“Worcester Sharks Weekly”…new faces and five-game wining streak


Worceste Sharks Alternate Captain Andrew Desjardins had two goals last night against Springfield. Photo courtesy of theahl.com

What a wild and crazy week it has been for the Worcester Sharks, the American Hockey League {AHL} affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.  Worcester, which until yesterday, had been inactive on the ice since shutting out the Providence Bruins 2-0 at the DCU Center in Worcester on Feb. 5, was busy in the transactions department.  Shortly after the win over Providence, Fear the Fin reported that starting goalie Alex Stalock would be out for the rest of the season after being stepped on by Manchester MonarchsDwight King in the third period of their game on Feb. 4. Stalock suffered a sliced nerve behind his left knee.

On Feb. 6, Benn Ferriero was sent back to Worcester from San Jose after posting nine-points {5 goals, 4 assists} in 32 games with San Jose.  On Feb. 9, Worcester goalie Carter Hutton was recalled to San Jose after Antero Niittymaki was injured the night before in Washington during warm-ups.  Also, San Jose General Manager Doug Wilson made a trade that night, sending Worcester captain Jay Leach and Steven Zalewski to the New Jersey Devils for Michael Swift and Patrick Davis.

With Stalock out for the season and Hutton recalled to San Jose, Worcester had no goalies on the roster in the midst of a four-game winning streak.  Goalie Tyson Sexsmith was recalled from the Stockton Thunder of the East Coast Hockey League {ECHL} and goalie Daren Machesney was signed to a Professional Tryout {PTO} contract to fill the void left by Hutton’s recall.  Unfortunately for Worcester, Sexsmith suffered an injury in practice and the team had to sign another goalie, Billy Sauer, to a PTO contract.

The final roster moves of the week occurred yesterday afternoon when San Jose sent John McCarthy back to Worcester just in time for McCarthy to be in the line-up for Worcester’s game at Springfield and Jonathan Cheechoo was signed to his third PTO contract of the season.

As for the game against Springfield, it couldn’t have been anymore flawless for Worcester as they blanked Springfield 5-0 to extend their winning streak to a season high five games and remained one point ahead of the Connecticut Whale for the Atlantic Division’s third and final guaranteed playoff spot.

Machesney posted a 25-save shutout in his Worcester debut, marking the first time in team history Worcester has posted consecutive shutouts.  Ironically enough, Machesney was Springfield’s starting goalie for their season opener against Providence on Oct. 9 but was pulled after giving up three goals in the first 9:04 of the game, which shot his Goals Against Average {GAA} to 19.85.  With his shutout Friday night, which was the first time Springfield had been shutout all season, that number dropped to a respectable 2.61.

As for scoring, Ferriero started the onslaught with a power-play goal at 2:51 of the second period, his first Worcester goal since Nov. 19 at Manchester.  31-seconds later, Dan DaSilva made it 2-0 and Brandon Mashinter extended the lead to 3-0 55 seconds after that goal.  Andrew Desjardins {pictured at top of page} scored his first goal of the game with a power-play strike at 18:25 of the period and then scored again 40 seconds into the third period.

Worcester will be inactive until Wednesday night, where they will play in Rochester against the Rochester Americans in the second game of their five-game road trip.

*Information was used from Sharkspage.com and theahl.com for this post entry.*


About Jon Allred

Life long San Jose and Worcester Sharks fan that bleeds teal and black.

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