“Worcester Sharks Weekly”…Sharks struggle and Bay Area prospect signed


Kevin Henderson scored the game-winning goal Saturday night for the Worcester Sharks against the Charlotte Checkers. Photo courtesy of Sharksahl.com

With playoff spots and aspirations on the line, the Worcester Sharks hit a stumbling block this week, losing three-out-of-four games, three of which were at home, and only earned three points out of a possible eight.  The Sharks are now 28-23-4-8 with 68 points and have fallen two points out of third place for the last guaranteed playoff spot in the Atlantic Division.

After a hard fought win over the Manchester Monarchs last Sunday, the Sharks traveled to Portland to play the Portland Pirates Tuesday night at the Cumberland County Civic Center.  The game could not have gone worse for the Sharks as they fell behind 3-0 in the first period and ended up losing 6-2.  Forward Dan DaSilva, who had a two-point night, and defensemen Sean Sullivan scored their 12th goals of the season for the Sharks and Tyson Sexsmith made 23 saves in net.  Also, forward Frazer McLaren moved into second place all-time in Worcester Sharks history in penalty minutes as he was assessed nine in the loss, giving him 390 for his career.

On Friday night, the Sharks were back home at the DCU Center to host the Monarchs and despite jumping out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to goals by forwards Benn Ferriero and Andrew Desjardins, their 13th and 12th goals of the season respectively, the Sharks lost 3-2 as the Monarchs scored three unanswered goals, including the game-winner in overtime by Oscar Moller, his 17th goal of the season.  The game was highlighted by three fights, including a nine player brawl in the second period that erupted after the Monarchs charged Sexsmith, who made 28 saves in net for the Sharks.  The brawl can be viewed on the Worcester Sharks Youtube channel by clicking here.

On Saturday night, the Sharks hosted the Charlotte Checkers and earned a hard fought 2-0 victory as Sharks goalie Daren Machesney stood on his head and made 34 saves in net for his second shutout of the season.  Sharks forward Kevin Henderson scored his sixth goal of the season at 12:15 of the first period, which ended up being the game winner.  Tommy Wingels would add an empty net goal for his 11th goal of the season with just over a minute remaining in the game to seal the win for the Sharks.

On Sunday afternoon, the Sharks hosted the Connecticut Whale in a critical game as both teams were tied with 68 points for third place and the last guaranteed playoff spot in the Atlantic Division.  However, the Whale jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and never looked back as they defeated the Sharks 7-2 to take sole possession of third place and the final guaranteed playoff spot.  Forwards Cory Quirk and Brandon Mashinter scored their third and 12th goals of the season respectively for the Sharks but it wasn’t enough as the Whale scored seven times on only 19 shots on Machesney.


Sena Acolatse in action for the Prince George Cougars of the WHL. Photo courtesy of pgcougars.com

Earlier this week, the San Jose Sharks announced they signed 20-year old defenseman Sena Acolatse of the Western Hockey League‘s {WHL} Prince George Cougars to an entry level contract, making Acolatse the first ever Bay Area prospect to be signed by the Sharks as Acolatse is originally from the San Jose area.

“We have been watching Sena for quite a while and his play has really grown this season under the guidance of Head Coach Dean Clark and his staff,” said San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson.  “It’s always exciting to add a prospect of this caliber to our organization but it is even more gratifying to know that Sena’s interest in learning to play hockey can be traced to the inception of the Sharks franchise, who were ‘born’ the same year he was.”

With the WHL season ending March 19, Sharks fans are wondering if Acolatse will join Worcester for the remainder of the season?  In seasons past, players such as Jamie McGinn, Logan Couture, Derek Joslin, Justin Braun and Nick Schaus all saw time in Worcester the same season they left their junior league in Canada or college and in most cases, made major contributions to the Sharks push in the Calder Cup playoffs.

Through 58-games with the Cougars this season, the 5’11”, 207-pound bruising defensemen leads the team in assists (42), is third in points with 56 {14 goals, 42 assists} and has racked up 119 penalty minutes due to dropping the gloves 14 times this season.  Acolatse is fourth among all WHL defensemen in scoring and is tied for 28th in assists and 30th in penalty minutes.

*Photos and information were used from www.sharksahl.com and pgcougars.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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