“Worcester Sharks Weekly”…Sharks are back in playoffs and staying in Worcester


Worcester Sharks John McCarthy scored two goals Sunday afternoon to lead the Sharks to a 5-4 victory over the Connecticut Whale Sunady afternoon. Photo courtesy of sharksahl.com

The Worcester Sharks finished their four game in five day stretch by winning three out of four games and earning six out of a possible eight points.  The Sharks improved their record to 31-24-4-8 with 74 points and find themselves tied with the Connecticut Whale for the third and final guaranteed playoff spot in the Atlantic Division of the AHL Eastern Conference with only 13 games left to play.

On Wednesday night, the Sharks hosted the defending Calder Cup Champions Hershey Bears at the DCU Center and skated away with a 3-2 victory to sweep the season series.  Newly acquired and Holy Cross alum Jon Landry scored his third goal of the season for Worcester while Brandon Mashinter scored his 13th goal of the season and Matt Irwin scored his tenth goal of the season, his first goal in 15 games, which turned out to be the game-winning goal.  Goalie Tyson Sexsmith made 31 saves in net for the Sharks for his second AHL win this season.

On Friday night, the Sharks traveled to Manchester to play the Manchester Monarchs at the Verizon Wireless Arena and skated away with a 3-1 victory.  Mashinter scored in his second straight game for the Sharks with his 14th goal of the season to put the Sharks up 1-0.  Tommy Wingels scored his 12th goal of the season short-handed to put the Sharks up 2-0, which turned out to be the game-winning goal, and Dan DaSilva added an empty net goal, his 13th goal of the season, with three-seconds remaining in the game to seal the win for the Sharks.  Goalie Carter Hutton made his first start in net for the Sharks since February 5 and made 34 saves for his third consecutive win in the AHL.

On Saturday night, the Sharks traveled to Hartford to play the Connecticut Whale, who the Sharks were tied with for that final playoff spot before the drop of the puck, at the XL Center.  Despite jumping out to an early 1-0 lead and a two-goal night by Wingels, his 13th and 14th goals of the season, the Sharks were defeated 4-2 by the Whale and temporarily bumped out of the playoffs.  Mashinter extended his point streak to four games and Sexsmith made 29 saves in net for the Sharks.

On Sunday afternoon, the Sharks were back home at the DCU Center to host the Whale in a rematch of Saturday night’s contest and this time, the Sharks skated away with a 5-4 victory and their first win over the Whale in six games.  John McCarthy scored his first two goals of the season for the Sharks, one of which was short-handed {Sharks are now 6-0 when scoring a short-handed goal}.  DaSilva scored his 14th goal of the season, Wingels scored in his third straight game with his first Power Play goal for his 15th goal of the season and Kevin Henderson scored his seventh goal of the season, which was the game-winning goal, at 1:49 of the third period.  Hutton made 29 saves in net for the Sharks to extend his winning streak to four games.


On Thursday, Worcester Sharks CEO Michael T. Lehr, DCU Center General Manager Sandra L. Dunn and City Manager Michael V. O’Brien, announced that Silicon Valley Sports and Entertainment {SVS&E} exercised its option to extend the license agreement with SMG and the city of Worcester for two years to keep the Sharks in Worcester.  The original contract signed in 2006 was a 10-year deal structured as a 5+2+3 (Five year lease with an option to extend for two years to 2013 and again for an additional three years to 2016).

Prior to the start of the season, O’Brien assembled a group of local business leaders, the Power Players, to rally a renewed commitment from fans and supporters throughout Greater Worcester and these individuals succeeded in obtaining commitments for new season ticket holders, flex voucher customers and corporate sponsors.

As one of 30 AHL franchises, Worcester joins an elite group of cities on an international sports stage.  To date, 35 players have catapulted from Worcester to the NHL and attendance is up 26% while ticket revenue is up 28% over last season.  Season ticket renewals for the 2011-12 season are now underway.


On Tuesday, the Sharks announced their 2010-11 Clear Day roster, which according to AHL by-laws, only allows players listed on the team’s Clear Day roster to be eligible to compete in the remainder of the AHL regular season and the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs, unless emergency conditions arise such as injury, recall or suspension.  In addition, teams may also add signed junior players, such as Sena Acolatse for the Sharks, or players on amateur tryout contracts after Clear Day, but only once their respective junior or college seasons are complete.

The Clear Day roster for the Sharks consists of 20 skaters, two goalies while there are seven skaters and one goalie on the “Players in Residence” list, meaning those players can only be used during the remainder of the regular season and playoffs if a combination of three members of the 22-man roster are injured, recalled or suspended.

ForwardsJonathan Cheechoo, Patrick Davis, Andrew Desjardins, Benn Ferriero, Kevin Henderson, Cam MacIntyre, Brandon Mashinter, John McCarthy, Jamie McGinn, Frazer McLaren, Mike Swift, T.J. Trevelyan, Tommy Wingels

Defensemen Justin Braun, Matt Irwin, Jon Landry, Mike Moore, Nick Petrecki, Nick Schaus, Sean Sullivan.

Goalies:  Carter Hutton, Alex Stalock

P.I.R.:  Dan DaSilva, Joe Loprieno, Tony Lucia, James Marcou, Daren Machesney {was released from his PTO on Thursday}, Jody Peterson, Cory Quirk, Tyson Sexsmith

*Photo and information was used from www.sharksahl.com for this post entry*


About Jon Allred

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

Posted on March 13, 2011, in Sports and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Miché Saaijman

    Awesome blog post as always! In which state of America is Worcester?

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