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AHL/ECHL Monday Mentions, March 4

AHL:

The Worcester Sharks had a lukewarm weekend.   Perhaps it was closer to tepid.  They lost two of three games in three days.  Friday they played at Providence, scoring first but losing 3-1.  That first goal was a short handed tally by Marek Viendensky, at 19:15 of the second period.  It held up until the mid-point of the third period when the Bruins tied the game.  The Bruins scored two more in the last three minutes of the third, including an empty netter.  The final SOG count was 23-19 Bruins, Alex Stalock made 20 saves.

3/1/13 scores & saves:
Worcester: Marek Viedensky(2)(SHG).  Alex Stalock made 20 saves for the Sharks.  The Sharks power play went 0/4, their penalty kill 5/6.
Providence: Kyle MacKinnon(10)(PPG, Tardif, Cunningham), Alden Hirschfeld(3), Trent Whitfield(5)(ENG, Hanson, Exelby)

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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.

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AHL/ECHL Monday mentions, Feb 11

AHL:

Last week, the Worcester Sharks played two games in Newfoundland against the Ice Caps.  The Sharks won both games, 3-2 and 4-0.

Tuesday's game was a nail-biter.  Daniil Tarasov opened the scoring at 1:32 of the first with assists from Tim Kennedy and Bracken Kearns.  The Sharks gave up a short-handed goal to Jason Jaffrey (assist to Maxime Macenauer) in the middle of that period.  Then the teams went scoreless through the second, each team taking an assortment of penalties.  At 6:31 of the third period, Jaffrey scored a power play goal for St. John's (assists to Raymond Sawada and Derek Meech).  The Sharks didn't get that goal back until 16:42, with a power play goal from Bracken Kearns (assists to Tim Kennedy and Denny Urban).  Less than two minutes later, Tarasov scored the game winner with 1:31 left in the game (assists to Kearns and Kennedy).  The Sharks scored on one power play out of three and they killed four of five penalties.  Harri Sateri made 30 saves for the win, Eddie Pasquale made 29 saves for the Ice Caps.

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Try, try again: Bulls get it right the second time around

I attended the Bulls game as a ticket holder last Sunday with a bunch of friends.  We had a wonderful time, though watching the Bulls get beaten by Bakersfield put a damper on it.  I went ahead and bought an orange hoodie.  I don't buy much fan gear but I can always use another hoodie.  I spent yesterday afternoon curled up in a blanket wearing that hoodie watching Chicago beat the Kings before NBC let me watch the Flyers lose.  On my way to SF, I got to listen to Worcester lose to the Booshed-up Phantoms too.  I started the day in a bad mood, those games did not help.

The Bulls went to Stockton Friday with a revamped roster, working four new players into the mix.  They play Stockton again today, making three in a row against the same team.  The new Bulls lost that first game to Stockton.  The team wasn't all there though: Scott Langdon, Alternate Captain and much relied-on defenseman, was serving the second of a two game suspension.  His absence was felt.  For the second game in a row, goalie Taylor Nelson was pulled after a brutal quartet of goals against, to be replaced by Bryan Hince.  For a more thorough review of that game, I refer you to someone who was there: Paul Gackle.

Saturday,  Taylor Nelson started in goal again.  Curcio put Galiardi, Sivak and Dean Ouellet on a line together again.  Morrison, Trudeau and Christian Ouellet made up another line.  The change Curcio did make was to go with five defensemen instead of six.  That made sorting out the pairings a little difficult for me, like guessing a 5-digit lock combination.  Likewise the lower forward lines, with two additional players to rotate in... I was at a loss to keep track.   It didn't matter.  The Bulls had their game on last night.

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An ace that they can keep: Bulls shoot Eagles down

Before the game, I wondered if the Cow Palace audience would get to see a hat trick on Country & Western Night.  If they were wearing cowboy hats, this could pose a problem.  Cowboy hats are a lot more expensive than ball caps and heavier too.  Would people throw them?  It was a typical sort of jinx.  There was a hat trick, but from Colorado.  Joey Sides did score three goals for the Eagles, but it was not enough for them to win.  The Bulls managed to score four and they beat the Eagles for the first time.

The Bulls have had trouble winning when they don't score first.  They did it once before, back on November 9: Stockton scored first only to be taken apart for the rest of the game until it ended 4-1.  My memory of that is so hazy, the lack of multiple game recaps and no video for me to review is maddening.  How could I have not noticed the team winning without scoring first?  I have concluded that it must have been a fluky goal so strange that it failed to break the "score first or lose" curse.  Maybe it was off a Bulls player or even an own goal, though the recap from Stockton did not make it seem so.

In any case, the Bulls have had a whole lot of trouble winning games when they don't score first.  They have had as much trouble scoring at all against Colorado.   Wednesday's game showed a glimmer of hope, but still ended in a shootout loss.  So this is the mountain they had to climb, with omens casting shadows on the ice.

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  Tags: colorado+eagles, daniil+tarasov, dean+ouellet, jordan+morrison, pet+curcio, peter+sivak, rob+kwiet, scott+langdon, taylor+nelson

Bulls’ winning streak against Thunder ends in San Jose

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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  Tags: echl, jordan+morrison, lockout, marek+viedensky, mikael+tam, pat+curcio, ryane+clowe, san+francisco+bulls, scott+langdon, stockton+thunder, taylor+nelson, thomas+heemskerk

A different group of guys: Eagles defeat Bulls 5-1

A different group of guys lost to the same group of guys that beat the Bulls back in early November.  Well, not exactly the same group.  Two Colorado players from the last meeting have gone (Joey Sides, Adam Chorneyko) and one was added (Kevin Ulanski).  In Friday's game, the quantifiable distinction amounted to one assist from Ulanski.  That's not right, Sides had 2 assists and a goal before.  I don't think the math actually matters here.

Curcio describes falling behind early as a persistent challenge for the Bulls:

"We didn't get any breaks early.   Being such a young team-- not making excuses-- we don't battle through adversity... if we get up early, we can do anything once we're up.    When we're down we're a different group of guys."

If you want to look for indicators of how a Bulls game is going to go, Jordan Morrison going to the box early could be one, at least in the games I've watched.  Still, the Eagles' didn't score until after a second penalty was called against Belan, giving the Eagles a minute and 23 seconds of five on three.  Then Chad Costello scored his 40th point of the season.

The damage from those penalties was limited to the one goal.  Unfortunately, it set the tone for the rest of the period.  The little errors crept in and multiplied, passes failed, decisions didn't work out:

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Sharks updates after one week of NHL Free Agency

At the arbitration filing deadline, T.J. Galiardi tried to make things a little interesting for Sharks fans.  The matter will not go to arbitration, as yesterday Galiardi announced on Twitter that he had signed a contract.  David Pollak confirmed that the contract is for one year.

I will also take the McCarthy and Matsumoto signings as confirmed despite no official word from San Jose.  Add to those, from the same source:

@210Darryl: “I can confirm that the #WorSharks have signed Ferris State goaltender Taylor Nelson to a contract. He will likely play in ECHL this season.”

John McCarthy’s name appeared on the Sharks web roster a few days ago.  Some days before that, Tim Kennedy’s turned up, though I could find no other mention anywhere that he had accepted the Sharks’ offer.   Surely someone told the webmaster to add his name, so I guess we can consider him signed as well.

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