AHL Preview: Worcester Sharks Vs. Hershey Bears

By Matthew Speck
John E. Sokolowski-US PRESSWIRE

The Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) host the Worcester Sharks (San Jose Sharks) in the second of four regular season matchups between the two AHL clubs. It’s the second of four contests between the two teams with the last two scheduled at Worcester’s home rink, the DCU Center. Hershey holds a 4-6-3 disadvantage all-time against the San Jose Sharks’ AHL affiliate.

The two teams last met at Giant Center on December 15th, with Worcester skating away with a 4-3 shootout victory over the Bears. The Sharks came back from a 3-1 first period deficit, tallying two goals to send the game to overtime, followed by a shootout. Worcester goalie Alex Stalock played well in goal for the Sharks, especially in the shootout, stopping all five Hershey shooters. Cameron Schilling, Zach Hamill and Mike Carman all recorded goals for the Bears.

Worcester traveled to face the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins last night, but fell to Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate 3-0. The Sharks offense struggled against Penguins goalie Brad Thiessen, who turned away all 30 Worcester shots on goal.

Hershey struggled as well last night, falling to the Binghamton Senators by a 3-1 score. A strong performance in net by Braden Holtby wasn’t enough, as Hershey failed to score following Patrick McNeill’s first period goal that opened the scoring. Holtby registered 34 saves on 36 Binghamton shots on goal.

With a tentative agreement reached between the NHL and NHLPA, it’s unclear if Holtby will earn the start in goal, which could be his last game as part of the Hershey Bears.

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