Tonight, both minor league affiliates of The San Jose Sharks are in game day action. For Worcester, they look to extend their lead in the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division with a 7-5-1-1 record. Their opponent for tonight’s match up, is The Connecticut Whale who played a game last night against The Portland Pirates that resulted into a 2-1 loss. The Sharks have not played a game since Wednesday night. The puck is set to drop at 7:00p at The DCU Center. The game can seen on AHL Live, for those of you have an AHL Live account can log in and watch the game. For non-AHL Live fans you can still listen to The Sharks on WTAG and WTAG’s website by selecting the listen live link on the upper left corner of the screen. For smarthphone users, you can download the iHaert Radio app from your respective databases. Meanwhile The San Francisco Bulls are coming off of a 4-2 win against The Idaho Steelheads. Currently The Bulls are 4-9-0-2 in The ECHL’s Western Conference Pacific Division. Tonight, The Bulls open up a two game series against The Utah Grizzlies. The Grizzlies are The ECHL affiliate of both The Calgary Flames and Abbotsford Heat. Utah is coming off of a 6-2 loss they suffered against The Stockton Thunder. So look for The Grizzlies to come out hard against The Bulls. The puck is set to be dropped at The Cow Palace at 7:15pm. The Bulls can be seen on The America One Sports Network. America One Sports is an online streaming website and much like AHL Live, you need to have an account with them. The other option is to tune in on KNBR’s website by selecting the Bulls logo on the left-hand side of the screen. Lets Go Sharks and Lets Go Bulls!!!!!!!!!
Worcester Sharks Game Notes: Sharks forward James Sheppard was called for slashing at the 13:15 of the opening period. Worcester was up to the task as they killed off their first penalty of the game. Just over four minutes later, Worcester Sharks opened scoring when Brodie Ried scored his first goal of the season with assists by Freddie Hamilton and Taylor Doherty at 17:29 of the opening stanza. Connecticut was kept off of the scoresheet in the opening frame. In the second period, the Sharks were issued their second penalty of the game when Offensive Defenseman Sena Acolatse was sent to the sin bin for delay of game at the 13:19 mark of the period. Connecticut failed to convert on the man advantage. A few minutes later, Connecticut was issued their first penalty of the game when JT Miller went off for hooking at the 15:54 mark of the second period. Worcester failed to convert with their first man advantage of the game. There was no scoring in the middle frame by either team, but both goaltenders had their moments where they had to make some spectacular saves. At the early stages of the final frame, the Sharks were issued a too many men on the ice penalty at the 1:36 mark, penalty was served by Sebastian Stalberg. Seconds following Worcester’s bench minor, the Connecticut Whale tied the game up at 1-1 when Chris Kreider scored at the 1:40 mark of the period with assists coming from Matt Gilroy and Kyle Jean. Over a minute later, the Whale would add another goal which was unassisted by Ryan Bourque at 2:57 to make it 2-1 Whale lead. At the 11:50 mark of the third period, Logan Pyett was assessed a double minor penalty when he high sticked Sharks Defenseman Matt Pelech. The Whale managed to kill off their double minor when the Sharks failed to convert with their two best shots hitting both posts. Worcester would not tie the game as Connecticut edged the Sharks with a 2-1 win. Currently Worcester maintains the top spot in the AHL’s Eastern Conference Atlantic Division with a 7-6-1-1 record.
The 3 stars of the game, 1. CT – 20 Chris Kreider 2. WOR – 51 Brodie Reid 3. CT – 33 Cameron Talbot
San Francisco Bulls Game Notes: Bulls forward Jordan Morrison was assessed a roughing minor at the 10:42 mark of the opening period. Thirty seconds later, The Grizzlies opened the scoring when forward Riley Armstrong put the puck in the net past Bulls netminder Thomas Heemsherk on the man advantage to put Utah up 1-0 at the 11:13 mark with the only assist coming from defenseman Nick Tuzzolino. Minutes later the Bulls tied the game at 1-1 when forward Kris Belan jammed it home past Grizzlies goalie Grant Rollheiser with the only assist by Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Andrew Crescenzi at the 14:18 marker. San Francisco was charged with another penalty when Alex Tuckerman was called for charging at the 15:08 mark of the opening frame. Over a minute later, the Grizzlies scored on the power play when Bryan Cameron shot the puck past Heemskerk with assists coming from Riley Armstrong and Drew MacKenzie at the 16:17 mark of the opening stanza to make it a 2-1 Utah lead. The Grizzlies would go into the first intermission preserving their one goal cushion. The Grizzlies continued where they off when they scored a goal by Bryan Cameron at 1:43 to make it a 3-1 lead. In the second period, the Grizzlies were issued their first penalty when Stoflet was called for slashing at the 4:06 marker. Seconds after Utah was issued their first penalty of the game, Bulls Dean Ouellet was charged with a penalty for cross checking at the 4:54 mark. Things started to get more chippy in the middle frame with both teams operating at 4 skaters a side. Both teams would take it even further, when Bulls Belan and Grizzlies Tuzzolino were charged each 5 minutes for fighting. Following the coincidental fighting majors at the 9:27 mark of the second period, Utah was assessed another penalty when MacKenzie was called for cross checking at 9:50 of the second. Under three minutes later at the 12:46 mark Utah would add to their 3-1 lead when Evan Vosser would score to put the Grizzlies up 4-1. Immediately after the Grizzlies 4-1 lead, the Bulls would pull goaltender Thomas Heemsherk and replace him with backup goaltender Tayler Nelson. Shortly after the goaltending switch, San Francisco and Utah where charged with roughing minors at 13:53 when 6 foot 7 Bulls defenseman Danis-Pepin and Grizzlies forward Kory Falite got into it with one another. Following the matching minors, Utah was charged with another penalty when Cameron was called with a slashing minor at the 15:20. The Bulls would not score in the middle frame and go into the dressing room down three goals. At the start of third period, the San Francisco Bulls would cut the Grizzlies lead with an unassisted goal by Marek Viedensky at the 3:00 mark to make a 4-2 Grizzlies lead. Following San Francisco’s goal, Grizzlies MacKenzie would be charged with a cross checking minor at the 3:58 marker. The Bulls would fail to convert on the man advantage. Minutes later, San Francisco would cut the Grizzlies lead to 1 goal when Jordan Clendenning put the puck in the net with a nice pass by Bowers at the 7:39 marker to make a 4-3 Utah lead. Under four minutes later, at 11:30 of the third period, Bulls forward Peter Sivak was called for roughing minor. Bulls goaltender Tayler Nelson was up to the task as he stopped every shot made by the Grizzlies. In the late stages of the third, the Grizzlies would some insurance when Kory Falite scored with an assist coming from Ryan Watson to make in it 5-3 lead at 18:33. The Bulls would not come any closer as Utah came away with a 5-3 victory. Currently San Francisco is 4-10-0-2 of their inaugural season.
The 3 stars of the game, 1. UTA – 12 Bryan Cameron 2. UTA – 74 Nick Tuzzolino 3. SF – 55 Marek Viedensky
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