Petshark: Talking Stick
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The performance of the Worcester Sharks recently inspired one of their close observers to tweet this:
@210Darryl: I think it's time for some changes for the #WorSharks...this team has way too much talent to be playing this poorly.
The Worcester Sharks only played two games last week, due in part to the AHL All Star break. The first game was Friday in Portland, against the Phoenix Coyotes' AHL affiliate the Pirates. They lost in a shootout, with goals from Tim Kennedy (PPG, assists to Tarasov and Kearns) and Daniil Tarasov (assists to Urban and Kennedy). It was Kennedy's 13th goal of the season, Tarasov's 3rd. Harri Sateri stopped 28 shots before the shootout, where he was beaten by the Pirates' Chris Brown. Worcester's power play went 1/9, their penalty kill was 6/7. Goals for the Pirates were scored by Rob Klinkhammer (assists to Lane and Sinkewich) and Ethan Werek (PPG, assists to Klinkhammer and Summers). Pirates goalie Mike Lee made 36 saves for the win.
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Last night, the Sharks' ECHL affiliates, past and present, met in San Jose. They have met before, many times, but this was a new experience for both of them.
It was bound to happen, the Stockton Thunder was unlikely to keep losing to the San Francisco Bulls. When two teams meet as often as these do, they will figure each other out and the team that has lost the first three matches will probably find a way to win one. The teams will have a chance to get to know each other even better- they have nine more games to play. It's just too bad for the Bulls that their first loss to Stockton happened in San Jose. The final score was 6-4 Stockton.
The Bulls had a day to rest after a quick but rough road trip. From Thursday's OT win against Stockton, they rode to Ontario to be brutally defeated Friday, then drove back north to Bakersfield to win handily Saturday night.
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Last night, the San Francisco Bulls beat the Stockton Thunder 4-3 in overtime. It was their fourth of four games at home, the first of three games in three nights, the second and third to be played in Ontario and Bakersfield.
New things seen at last night's game: The Cube can be broken, and repaired quickly. A shot from I'm not sure who in the first period went too high and hit the board right in the period number. A panel was knocked loose but was as easily fixed during intermission.
Also new: Peter Sivak moved to the line with Justin Bowers and Dean Ouellet, and Jordan Morrison centered both Sharks forward prospects Marek Viedensky and Daniil Tarasov. That second line scored the first goal of the game, credited to Tarasov, with the assist to Viedensky.
Stockton's only goal before the third period was a power play goal, scored with only 13 seconds left on a double minor against Justin Bowers in the second. When they say "the puck took a crazy bounce", they mean this one-- it took several pinball-like bounces before popping over Heemskerk's glove and into the net. It really shouldn't have been a very disheartening goal-- bouncing plus four minute penalty kill should warrant some self-forgiveness. Nevertheless, it put a damper on the Bulls. The Bulls had outshot the Thunder in the first period but didn't do so again in the second or third.
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The SF Bulls (as the new San Jose Sharks affiliate), will be the home team when they face the Stockton Thunder (last year's Sharks affiliate) at the HP Pavilion in San Jose. The game is scheduled for Monday, December 17 at 7:30 pm. There will be free tickets available, even some for those without season tickets or ticket packages for the Sharks or the Bulls. General public tickets will be available Dec 12. Parking will be free in the HP lot on a first come-first serve basis. Bring a toy for Toys for Tots. They are the beneficiary of this event. Fans hungry for hockey will also get some relief.
Is this the beginning of a make whole arrangement with the fans? You can never make whole again, but you can try to make amends.
Last winter, I tried to fly out of Detroit in perfectly mild weather, but there was some insane fog in San Francisco, so my flight was canceled. It was rescheduled, and then that flight was delayed too. It was a big long foul-up. I found ways to kill about eight hours, but eventually was stuck sitting on the plane for two hours before it actually took off. What kept me calm during that last bit of waiting was this: anticipation that I would get a prize for my patience.
The Sharks play the Kings tomorrow. I don’t know about all Sharks fans but I’ll just hold my breath until then. It would be nice to have Douglas Murray back in but, as he said, we don’t want him rushing back and having to leave the game again.
Sharks fans are still not showing universal, not even majority approval of Niemi’s performance lately. That bad first goal in Dallas was vexing but I thought Niemi redeemed himself in advance. It was nothing short of miraculous that the Sharks managed to score first after being pinned so long in their own zone to start the game. Was it not as bad as it looked? I must be biased and prone to panic. But I credit Niemi with some of that non-scoring by Dallas. Later, his timely save that preceded Thornton’s back-breaking goal was not beautiful and but it did the job. No complaints here. If the team’s confidence continues to grow, so will Niemi’s.
There are bounces and there are mistakes and there are travel delays and three games in four days and freak accidents and injuries… and the Sharks lose again. I’m all out of anger and sorrow. Despair starts to set in. I walk away from the game, start doing the laundry and the dishes. I can’t really walk away, I keep poking my head around the corner to peek at the tv, I keep hoping. It doesn’t work out.
Later, Ryane Clowe said “We’re looking for wins…” (Sharks Talk) That made me start humming “in all the wrong places….” When I start humming country songs, I know I’m in a bad place, is that stale beer I smell? I moved on to a better tune, that old standby from Monty Python.
In today’s Mercury News there’s a story by Mark Emmons about Alex Stalock’s return to pro hockey. Stalock recently completed a stint with the Stockton Thunder:
When Sharks training camp opened in September, there was a growing optimism. Stalock skated for the first time. He slowly worked up to a rehab stint with Stockton, a minor league affiliate for the Sharks and Edmonton Oilers, making his return on Jan. 21. -Mercury News
It’s a very good story about a player and a recovery that is just this side of miraculous. Yet Emmons doesn’t mention the name of the minor league. Sigh.
The league’s name is sort of like Ulysses S Grant’s middle name: just initials. Unlike Grant, the league does have a proper name where the initials are: East Coast Hockey League, but nobody out here calls it that. It’s one of those names that tells you where someone came from but not what or where they are now. “Taylor,” for example: once upon a time, someone in that family was a tailor, probably in England. The odds are pretty slim that this person is actually a tailor in England now.
Something, presumably not grave, happened to the Sharks number one goalie yesterday in practice. I will assume it had nothing to do with a baseball bat:
@PollakOnSharks: “Change in net: #Sjshark Niemi dinged up in practice and Tyson Sexsmith recalled from WOR to serve as Greiss’s back-up tonight vs. DAL.”
If you’ve been following Twitter news about Alex Stalock, you might wonder why the Sharks would fly Sexsmith all the way out here and send Nitty back to Worcester instead of just bringing Stalock over from Stockton. Sure, Sexsmith is higher in the depth chart but all that to and fro air travel is hardly a sound ecological strategy. Luckily, I stumbled on an answering machine tape out in Stockton that recorded this recent phone call:
“Hi, Dan, Doug here. How are you this morning?”