Goals are nothing special; Sharks depend mostly on their five-on-five offense.


Byline: Bill Ballou


SPRINGFIELD - While it seems as though hockey has evolved into a game where most goals are scored by special teams, that's not the case. Not quite, anyway.

The Sharks have scored more than half of their goals (60 of 113) in five-on-five situations. Worcester's leaders in five-on-five goals are essentially the same ones who lead in overall goals as well.

Mathieu Darche has 11, Mike Iggulden 10, Riley Armstrong 7, Joe Pavelski 6, and Craig Valette 5.

Triple-digit losses

Worcester went over the 100 mark in games lost to injury last night. It's an unofficial statistic, but the Sharks have lost 104 games to injury through 38 games.

Graham Mink and Brad Staubitz have missed the most (18), Mink recovering from a sports hernia and Staubitz with ankle and shoulder injuries. Dan Spang has missed 12 games, Grant Stevenson 11, and Michal Macho 10. They are the team leaders.

Spang is back off the injury list for now and played last night.

Next stop: Portland

The Sharks play in Portland, Maine, at 4 p.m. today. It will be the next-to-last game on their six-game road swing. Worcester lost up there last Saturday night, 3-1, but leads the season series, 3-1-1. The Pirates are 2-1-0 in three games since then and played host to Hartford last night.

Tremblay a scrapper

The latest addition to the Sharks roster, Jonathan Tremblay, skated with the team in pregame warmups, but did not dress.

Tremblay, 22, played junior hockey for Acadie-Bathurst in the Quebec League. He was San Jose's seventh-round choice in the 2003 draft, but has played in just one AHL game. That was with Cleveland in 2004-05. Tremblay also has been with Quad City and Kalamazoo of the United Hockey League as well as Johnstown, Toledo and Fresno of the ECHL.

He was in training camp with the Sharks and opened the season on the Worcester roster, but was sent to Fresno before he got into a game. Tremblay was 0-1-1 in 32 games with the Falcons.

He is listed at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds and his job description is no mystery. Tremblay will replace Glenn Olson, injured in a fight with Portland's Trevor Gillies last weekend, as Worcester's designated...

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