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Day Two Scrimmage Goes to Shootout

by Alex Aragon / San Jose Sharks

SAN JOSE, California -- The San Jose Sharks opened Day Two of their 2011 Training Camp with an intrasquad scrimmage on Sunday morning at Sharks Ice.

While some of the rookies began playing in organized scrimmages a week earlier at the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, British Columbia, it was the first chance many of the Sharks veterans had in a simulated game environment. While both teams had several opportunities to get on the board, they played two, 30-minute halves of scoreless hockey before lining up for a shootout.

Sharks alternate captain Dan Boyle was the first to score in the shootout, ringing his shot off the crossbar and past goaltender Tyson Sexsmith. Joe Pavelski quickly answered, moving into the zone from his left to right and beating netminder J.P. Anderson low blocker. Defenseman Jason Demers ended Day Two’s scrimmage in the sixth round with a quick deke and shot beating Sexsmith high glove.

Left wing Brad Winchester, at training camp on a professional tryout, was noticeable on Sunday with a couple of quality scoring chances to his credit. He skated mostly on a line with forwards Andrew Desjardins and Andrew Murray, but did take a handful of shifts on the left side with Sharks captain Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski.

“It’s been high intensity the past couple of days,” said Winchester. “We practiced before the scrimmage and there was a lot of good skating out there. The systems seem like they’re going to be cohesive with the way I play. And certainly there’s a lot of skill in this room, so it’s exciting.”

Winchester had one of the best scoring chances of the day, gathering a loose puck near center and breaking in alone on Harri Sateri. He wristed a shot targeted for the top corner of the net but Sateri got just enough of it with his glove to deflect the puck wide. He was later called on in the shootout to face Anderson and seemed to have the young goalie beat, but his shot attempt careened off the crossbar and out of play.

The Sharks will return to action Monday morning, playing another intrasquad scrimmage at Sharks Ice. Training camp sessions at Sharks Ice are open to the public but attendance is limited to the first 250 fans and all spectators MUST sit in the seating areas. Public attendance and the training camp schedule are subject to change without notice.

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