Friday, February 25, 2011

Worcester Sharks vs. Providence Bruins, 2-5-11

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.
Worcester awaits!

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

Just because it was the second Sharks victory of the day didn't make it any less special

Because of a quirk in our train schedule, we had to wait close to four hours before our train back to Beantown. To pass the time, we settled in at the next-door Uno pizzeria for some deep dish and brews. Our epic day of hockey was complete - and successful!

1 comment:

ZeroIndulgence said...

Sweet! Go us again!

Actually, this was super cool. We saw the big Sharks and the little Sharks play in the same day! Woooo!

Major Sharks fan street cred.