Worcester Sharks weekly…Calder Cup, milestones, rookies and charity


Photo courtesy of http://www.sharksahl.com

The Worcester Sharks kept their AHL Calder Cup Playoff hopes alive by winning two of their three games this weekend to improve to 36-29-4-8 with 84 points and remain just two points behind the Connecticut Whale for the third and final guaranteed playoff spot in the Atlantic Division of the AHL Easter Conference with only three games {one home, two away} left in the 80 game AHL season.

The Sharks three-in-three weekend started Friday night at the DCU Center as the Sharks hosted the visiting Manchester Monarchs and skated away with a 2-0 victory.  Sharks forward John McCarthy scored both goals, his fifth and sixth of the season, forward Brandon Mashinter assisted on both goals and Sharks goalie Carter Hutton made 27 saves in net for his second shutout this season.

On Saturday night, the Sharks hosted the Providence Bruins in front 8,075 fans, the second largest crowd in franchise history, but were defeated 4-1.  Sharks forward T.J. Trevelyan scored the lone goal for the Sharks, his 17th of the season, at 19:04 of the first period to tie the game at 1-1 and Hutton made 22 saves in net in the loss.  The 8,075 attendance figure pushed the Sharks over the 160,000 mark, guaranteeing the Sharks will average better than 4,000 a game for the first time in three seasons.  Their official overall attendance is 160,173 through 39 games, averaging 4,107.  Last season’s average was 3,672.

On Sunday evening, the Sharks traveled to Providence to play the Providence Bruins at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in the second game of a home-and-home and in front of 7,332 fans, the Sharks skated away with a 2-1 victory in the rematch for their 200th franchise win.  Trevelyan scored his 18th goal of the season late in the second period with the Sharks on the Power Play and Sharks forward Jamie McGinn, who assisted on the Trevelyan goal, scored his eighth goal of the season, which held up as the game-winning goal.  Sharks goalie Harri Sateri made 33 saves in net for the Sharks, including several highlight saves in the second period, to win for the first time in North America.


Earlier this week, the Worcester Sharks announced that defensemen Sena Acolatse {top left} and Taylor Doherty {top right} were signed to ATO contracts.  Acolatse, who was signed by the San Jose Sharks to an entry level contract back in March for the 2011-12 season, registered 63 points {15 goals, 48 assists} and 130 penalty minutes in 67 games for the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League {WHL}.  Acolatse was assigned number 36 and will be the first Worcester Shark ever to wear that number.

Doherty was drafted by San Jose with the 57th pick in the 2009 NHL Draft and will be the tallest Worcester Shark player in history once he is on the ice as he stands 6-foot-8 and weighs and 230 pounds.  In 68 games with the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League {OHL}, Doherty registered 53 points {14 goals, 39 assists} and 86 penalty minutes and will wear number 28 for Worcester.


Nick Petrecki's official head shot for the 2010-11 AHL season. Photo courtesy of http://www.sharksahl.com

On March 28th, Worcester Sharks President Michael A. Mudd announced that second year Sharks defenseman Nick Petrecki had been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Worcester community during the 2010-11 season.

When Sharks captain Mike Moore was on recall with San Jose earlier in the season, Petrecki helped organize the Third Annual “Give Moore for the Holidays” Toy Drive.  Petrecki rallied 100% of his teammates to participate by purchasing $3000 worth of toys for Children from Community Healthlink of Worcester and invited the recipients and their families to receive the gifts following the Sharks December 26th game.  In addition, Petrecki collected out of pocket donations from his teammates and provided $1,000 along with a Joe Thornton signed jersey to benefit paralyzed Norwood hockey player Matt Brown’s foundation, Brownie Points.

Petrecki has become the lead spokesperson for the Worcester Sharks flagship community program, “Reading is Cool” by reading books and speaking about the importance of reading to thousands of students throughout central Massachusetts, endearing himself to local educators.

Petrecki organized a post game skate with Hockey Ministries to coincide with “Faith and Family Night” and has actively sought to be involved in the Worcester Sharks season long “Locks of Love” campaign, which ended with an on ice hair cutting ceremony involving two of his Worcester Sharks teammates.

Petrecki also took the lead in this year’s Sharks community Service Day at the Columbus Park Elementary School of Worcester and spent the day renovating the school inside and out alongside Sharks players and staff.  Over $10,000 in renovations were performed including a new street hockey court, two murals and custom coat hangers and book shelves all painted teal, black and white.

Lastly, Petrecki has made several visits to Worcester area hospitals, instructed two Worcester Sharks Street brigades (street hockey clinics) and appeared in over 20 Team Community appearances.

Petrecki is now one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s 2010-11 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, honoring the overall IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year.  The league award is named after the former Hersey Bears forward and AHL All Star who died in 1997 following a 16-month battle with leukemia.  The winner of the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award will be announced by the American Hockey League in the coming weeks.



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