(Originally published at Kukla’s Korner, February 18, 2013)
The Worcester Sharks played three games this last weekend, and 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 Hamilton (Groulx, McCarthy). Alex Stalock made 26 saves on 28 shots for the win.
Sunday, the Sharks moved on to visit the Providence Bruins (AHL affiliates of the other Bruins):
@210Darryl: In the last 3 games the #WorSharks power play is 1 for 15, and that includes 3:06 of 5 on 3 advantage where they generated almost no chances
I guess the theory that “as the captain goes, so goes the team” trickles all the way down to “as the NHL team goes, so go its affiliates.”
In any case, Worcester lost to the Bruins 3-1. The lone Sharks goal was scored by Yanni Gourde (Matsumoto, Groulx). Alex Stalock made 27 saves on 29 shots.
Worcester now sits third in the Atlantic Division, and ninth in the Eastern Conference.
Sunday was Marek Viedensky’s third game since being recalled to the Worcester Sharks. It is his second stint with Worcester this season, and his second season with the team. Last season he played 52 games and finished with five goals, eleven points and a -5. In light of that, one point and +1 is not bad for three games back after a knee injury and just two ECHL games to get ready.
Last Monday, the Bulls announced that defenseman Scott Langdon would be the team’s new Captain. After Justin Bowers was traded to Gwinnett, the team continued with three Alternate Captains: Langdon, Jordan Morrison and Hans Benson. Langdon’s promotion left another A to be assigned. Dean Ouellet, the team’s representative at the 2013 ECHL All Star game, received that honor.
The San Francisco Bulls began a three game road trip after a disappointing loss at home to the Bakersfield Condors. Starting the trip with a loss to the much higher-ranked Idaho Steelheads was not surprising, and a 3-2 loss could have been worse. Idaho goals were scored by Brett Robinson (PPG, Blain, King), Sam Carrick (de Kastrozza, Case) and Tristan King (Toews, Gron). Tyler Beskorowany made 35 saves. San Francisco goals were scored by Scott Langdon (Carlson, Lessard) and Jordan Morrison (C Ouellet, Trudeau). Taylor Nelson made 30 saves.
Wednesday’s game didn’t start much better for the Bulls. Idaho scored twice and outshot the Bulls by a significant margin through the most of the first period. Throwing historical patterns out the window, the Bulls charged forward to win 6-3. San Francisco goals were scored by Alex Tuckerman (Clendenning, Carlson), Peter Sivak (Dean Ouellet), Rob Kwiet (PPG D Ouellet, C Ouellet), Kwiet (Langdon, C Ouellet), Kris Belan, Sivak (SH EN). Thomas Heemskerk made 41 saves for the win. Idaho goals were scored by Tyler Gron (Tristan King), David de Kastrozza (Case, Watters), de Kastrozza (PPG Coyle, Case). Josh Robinson made 30 saves for the Steelheads.
The Bulls returned to the Bay Area to play Stockton on Saturday and Sunday. The first game they lost in Stockton, shut out 4-0. The second they lost at the Cow Palace, 3-1. the only goal scored by the Bulls in those games was from Jordan Morrison (Rob Kwiet, Mikael Tam).
Kris Belan has made it clear over the last several games that he is a player the team would rather keep out of the penalty box. He shows good instincts for rushing the net and has a knack for catching the opposition off guard for breakaways. With Belan’s strong skating, he and Hans Benson created some good chances during the third period of Sunday’s game.
A surprising result out of Bakersfield has put some pressure on the Bulls in the standings. The Colorado Eagles were defeated in back to back games by the Condors on Friday and Saturday. Improbable as it seemed even a week ago, Bakersfield is in a position to make a push for the playoffs by bumping San Francisco out of the eighth spot. Bakersfield only trails the Bulls by six points now.
The Bulls got some welcome reinforcement Monday, from their AHL affiliate in Worcester: Mikael Tam was loaned to San Francisco after two defensemen were returned to Worcester from San Jose.
Sunday, ex-Bulls defenseman Sacha Guimond played his fourth game with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL. Guimond was signed to a PTO by Norfolk on February 7. He has played four games with Norfolk, with a quick return to the ECHL Gladiators for one game on the 10th before returning to Norfolk for three more. Norfolk won three of those four. He was traded to Gwinnett while on a PTO with the Worcester Sharks where he played two games, both losses for Worcester.
Andrew Crescenzi, who played 23 games for the Bulls, and Jamie Devane, who played 12, have each played four games with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.