After seeing our NHL Sharks shutout the NHL Bruins in a matinee matchup, Patrick and I hopped on a commuter train out to Worcester, MA, to see "our" Worcester Sharks battle the Providence Bruins in prime time. Yes, we ARE that crazy.
As do the iciest sidewalks we've ever encountered.
DCU Center, home to the AHL Worcester Sharks
Meet "Finz," the distant cousin of SJ Sharkie
We saw six NHL Sharks (all Worcester alumni) signing autographs: here are Torrey Mitchell and Jason Demers
We hopped in the Joe Pavelski / Benn Ferriero line (only six people in it!)
We also got Logan Couture's and John McCarthy's autograph on our Boston game ticket (not everyday you get to congratulate the game-winning scorer in person!)
The facility was pretty good; not a sellout, but a decent population
I brought my #14 Jonathan Cheechoo jersey just for the occasion
AVERT YOUR EYES! IT'S THE TERRIBLE, TERRIFYING, PLASTIC INFLATABLE SHARK HEAD ENTRANCE! ALL SHUDDER AT ITS PRESENCE!
Carter Hutton sat as Antti Niemi's backup in Boston, and would now start in goal for Worcester.
BEHOLD! THE DREADED PLASTIC INFLATABLE SHARK HEAD ENTRANCE HAS BEEN DEFLATED! LIVE IN TERROR!!!
Jonathan Cheechoo, back in teal! By the way, we had great seats ($28 on Ticketmaster)
Before the game, Worcester alumni came out to the ice to honor the coach. From left - Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski, Devin Setoguchi, Jason Demers, Torrey Mitchell, the recently traded Derek Joslin, and Benn Ferriero.
Battle Cheech is pumped
Defenseman Jay Leach, formerly on our NHL team, and at this point the captain of the AHL squad
Little did we know that this would be Leach's final game in the Sharks organization, as he would be traded to the New Jersey Devils four days later along with Steve Zalewski.
Pretty sweet martial arts interlude before the second period
SCORE! Joe Loprieno (#3, third player from left)
This would hold up as the game-winner
Brandon Mashinter would score the empty-netter, and the baby Sharks would win in virtually the same fashion as the papa Sharks did a few hours prior
"So we're all going to Hooters to celebrate, right?"
Top NHL prospect Joe Colborne, before he got traded to Toronto for Tomas Kaberle