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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 18

AHL:

The Worcester Sharks played three road games last weekend, but only won one.  Friday, their seven power plays went scoreless against the Springfield Falcons (AHL affiliates of the Blue Jackets).  The Sharks killed seven of eight penalties.  The lone goal for the Sharks was scored by Daniil Tarasov, with assists to Danny Groulx and Adam Comrie.   It was Tarasov's fifth of the season.  Harri Sateri made 27 saves on 29 shots.  LW Tommy Grant and defenseman Denny Urban were second to Tarasov in shots on goal, with four each.

Saturday, the Sharks traveled to Glenns Falls to  play the Adirondack Phantoms (AHL affiliate of the Flyers).  They came away from that with a 3-2 win.  They scored on one of their two power plays, and killed four of five penalties.  Sharks goals were scored by Jon Matsumoto (PPG, Kearns, Urban), John McCarthy (Hamilton, Viedensky), and Freddie Hamilton (Groulx, McCarthy).  Alex Stalock made 26 saves on 28 shots for the win.

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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

Bulls finish 4 at home, score 4 to win

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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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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  Tags: colorado+eagles, echl, jordan+morrison, kyle+jones, pat+curcio, sf+bulls, taylor+nelson, teddy+bear+toss, thomas+heemskerk

A big win for the San Francisco Bulls

It was a big win.  It didn't clinch a playoff spot, it wasn't their first win ever, but it was a big win.  It was the first time the team won three in a row, and their first win against the Reign.  It was a chance for the team to take a significant lead, hang on to it and build it to a final score of 5-1.  It was a big win for the Bulls, and it was a win for Pat Curcio and his roster overhaul.

I felt sort of badly for writing about the 7-0 Bulls loss a couple of weeks ago. It didn't seem fair to cover that game in such detail, and say so little about them after that.  But that was the game I went to.   By Friday night, the team looked completely different.  If you had told me that replacing half of the players in the space of two weeks would result in a consistent and almost shocking improvement, I would not have believed you.  I'm a believer in slow-growth chemistry.  You don't just throw guys together and they all know what to do, not outside of Hollywood disaster films.

Everything looked better.  Those errant passes, those innumerable penalties, the frantic clears becoming turnovers,  all of that was gone.  How significant was it that Devin Setoguchi didn't make the trip with the Reign?  The Reign beat the Bulls without Setoguchi in their first meeting, though it was very close.  Setoguchi scored a lot in the games he played against San Francisco, but I'm not sure he accounted for every little thing going wrong for the Bulls before.  Just as the Reign's lineup looked different, so did the Bulls'.

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  Tags: cow+palace, echl, marek+viedensky, ontario+reign, pat+curcio, peter+sivak, sf+bulls, thomas+heemskerk

“Your game is out of sync…”

Despite the fact that the above message is usually accompanied by instructions for a very simple solution (“please refresh your browser”), droves of Zynga game players feel impatience and even rage when they see that.  It means that the game is probably loading slowly to begin with because the programmers made some change or another, and simply clicking “refresh” will mean more waiting and may not even solve the problem.

So when I thought the Sharks seem just a little out of sync, it was with mixed emotions. You don’t know really how long it will take to get everyone moving in harmony, even if you know that this is all that’s needed.  The pieces are there, they just need to be pulled together.

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