With Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Head Coach Clark Donatelli submitting an incorrect line-up card today vs the Bridgeport Sound Tigers I thought it would be fun to take a look back at three times that Worcester Sharks Head Coach Roy Sommer messed up his line-up card.
February 26, 2010:
Tied and heading to the shootout against Abbotsford AHL rules at the time required the head coach to submit a list of his first five shooters. Sommer wrote down Jamie McGinn’s name but put it next to Nick Petrecki’s number. By rule Petrecki, who had been benched earlier in the game, had to shoot. He missed. Badly. The WorSharks would go on to lose the shootout in the 8th round.
March 30, 2013:
For the previous 12 games Roy Sommer circled #35 on his line-up card to indicate that Harri Sateri would be starting in goal. On March 28th San Jose sent Thomas Greiss down to the WorSharks on a conditioning stint, and he was to play in just one game, which was to be March 30th against the St John’s IceCaps. Greiss led his team out of the tunnel and on to the ice, standing in the crease for the national anthem.
All of the sudden Sateri skates off the bench, says something to Greiss, and Greiss heads to the bench, sitting on the trainer’s stool in the dressing room tunnel as play began. At the first whistle Sateri came out of the net and Greiss when back in. Why, you ask? Because Sommer, despite not seeing Griess for two and a half seasons forgot he was supposed to start and circled #35 again. Worcester lost that game 5-4 in OT after being up 4-2 with under three minutes to go.
October 23, 2013:
In another goof Roy Sommer filled out his official line-up card listing Jimmy Bonneau (#43) as playing. The problem was the list in the locker room had Adam Comrie (#44) as playing. Comrie dressed and took part in warm-ups, but within seconds of puck drop went quickly to the dressing room as he was an ineligible player. Because he was listed as a scratch Bonneau had left the DCU Center long before the error was discovered and was unavailable. The WorSharks played with 17 skaters and lost 4-1 to Manchester.
The best part of this one? It took place right after a “State of the Sharks” meeting for WorSharks season ticket holders. So San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson, San Jose Head Coach Todd McLellan, and SS&E Chief Operating Officer John Tortora were all in attendance.