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2012 AHL schedule: Worcester Sharks begin season on Friday

Without the NHL, the AHL's Worcester Sharks are stepping to fill the void for San Jose Sharks fans during the lockout.

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With the NHL lockout in full effect, the San Jose Sharks have nothing to do but wait. But their AHL affiliate, the Worcester Sharks, begin their season this weekend with back-to-back matchups against the Norfolk Admirals out in Virginia.

Friday's season opener will start at 7:30 p.m. while Saturday's game will start 15 minutes earlier at 7:15 against the defending Calder Cup champions. Norfolk also lead the AHL in wins, points, and goal differential during the regular season last year as well, meaning the Sharks will have their hands full this weekend.

Worcester continues their roadie against the Portland Pirates next Friday, followed by their home opener on Oct. 20 against the Albany Devils.

The Sharks' schedule for the upcoming week is below. You can check out their complete schedule here.

Fri, Oct 12, 2012

Worcester

at

Norfolk

7:30 pm EDT

Sat, Oct 13, 2012

Worcester

at

Norfolk

7:15 pm EDT

Fri, Oct 19, 2012

Worcester

at

Portland

7:00 pm EDT *

Sat, Oct 20, 2012

Albany

at

Worcester

7:00 pm EDT