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Ducks Fall to Sharks 4-1 in Young Stars Opener

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
By Kristi Patton

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Ducks defenseman Scott Ramsay goes toe-to-toe with San Jose Sharks Curt Gogol at the Young Stars Tournament. (Photo by Kristi Patton)
PENTICTON, B.C. - A third period power play goal by Nick Bonino was all the Ducks could manage in a 4-1 defeat to the Sharks in the opener of the Young Stars Tournament at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, B.C.

A fiery first period was filled with big hits and plenty of shots on Ducks goalie Timo Pielmeier, who held his team in after they only registered four shots on goal to the Sharks 13. An unlucky break put the Sharks up 1-0 with 4:27 remaining in the first frame after a point shot deflected in a sea of jerseys and past Pielmeier.

The Sharks continued pressure starting the second period, peppering Pielmeier with more rubber and capitalizing on their opportunities to take a 2-0 lead less than three minutes into the session. A revolving door into the penalty box zapped the Ducks energy. Goals from Sharks Brandon Mashinter Kevin Henderson and  a power play marker by John McCarthy added to the Sharks lead, making it 3-0 with minutes remaining in the second frame.

Gathering themselves late in the second period, the Ducks fired back with their best opportunity of the night just shy of finding twine. With a scrum in front of the net caused by a juicy rebound from a Emerson Etem shot, forward Jason Akeson struggled to get a handle on the puck, narrowly missing the net. The Sharks answered back seconds later scoring their fourth goal of the night.

A strong third period for the Ducks started with the opposition earning three consecutive penalties, opening the door for a five-on-three opportunity. Perched at the side of the net, a Ducks forward jammed the puck into the pads of Sharks netminder and right onto the stick of Nick Bonino for the Ducks first goal of the evening.

"We got off to two really bad periods," admitted Bonino. "We couldn't get anything going but we are happy with the way we ended. We won the third and we stayed out of the penalty box. The first couple of periods we couldn't stay out of the box and played maybe two even strength shifts in the first period. It hurts. We need to be a bit sharper from start to finish."
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