(Originally published at Kukla’s Korner, February 4, 2013)
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.
Saturday the Sharks fared no better, losing 2-0 at home to the Providence Bruins. The first Bruins goal was just 2:33 into the first period, the second at 19:48 of the third. Neither team scored on the power play, each having three chances. There were three fights, involving Matt Pelech, James Livingston and Curt Gogol for the Sharks. Al Stalock made 23 saves on 24 shots. The Bruins’ goals were scored by Craig Cunningham (assists to Torey Krug and Carter Camper) and Kyle MacKinnon (EN).
Nick Petrecki has been loaned to the Worcester Sharks for a conditioning assignment. I wasn’t aware that he was injured, or that players who have not been injured could be assigned for conditioning. I learn something new every day.
Friday, the Worcester Sharks signed defenseman Denny Urban to an SPC. Urban was called up on loan from the Reading Royals of the ECHL on December 30th. He has 9 points in 15 games with Worcester.
Last Monday, Worcester released Patrick Rissmiller from his PTO. Saturday he was signed to a PTO by the Rochester Americans. He played Sunday in Rochester’s 5-3 win over the Syracuse Crunch, earning a goal and an assist.
The SF Bulls’ schedule last week and this one is not on the list of Coach Pat Curcio’s favorite things. The Bulls played last Wednesday in Stockton and again the next night at home and will not play again until Wednesday. They will then play Friday in Ontario, return to play the next night at the Cow Palace, and again Sunday afternoon. The last two will be against Bakersfield. Ah, life in the ECHL.
The Bulls only earned one point last week, in Wednesday’s 4-3 shootout loss to Stockton. Peter Sivak tied the game at 1 with a power play goal in the final seconds of the first period, and the Bulls rallied with 2 more goals in the second to Stockton’s 1. Stockton tied it up again in the third which led to the shootout.
Goals for San Francisco were scored by Rob Kwiet (from Cody Carlson and Peter Sivak), Dean Ouellet (from Alex Tuckerman) and Christian Ouellet (from Carlson and Dylan King). Stockton goals were scored by Gabriel Levesque (from Shawn Boutin), Tony DeHart (from Matt Reber and Harrison Reed), and Ryan Constant (from Maxime Boisclaire and Matt Reber). Taylor Nelson made 42 saves for the Bulls, Cody Reichard made 23 saves for the Thunder.
Thursday, the Bulls fell 5-2 to the Ontario Reign, in the first game on their schedule to overlap with a Sharks home game. Mid-week crowds have been consistently small at the Cow Palace, and this was no exception. The final count was a slight improvement on previous mid-week games at 2,674. Before the game even started, the teams met at the red line for a chat. Cooler heads prevailed, no blood was shed. They followed the game up with another unscheduled conference, which officials helped disband. The Bulls have not engaged in such pre- or post- game discussions before, at least not in numbers large enough to notice. Really, the game wasn’t as lop-sided as the numbers suggest, but the Reign are currently sitting at the top of the league standings. With or without NHLers, they have been one of the winningest teams in the ECHL.
San Francisco goals were scored by Dean Ouellet (PPG, Carlson, Trudeau) and Peter Sivak (Danis-Pepin, Trudeau). Taylor Nelson made 24 saves for the Bulls. Ontario goals were scored by Matthew Clune (Everett Sheen, Kyle Kraemer), CJ Stretch (2) (both assisted by Kyle Kraemer, Everett Sheen with secondary assist on the first), Mario Lamoureux, and Kyle Kraemer (Brock Sheahan). Jean-Francois Berube made at least 28 saves for the win.
Thursday, the Bulls were still without Rylan Galiardi who suffered a head injury during their road trip to Alaska the week prior. Last Tuesday, the Bulls lost one of their defensemen to a call-up and reassignment:
@SFBulls: D-man Joe Sova was recalled by the Carolina Hurricanes and then assigned to the Reading Royals.
Marek Viedensky is still listed as injured, though he was reassigned to the Worcester Sharks. Last I heard, he was still in the Bay Area completing rehab on his knee.