Torrey Mitchell and Logan Couture scored goals as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 Saturday night in a Rookie Game in front of a capacity crowd (approximately 700) at Anaheim ICE.
Andy Schneider scored the Anaheim goal 8:59 into the third period to cut the deficit to 2-1. Timo Pielmeier stopped 29-of-30 shots for San Jose to earn the win. Gerald Coleman made 19 stops for the Ducks.
Schneider's goal came with a man advantage. The defenseman's slap shot from the point deflected off a Sharks defender, beating Pielmeier on his stick side. Bobby Ryan and Brendan Mikkelson assisted on the tally.
Ryan, the heralded Ducks prospect taken second overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, was involved in a second-period fight with the Sharks' Frazer McLaren.Neither landed a good shot as they went to the ground.
The two-game Rookie Game set at the Ducks practice facility highlights top prospects from both National Hockey League (NHL) clubs.
Featured players on Anaheim’s roster include 2007 NHL Entry Draft first-round selection Logan MacMillan (19th overall), 2005 NHL Entry Draft first-round selection Bobby Ryan (second overall), as well as Andrew Miller and Ryan Carter, who both appeared with the Ducks in the 2007 Stanley Cup Final. A 17-year-old (7/5/89) center from Charlottetown, PEI, MacMillan appeared in appeared in 68 games with Halifax (QMJHL), collecting 20-35=55 points. Ryan recorded 43-59=102 points with Owen Sound (OHL), finishing eighth overall in OHL scoring. After making their professional hockey debuts with Portland (AHL) this season, both Miller and Carter joined Anaheim for the postseason, making their NHL debuts during the club’s Stanley Cup championship run
The two clubs square off again in Game 2 tomorrow night at Anaheim ICE at 5 p.m. Tickets remain for that contest (714-535-RINK for details).
Tickets are on sale and cost $10 per game. Tickets are being sold exclusively at the Anaheim ICE Program Office and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A limited amount of tickets are available for each game. Proceeds from ticket sales will directly benefit Ducks Care, a fund of the McCormick Tribune Foundation.
Anaheim Ice is located at 300 West Lincoln Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92805. For more ticket information, please call 714-535-RINK.
Rookie Games Roster (PDF)