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TONIGHT'S GAME PREVIEW: SHARKS at BEARS


01/06/2013 -
TONIGHT’S GAME NOTES
 
WORCESTER SHARKS at HERSHEY BEARS
Sunday, January 6, 2013 - 5:00 PM
GIANT Center

REFEREES: Ryan Fraser (#14) & Jon McIsaac (#45)
LINESMEN: Leo Boylan (#97) & Jud Ritter (#34)

BEARS vs. SHARKS:  The HERSHEY BEARS and Worcester Sharks meet for the second of two matchups in Chocolatetown tonight, and for the second of four contests overall.  Worcester is the top AHL developmental affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.
 
ALL-TIME:  Tonight’s game is the 14th in regular-season history between the BEARS and Sharks.  HERSHEY holds an all-time record of 4-6-3 (W – L/OTL – T/SOL) against Worcester.
 
THE LAST TIME:  Back on December 15 at GIANT Center, the Sharks turned a 3-1 first-period deficit into a 4-3 shootout victory over the BEARS, largely due to the success of their power play.  Cameron Schilling started off the scoring, netting his third of the season just 36 seconds into the contest on a long slap shot that eluded netminder Alex Stalock.  Jon Matsumoto tied the game at 6:17, on the first of three power-play goals scored by Worcester.  Mike Carman put the BEARS back in front with his third of the year at 10:33, and Zach Hamill’s ninth goal of the campaign opened up the game at 13:26.  But James Sheppard would take over for the Worcester offense, scoring a power-play goal in the second and third periods to knot the score.  The BEARS had the advantage in the scoreless overtime, outshooting the Sharks 3-0.  In the shootout, Matsumoto was the only player to find the back of the net for either team, as he beat Braden Holtby in the fourth round.  Stalock turned aside all five BEARS shooters to give the Sharks the win.
 
2012-13 SEASON SERIES:
Sat. December 15, 2012 WORCESTER GIANT Center 3-4 SOL
Sun. January 6, 2013 WORCESTER GIANT Center  
Wed. January 16, 2013 @Worcester DCU Center  
Sun. March 24, 2013 @Worcester DCU Center  
                               
RECENT RECAPS:  The BEARS played their first game of 2013 last night at GIANT Center, but came up short to the Binghamton Senators by a 3-1 count.  After a scoreless first period in which each team’s power play had one opportunity, the BEARS jumped out to the lead early in the second.  Patrick McNeill sent a slap shot toward the net, and the puck ended up deflecting off of Ryan Potulny and then off of the back boards.  With goaltender Ben Bishop coming way out to challenge McNeill’s shot, the right side of the net was vacant.  The puck caromed back in front, off of defenseman Eric Gryba and into the net.  It would be Potulny’s fifth goal of the season.  Jeff Taffe picked up his team-leading 26th assist on the play.  The Senators then tied it when Stephane Da Costa took a feed from Jakob Silfverberg and ripped a shot into a net partially vacated by Braden Holtby, who was down to the right of the goal after making a save on David Dziurzynski.  The Sens took the lead when Mike Hoffman converted a long rebound off of a Da Costa shot – a chance which Holtby made a nice blocker save to turn aside – at 12:08 of the third.  Mark Stone finished off the scoring, hitting the empty net from the Sens’ defensive zone on the final seconds of a four-minute power play.  Holtby turned in another strong performance, turning aside 34 of 36 shots.
 
Worcestertook the short trip to Chocolatetown last night after visiting the struggling Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.  With just one win in their past 11 games, the Penguins finally broke through behind a 30-save effort from Brad Thiessen and blanked the Sharks 3-0.  It was the second time this season that the Sharks’ offense was shut down.  Netminder Harri Sateri stopped 17 of 20 shots in the game, while the Penguins killed off all five of Worcester’s power play chances.
 
EAST DIVISION STANDINGS (as of January 6):
POS TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS WIN% GF GA
1. Syracuse 34 22 7 2 3 49 .721 122 91
2. Binghamton 31 21 7 1 2 45 .726 102 75
3. HERSHEY 33 16 15 1 1 34 .515 86 83
4. W-B/Scranton 33 15 15 2 1 33 .500 83 88
5. Norfolk 32 14 16 2 0 30 .469 82 97
 
HOLTBY TOPS IN DECEMBER:  On Tuesday, the American Hockey League recognized Braden Holtby as the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month for December.  Holtby went 5-4-1 during the month, but posted three shutouts on consecutive Wednesday nights, a goals-against average of 1.69 and save percentage of .943.  Holtby has 74 career wins in a HERSHEY sweater, ranking seventh all-time.  His 14 career shutouts rank fifth in BEARS history.  Holtby ranks third in the AHL in save percentage (.933), is tied for second in the AHL with four shutouts, and ranks sixth with a 2.14 goals-against average.
 
KANE’S COUNTDOWNS:  LW Boyd Kane is closing in on significant milestones.  Kane is four games away from joining an elite group of 12 names with more than 900 AHL games to their credit.  At 896 games, Kane sits tied with former BEARS captain Mark Wotton for 15th place all-time in the AHL.  Additionally, the native of Swift Current, SK needs two more games to reach 1,000 in his ECHL, AHL & NHL professional career, and just two more points to join HERSHEY’s 200-point club (93-105-198).
 
TOP FIVE TANDEMS:  The netminding duo of Holtby and Sabourin, along with the recent defensive gems by the BEARS, have pushed the team into fifth place in the AHL in goals against per game (2.52). 
 
TAFFEON TOP:  C Jeff Taffe notched his 26th assist of the season last night against Binghamton, and now sits tied for third in the AHL in helpers.
 
HEAD TO HEAD:  Sharks C Jon Matsumoto (1-2-3) and D Matt Tennyson (0-3-3) lead the head-to-head scoring.  Nine different BEARS players found the scoresheet with one point each in the teams’ last meeting on December 15.
 
COMEBACK CLUB:  The Sharks’ come-from-behind win over the BEARS on December 15 was one of six instances this season in which the club turned a deficit into a win when trailing after two periods.  The Sharks lead the AHL in that department with a record of 6-8-0-1.
 
CHOCOLATETOWN CLASSIC:  The BEARS and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will take to the elements at HERSHEYPARK Stadium in just 14 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 T. Kundratek, G. Mitchell, J. Taffe (33) FOUR TIED (32)
Goals Jon DiSalvatore, Zach Hamill (10) Tim Kennedy (12)
Assists Jeff Taffe (26) Tim Kennedy (8)
Points Jeff Taffe (33) Tim Kennedy (30)
+/- Zach Hamill (+11) Tim Kennedy (+5)
PP Goals Tomas Kundratek (5) Bracken Kearns (5)
SH Goals Garrett Mitchell (2) Yanni Gourde (1)
GW Goals Zach Hamill (3) D. Groulx, F. Hamilton, J. Matsumoto (2)
PIMs Steve Oleksy (104) Matt Pelech (121)
     
Wins Braden Holtby (12) Alex Stalock (11)
GAA Braden Holtby (2.14) Alex Stalock (2.59)
Save % Braden Holtby (.933) Alex Stalock (.912)
 
BEARS vs. SHARKS – SPECIAL TEAMS:
  HERSHEY Worcester
Power Play 23-for-155 (14.8%) – 22nd in AHL 27-for-159 (17.0%) – 12th in AHL
Penalty Kill 126-for-151 (83.4%) – 16th in AHL 119-for-145 (82.1%) – 19th in AHL
 
BEARS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:             
1/5/13 ADD RW Matt Pope Recalled from loan to Reading (ECHL)
1/3/13 DEL RW Matt Pope Loaned to Reading (ECHL)
 
SHARKS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
12/30/12 ADD D Denny Urban Signed to PTO
 
BEARS AMONG THE AHL:                                                             
G Braden Holtby:T,2ndshutouts (4); 3rdsave percentage (.933); 5thsaves (693); 6thGAA (2.14);.
C Jeff Taffe:  T,3rdassists (26); T,8thscoring (7-26-33).
RW Garrett Mitchell:T,3rdSH goals (2).
D Tomas Kundratek:  T,3rd (D) – PP goals (5); T,3rd (D) – goals (9); 4th (D) – shooting percentage (9/60=15.0%); T,20th (D) – scoring (9-9-18).
D Steve Oleksy:  5th (D) – PIM (104).
 
SHARKS AMONG THE AHL:
C Tim Kennedy:  T,5thPP points (4-8-12); T,16th scoring (12-18-30).
D Matt Tennyson:3rd (R) – PP assists (10).
D Matt Pelech:  2nd (D) – PIM (121).
C James Sheppard:  T,1stshootout goals (4); T,1stshootout winning goals (2).
G Alex Stalock:  T,2ndshootout wins (3).

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