worcester IceCats in front of him on Worcester’s all-time pro goal leader list. He should be able to move up a few notches in the next six games as Stephane Roy (61), Jeff Panzer (62), and Jame Pollock (63) are just in front of him. On the Worcester all-time points list DaSilva’s 143 tie him for 6th with Justin Papineau. Getting past Jeff Panzer’s 146 would put DaSilva into the city’s top 5.

It has been a long time since a referee interfered with play more than Nic Leduc did Saturday night. Several times Leduc was hit by the puck and at least twice Leduc was so far out of position he tripped up a player. His calling a holding the stick minor on Konrad Abeltshauser after the rookie defenseman was highsticked in the face also drew some curious glances along press row.

The three stars of the game were
1. HER – 21 Casey Wellman (OTgwg)
2. WOR – 22 Dan DaSilva (g)
3. HER – 31 Philipp Grubauer (33 save win)

The Sharkspage player of the game is Bracken Kearns.

Even strength lines
Carpenter/Kearns/DaSilva
Hayes/Oleksuk/Hamilton
Schwartz/Rau/Schmidt
Bonneau/Higgs/Reid

Abeltshauser/Tennyson
Davison/DeMelo
Mueller/Doherty

BOXSCORE

Hershey 0 2 0 1 – 3
Worcester 0 1 1 0 – 2

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-May Her (cross-checking), 18:20.

2nd Period-1, Worcester, Rau 3 (Schwartz, Schmidt), 1:34. 2, Hershey, Herbert 2 (Kolomatis, Taffe), 8:28. 3, Hershey, Genoway 4 (Newbury, Byers), 12:22. Penalties-Abeltshauser Wor (holding the stick), 9:17.

3rd Period-4, Worcester, DaSilva 17 (Kearns, Carpenter), 19:25. Penalties-Kolomatis Her (hooking), 1:19; Watkins Her (tripping), 11:26.

OT Period-5, Hershey, Wellman 17 (Byers), 2:49. Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Hershey 6-13-3-1-23. Worcester 13-10-12-0-35.
Power Play Opportunities-Hershey 0 / 1; Worcester 0 / 3.
Goalies-Hershey, Grubauer 12-11-1 (35 shots-33 saves). Worcester, Grosenick 17-12-0 (23 shots-20 saves).
A-4,024
Referees-Nic Leduc (12).
Linesmen-Chris Aughe (74), Todd Whittemore (70).

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WorSharks shoot selves in foot again, lose 3-2 to Providence in shootout

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Worcester Sharks used goals by Konrad Abeltshauser and Eriah Hayes to jump out to a 2-0 lead halfway through their Friday night contest with the Providence Bruins, but then stumbled as the Baby-Bs got within one after two periods and late in the third period the WorSharks allowed an extra attacker goal for the fifth time this season to send the game into overtime and to a shootout. Worcester shooters got the two tallies in the bonus round against Providence goaltender Niklas Svedberg, but Providence netted three against Harri Sateri to take the extra point and deal the WorSharks playoff hopes a huge blow.


The Worcester Sharks celebrate Konrad Abeltshauser's first period goal, but it
was the Providence Bruins celebrating in the end as the PBruins came back
from a two goal deficit to defeat the WorSharks 3-2 in a shootout.
Photo courtesy of the PROVIDENCE BRUINS

There are no video highlights currently available. We’ll edit one in should Providence decide to follow league rules and actually put one up on AHLlive. Don’t hold your breath.

Scratches for Worcester were Sena Acolatse (leg), Adam Comrie, Nick Jones, John McCarthy (hand), Daniil Tarasov (back), Brodie Reid, and Marek Viedensky (unknown injury). Troy Grosenick was the back-up goaltender. Rob Davison returned to the lineup after a three game suspension.

With the shootout loss and the Norfolk Admirals winning the WorSharks playoff chances dropped to nearly nil. To put it in practical numbers, Worcester can get to a maximum of 87 points if it runs the table on their seven remaining games. Because Worcester doesn’t currently hold the tie breaker against either Norfolk or the Hershey Bears if either of those teams gets to 87 points the WorSharks are eliminated. Currently Norfolk has 79, and Hershey has 78. So any combination of points Worcester fails to get or Norfolk gains that equals eight eliminates the WorSharks. That number is nine against the Bears. The WorSharks do play Hershey and Norfolk one more time this season so they can help themselves greatly with regulation wins in both, but both the Admirals and Bears have a game in hand against Worcester and Norfolk and Hershey play each other twice more. While Worcester has a mathematical chance (.3%) the way the games lay it’s all but over.

The three stars of the game were
1. PRO – 32 Nick Johnson (SO gwg)
2. PRO – 14 Craig Cunningham (g)
3. WOR – 35 Harri Sateri (32 saves)

The Sharkspage player of the game is Travis Oleksuk.

Even strength lines
Carpenter/Kearns/DaSilva
Hayes/Oleksuk/Hamilton
Higgs/Rau/Schmidt
Bonneau/Schwartz/Pelech

Abeltshauser/Tennyson
Davison/DeMelo
Mueller/Doherty

BOXSCORE

Worcester 1 1 0 0 – 2
Providence 0 1 1 0 – 3

1st Period-1, Worcester, Abeltshauser 6 (Tennyson, Oleksuk), 6:42. Penalties-Higgs Wor (tripping), 2:43; Griffith Pro (tripping), 9:09; Davison Wor (boarding), 14:56; Tennyson Wor (tripping), 16:56.

2nd Period-2, Worcester, Hayes 10 (Oleksuk, Tennyson), 8:55 (PP). 3, Providence, Khokhlachev 20 (Florek, Morrow), 15:37. Penalties-Lindblad Pro (holding), 8:13; Kearns Wor (hooking), 19:30.

3rd Period-4, Providence, Cunningham 25 (Spooner, Fraser), 18:51. Penalties-Randell Pro (high-sticking), 2:28; Parlett Pro (cross-checking), 7:49; Hayes Wor (slashing), 11:56.

OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties

Shootout – Worcester 2 (Hamilton NG, Carpenter G, Oleksuk NG, DaSilva NG, Hayes G), Providence 3 (Cunningham NG, Spooner NG, Khokhlachev G, Griffith G, Johnson G).
Shots on Goal-Worcester 8-8-8-1-0-25. Providence 12-11-9-2-1-35.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 1 / 4; Providence 0 / 5.
Goalies-Worcester, Sateri 17-22-2 (34 shots-32 saves). Providence, Svedberg 23-15-3 (25 shots-23 saves).
A-8,320
Referees-Jon McIsaac (45).
Linesmen-Chris Millea (33), Jack Millea (23).

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WorSharks beat Portland 3-2, keep slim playoff hopes alive

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Worcester Sharks got goals from Travis Oleksuk, Freddie Hamilton, and Matt Pelech and used a 21 save performance from Troy Grosenick to defeat the Portland Pirates 3-2 Tuesday night at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts in front of a sparse but vocal crowd. The win for the WorSharks keeps their faint playoff hopes alive, while Portland’s loss mathematically eliminates them from the Calder Cup chase.


San Jose Sharks first round draft pick from 2013 Mirco Mueller (#41) made his AHL debut
Tuesday night for the Worcester Sharks and he notched an assist on Matt Pelech's game
winning goal in the WorSharks 3-2 victory over the Portland Pirates.
Photo courtesy of TEAMSHRED

For video highlights we’ll have to point to SendItToNews.com as AHLLive.com appears to be having issues again.

Scratches for the WorSharks were Sena Acolatse (leg), Rob Davison (suspended, game three of three), Nick Jones, John McCarthy (hand), Brodie Reid (flu), Daniil Tarasov (back), Marek Viedensky (unknown injury). Harri Sateri was the back-up goaltender. There were two transactions over the past couple days, with San Jose reassigning Mirco Mueller from the Everett Silvertips (WHL) to Worcester and the WorSharks signing Mercyhurst (AHA) defenseman Nick Jones to an ATO. Jones was a healthy scratch Tuesday. Acolatse has just started skating with the team in a non-contact jersey during practices, and while he intends to play before the regular season is over there is no timetable for his return.

This writer often gets deluged with twitter and email questions when a new player joins Worcester, and it was the case once it was announced Mueller was playing Tuesday. This was a post I made last night on Hockey’s Future about my first impression on Mueller after just one game:

Mueller needs about three dozen cheeseburgers. He really needs to put some weight on that frame, but he’s young so I have little doubt it will happen.

He made a few mistakes, but as I mentioned to folks at the game I liked that he was confident in the plays he made despite it not always being the right thing to do. I prefer young defensemen to be confident in their decisions even if it’s the wrong thing; doing the right thing but hesitating before doing it is often times worse than confidently doing the wrong thing.

He’s very smart, and it’s easy to see that in the decisions he made. Pinched at the right moments, covered for his partners as the game went on when needed (started with DeMelo and about halfway through the first was with Doherty–Mueller is easily more talented than both)…he just made really smart hockey plays most of the time.

Very confident with the puck…has the “I got this” look when a forechecker approaches. Looked good on the power play. I liked his low, hard shot into traffic early and I loved that he never stopped moving on offense.

Worcester Sharks Booster Club president Rich Lundin and I like to try to guess what the boxscore will say for the number of people in attendance. Over the years we’ve both gotten pretty good at it. While there was about 500 people in stands Lundin guessed 1744 would be the published number, while I went a more generic “high 1500s”. Announced total was 1544. I’m calling it a draw between us.

The three stars of the game were
1. WOR – 21 Travis Oleksuk (g,a)
2. POR – 9 Tobias Rieder (2g)
3. WOR – 23 Matt Pelech (gwg)

The Sharkspage player of the game was Freddie Hamilton.

Even strength lines
Carpenter/Kearns/DaSilva
Hayes/Oleksuk/Hamilton
Higgs/Rau/Schmidt
Bonneau/Schwartz/Pelech

Abeltshauser/Tennyson
Mueller/Doherty
Comrie/DeMelo

BOXSCORE

Portland 0 1 1 – 2
Worcester 1 1 1 – 3

1st Period-1, Worcester, Oleksuk 17 (Hayes), 7:44. Penalties-Werek Por (kneeing), 10:58.

2nd Period-2, Worcester, Hamilton 20 (Tennyson, Oleksuk), 3:43 (PP). 3, Portland, Rieder 25 (Miele, Jones), 8:17. Penalties-Hanley Por (slashing), 2:42; Yip Por (tripping), 3:27; Comrie Wor (cross-checking), 13:24.

3rd Period-4, Worcester, Pelech 3 (Mueller, Doherty), 6:32. 5, Portland, Rieder 26 (Martinook, Miele), 9:31. Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Portland 6-9-8-23. Worcester 11-12-12-35.
Power Play Opportunities-Portland 0 / 1; Worcester 1 / 3.
Goalies-Portland, Domingue 9-12-2 (35 shots-32 saves). Worcester, Grosenick 17-11-0 (23 shots-21 saves).
A-1,544
Referees-Geno Binda (22), Ryan Hersey (8).
Linesmen-Bob Bernard (42), Scott Whittemore (96).

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WorSharks stumble and bumble way to 4-3 shootout win over Albany

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Worcester Sharks entered this weekend’s games needing wins to keep their slim playoff hopes realistically alive, and after being crushed 5-1 by the Manchester Monarchs Friday in New Hampshire in a game where the WorSharks looked like they’d already started the long off-season Worcester took a three hour bus ride west to The Empire State to take on the Albany Devils and played a contest where they made so many mental errors it was hard to count them all. Luckily for Worcester Albany was having issues of their own and the WorSharks were able to survive through overtime and into a shootout where they had the only goal for a 4-3 win over the Devils at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York in front of 5,111 fans. The shootout win gives Worcester a 10-1 record in the bonus round, best in the AHL.


Worcester Sharks goaltender Troy Grosenick made several great saves to keep the
WorSharks in their game against Albany and then went a perfect five for five
against the Devils in the shootout to win 4-3 Saturday night.
Photo courtesy of JOHN CARL D'ANNIBALE | Times Union

For video highlights we’ll take a look at the Albany Devils YouTube channel

Scratches for Worcester were Sena Acolatse (leg), Rob Davison (suspended, game 2 of 3), John McCarthy (broken hand), Daniil Tarasov (upper body), and Marek Viedensky. Harri Sateri was the back-up goaltender. Since our last update the American Hockey League suspended WorSharks captain Davison three games for his check to the head of Phil Lane Wednesday night against Portland. At full speed it looks like Lane had his head down and Davison threw a pretty good check, but slowing it down it pretty clearly shows Davison picked Lane’s head with his elbow. Freddie Hamilton got recalled back to San Jose Wednesday and then was quickly returned to the WorSharks, but because of an illness didn’t fly back east in time to make Friday’s debacle against the Monarchs.

Worcester has relied on its top two lines all season to keep them in games, and anyone that watches the WorSharks knows if their top players don’t score they generally don’t win. Saturday night was a notable exception as the top line of Dan DaSilva, Chad Rau, and Bracken Kearns not only didn’t score, they didn’t have a shot on goal. It’s just the sixth time this season DaSilva didn’t have a shot in a game, but only the second time he didn’t register a point while being shotless. It was the fifth time Kearns was held without a shot during the current campaign. Rau doesn’t even belong on that line, so perhaps now head coach Roy Sommer will see that and insert RPI ATOer Brock Higgs into the top line center spot. Or, perhaps not…

Speaking of Sommer, as everyone has likely heard by now, he set the AHL career games coached record Wednesday night with 1,257. With the next WorSharks home game being Tuesday, which will have just a handful of fans in attendance, there will be a pregame ceremony held next Saturday in their contest against the Hershey Bears to commemorate Sommer’s achievement. Ironically it was Bears’ longtime head coach Frank Mathers that previously held the record. Last season Sommer also set the record for most coaching losses in American Hockey League history, a milestone that wasn’t acknowledged by the organization.

Nothing kills a team more than turning the puck over in their own end, and this season Worcester has had tremendous issues with it. No matter which blue liners are out there it’s a foregone conclusion that at some point that pairing will cough the puck up. That’s just one of a long list of problems the WorSharks defense has had this season, and as the defensive corps was supposed to be one of the strengths of the team it’s one of the big reasons they’re poised to miss the playoffs yet again. While neither goaltender Harri Sateri nor Troy Grosenick has great stats if one were to take away all the goals scored by opponents after the Worcester defense left their netminders out to dry not only would the goalies stats see a marked improvement so would the WorSharks playoff chances.

This writer had a whole section pre-written on the turnaround the WorSharks have made in the shootout from their first seven seasons to this one, but with Saturday night’s game going to a shootout both the Telegram and Gazette’s Bill Ballou and Times Union’s Pete Dougherty have postings all about the shootout. While we have a few things they don’t we’ll just file away the section and get to it at a later time.

The three stars of the game were
1. ALB – 21 Mattias Tedenby (g,2a)
2. ALB – 18 Stefan Matteau (g,a)
3. WOR – 21 Travis Oleksuk (g,a)

The Sharkspage player of the game was Eriah Hayes.

Even strength lines
DaSilva/Rau/Kearns
Hayes/Oleksuk/Hamilton
Carpenter/Higgs/Schmidt
Bonneau/Schwartz/Reid

Abeltshauser/Tennyson
DeMelo/Doherty
Comrie/Pelech

BOXSCORE

Worcester 2 1 0 0 – 4
Albany 2 1 0 0 – 3

1st Period-1, Albany, Matteau 13 (Tedenby, Timmins), 8:26. 2, Worcester, Tennyson 7 (Oleksuk), 11:07. 3, Albany, Tedenby 9 (Matteau, Zajac), 11:28. 4, Worcester, Oleksuk 16 19:00. Penalties-Tedenby Alb (tripping), 5:21.

2nd Period-5, Worcester, Hayes 9 (Higgs, Doherty), 6:14. 6, Albany, Zajac 10 (Tedenby, Urbom), 14:39 (PP). Penalties-Oleksuk Wor (holding), 2:27; Pelech Wor (tripping), 8:19; Matteau Alb (roughing), 9:24; Pelech Wor (hooking), 13:05.

3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-McPherson Alb (holding), 7:37.

OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties

Shootout – Worcester 1 (Reid NG, Hamilton NG, DaSilva G, Carpenter NG, Oleksuk NG), Albany 0 (Boucher NG, Sislo NG, Tedenby NG, Matteau NG, Whitney NG).
Shots on Goal-Worcester 14-9-7-1-1-32. Albany 10-7-4-0-0-21.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 3; Albany 1 / 3.
Goalies-Worcester, Grosenick 16-11-0 (21 shots-18 saves). Albany, Kinkaid 21-11-5 (31 shots-28 saves).
A-5,111
Referees-Chris Brown (86), Jarrod Ragusin (54).
Linesmen-Chris Low (88), Frank Murphy (29).

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WorSharks lose 2-1 to Providence in record-tying game

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Monday, March 24, 2014

The Worcester Sharks tied two records Sunday afternoon, with head coach Roy Sommer matching long time Hershey Bears coach Frank Mathers in career AHL games coached at 1,265 and Dan DaSilva tying Riley Armstrong and Mike Iggulden with 59 career WorSharks goals, but the thing Worcester desperately two of were points and it got none of those after dropping a 2-1 contest to the Providence Bruins at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island in front of a crowd announced at 8,869. The loss now means the WorSharks slim playoff hopes got a lot slimmer, and they’ll need a lot of help to even get their chances to “poor”.


Worcester Sharks head coach Roy Sommer tied Frank Mathers in career AHL games coached
and Dan DaSilva equaled the WorSharks career goal scoring record during Worcester's 2-1 loss
Sunday to Providence. The WorSharks playoff chances dropped to .6% with the loss.
Photos courtesy of the WORCESTER SHARKS

For video highlights we once again point to AHLlive.com.

Because of a prior commitment Sharkspage did not catch any part of the game, so for the particulars and notes we’ll send a shout out to WorSharks beat reporter Bill Ballou with his game story “Providence deals Worcester crucial loss in playoff race” and notes column “Injuries sideline key players for Worcester Sharks”. The WorSharks have some further info on their site. There is virtually no information available for the Providence Bruins side of things, so we’ll not bother including any here.

The three stars of the game were
1. PRO – 37 Zach Trotman (g)
2. PRO – 17 Seth Griffith (2a)
3. PRO – 47 Malcolm Subban (38 saves)

Because the PBruins only seem to think there’s one team on the ice they make it simple to pick a Sharkspage player of the game without seeing a second of the contest: Worcester’s lone goal scorer Dan DaSilva.

BOXSCORE

Worcester 0 0 1 – 1
Providence 0 1 1 – 2

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Davison Wor (boarding), 4:41; Abeltshauser Wor (roughing), 6:26; Robins Pro (roughing), 6:26; Oleksuk Wor (hooking), 7:59; Davison Wor (fighting), 14:02; Moore Pro (fighting), 14:02; McCarthy Wor (fighting), 15:41; Camara Pro (fighting), 15:41.

2nd Period-1, Providence, Florek 16 (Spooner, Griffith), 18:00. Penalties-Robins Pro (charging), 6:47; Bigos Wor (fighting), 10:32; Flick Pro (fighting), 10:32.

3rd Period-2, Providence, Trotman 6 (Cunningham, Griffith), 13:10 (PP). 3, Worcester, DaSilva 16 (Kearns, Schwartz), 14:06. Penalties-Knight Pro (tripping), 3:29; Johnson Pro (hooking), 9:49; DeMelo Wor (hooking), 11:56.

Shots on Goal-Worcester 10-13-16-39. Providence 12-7-11-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 3; Providence 1 / 3.
Goalies-Worcester, Sateri 17-21-1 (30 shots-28 saves). Providence, Subban 13-8-4 (39 shots-38 saves).
A-8,869
Referees-Dave Lewis (46), Pierre Lambert (39).
Linesmen-Jack Millea (23), Chris Millea (33).

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WorSharks rally in third period to stun Hershey 4-2

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Worcester Sharks played uninspired, mistake-filled hockey for most of the first 54 minutes of Saturday’s contest against the Hershey Bears to find themselves trailing by a goal and their playoff heartbeat rapidly approaching a flat line, but three quick strikes by Dan DaSilva at 14:04 of the third period, Taylor Doherty at 15:10 and Travis Oleksuk at 17:19 gave the WorSharks a shocking 4-2 win over the Bears at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts in front of 4,820 fans. DaSilva’s goal makes him the Worcester Sharks all-time leading scorer.


Dan DaSilva (#22), pictured from Friday night's game with former 'Crazed Rats' linemate John McCarthy (#7),
scored the game tying goal Saturday night to become the Worcester Sharks all-time leading scorer at 139
points. DaSilva is also just one goal shy of tying the WorSharks record for career goals.
Photo courtesy of TEAMSHRED

For video highlights we once again point to AHLlive.com.

Scratches for Worcester were Sena Acolatse (leg), Matt Pelech, Mike Pereira, Brodie Reid, Chad Rau, and Lane Scheidl (concussion). Troy Grosenick was the back-up goaltender.

With his goal DaSilva passed Tom Cavanagh to become the WorSharks all time leading scorer at 139 points. That total ties DaSilva for 7th all-time in Worcester scoring with Dan Corso and Stephane Roy. DaSilva’s 58 career goals is good enough for third all-time for the WorSharks, just one behind the 59 of both Riley Armstrong and Mike Iggulden. Presuming DaSilva gets into the 60s he’ll start picking off players on the career goals list pretty quickly with Stephane Roy (61), Jeff Panzer (62), and Jame Pollock (63) within easy reach. In one of the rare Worcester records not held by Terry Virtue, the all-time Worcester goals record is held by Marc Brown at 79.

As you may have expected, the DCU center got pretty rowdy late in the third period with the WorSharks stunning comeback. Save for Hamilton’s second period goal the loudest cheers early in the game came from the large Holy Cross contingent rooting on newcomer Adam Schmidt, who skated four years for the Crusaders. Schmidt holds the Holy Cross record for most career games played at 151 and lead the Crusaders in scoring this season (14-15-29). When asked recently about Schmidt this writer called him “a potential diamond in the rough”. While making any decisions about a player’s talent after one game is silly, Schmidt certainly didn’t do anything to change my opinion–there looks to be something there, and hopefully the Sharks organization can get his game to work at the pro level.

Another ATO player, Brock Higgs, has slowed his torrid scoring pace of last weekend but still looks like a keeper. After a ‘no so good’ first period–and to be honest, not many WorSharks looked good in the opening 20 minutes–he got back into the flow of things and led all players with six shots on goal. Higgs best bid came in the third period when Hershey goaltender David Leggio made two great acrobatic-style saves and still managed to get a pad down to stop Higgs from stuffing the puck in the net.

The three stars of the game were
1. WOR – 22 Dan DaSilva (g)
2. WOR – 4 Taylor Doherty (gwg)
3. WOR – 12 Freddie Hamilton (g,a)

The Sharkspage player of the game was John McCarthy

Even strength lines
McCarthy/Kearns/DaSilva
Tarasov/Oleksuk/Hamilton
Schwartz/Higgs/Schmidt
Bonneau/Viedensky/Hayes

Abeltshauser/Doherty
Davison/DeMelo
Comrie/Bigos

BOXSCORE

Hershey 1 0 1 – 2
Worcester 0 1 3 – 4

1st Period-1, Hershey, Wellman 16 (Deschamps, Stoa), 10:40. Penalties-Watkins Her (tripping), 12:05; Newbury Her (slashing), 13:29; Oleksuk Wor (slashing), 19:02; Kolomatis Her (hooking), 20:00.

2nd Period-2, Worcester, Hamilton 19 (Tarasov, Davison), 18:47. Penalties-Kearns Wor (hooking), 1:36.

3rd Period-3, Hershey, Deschamps 14 (Wellman), 9:36. 4, Worcester, DaSilva 15 (McCarthy, Kearns), 14:04. 5, Worcester, Doherty 4 (Viedensky, Hayes), 15:10. 6, Worcester, Oleksuk 14 (Hamilton, Abeltshauser), 17:19. Penalties-Latta Her (cross-checking), 6:50; Newbury Her (high-sticking), 9:52.

Shots on Goal-Hershey 10-8-9-27. Worcester 16-6-18-40.
Power Play Opportunities-Hershey 0 / 2; Worcester 0 / 5.
Goalies-Hershey, Leggio 18-17-3 (40 shots-36 saves). Worcester, Sateri 17-20-1 (27 shots-25 saves).
A-4,820
Referees-Keith Kaval (40), Nic Leduc (12).
Linesmen-Ed Boyle (81), Todd Whittemore (70).

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WorSharks third period collapse puts slim playoff hopes in jeopardy

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Worcester Sharks once again found themselves behind and scoreless after the first period, but unlike Sunday against Manchester their second period offensive onslaught didn’t put away their opponent and the Springfield Falcons came roaring back for three third period goals to defeat the WorSharks 4-2 at the DCU Center in front of a crowd of 4,241. With his goal and an assist in the game Dan DaSilva tied the late Tom Cavanagh as the franchise’s career scoring leader at 138 points.


Worcester Sharks Dan DaSilva had a goal and an assist to move into second place for the
season in team scoring and to tie Tom Cavanagh for most points as a WorSharks player.
File photo courtesy of TEAMSHRED

For video highlights we’ll point to AHLlive. It’s too bad it doesn’t show more of the action leading up to the Jimmy Bonneau/Will Weber fight as we’ll have more on that later.

Scratches for Worcester were Sena Acolatse (leg), Mike Pereira, Brodie Reid (foot), Chad Rau (vet limit), Lane Scheidl (concussion), and newly signed ATO forward Adam Schmidt (from Holy Cross). Harri Sateri was the backup goaltender. Word is both Reid and Scheidl are close–if not already ready–to return.

There was some sad news for WorSharks head coach Roy Sommer and his family as they mourn the passing of Roy’s nephew. Roy traveled to California to be with his family and it’s believed Sommer will be back for Saturday’s game. Associate coach David Cunniff took over for Sommer for the night, with Bryan Marchment handling the defensemen and Mike Ricci assisting with the forwards. The standard policy of the AHL is games that head coaches miss under these circumstances count in their game totals/statistics, so he still on target to break the AHL’s all-time games coached record. Sharkspage sends its condolences to Roy and his family during their time of troubles.

As noted above DaSilva is now tied as the all-time scoring leader for the Worcester Sharks, but he is a long way from the top of the Worcester professional hockey list. DaSilva’s (and Cavanagh’s) 138 points ranks them both at 9th on that list. One more point will tie DaSilva with Daniel Corso and Stephane Roy at 139, and both Justin Papineau (143) and Jeff Panzer (146) are in reach. The next three on the list are Eric Boguniecki (155), Marc Brown (160), and Jame Pollock (167). As with most all-time hockey record in Worcester, the highest point total belongs to Terry Virtue at 210.

This writer is very outspoken about how poorly the AHL is officiated, and while the referees didn’t cause the WorSharks to lose they certainly played a small part in it. After the Bonneau/Weber fight referee Dave Lewis somehow decided that Bonneau deserved an extra two minutes. Of course, Springfield scored on that power play to take a 4-2 lead. For more on that, we turn to Worcester Sharks beat writer Bill Ballou:

It wasn’t the goal so much as the power play, which Springfield got when Jimmy Bonneau was given an extra two minutes by referee Dave Lewis for roughing as a result of a fight with Will Weber at 2:32.

“I’m not happy about this,” said Bonneau, who headed directly to the Sharks’ videotape machine at the buzzer. “I have always given respect to the refs and the job they do, but Dave Lewis called the name on the back of the jersey, not the play…it cost us the game.”

Bonneau took an elbow to the head from Weber and skated toward him to ask him to fight. Weber’s gloves were off before Bonneau’s, and Bonneau won the bout easily. It seemed like a standard double major, but Lewis felt differently. The ref told Bonneau he was the instigator and deserved an extra two minutes, but not the full 17 he would have gotten otherwise. “He told me it was for distance traveled, that I went blue line to blue line, and that’s insane,” Bonneau said. Lewis added insult to injury, according to Bonneau, who said the referee told him, “Jimmy, that’s the fastest I’ve seen you skate in five years.”

The reason it’s a shame the highlight video doesn’t show the pre-fight action is that it would show Bonneau didn’t go blue line to blue line, nor did he skate a significant amount of distance to get to Weber. It would show two players known for fighting deciding they were going to fight, and they did. Not only did referee Lewis get the call wrong his comments are out of line. It’s also pure laziness that determined Lewis didn’t call an instigator and not any other reason. Every instigator call results in the referee having to file paperwork with the league. That’s why you see the two for roughing added to a player in the AHL on so many occasions; it’s a lazy referee not wanting to fill out the paperwork.

The WorSharks also got the short of the stick, no pun intended, when Adam Comrie was highsticked late in the third period. As often happens when the whistle blows the two teams scrummed a bit with nothing really happening, but referee Lewis somehow determined that of all the players in that pile Bracken Kearns did something worth two minutes, so the skaters were evened up four on four. With Grosenick puled for an extra attacker Lewis struck again, calling DaSilva for a trip after the Falcons player tripped over his own stick. By that point DaSilva had seen enough and lit into Lewis, who gave in an extra ten minutes misconduct. In reality the AHL should be showing Lewis the door.

EDIT: This video of the Bonneau/Weber fight just surfaced. Note where Bonneau and Weber both start (in front of the WorSharks bench) and where thye fight (the blue line in front of the Falcons bench). They are never more than a stick length apart. So much for referee Dave Lewis’ call.

The three stars of the game were
1. SPR – 17 Sean Collins (g,a)
2. WOR – 22 Dan DaSilva (g,a)
3. SPR – 14 Dana Tyrell (g)

The Sharkspage player of the game is Bracken Kearns.

Even strength lines
McCarthy/Kearns/DaSilva
Tarasov/Oleksuk/Hamilton
Schwartz/Higgs/Hayes
Bonneau/Viedensky/Pelech

Abeltshauser/Doherty
Davison/DeMelo
Comrie/Bigos

BOXSCORE

Springfield 1 0 3 – 4
Worcester 0 2 0 – 2

1st Period-1, Springfield, Joudrey 11 (Urban, Camper), 3:27 (PP). Penalties-DaSilva Wor (kneeing), 3:20; Hayes Wor (boarding), 13:08; Davison Wor (delay of game), 13:43; Sedlak Spr (interference), 18:42.

2nd Period-2, Worcester, Kearns 6 (DaSilva, McCarthy), 5:44. 3, Worcester, DaSilva 14 (Abeltshauser, Kearns), 18:45 (PP). Penalties-Thompson Spr (goaltender interference), 8:10; Goloubef Spr (cross-checking), 18:13.

3rd Period-4, Springfield, Tyrell 12 (Vogelhuber, Joudrey), 0:22. 5, Springfield, Taormina 8 (Jacques, Collins), 4:18 (PP). 6, Springfield, Collins 13 (Camper, Bass), 11:41. Penalties-Weber Spr (fighting), 2:32; Bonneau Wor (roughing, fighting), 2:32; Hansen Spr (hooking), 7:05; Bass Spr (high-sticking), 14:48; Kearns Wor (roughing), 14:48; DaSilva Wor (tripping, misconduct – abuse of officials), 19:02.

Shots on Goal-Springfield 13-8-9-30. Worcester 7-15-10-32.
Power Play Opportunities-Springfield 2 / 5; Worcester 1 / 4.
Goalies-Springfield, McKenna 20-7-1 (32 shots-30 saves). Worcester, Grosenick 14-11-0 (30 shots-26 saves).
A-4,241
Referees-Dave Lewis (46), Pierre Lambert (39).
Linesmen-Chris Aughe (74), Joe Ross (92).

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WorSharks stun Monarchs 5-1 for sixth win in a row

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Monday, March 17, 2014

The Worcester Sharks found themselves Sunday afternoon where they have been far too often this season after one period, scoreless and trailing. But thanks to a four goal second period explosion the WorSharks were riding high and on their way to a second consecutive three-in-three weekend sweep by stunning the Manchester Monarchs, the number one team in the AHL’s Eastern Conference, 5-1 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts in front of 4,645 fans. The win was the sixth in a row for Worcester.


UMass alum Mike Pereira scored his first AHL goal, the game winner, Sunday during the Worcester
Sharks 5-1 win over Manchester. The WorSharks wore specialty jerseys to benefit the SHINE Initiative
to raise awareness about mental illness in children and young adults as a mainstream health issue.
Photo courtesy of TEAMSHRED

For video highlights, and they’re well worth watching for a number of nice goals, we point to AHLLive.com

Scratches for Worcester were Sena Acolatse (leg), Eriah Hayes (neck), Matt Pelech (vet limit), Brodie Reid (foot), and Lane Scheidl (concussion). Troy Grosenick was the back-up goaltender.

For the first time this season the WorSharks have six wins and a row, which is one shy of the team record of seven set from March 16 to 31, 2007. It won’t be an easy task to get the streak to seven as after dispatching the best team in the East on Sunday Worcester takes on the number two team in the Springfield Falcons at a game at the DCU Center on Friday. The rest of next weekend’s schedule isn’t that much easier as on Saturday the WorSharks will face perennial Calder Cup contender Hershey Bears before heading down route 146 to take on the Providence Bruins Sunday afternoon. This could easily be called a “make or break” weekend for Worcester.

Worcester was shutout in the first period Sunday so their streak for scoring in consecutive periods stopped at 11, although looking at the streak it was a hodgepodge of information as it counted some overtime periods and not others. Yesterday this writer guessed it was, or had to be close to, a team record. Nope, it’s not. The team record is 15 periods in a row with a goal, and the streak didn’t contain a single overtime period so there’s no ambiguity. It was set from December 27th 2009 to January 8, 2010.

In one of those plays that doesn’t end up in the boxscore, during the second period in a faceoff at the Manchester blue line the Monarchs decided to try something different and had their three forwards and a defenseman lined up to make four players along the “line”. Kyle Bigos, who was spent most if the year in the ECHL, quickly nudged his defensive partner Konrad Abeltshauser toward the “open” Monarchs player to cover him directly off the faceoff. Worcester won the faceoff right to Bigos, and with Abeltshauser blocking the path of the fourth Manchester player the WorSharks we able to get full control and set up a good entry into the Monarchs zone.

The three stars of the game were
1. WOR – 19 Daniil Tarasov (2g)
2. WOR – 13 Brock Higgs (g,a)
3. WOR – 35 Harri Sateri (26 saves)

The Sharkspage player of the game was Travis Oleksuk.

Even strength lines
McCarthy/Kearns/DaSilva
Tarasov/Oleksuk/Hamilton
Schwartz/Viedensky/Higgs
Bonneau/Rau/Pereira

Abeltshauser/Doherty
Davison/DeMelo
Comrie/Bigos

BOXSCORE

Manchester 1 0 0 – 1
Worcester 0 4 1 – 5

1st Period-1, Manchester, Crescenzi 2 (O’Connor, Livingston), 16:26. Penalties-Andreoff Mch (fighting), 1:55; Bonneau Wor (fighting), 1:55; Kearns Wor (cross-checking), 10:25; Bodnarchuk Mch (roughing), 13:47.

2nd Period-2, Worcester, Oleksuk 13 (DaSilva, Bigos), 3:17 (PP). 3, Worcester, Pereira 1 (Rau, Abeltshauser), 5:24. 4, Worcester, Tarasov 16 (Oleksuk, Hamilton), 7:10. 5, Worcester, Higgs 3 (Schwartz, Abeltshauser), 12:12. Penalties-Bishop Mch (tripping), 2:31; McCarthy Wor (slashing), 16:21.

3rd Period-6, Worcester, Tarasov 17 (Higgs, Oleksuk), 15:14 (PP). Penalties-DaSilva Wor (slashing), 10:18; Schultz Mch (slashing), 14:14; Sateri Wor (delay of game), 15:44; O’Neill Mch (high-sticking), 16:27.

Shots on Goal-Manchester 3-14-10-27. Worcester 7-9-5-21.
Power Play Opportunities-Manchester 0 / 4; Worcester 2 / 4.
Goalies-Manchester, Berube 23-15-2 (15 shots-11 saves); Niederberger 1-1-1 (6 shots-5 saves). Worcester, Sateri 16-20-1 (27 shots-26 saves).
A-4,645
Referees-Geno Binda (22), David Banfield (77).
Linesmen-Chris Low (88), Todd Whittemore (70).

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WorSharks make it five with 4-0 shutout of Bridgeport

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Worcester Sharks, after not being able to get out their own way for the longest time, once again dug into their bag of tricks and used two goals from newcomer Brock Higgs, two point nights from John McCarthy, Konrad Abeltshauser, and Dylan DeMelo and a 25 save shutout by Harri Sateri to defeat the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 4-0 at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut in front of a crowd of 4,135. The win gives the WorSharks their first five game winning streak of the season.


RPI alum Brock Higgs, shown from his AHL debut on Friday against Providence,
scored his first two professional goals and his first pro game winner Saturday
night against Bridgeport in the WorSharks 4-0 win over the Sound Tigers.
Photo courtesy of TEAMSHRED

For video highlights we’ll use the Sound Tigers YouTube channel.

Scratches for Worcester were Sena Acolatse (leg), Eriah Hayes (upper body), Matt Pelech, Brodie Reid (foot), and Lane Scheidl (concussion). Troy Grosenick was the back-up goaltender. For the first time since early 2013 the WorSharks had too many veterans on the roster, so Matt Pelech was forced to sit out. Needing a forward Worcester–and one would presume San Jose–reached out to UMass winger Mike Pereira and signed the forward to an ATO. Pereira’s brother Joe skated with the WorSharks one game toward the end of the 2010-11 season, making them the second set of brothers to play for the team. Matt and Michael Pelech were the first, and they actually skated on the same line together a couple games during the 2012-13 season.

Like Friday night, Worcester dodged another bullet thanks to video replay. This time the circumstances were different, as it was used Saturday to determine if the net was still on the pegs when–or even if–the puck crossed the goal line. With the puck behind Sateri and moving toward the yawning net captain Rob Davison intentionally crashed into the cage knocking it off its pegs. Referee Trevor Hanson immediately ruled no-goal, but then went to video. Now had the puck crossed the goal line after Davison knocked the net off by rule Hanson probably should have counted the goal. It’s covered under rule 63.6:

63.6 Awarded Goal – In the event that the goal post is displaced, either deliberately or accidentally, by a defending player, prior to the puck crossing the goal line between the normal position of the goalposts, the Referee may award a goal. In order to award a goal in this situation, the goal post must have been displaced by the actions a defending player, the puck must have been shot (or the player must be in the act of shooting) at the goal prior to the goal post being displaced, and it must be determined that the puck would have entered the net between the normal position of the goal posts.

Now watching the TV angle all those conditions were met except for if the puck crossed the goal line, which couldn’t be seen clearly. Referee Hanson confirmed his no-goal call, so he either got the rule wrong or the puck didn’t cross the goal line. Unlike the NHL the AHL does not provide clarifications for goal reviews one way or the other. To add further confusion to all this the ensuing faceoff was in the neutral zone, meaning it was Bridgeport that knocked the net off the pegs. Enough said about that.

Looking at Jimmy Bonneau’s line in the boxscore (0-0-0, 2 shots, 0 PIMs) you’d just presume it was a standard game without a fight for the WorSharks tough man, but that would be far from the truth. Bonneau had three great scoring chances early, and when Brett Gallant tried to goad Bonneau into fighting while Worcester was leading 2-0 Bonneau, being the cagy veteran he is, knew where the line was and didn’t cross it. Gallant, on the other hand, was intent on starting something so when it didn’t occur decided to take his frustrations out in a brief conversation with Referee Hanson. That didn’t turn out so well as Gallant was invited to sit for a couple minutes in the sin bin.

Worcester has scored a goal in 11 straight periods, which if it isn’t a team record it had to be close. Maybe more on that tomorrow. The Sound Tigers haven’t scored a goal in 170:59, their fourth-longest streak in team history. According to Sound Tigers beat reporter Michael Fornabaio the team record is 215:58, so that’s in play for their game against Adirondack today.

The three stars of the game were
1. WOR – 10 Konrad Abeltshauser (g,a)
2. WOR – 7 John McCarthy (2a)
3. WOR – 22 Dan DaSilva (g)

Head scratcher here as they didn’t list Harri Sateri nor Brock Higgs. With all due respect to Sateri’s shutout, we’re going with the young man from RPI as the Sharkspage player of the game is Higgs. I’m sure Harri will understand…

Even strength lines, courtesy of the aforementioned Fornabaio
McCarthy-Kearns-DaSilva
Tarasov-Oleksuk-Hamilton (A)
Schwartz-Higgs-Viedensky
Pereira-Rau-Bonneau (A)

Davison (C)-Bigos
Abeltshauser-Doherty
Comrie-DeMelo

BOXSCORE

Worcester 1 1 2 – 4
Bridgeport 0 0 0 – 0

1st Period-1, Worcester, Higgs 1 (DeMelo, Oleksuk), 12:56 (PP). Penalties-DeMelo Wor (cross-checking), 7:45; Leboeuf Bri (holding), 12:31; Persson Bri (slashing), 15:09.

2nd Period-2, Worcester, DaSilva 13 (McCarthy, Abeltshauser), 5:28 (PP). Penalties-Pedan Bri (slashing), 4:31; Sateri Wor (tripping), 7:42; Broda Bri (high-sticking), 9:02; Gallant Bri (cross-checking), 12:40; Gallant Bri (unsportsmanlike conduct), 15:25.

3rd Period-3, Worcester, Abeltshauser 5 (McCarthy, DeMelo), 3:01 (PP). 4, Worcester, Higgs 2 (Schwartz, Viedensky), 15:26. Penalties-Langlois Bri (interference), 1:17; served by Clark Bri (bench minor – too many men), 2:52; Viedensky Wor (hooking), 5:13; Hamilton Wor (interference), 12:06.

Shots on Goal-Worcester 16-8-10-34. Bridgeport 8-7-10-25.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 3 / 8; Bridgeport 0 / 4.
Goalies-Worcester, Sateri 15-20-1 (25 shots-25 saves). Bridgeport, Poulin 0-5-0 (34 shots-30 saves).
A-4,135
Referees-Trevor Hanson (47).
Linesmen-Luke Galvin (2), Kevin Redding (16).

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WorSharks snatch victory from jaws of defeat in 4-3 OT win against Providence

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Worcester Sharks have spent all season finding new ways to lose games, but over the last week or so the WorSharks are using some old ways to win some when after trailing in the last minute against the Providence Bruins Brodie Reid scored with 45.4 seconds remaining in regulation for the WorSharks first goal of the season with an extra attacker on the ice and then Daniil Tarasov scored Worcester’s first overtime marker since January 11, 2013 to give the WorSharks a 4-3 win over the Baby-Bs Friday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island in front of a crowd of 8,038.


The Worcester Sharks celebrate Brodie Reid's (#15) game tying goal with under a minute
left in regulation Friday night against Providence. The team would celebrate again a few
minutes later when Daniil Tarasov connected in OT for the 4-3 WorSharks win.
Photo courtesy of TEAMSHRED

For highlights we’ll point to AHLlive.com, who have apparently fixed the issues of last weekend. The Providence Bruins still haven’t fixed theirs as they still continue to refuse to show replays of opponent’s goals, although as the Baby-Bs often think their the only team in the league that’s understandable.

Usually we do scratches first, but with so many transactions lately we’ll start there. As of the last posting the Worcester Sharks still hadn’t signed Yanni Gourde, whose contract ran out after last Saturday’s game against Portland. Sunday morning Gourde signed an NHL contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning, ending his run with the WorSharks. Gourde will report to the Syracuse Crunch on an AHL contract until the end of the season and then start a two year NHL entry level contract. When you consider the total lack of offensive talent under contract to San Jose in the minors it’s inexcusable that the Sharks organization didn’t sign a player like Gourde. The AHL’s trade deadline was last Wednesday, and Worcester GM Joe Will was pretty busy shipping guys away as Nick Petrecki was reassigned to the Rochester Americans and Sebastian Stalberg was sent to the Portland Pirates. In neither case did the WorSharks get a player in return. Later in the week Worcester recalled defenseman Kyle Bigos from the Ontario Reign (ECHL) and signed forward Brock Higgs (RPI) to an amateur contract. Higgs made his AHL debut Friday and had an assist on Rob Davison’s first period goal.

Scratches for the WorSharks were Sena Acolatse (leg), Kyle Bigos, Bracken Kearns (was recalled under emergency conditions Thursday and was reassigned to Worcester Friday evening), and Lane Scheidl (concussion). Harri Sateri was the back-up netminder. Hopefully the injury list won’t be getting longer after Eriah Hayes was boarded by Providence’s Bobby Robins in the third period. Hayes did not play afterward, but according to Bill Ballou of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette it was head coach Roy Sommer that decided not to play Hayes.

Just when you though you’d seen everything a new one happened for Worcester Friday night. While trailing Providence late in the game Sommer signaled Grosenick to the bench for an extra attacker…and then never sent out an extra attacker. In a head’s up play by Grosenick, the rookie netminder raced back from the bench area into his goal while the five on five action commenced in the Baby-Bs zone. Worcester did finally get it right a little later on and scored with the sixth skater. Grosenick later raced the entire 200′ length of the ice surface to celebrate Tarasov’s overtime winner. It’s likely the second jaunt down the ice was less stressful than the first.

Providence had a goal overturned at the horn to end the second period when after referee Fred Leblanc signaled goal even though the green light to end the period was on instead of the red goal light. When LeBlanc checked the video he overturned his call and ruled no goal. Having no access to the overhead replay video it’s impossible to tell what he saw–or didn’t see–but from the angle of the highlights shown it looked like a good goal when shown live.

This writer keeps track of just about every stat possible…except extra attacker goals. Would have come in handy right now. Such is the life of a blogger.

The three stars of the game were
1. WOR – 19 Daniil Tarasov (2g,OTgw)
2. PRO – 24 Ryan Spooner (g,a)
3. WOR – 15 Brodie Reid (tying goal, a)

The Sharkspage player of the game is Rob Davison.

Even strength lines
McCarthy/Viedensky/DaSilva
Tarasov/Oleksuk/Hamilton
Schwartz/Higgs/Reid
Bonneau/Rau/Hayes

Abeltshauser/Doherty
Davison/DeMelo
Comrie/Pelech

BOXSCORE

Worcester 1 1 1 1 – 4
Providence 1 2 0 0 – 3

1st Period-1, Worcester, Davison 3 (Reid, Higgs), 7:46. 2, Providence, Warsofsky 6 (Khokhlachev, Spooner), 9:41 (PP). Penalties-Viedensky Wor (hooking), 0:12; Abeltshauser Wor (hooking), 8:25; Schwartz Wor (cross-checking), 12:53; Robins Pro (slashing), 19:55.

2nd Period-3, Worcester, Tarasov 14 (DaSilva, Oleksuk), 2:48 (PP). 4, Providence, Spooner 7 (Cunningham, Parlett), 5:43. 5, Providence, Camara 9 (Khokhlachev, Griffith), 10:48. Penalties-Cross Pro (tripping), 0:49; Bonneau Wor (fighting), 3:57; Robins Pro (fighting), 3:57; Khokhlachev Pro (double minor – high-sticking), 6:26; Cross Pro (hooking), 11:59.

3rd Period-6, Worcester, Reid 10 (Schwartz, Abeltshauser), 19:14. Penalties-Robins Pro (boarding), 13:51.

OT Period-7, Worcester, Tarasov 15 (DeMelo, DaSilva), 3:16. Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Worcester 13-10-9-1-33. Providence 12-9-5-1-27.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 1 / 6; Providence 1 / 3.
Goalies-Worcester, Grosenick 14-10-0 (27 shots-24 saves). Providence, Svedberg 20-14-3 (33 shots-29 saves).
A-8,038
Referees-David Banfield (77), Fred Leblanc (30).
Linesmen-Brian MacDonald (72), Todd Whittemore (70).

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WorSharks sneak past Pirates 3-2

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Worcester Sharks played a good opening twenty minutes where they got goals from Freddie Hamilton and Brodie Reid, and then had a sloppy last two periods where they needed an odd deflection goal from Eriah Hayes to finally be able to put the Portland Pirates away 3-2 Saturday night at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts in front of 5,455 fans.


Worcester Sharks forward Brodie Reid (#15) tips one past Pirates goaltender
Louis Domingue with just 1.5 seconds remaining in the first period. The
WorSharks would go on to defeat Portland 3-2.
Photo courtesy of TEAMSHRED

No idea what’s happening with AHLlive and highlights this weekend, but the WorSharks don’t have any highlights listed and they most certainly put a package together because it’s on their main site, so we’ll link to there. You might have to dig around a little, but they do have them (was story #2 as we post this).

Scratches for Worcester were Jimmy Bonneau, J.P. Anderson (hand), Sena Acolatse (leg), Rob Davison (hand), and Rylan Schwartz. Troy Grosenick was the back-up goaltender. After Friday night’s game against Providence there were several reports that captain Rob Davison had suffered a catastrophic injury to his hand, which included a compound fracture. Just like the San Jose Sharks, the WorSharks seldom talk about the severity of injuries to their players but were clear in their comments that the injury to Davison was nowhere as serious as the reports indicated. The fact Davison bussed back with his teammates Friday night is a sign that the injury wasn’t as initially thought.

In other roster news, at the end of Saturday night’s game Yanni Gourde’s 25 game professional try-out deal ended and as of last night he still had not signed another deal with the team. His point per game scoring pace is badly needed by Worcester if they wish to keep their extremely faint playoff hopes alive, and if rumors are true that Gourde is looking for an AHL deal that includes next season GM Joe Will should absolutely sign Gourde, and should have done it the second Gourde asked. Wayne Thomas made a huge error last season not re-signing Gourde during the summer, so now we’ll get to see if Will makes the same error.

Despite him being traded Wednesday Saturday night was still James Livingston bobblehead night at the DCU Center, and in kind of a humorous irony Livingston notched two goals for his new team, the Manchester Monarchs. Livingston has had only two multi-goal games in his pro career, the first being his second game with Worcester to go along with last night’s in his second game with Manchester.

In a head scratcher, the only two WorSharks without a shot on goal last night were puck moving defensemen Dylan DeMelo and Konrad Abeltshauser. Both did have great scoring chances, and both missed with shots going wide right. Abeltshauser’s miss could have been a big one as Worcester played some tic-tac-toe on an odd man rush and Abeltshauser missed a yawning net by about six inches.

The three stars of the game were
1. WOR – 35 Harri Sateri (28 save win)
2. WOR – 25 Marek Viedensky (a)
3. WOR – 44 Adam Comrie (a)

It’s odd that no goal scorers were named stars, so we’ll fix that by picking Freddie Hamilton as the Sharkspage player of the game.

Even strength lines
Gourde/Oleksuk/Hamilton
McCarthy/Kearns/DaSilva
Hayes/Rau/Tarasov
Scheidl/Viedensky/Reid

Abeltshauser/Doherty
Comrie/Pelech
Petrecki/DeMelo

BOXSCORE

Portland 0 1 1 – 2
Worcester 2 0 1 – 3

1st Period-1, Worcester, Hamilton 18 (Tarasov, Gourde), 14:06 (PP). 2, Worcester, Reid 9 (Comrie, Viedensky), 19:58. Penalties-Gourde Wor (hooking), 1:04; Gourde Wor (slashing), 5:30; Klassen Por (slashing), 13:51; Scheidl Wor (tripping), 15:48; Rieder Por (tripping), 17:02.

2nd Period-3, Portland, Todd 3 11:18. Penalties-Murphy Por (cross-checking), 3:39; Tarasov Wor (tripping), 13:29; Miele Por (unsportsmanlike conduct), 20:00; DeMelo Wor (unsportsmanlike conduct), 20:00.

3rd Period-4, Worcester, Hayes 7 (Doherty, Rau), 7:54. 5, Portland, Martinook 10 (Lessio, Miele), 18:46. Penalties-Doherty Wor (high-sticking), 1:48; Hextall Por (slashing), 8:13; Hextall Por (interference), 13:34; Hextall Por (hooking), 16:01.

Shots on Goal-Portland 9-10-11-30. Worcester 12-9-16-37.
Power Play Opportunities-Portland 0 / 5; Worcester 1 / 6.
Goalies-Portland, Domingue 7-11-2 (37 shots-34 saves). Worcester, Sateri 14-20-1 (30 shots-28 saves).
A-5,455
Referees-Jon McIsaac (45), Jarrod Ragusin (54).
Linesmen-Ed Boyle (81), Todd Whittemore (70).

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WorSharks stumble way to 5-4 shootout win over Providence

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Worcester Sharks took three different one goal leads Friday night against the Providence Bruins and couldn’t hold any of them, while the Baby B’s had the same problem with their only lead of the game as the division rivals went to and through an overtime period tied 4-4 and into a shootout where Dan DaSilva and Freddie Hamilton connected for the WorSharks and goaltender Troy Grosenick was a perfect four for four in giving the Worcester Sharks the 5-4 win and a rare victory at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island in front of a crowd of 9,363.


WorSharks forward Freddie Hamilton (#12) scored the opening first period goal for
Worcester and the closing shootout goal to give the WorSharks a 5-4 win. He also
added two assists in the contest and was the first star of the game.
File photo courtesy of TEAMSHRED

This is where we usually insert the highlights package, but apparently the Providence Bruins decided not to put one out at the usual–and league required–sites. Perhaps there were issues and for some reason they couldn’t put one together. Although it does seem to happen only when they lose. Hmmm. At least their press release on the game was on their official site’s front page. Oh yeah, it wasn’t. Surely just a coincidence.

Scratches for the WorSharks were Jimmy Bonneau, Sena Acolatse (leg), JP Anderson (hand), Nick Petrecki, and Lane Scheidl. The backup goaltender was Harri Sateri. The NHL trade deadline was Wednesday, and in a minor move for the organization that was a bigger move for Worcester the Sharks dealt James Livingston to the L.A. Kings for a conditional 7th round draft pick. Livingston, who has a bobblehead night Saturday, reported to the Manchester Monarchs. Matt Pelech played for the first time in 25 games Friday night after breaking his hand, and played defense.

If Petrecki, who the WorSharks listed as a healthy scratch but beat reporter Bill Ballou of the T&G has listed as having a back injury, is unable to play Saturday the WorSharks may have to dip into the ECHL for a defenseman as captain Rob Davison was injured during the overtime period blocking a shot while Worcester was shorthanded. Davison shed his gloves before even reaching the bench, and after a few moment on the bench with his hand bleeding badly was sent off to the locker room. A Boston Bruins blogger at the game and with a good view of the situation speculated on the extent of the injury in a text to this writer–which we will not share until confirmed–but called what he saw “(blanking) awful”.

In other transactional news, with the NHL trade deadline on Wednesday at 3pm EST the AHL also had it’s roster deadline at the same time. The rule allows only players on AHL rosters at the deadline to participate in the AHL for the remainder of the season. The San Jose Sharks assigned both Matt Tennyson and Matt Nieto to the AHL just before the deadline and recalled them just after making both eligible. Because San Jose received no salary cap relief for the transactions neither player was required to report to Worcester. The recall of both counts against the four non-emergency recalls that San Jose gets to use post trade deadline, but with unlimited emergency recalls and the other newer roster rules in the current CBA San Jose shouldn’t (and won’t) have any issue getting players as needed. To complete the record, the AHL’s trade deadline is this upcoming Wednesday at 3pm EDT.

The WorSharks have had issues giving up goals on the first shot of games, doing it about a half dozen times this season. A couple games ago a Worcester fan jokingly (or maybe not so jokingly) tweeted that the WorSharks decided to change things up a little and give up a goal on the first shot of the second period. Neither of those things happened Friday night, but instead it was the first–and for a huge portion of the stanza, only–shot of the third period that tied the score for the P-Bruins.

BTW, the last Worcester Sharks OT goal? January 11, 2013 by Nick Petrecki vs Springfield. The WorSharks have lost their last six games that were decided in the five minute sudden death period. They’re 8-1 in the shootout this season.

The three stars of the game were
1. WOR – 12 Freddie Hamilton (g,2a,SO game winner)
2. PRO – 13 Alexander Khokhlachev (g,a)
3. PRO – 47 Malcolm Subban (no idea why; gave up four goals and allowed two in the shootout)

The Sharkspage player of the game was Yanni Gourde.

Even strength lines
Gourde/Oleksuk/Hamilton
McCarthy/Kearns/DaSilva
Hayes/Rau/Tarasov
Schwartz/Viedensky/Reid

Abeltshauser/Doherty
Davison/DeMelo
Comrie/Pelech

BOXSCORE

Worcester 2 0 2 0 – 5
Providence 1 2 1 0 – 4

1st Period-1, Worcester, Hamilton 17 (Gourde), 5:41. 2, Providence, Moore 7 (Griffith, Khokhlachev), 7:09. 3, Worcester, Gourde 4 (Hamilton, DeMelo), 16:45. Penalties-Abeltshauser Wor (tripping), 2:43; Doherty Wor (fighting), 7:06; Randell Pro (fighting), 7:06.

2nd Period-4, Providence, Spooner 6 (Campbell), 9:55. 5, Providence, Khokhlachev 16 (Spooner, Trotman), 11:48 (PP). Penalties-Moore Pro (holding), 5:28; Davison Wor (hooking), 10:43; Robins Pro (holding), 16:50.

3rd Period-6, Worcester, Viedensky 5 (DeMelo), 5:52. 7, Worcester, Tarasov 13 (Oleksuk, Hamilton), 9:37. 8, Providence, Griffith 13 11:57. Penalties-Florek Pro (hooking), 0:24; Davison Wor (hooking), 4:20; Camara Pro (high-sticking), 4:20; Flick Pro (cross-checking), 7:31; Flick Pro (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:37.

OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Gourde Wor (hooking), 2:13.

Shootout – Worcester 2 (Tarasov NG, Reid NG, DaSilva G, McCarthy NG, Hamilton G), Providence 0 (Cunningham NG, Khokhlachev NG, Spooner NG, Camara NG).
Shots on Goal-Worcester 9-9-18-1-1-38. Providence 12-7-3-1-0-23.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 5; Providence 1 / 3.
Goalies-Worcester, Grosenick 12-10-0 (23 shots-19 saves). Providence, Subban 11-7-4 (37 shots-33 saves).
A-9,363
Referees-T.J. Luxmore (49), Jon McIsaac (45).
Linesmen-Ed Boyle (81), Kevin Keenan (22).

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WorSharks end seven game skid with 2-1 win over Bridgeport

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Sunday, March 2, 2014

The Worcester Sharks went into Saturday night’s contest against Bridgeport without a win in their seven games since the AHL’s All Star break, and with the Sound Tigers in the midst of a seven game winning streak of their own and them getting NHL goaltender Kevin Poulin down from the New York Islanders odds weren’t that good that the Worcester losing streak would end, but WorSharks netminder Harri Sateri made Travis Oleksuk’s late first period tie-breaking goal stand up the rest of the way as Worcester shocked the Sound Tigers 2-1 at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut in front of 5,711 fans.


Worcester Sharks forward Travis Oleksuk made his first game winning goal in his pro career count
as his late first period strike held up as the WorSharks ended a seven game losing streak with a
2-1 win over Bridgeport Saturday night. The goal was Olesuk's 12th on the season.
File photo courtesy of TEAMSHRED

For video highlights we’ll use the Sound Tigers YouTube channel. For a game with only three goals it’s inexcusable to not show all of them, but with no highlight packages on AHLlive.com or sendittonews.com this is what’s available

Scratches for the WorSharks were Sena Acolatse (leg), J.P. Anderson (finger), John McCarthy (lower body), Matt Pelech (hand), Lane Scheidl, and Rylan Schwartz. Troy Grosenick was the back-up goaltender.

There was only one fight in the contest, with Taylor Doherty taking on Brett Gallant in an pretty even battle about half way through the first period. Two other times the flame almost got to the powder keg sending the game spiraling out of control of the officials. The first was at the 2:23 mark of the second period when Eriah Hayes ran over Sound Tigers goaltender Kevin Poulin in a hit reminiscent of Logan Couture’s charging major against Hartford netminder Matt Zaba several years ago in the AHL’s Calder Cup playoffs. Cooler head’s prevailed and Hayes was sent off for goaltender interference. The second time was at 7:40 of the third period when Dan DaSilva was leveled on a hit by Bridgeport defenseman Matt Donovan on an offside play. As the players got together DaSilva, who was at that point laying on his back, got up and skated directly over to Bridgeport winger Joe Diamond, pulled him out of the pile, and cross-checked him in the head. Credit the officials for keeping the peace on that one as DaSilva was ejected and given a major for cross-checking. One can expect DaSilva will be hearing from the AHL soon.

Video review was used once in the game, although the WorSharks would have loved to have seen it used a second time. It was used after DaSilva thought he had scored short side on Poulin during the first period. The video on AHLlive was too grainy to tell, but referee Fred Leblanc had access to much better video, and after a long delay ruled no-goal. The time it should have been used was late in the third period when Bracken Kearns threw a centering pass that appeared to deflect off the skate of Daniil Tarasov and into the net. The goal was waved off by the front referee, but the back referee apparently saw it differently. After a brief conference between the two no-goal was the call. Worcester head coach Roy Sommer was livid and demanded an explanation, and shockingly–or perhaps not so much–neither official went to video replay to confirm the call on the ice.

Sommer was unhappy with many incidents in the game, and was quite frank in comments to Worcester Telegram and Gazette reporter Bill Ballou: “They tried to do it again to us,” said Sommer of the officials, “and you can put that in the paper. Tarasov never touched that puck, and how could that hit on DaSilva not have been a penalty? He might have a concussion.” More from Tarasov via Ballou: “I never touched it,” Tarasov said. “If they could do a replay, they would have seen that, but the ref said it wasn’t something they could review.” As Sharkspage found on recently, that is most definitely something that can be reviewed.

The three stars of the game were
1. WOR – 12 Freddie Hamilton (g)
2. WOR – 35 Harri Sateri (25 saves)
3. BRI – 39 Joe Diamond (g)

The Sharkspage player of the game was Travis Oleksuk.

Even strength lines, courtesy of Michael Fornabaio (Connecticut Post)
Tarasov/Kearns/Hamilton
Gourde/Oleksuk/DaSilva
Livingston/Viedensky/Reid
Bonneau/Rau/Hayes

Davison/Comrie
Abeltshauser/Doherty
Petrecki/DeMelo

BOXSCORE

Worcester 2 0 0 – 2
Bridgeport 1 0 0 – 1
1st Period-1, Worcester, Hamilton 16 (Tarasov, Petrecki), 5:38. 2, Bridgeport, Diamond 7 7:39. 3, Worcester, Oleksuk 12 (DaSilva, Gourde), 19:46. Penalties-Davison Wor (high-sticking), 2:08; Doherty Wor (fighting), 9:54; Gallant Bri (fighting), 9:54; Sundstrom Bri (tripping), 13:59.

2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Hayes Wor (goaltender interference), 2:23; Donovan Bri (slashing), 11:19; Hayes Wor (interference), 14:40.

3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-DaSilva Wor (major – cross-checking, game misconduct – cross-checking), 7:40; Johnson Bri (roughing), 7:40.

Shots on Goal-Worcester 14-8-5-27. Bridgeport 8-8-10-26.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 2; Bridgeport 0 / 4.
Goalies-Worcester, Sateri 13-19-1 (26 shots-25 saves). Bridgeport, Poulin 0-1-0 (27 shots-25 saves).
A-5,711
Referees-Jarrod Ragusin (54), Fred Leblanc (30).
Linesmen-Mike Baker (11), Glen Cooke (6).

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WorSharks losing streak hits seven in 6-4 loss to Portland

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Friday, February 28, 2014

The Worcester Sharks certainly have found the easiest way to lose games after once again allowing the opponent to score on their first shot of the game–the third time in four contests the WorSharks have done that–and then after failing to score on an extended five on three situation the only thing really in doubt was the final score as Worcester dropped a 6-4 decision to the Portland Pirates Thursday night at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in front of a crowd of 1,731.


Former WorSharks forward Tim Kennedy (#13) and current Worcester winger Eriah
Hayes (#18) battle for a loose puck during the WorSharks 6-4 loss to Portland
Thursday night. The loss pushed Worcester's losing streak to seven games.
Photo courtesy of Ron Morin/Portland Pirates)

For video highlights we’ll point to AHLlive.com

Scratches for Worcester were Sena Acolatse (leg), J.P. Anderson (upper body), John McCarthy (lower body), Matt Pelech (hand), Rylan Schwartz, and Jimmy Bonneau (upper body). Harri Sateri was the backup goaltender. During this writer’s hockey vacation last week Bracken Kearns and Matt Tennyson switched locations, with Kearns coning back east while Tennyson was summoned to sit in the press box for San Jose.

From the Worcester Sharks press release: “(Wor)Sharks have been outscored 35-10 in the seven game losing streak having scored just 10 goals on 238 shots…the (Wor)Sharks have not had a lead in 420 minutes.” Let’s be blunt here, those stats show how poorly this team is coached. They finally have enough offensive talent to compete and after a handful of weeks head coach Roy Sommer has basically once again killed his team. At what point will San Jose say “enough is enough” and get rid of their perpetually failing minor league head coach? Well, for this writer it needs to be on Thursday, March 27th. That will be, presuming no WorSharks games are postponed, the day after Sommer breaks the AHL record for most games coach, currently held by Frank Mathers. Sommer is already the losingest coach in American Hockey League history at 581 career losses.

The three stars of the game were
1. POR – 16 Brendan Shinnimin (2g)
2. POR – 9 Tobias Rieder (2g,a)
3. POR – 20 Rostislav Klesla (2a)

The Sharkspage player of the game was Yanni Gourde.

BOXSCORE

Worcester 1 1 2 – 4
Portland 2 3 1 – 6

1st Period-1, Portland, Hextall 9 (Martinook, Rieder), 5:13. 2, Worcester, Oleksuk 11 (Gourde, Doherty), 8:05. 3, Portland, Shinnimin 7 (Yip, Klesla), 11:26. Penalties-Werek Por (tripping), 2:52; Martinook Por (tripping), 11:36; Hagel Por (double minor – high-sticking), 14:02; Kennedy Por (cross-checking), 15:27.

2nd Period-4, Portland, Rieder 19 (Yip, Miele), 12:28 (PP). 5, Worcester, Abeltshauser 4 (Gourde), 15:18 (SH). 6, Portland, Miele 22 (Brown, Klesla), 15:29 (PP). 7, Portland, Shinnimin 8 (Lessio, Todd), 17:14. Penalties-Petrecki Wor (double minor – high-sticking), 9:28; Davison Wor (holding, fighting), 13:52; Lane Por (fighting), 13:52; Petrecki Wor (slashing), 18:40.

3rd Period-8, Worcester, Livingston 4 (Doherty, Viedensky), 1:04. 9, Worcester, Davison 2 (Reid, Livingston), 4:29. 10, Portland, Rieder 20 19:31 (EN). Penalties-Livingston Wor (interference), 15:36.

Shots on Goal-Worcester 20-10-9-39. Portland 7-9-6-22.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 5; Portland 2 / 5.
Goalies-Worcester, Grosenick 11-10-0 (21 shots-16 saves). Portland, Visentin 13-16-4 (39 shots-35 saves).
A-1,731
Referees-Graham Skilliter (48), Brett Montsion (80).
Linesmen-Jeremy Lovett (78), Joe Ross (92).

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Worsharks lose 8-0 to Binghamton, worse loss in franchise history

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Sunday, February 16, 2014

Binghamton, NY – The Worcester Sharks (23-21-3-1, 50pts) lost by eight goals for the first time in team history with a 8-0 defeat to the East Division leading Binghamton Senators (31-15-1-3, 66pts) in front of 4,272 fans at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday evening. The Sharks wrap up their season long five game road trip (1-3-0-0) on Sunday afternoon at 3pm in Springfield.

Seven different goals scorers lit the lamp for the Senators while rookie goaltender Andrew Hammond made 29 saves for his first professional shutout. Harri Sateri allowed eight goals on 37 shots as Worcester has now been outscored 13-1 in the two games after the All-Star break.

The high flying Senators took a 2-0 lead in the first period as Stephane Da Costa (13th) fired a one-timer past Harri Sateri at 5:15 after a great feed from Mike Hoffman and Jim O’Brien (11th) snapped home a rebound strike at 16:49. Worcester outshot Binghamton 13-10 in the opening frame.

Four different goal scorers for Binghamton found the back of the net in the middle frame; Cole Schneider (17th) at 4:48, Mike Sdao (3rd) at 6:42, Shane Prince (16th) at 16:13, and Mike Stone (10th) at 19:32 gave the Senators a 6-0 lead through 40 minutes. The Senators outshot the Sharks 17-8 in a period that saw three separate altercations as Jimmy Bonneau (12th FM), Yanni Gourde, and Nick Petrecki (2nd) all dropped the mitts for a frustrated Worcester hockey club.

Mike Sdao (4th) at 4:25 and Mike Puempel (18th) on the power play at 11:34 finished off the scoring on Sateri and the Sharks in the third period as Andrew Hammond made eight more saves for his 1st professional shutout as Worcester fell 8-0.

The Sharks overall record falls to 23-21-3-1, 50pts and 11-12-3-0, 25pts on the road.

Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Mike Stone (1-1-2) 2nd star: Mike Sdao (2-0-2, FM) 1st star: Andrew Hammond (29 save shutout)… Final shots were 37-29 in favor of Binghamton…Andrew Hammond made 29 saves on 29 shots for Binghamton… Harri Sateri made 29 saves on 37 shots for Worcester…. Worcester went 0-for-3 on the power play while Binghamton went 1-for-5… James Livingston (ill), Matt Pelech (inj), John McCarthy (inj), Marek Viedensky (inj), and Konrad Abeltshauser did not dress for Worcester… it was the first time the Sharks played in Binghamton since a 5-2 win on Dec 11, 2011….the Sharks arrived at their hotel after 4am on Saturday after the 5.5 hour trip from Manchester….Rylan Schwartz is the only Sharks player to play in all 48 games…. Daniil Tarasov returned to the lineup after missing the last nine games due to injury….athletic trainer Matt White was behind the bench for his 1,000th professional hockey game….Adam Comrie, who dressed as a forward, was the only skater that was not a minus player for Worcester.

Press release courtesy of the Worcester Sharks.

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WorSharks crowned by Monarchs, lose 5-1

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Worcester Sharks started off their post All-Star break schedule the exactly opposite as they wanted to–sleepwalking through a 5-1 loss to the Manchester Monarchs Friday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire in front of 4,595 fans. Freddie Hamilton scored the lone goal for the WorSharks, while Troy Grosenick had 38 saves in a vain attempt to keep his squad in the contest. It was a game where the score makes it look closer than it really was. 2012–13 Dudley “Red” Garrett Memorial Award (AHL rookie of the year) winner Tyler Toffoli had a hat trick for Manchester, while Linden Vey added four assists for the Monarchs.


Freddie Hamilton scored the loan goal in the Worcester Sharks 5-1 loss to
Manchester Friday night. It took until the middle of the third period for the
WorSharks to match the Monarchs first period shot total (18).
File photo courtesy of TEAMSHRED

For video highlights we’ll look toward the Manchester Monarchs YouTube channel.

Scratches for Worcester were J.P. Anderson (upper body), Jimmy Bonneau, Adam Comrie (travel), Matt Pelech (hand), Daniil Tarasov (concussion), and Marek Viedensky (unknown injury). Harri Sateri was the back-up netminder. Worcester went with seven defensemen in the game. During the All Star break the WorSharks released Scott Fleming from his PTO and returned him to the Fort Wayne Komets (ECHL). They also reassigned Tyler Gron to the Ontario Reign (ECHL). Fleming is a player that has more then enough talent to play in the AHL, but with the return of both John McCarthy and Eriah Hayes there was simply no spot in the line-up for him. Gron, on a two way AHL/ECHL contract with Worcester, will be playing with his fourth team of the season in the Reign as he also played with the now defunct San Francisco Bulls (ECHL) and started the season with the Idaho Steelheads (ECHL). With the huge snowstorm that whacked the New England region Thursday into Friday Comrie got grounded in South Carolina.

The away loss to start the unofficial second half of the season isn’t a shock, as every time the Worcester Sharks take to the road immediately following the All Star break they have lost. They are 0-4-1 in those games, with losses in Philadelphia (who now plays in Adirondack), Syracuse, St John’s, and Portland. The loss to the Pirates last season was in a shootout. In a statistical oddity, the WorSharks are a perfect 3-0-0 at home, with wins over Bridgeport, Springfield, and Manchester.

The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the WorSharks, who had to take a five-plus hour bus ride from Manchester overnight to get to Binghamton for Saturday night’s game against the Senators. From there, another three-plus hour ride back east to Springfield for Sunday’s tilt against the Falcons. And as one would expect from AHL scheduling, both the Sens and Falcons will be resting comfortably in their beds as Worcester busses across the northeast.

There is some possible good news for the WorSharks as it appears Daniil Tarasov will be ready to return from his concussion Saturday. His potential return was mentioned a couple times last night by Eric Lindquist during the radio broadcast of the game, and Sharkspage minion Tyler Lowell posted via twitter that Tarasov will be returning.

The three stars of the game were
1. MCH – 26 Tyler Toffoli (hat trick)
2. MCH – 9 Linden Vey (4a)
3. WOR – 1 Troy Grosenick (38 saves)

The Sharkspage player of the game was Freddie Hamilton.

Even strength lines
Gourde/Oleksuk/DaSilva
Scheidl/Hamilton/Hayes
McCarthy/Rau/Reid
(many)/Schwartz/Livingston

Abeltshauser/Acolatse
Davison/Tennyson
Petrecki/Doherty
DeMelo

BOXSCORE

Worcester 0 1 0 – 1
Manchester 1 2 2 – 5

1st Period-1, Manchester, Weal 12 (O’Brien, Vey), 8:25 (PP). Penalties-Gourde Wor (hooking), 7:01; Hayes Wor (hooking), 13:34; Vey Mch (tripping), 17:07; Bodnarchuk Mch (hooking), 19:31.

2nd Period-2, Worcester, Hamilton 14 (Rau, Acolatse), 1:33 (PP). 3, Manchester, Toffoli 11 (Bodnarchuk, Vey), 11:18. 4, Manchester, Pearson 17 (Deslauriers, Shore), 14:17 (PP). Penalties-LoVerde Mch (interference), 1:10; Petrecki Wor (holding), 12:36; Doherty Wor (double minor – high-sticking), 12:50.

3rd Period-5, Manchester, Toffoli 12 (Vey), 11:03. 6, Manchester, Toffoli 13 (Vey), 14:34. Penalties-Petrecki Wor (cross-checking, roughing), 16:50; O’Neill Mch (roughing), 16:50.

Shots on Goal-Worcester 6-5-13-24. Manchester 18-10-15-43.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 1 / 3; Manchester 2 / 6.
Goalies-Worcester, Grosenick 11-6-0 (43 shots-38 saves). Manchester, Jones 13-3-2 (24 shots-23 saves).
A-4,595
Referees-Trevor Hanson (47), Jean-Philippe Sylvain (16).
Linesmen-Landon Bathe (80), Kevin Keenan (22).

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