“Worcester Sharks Weekly”…Sharks continue push to Calder Cup Playoffs


Worcester Sharks goalie Carter Hutton made 37 saves Sunday afternoon in Manchester for a 3-2 Sharks win. Photo courtesy of sharksahl.com

The Worcester Sharks road to the Calder Cup Playoffs hit a couple of speed bumps this weekend as the Sharks lost two of their three games to fall to 32-26-4-8 with 76 points and now trail the Connecticut Whale by four points for the third and final guaranteed playoff spot in the Atlantic Division of the AHL Eastern Conference with only 10 games remaining in the 80-game AHL season.

The Sharks three games in as many days started Friday evening as the Sharks traveled to Providence to play the Providence Bruins at the Dunkin Donuts Center, where the Sharks were defeated 4-1 and tied a franchise record by allowing 56 shots on net.  Sharks goalie Carter Hutton stopped 30-out-of-33 shots in his two periods of work and backup goalie Harri Sateri stopped 23-out-of-24 shots in the third period in his North America debut.  The only highlights of the game for the Sharks were forward John McCarthy scoring his third goal of the season off a rebound at 7:19 of the third period to extend his point streak to four games and forward Tommy Wingels extending his point streak to four games as he was credited with an assist on the McCarthy goal.

On Saturday evening, the Sharks traveled to Wilkes-Barre Scranton to play the AHL points leading Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza and despite jumping out to a 1-0 and 2-1 lead, the Sharks were defeated 5-3 by the Penguins.  Wingels extended his point streak to five games as he scored his 16th goal of the season and McCarthy extended his point streak to five games as he picked up an assist. Sharks forwards Cam MacIntyre and Dan DaSilva scored their fourth and 15th goals of the season respectively and forward Jamie McGinn racked up 14 penalty minutes in a game that saw 22 penalties.  Sateri stopped 21-out-of-25 shots in his first professional start in net.

On Sunday afternoon, the Sharks traveled to Manchester to play the Manchester Monarchs at the Verizon Wireless Arena and skated away with a 3-2 victory.  Hutton stopped 37-out-of-39 shots, including several jaw-dropping saves late in the game, Wingels extended his point streak to six games with an assist and Sharks forward Benn Ferriero had a two goal night, his 14th and 15th goals of the season.  Forward Patrick Davis also scored for the Sharks with his fifth goal of the season.


Newly signed Worcester Shark Nathan Longpre. Photo courtesy of RMUColonials.com


Just before the game Saturday evening in Wilkes-Barre Scranton, the Sharks signed Nathan Longpre to an ATO {Amateur Tryout Contract}.  Longpre, who just wrapped up his senior year at Robert Morris University, is the 46th roster player for the Sharks this season and was assigned 46 as his jersey number.

In his four years at RMU, Longpre played in 136 games, recording 138 points {47 goals, 73 assists} and amassed 91 penalty minutes. Longpre, who was just named to the Atlantic Hockey Association {AHA} first team, guided RMU to a program record 18 wins while leading the team in points.  Longpre finished the season ranked 18th nationally in points per game, 11th in assists per game, 17th in game winning goals and tied for fourth overal in the AHA in total points.  Of his four game winning goals in 2010-11, three of the goals were scored against conference rivals.

Longpre became the second RMU player to reach 100 career points and his 42 points this season {14 goals, 28 assists} were fourth most in a single season at RMU.  Longpre also posted the second longest point streak in school history by earning a point in nine consecutive games.

Nathan will go down as one of the top offensive players ever to play at Robert Morris,” said RMU head coach Derek Schooley in an interview with the RMU athletic site.  “As our all-time leading scorer, he had a senior season that produced career bests in points and goals.  He is a very good offensive player that uses his speed and body well to create space in getting to the net.  His overall game got better as he got older and is a very responsible player in both ends of the rink.”

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