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TONIGHT'S GAME PREVIEW: BEARS at SHARKS


01/16/2013 -

TONIGHT’S GAME NOTES

HERSHEY BEARS at WORCESTER SHARKS
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 7:00 PM
DCU Center

REFEREES: Tim Mayer (#19) & Mark Lemelin (#41)
LINESMEN:
 Chris Millea (#33) & Jack Millea (#23)

BEARS vs. SHARKS: The HERSHEY BEARS are on the road for a mid-week matchup against the Worcester Sharks, the club’s second visit to the state of Massachusetts this season. The BEARS and Sharks meet up for the second time in 10 days, and for the third of four regular-season contests. Worcester is the top AHL developmental affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.

 

ALL-TIME: The two teams clash tonight for the 15th time in history. The BEARS have an all-time record of 4-7-3 (W – L/OTL – T/SOL) against the Sharks. HERSHEY posted a record of 0-1-0-1 against Worcester last season.

 

THE LAST TIME: The BEARS and Sharks faced off against each other at GIANT Center on January 6, with the Sharks pulling out a 2-1 victory. Both goaltenders – HERSHEY’s Braden Holtby and Worcester’s Alex Stalock – played a solid game, but the Sharks’ power play became the difference once again. Matt Tennyson struck first for the visitors, cutting down the slot and one-timing a pass from Jon Matsumoto past Holtby with 1:41 left in the first period. Matsumoto expanded the Sharks’ lead to 2-0 at the 6:22 mark of the second period, rifling a drop pass from Brodie Reid over the glove of Holtby. James Sheppard earned assists on both Worcester goals. The BEARS then finally solved Stalock, who turned aside all 21 shots through the first two periods, with a tally early in the third. Jeff Taffe scored from the slot, one-timing a pass from Jon DiSalvatore over Stalock’s blocker. The BEARS still had 15:12 worth of time to get the tying goal, but Stalock stayed sharp – particularly when Worcester’s Mike Brennan took a holding penalty with 1:41 left. The BEARS pulled Holtby for a sixth attacker and applied relentless pressure, but Stalock and the penalty kill held the fort for the win.

 

2012-13 SEASON SERIES:

Sat. December 15, 2012

WORCESTER

GIANT Center

3-4 SOL

Sun. January 6, 2013

WORCESTER

GIANT Center

1-2 L

Wed. January 16, 2013

@Worcester

DCU Center

 

Sun. March 24, 2013

@Worcester

DCU Center

 

 

RECENT RECAPS: The BEARS are coming off of their most successful weekend at home, having defeated the Connecticut Whale both Saturday and Sunday. After a 4-3 shootout win on Saturday, which gave Philipp Grubauer his first AHL victory, the BEARS’ offense erupted in the opening period in Sunday’s rematch. Cam Talbot faced 17 HERSHEY shots in the Connecticut net, and was beaten on four of them. Barry Almeida started things off, firing a low shot off of a Whale turnover low to Talbot’s glove side just 42 seconds into the game. The Whale then got themselves into serious penalty trouble, giving the BEARS four consecutive power plays in the final nine minutes of the period. HERSHEY made them pay, scoring on three of the four chances. The first opportunity was a two-man advantage that could have lasted for a span of 1:29, but the BEARS made quick work of the chance. Tomas Kundratek one-timed a pass from Zach Hamill past the stick side of Talbot at 11:58 to open up a 2-0 lead. Despite not converting on the second part of the five-on-three, Jon DiSalvatore backhanded a shot from the slot over Talbot’s glove at 15:39 while Connecticut blueliner Dylan McIlrath was serving a kneeing minor. Michael Haley then applied a hit from behind on T.J. Syner, earning a boarding penalty late in the period. The newest member of the BEARS – defenseman Tom Poti, an 808-game NHL veteran making his AHL debut on a conditioning loan – then tapped a third chance past Talbot at the top of the crease, giving the BEARS a 4-0 lead. Dany Sabourin, who stopped all four shots he faced, left the game with a minor injury and was replaced by Grubauer in the second. Grubuaer would stop all 23 shots sent his way, Garrett Mitchell added a third-period goal for good measure, and the BEARS cruised to a 5-0 victory. It was the first team shutout in modern-day BEARS history.

 

Worcester is coming off of their fourth straight loss against the Portland Pirates, a 3-1 setback on Sunday at DCU Center. Harri Sateri played a strong game in goal for Worcester, stopping 38 of 40 shots to keep the Sharks in the game. Brett Hextall opened the scoring at 17:24 of the first, but Worcester’s Brodie Reid tied the game at 12:58 of the second with his eighth goal of the season. Chris Conner ended up netting the eventual game-winner just under three minutes later, and Jordan Szwarz hit the empty net with 29 seconds left to seal the win. The Sharks are 10-8-0-1 in their last 19 games, with four of the losses coming against division-rival Portland.

 

EAST DIVISION STANDINGS (as of January 16):

POS

TEAM

GP

W

L

OTL

SOL

PTS

WIN%

GF

GA

1.

Syracuse

37

24

8

2

3

53

.716

131

100

2.

Binghamton

35

23

8

1

3

50

.714

113

86

3.

HERSHEY

38

19

17

1

1

40

.526

100

92

4.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

38

18

17

2

1

39

.513

91

96

5.

Norfolk

36

14

19

2

1

31

.431

89

111

 

HEAD TO HEAD: Worcester’s Jon Matsumoto has enjoyed his two games against the BEARS, scoring twice and setting up three other goals for the head-to-head scoring lead. Forward James Sheppard (2-2-4) and defenseman Matt Tennyson (1-3-4) have four points each. For the BEARS, Jeff Taffe (1-1-2) and Jon DiSalvatore (0-2-2) lead the way.

 

POTI POTS PPG IN AHL DEBUT: Defenseman Tom Poti, loaned by Washington for conditioning earlier in the day, netted a power-play goal and three shots on goal in his AHL debut. Poti was a third-round selection of the Edmonton Oilers in 1996.

 

HE WAS BARRY GOOD: LW Barry Almeida was summoned from the ECHL’s Reading Royals on Saturday morning and immediately contributed, leading the BEARS with five points (1-4-5) in two games.

 

KUNDRATEK CLIMBING: D Tomas Kundratek scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season and sixth power-play goal of the campaign on Sunday against Connecticut, his former team. After coming to the BEARS last November, Kundratek recorded (12-11-23) in 55 games. He has matched those exact numbers at the halfway point of this season.

 

TEAM RECORDS SHUTOUT: For the first time since modern records were kept, a pair of HERSHEY goaltenders split duties in the team’s 5-0 win over Connecticut on Sunday. Dany Sabourin stopped four shots in the first period, and was replaced by Philipp Grubauer – who turned aside all 23 shots he faced.

 

GRUBAUER SHINES: Goaltender Philipp Grubauer posted a save percentage of .948 over five regulation periods and an overtime this weekend (55 saves on 58 shots), winning his first career AHL game on Saturday against Connecticut in a shootout and taking over for Dany Sabourin for the final two periods in Sunday’s rematch.

 

SET AND MATCHED: The BEARS set one season high and matched two others this weekend. On Sunday, the BEARS recorded their largest margin of victory in 2012-13 with a 5-0 win over Connecticut. The team also matched two season highs on Saturday: most goals scored in a period (4) and most shots recorded in a period (17).

 

INSTANT CLASSIC: The BEARS and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will take to the elements at HERSHEYPARK Stadium in just five days in the Capital BlueCross AHL Outdoor Classic. The two team’s alumni will face off on Saturday, January 19 at 3:00 PM, with the Classic puck drop slated for 5:00 PM on January 20. It will be the second consecutive season that the BEARS will play outdoors, and the first time in team history at home.

 

BEARS vs. SHARKS – TEAM LEADERS:

 

HERSHEY

Worcester

Games Played

Garrett Mitchell, Tomas Kundratek (38)

Freddie Hamilton (37)

Goals

Tomas Kundratek (12)

Tim Kennedy (12)

Assists

Jeff Taffe (27)

Tim Kennedy (18)

Points

Jeff Taffe (35)

Tim Kennedy (30)

PIMs

Steve Oleksy (111)

Matt Pelech (133)

Plus/Minus

Garrett Mitchell (+12)

Tim Kennedy (+5)

Power-Play Goals

Tomas Kundratek (6)

Bracken Kearns (6)

Shorthanded Goals

Garrett Mitchell (2)

Yanni Gourde (1)

Game-Winning Goals

Zach Hamill (3)

Jon Matsumoto (3)

     

Wins

Dany Sabourin (6)

Alex Stalock (12)

Goals-Against Average

Philipp Grubauer (1.77)

Alex Stalock (2.78)

Save Percentage

Philipp Grubauer (.940)

Harri Sateri (.909)

 

BEARS vs. SHARKS – SPECIAL TEAMS:

 

HERSHEY

Worcester

Power Play

27-for-178 (15.2%) –20th in AHL

30-for-179 (16.8%) – 17th in AHL

Penalty Kill

142-for-169 (84.0%) – 15th in AHL

138-for-169 (81.7%) – 20th in AHL

 

BEARS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

1/15/13

ADD

D

Cameron Schilling

Returned on loan from Washington (NHL)

1/15/13

ADD

G

Drew MacIntyre

Signed to PTO

1/14/13

DEL

RW

Alex Berry

Returned on loan to Reading (ECHL)

1/14/13

DEL

D

Brett Flemming

Reassigned by Washington (NHL) to Reading (ECHL)

1/14/13

DEL

RW

Stanislav Galiev

Reassigned by Washington (NHL) to Reading (ECHL)

1/13/13

DEL

G

Braden Holtby

Recalled from loan by Washington (NHL)

1/13/13

DEL

D

Cameron Schilling

Recalled from loan by Washington (NHL)

1/13/13

ADD

D

Tom Poti

Conditioning loan from Washington (NHL)

1/12/13

ADD

LW

Barry Almeida

Recalled from loan to Reading (ECHL)

1/12/13

ADD

RW

Matt Pope

Recalled from loan to Reading (ECHL)

1/12/13

ADD

RW

Alex Berry

Recalled from loan to Reading (ECHL)

 

SHARKS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

1/15/13

ADD

D

William Wrenn

Signed to PTO

1/14/13

DEL

LW

Andy Bombach

Released from PTO

1/14/13

ADD

C

Michael Pelech

Signed to PTO

1/13/13

ADD

LW

Andy Bombach

Signed to PTO

1/13/13

DEL

C

Bracken Kearns

Recalled from loan by San Jose (NHL)

1/13/13

DEL

LW

Frazer McLaren

Recalled from loan by San Jose (NHL)

1/13/13

DEL

LW

John McCarthy

Recalled from loan by San Jose (NHL)

1/13/13

DEL

D

Matt Irwin

Recalled from loan by San Jose (NHL)

1/13/13

DEL

D

Matt Pelech

Recalled from loan by San Jose (NHL)

1/13/13

DEL

D

Matt Tennyson

Recalled from loan by San Jose (NHL)

1/12/13

ADD

D

Sacha Guimond

Signed to PTO

1/9/13

ADD

LW

Patrick Rissmiller

Signed to PTO

 

BEARS AMONG THE AHL:

C Jeff Taffe: T,3rd – assists (27); T,8th – scoring (8-27-35).

RW Garrett Mitchell: T,3rd – SH goals (2).

D Tomas Kundratek: 3rd (D) – goals (12); 3rd (D) – power-play goals (6); T,8th (D) – scoring (12-11-23).

D Steve Oleksy: 5th (D) – PIM (111).

 

SHARKS AMONG THE AHL:

C James Sheppard: T,1st – shootout goals (4).

G Alex Stalock: T,3rd – shootout wins (3).

D Matt Tennyson: T,2nd (R) – power-play assists (11); T,4th (R) – PP points (2-11-13).

D Matt Pelech: 2nd (D) – PIM (133).



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