(Originally published at Kukla’s Korner, January 28, 2013)
Friday, January 25: The Worcester Sharks defeated the Springfield Falcons 3-1 in Springfield. The Falcons’ Scott Howes opened the scoring at 3:07, with assists to Brian Helmer and Andrew Joudrey. Tommy Grant, acquired by San Jose in the Brandon Mashinter trade, tied the game just over a minute later with an unassisted short handed goal. It wasn’t until the mid point of the second that James Livingston scored to give the Sharks a lead. The lone assist on his goal went to John McCarthy. Early in the third, Daniil Tarasov scored a power play goal, with help from defensemen Danny Groulx and Denny Urban. Harri Sateri made 21 saves for the win, Worcester finished with 18 shots on goal.
Saturday, January 26: The Worcester Sharks hosted the Providence Bruins in Worcester’s final game before the AHL All Star break. The game went to the seventh round of a shootout, with the Bruins picking up the extra point for a final score of 4-3. The Bruins scored three goals in the first period, leaving the Sharks to crawl back from a two goal deficit through the rest of the game. According to Darryl Hunt, the game should not have made it to overtime:
@210Darryl: Just spent 5 minutes watching the Kearns’ goal off the TV feed. 100% should not have counted. More on Sharkspage later today. #WorSharks
For more about the game, read Hunt’s full report.
The 1st period Bruins goals were credited to Craig Cunningham (Ryan Spooner, Carter Camper) (PPG); Jamie Tardif (Maxime Sauve, Ryan Spooner); Justin Florek, (Torey Krug, Trent Whitfield). The Worcester goals came from (1st per) Bracken Kearns (Danny Groulx, Daniil Tarasov), (2nd per) Mike Banwell (Matt Tennyson, Tommy Grant), and (3rd per) Brodie Reid (Jon Matsumoto, Patrick Rissmiller). Ryan Spooner, Maxime Suave, Craig Cunningham scored for Providence in the shootout, Daniil Tarasov and Denny Urban scored for Worcester. Alex Stalock made 35 saves for Worcester, Niklas Svedberg made 33 saves for Providence and the win.
Sunday, January 27: Bracken Kearns is representing Worcester on the Eastern Conference Team at the 2013 AHL All Star Game, in place of Tim Kennedy. Tim Kennedy was announced as unavailable for the ASG last week, though he played in Friday’s and Saturday’s games after being out with an injury since December 31.
Friday, January 25: The SF Bulls won the first of three road games in three days against the Alaska Aces. It was the Bulls’ first win against Alaska after being blown out in three October games. The final score was 5-2, with goals from Rob Kwiet, Jordan Clendenning, Cody Carlson, and two from Christian Ouellet. Goalie Taylor Nelson stopped 23 of 25 shots for the win. Alaska’s Zach Harrison and Chris Clackson scored for the Aces, with Mark Guggenberger stopping 26 of 30 shots.
Dean Ouellet rejoined the team in Alaska after going to Colorado for the 2013 ECHL All-Star Game. The All-Stars were pitted against the Colorado Eagles. Ouellet participated in the accuracy shooting competition on Tuesday, hitting 4 targets with 7 attempts. That helped the All Stars win that competition. In the end, the Eagles won four of the six events. The next night, the All Stars won the All Star game 7-3. After the game, Zapolski was named the All Star MVP.
Saturday, January 26: The SF Bulls fell to the Alaska Aces by a score of 2-1. Alaska’s goals were scored by Alexandre Imbeault (PPG, assists to Chris Haltigin, Chris Clackson) and Garry Nunn (assists to Harrison, Dustin Molle). The Bulls’ Christian Ouellet scored for the Bulls midway through the second period, assisted by Jordan Morrison and Sebastian Trudeau. Aces goalie Gerald Coleman made 34 saves for the win, Taylor Nelson made 33 saves on 35 shots.
Sharks prospect William Wrenn, recently of the Worcester Sharks, was sent back to Alaska shortly before the ECHL All Star game. He played Friday for Alaska but did not play Saturday.
Sunday, January 27: The SF Bulls finished their visit to Alaska with an overtime win. The lone first period goal was scored by Dean Ouellet, assists to Peter Sivak and Scott Langdon. Alaska followed up in the second with goals from Shawn Skelly (assists to Alexandre Imbeault, Bobby Hughes) and Jarred Smith (assists to Samson Mahbod, Alex Hudson). In the third, Peter Sivak tied the game and forced overtime on a power play with assists from Cody Carlson and Christian Ouellet. The OT game winner was also scored by Sivak, assisted by Dean Ouellet.
The win wasn’t enough to push the Bulls back up to seventh place but they lost no ground to Utah last night, as Utah fell to Stockton. The Bulls power play was 1/2 and their penalty kill finished the night with a perfect 4/0.
In an attempt to organize what I’m doing here, I will be compressing reports about the Worcester Sharks and the SF Bulls into a weekly post which I will call Monday Mentions. I’ll be putting lengthier accounts of SF Bulls games at a lonely little spot on the web that I’ve named Bass Fiddle.