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AHL/ECHL Monday Mentions, Feb 25

AHL:

The Worcester Sharks started the weekend badly but it ended well.  Friday they lost at home, 7-2 to the Manchester Monarchs.  Worcester goals were scored by Matt Tennyson (PPG, Irwin, Kearns) and Jon Matsumoto (Kearns, Doherty).  Harri Sateri made 24 saves on 31 shots.  The power play went 1/3, the penalty kill 4/5.  Everyone who suited up for the Monarchs scored, so I'm going to skip them.  (Not really, only 1/3 of them not counting the goalie, and even he got an assist.  I'm still skipping them.  If you really must see the scoring carnage, go to the AHL site.)

As mentioned, things got better from there, with the Sharks winning Saturday 4-1, again at home, this time against the Portland Pirates.   Worcester goals were scored by: Danny Groulx (Tennyson, Oleksuk), Bracken Kearns(13) (SHG, McCarthy), Jimmy Bonneau(1), Matt Tennyson(5) (Livingston, Viedensky). Worcester's power play was an abysmal 0/6, but their penalty kill was perfect at 6/6.  Stalock made 36 saves for the win.  His shutout was spoiled in the third period by Portland's Phil Lane(5) (Klinkhammer).  For Portland, Mike Lee made 11 saves on 14 shots, and Louis Domingue made 22 saves on 23 shots.

Sunday, the Worcester Sharks didn't start out especially well against the visiting Springfield Falcons.   They scored early in the first period, two goals in under a minute, but by the end of the second they were clinging to a one goal lead.  According to one observer:

@210Darryl: @petshark47 They haven't looked good all game

Whether or not they looked good, they found a way to score three more goals after that.  The first period goals came from James Livingston(4) (Matsumoto) and Matt Pelech(1).  The third period repairs were performed by Sebastian Stalberg(7),  Marek Viedensky(1) (Livingston, Tennyson),  and Danny Groulx(4) (PPG, Urban, Tarasov).   Alex Stalock made 36 saves on 37 shots for the win.  The power play was 1/3, the penalty kill a perfect 5/5.  The shutout was wrecked midway through the second period by Michael Chaput (9) (Audy-Marchessault).

Nevertheless, Stalock tied the team's win record with that one.

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Tim Kennedy is still with the SJ Sharks.  Tick-tock goes the waiver (or ER callup) clock.

Matt Pelech was called up by the Sharks for one game and sent back down.  It brings to mind that old song "Should I stay or should I go?" except that he isn't in a position to choose.  At some point, all that air travel exposes you to dangerous levels of radiation, doesn't it?

Brandon Mashinter was  called up by the New York Rangers on the 18th.  He has played three games and, as of this morning's transactions list, he's still there.

Up in Toronton, Frazer McLaren got some attention by fighting John Scott last Thursday.  Sometimes being waived works out, even if you have to fight that guy.

The Sharks are on the road this weekend: Friday at 4:05 PST at Providence,  Saturday at 4:00 PST at Portland, and Sunday at 12 noon PST at Springfield.  Listen on WTAG or watch on AHL Live.

ECHL:

The Bulls only played two games since last Monday, both in Idaho.  They lost the first one 4-0 on Friday.   Idaho goals were scored by: Brad Ross(1) (Ondrus), Patrick Cullity(3) (PPG, Toews, Towns), Ben Ondrus(5) (PPG, Ross, Gron), Tyler Gron(11) (Ondrus, Robinson). Josh Robinson made 26 saves for the win.  For the Bulls, Thomas Heemskerk made 12 saves on 14 shots, Taylor Nelson made 23 saves on 25 shots.  The Bulls' penalty kill was a regrettable 2/4.  Obviously they didn't score on the power play.

They bounced back nicely on Saturday, winning 4-3 in a shootout.  SF goals were scored by: Simon Danis-Pepin (2)(D. Ouellet, Nelson), Bryan Cameron (16)(PPG, Kwiet, King), Tristan King(19) (Morrison, Ouellet). Taylor Nelson made 40 saves for the win and was a perfect 3/3 in the shootout.  The Bulls' penalty kill was a perfect 5/5 and their power play went 1/5.  Idaho goals scored by: Mike Towns(1)(Toews), Tyler Gron(12) (Robinson), Gron(13) (Blain, Watters). Josh Robinson made 34 saves for the Steelheads, but couldn't stop any of the three Bulls' shooters.

I think it's worth repeating that Taylor Nelson got credit for an assist in that game.  He had a really good game.  I was his first shootout win too.  Yep, really good.

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Two of those shootout goal scorers were new to the Bulls' roster.  Last Tuesday, the Bulls traded forward Alex Tuckerman (of the two-fer hip check) and defenseman Martin Lee to the Utah Grizzlies in exchange for Bryan Cameron:

The San Francisco Bulls Professional Hockey Team, proud affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, announced today that they have sent forward Alex Tuckerman and defenseman Martin Lee to the Utah Grizzlies in exchange for Bryan Cameron–who will be reassigned by the Calgary Flames on Thursday from Utah to the Bulls–and future considerations. Cameron is expected to join the Bulls in Idaho on Friday for the start of their six-game road trip.-SF Bulls website

Last Wednesday, Rylan Galiardi participated in a rigorous Bulls practice, wearing a blue (fourth line/NHL fifth line) jersey.  That was a good sign as far as his health is concerned, but Bulls fans won't have the pleasure of seeing him play for San Francisco again any time soon:

@SFBullsInGame: @SFBulls have traded forward Rylan Galiardi to @Steelheads in exchange for future considerations

That was the same afternoon.  The future considerations mentioned would be Tristan King, reassigned to San Francisco the next day:

@SFBulls: @SFBulls acquire @DallasStars prospect Tristan King.  Acquisition completes transaction that sent Rylan Galiardi to @Steelheads.

Both new players scored in that shootout on Saturday, and Dean Ouellet was the third successful shooter.  

The Bulls play again tomorrow in Utah and Wednesday in Colorado, both at  at 6:05 PST.  They finish up their long road trip with two games in Las Vegas: Friday at 7:05 PST and Sunday at 2:05 PST.  Listen at KNBR.com or...

I've been using America One Sports this month.  It works quite well,  It hasn't cut out on me during the game yet, though there were some scary moments during an intermission once.  So I recommend it if you would like to watch ECHL games, but can't make it to a live ECHL game near you.

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About Petshark: Talking Stick

Native of Northern California.  Hockey fan since 1998... sort of... there's a hiatus in there that I still can't explain.

I want to know about anything and everything related to the sport and the spectacle.  I watch, I react, I write it down.

My interest in the Sharks was initially a matter of geographic convenience and regional loyalty because that seemed to be how it worked.  I had no prior interest (at all-- AT ALL) in professional sports of any kind.  When I met hockey, it might have set off a chain reaction of general sports fandom.  It hasn't, I don't think it will.  At all.

Since then, that interest developed into full blown (mostly sort of usually almost completely) exclusive loyalty to the Sharks.

I started blogging a couple years ago on wordpress. I still occasionally put things there that I don't think fit here because they are not about the Sharks. Wherever my words wander, here on Kuklas Korner, they will (usually) hang on to a teal thread.

I can be found in cyberspace on Twitter @petshark47, or emailed at talkingstick@petshark.net