“Worcester Sharks Weekly” …Did the Sharks make the Calder Cup Playoffs?


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Entering the final week of the 80 game AHL regular season, the Worcester Sharks sat two points behind the Connecticut Whale for the third and final guaranteed playoff spot in the Atlantic Division of the AHL Eastern Conference.  Were the Sharks able to win out and get into the Calder Cup Playoffs?

The week started Tuesday night as the Sharks hosted the Portland Pirates in the last regular season home game at the DCU Center and unfortunately, the Sharks were defeated 2-1 in a shootout.  Sharks forward T.J. Trevelyan had the lone goal for the Sharks, his 19th of the season, at 8:19 of the third period to tie the game at 1-1 and force overtime.  The Sharks had several chances to win the game in the extra frame, including a late 4-on-3 Power Play opportunity but Pirates goalie, and former Sharks goalie, Jeff Jakaitis stood on his head and turned away shot after shot to force a shootout.  In the shootout, Jakaitis stopped all five Sharks shots and Pirates forward Mark Parrish scored the only goal in the shootout for the win.  Sharks goalie Harri Sateri made 30 saves in net and Sharks defenseman Taylor Doherty made his professional debut in the loss.

Needing a win and a Whale loss, the Sharks traveled to Charlotte on Friday night to play the Charlotte Checkers at the Time Warner Cable Arena and were eliminated from Calder Cup Playoff contention as they were defeated 2-1 by the Checkers.  After falling behind 2-0, Sharks forward John McCarthy scored his seventh goal of the season at 10:48 of the second period to cut the Checkers deficit to 2-1 heading into the second intermission.  In the third period, the Sharks outshot the Checkers 9-8 and even pulled Sateri late in the period for a 6-on-4 Power Play advantage but couldn’t convert with the two man advantage.  The closest the Sharks came to tying the game was in the opening minute of the third period when Trevelyan rang one of the crossbar.  Sateri had 25 saves in net for the Sharks.

After officially being eliminated from playoff contention, the Sharks looked to end the season on a high note with a win in their re-match with the Checkers Saturday night.  Unfortunately for the Sharks, they were defeated 6-2 by the Checkers and finished their fifth year of hockey in Worcester with a final record of 36-31-4-9 with 85 points.  After falling behind 3-0, Sharks forward Jamie McGinn scored his 9th goal of the season at 18:34 of the second period to cut the Checkers deficit to 3-1.  However, the Checkers would score three unanswered goals to extend their lead to 6-1 until Sharks forward Cory Quirk snapped a 16 game scoreless drought with his fourth goal of the season at 10:56 of the third period.  Sharks goalie Carter Hutton made 28 saves in net and Sharks defenseman Sena Acolatse made his professional debut, becoming the 50th player to suit up for the Sharks this season, a franchise record.

What hurt the Sharks playoff chances the most were the following two stats…In their last nine games, the Sharks only scored 16 goals and in their last three games, the Sharks went 0-for-13 on the Power Play.


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About Jon Allred

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

Posted on April 10, 2011, in Sports and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Miché Saaijman

    Very sad for the Worcester Sharks,but I’m sure they gave it their best shot and played their hearts out!

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