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Ehrhoff Helps White Win In A Shootout

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
Day two to the Sharks 2006 Training Camp concluded with Team White topping Team B in a shootout after regulation ended tied at three. The teams are playing two halves with a 30-minute running clock except for the game’s final two minutes.

Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski propelled Team White to a 2-0 lead before three unanswered goals by Joe Thornton, Ryane Clowe and Dan Spang put Team Red up 3-2.

Marleau forced the shootout late in the second half when he turned his defender around on a one-on-one break and then lifted a backhand upstairs.

The shootout hero was Christian Ehrhoff. With the teams standing at one goal apiece, he used multiple dekes to put in the winning tally.

Ehrhoff had previously tried the move in a shootout.

“I tried it in an exhibition game last year, but it didn’t work,” said Ehrhoff. “This time it was perfectly executed.”

The highly skilled defenseman does have experience in the shootout and could be a potential option for Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson if a shootout goes beyond the initial shooters.

“(In Germany) I wasn’t always chosen, but I did it about five times,” said Ehrhoff.

While no other blueliners would nominate themselves to lead the Sharks shootout parade, they would not mind seeing one of their own get a shot every once in a while.

Some Sharks with close hair cuts during training camp may look a little different when April comes around.

New winger Mark Bell has the tight cut for now, but plans to stay away from the clippers all season.

The blueline is where he will find plenty of company. Defenseman Josh Gorges is scheduled to let his hair grow the entire season

“I’m going to have sick hair,” said Gorges. “It gets all frizzy.”

He will have company as Ehrhoff plans to join the fray and keep the locks growing.

“There is a bad stage when you start growing it out, but when you can keep it back, it’s O.K.,” said Ehrhoff.

Fellow defender Rob Davison has no ideas on joining his comrades, but may head in another direction.

“I’m going the other way and thinking of shaving it,” said Davison.

Combined with the fact that defensive stalwarts Scott Hannan and Kyle McLaren have been know to grow their hair as long as anyone else, the blueline could have a unique look this year.

“If all the D are going to do it, I’m in,” said Doug Murray.

Rookie Matt Carle rolled his eyes at the possibility.

“I did it for two years in college and I hated it,” said Carle.

Team Teal will take to the ice for a final public scrimmage before the exhibition season Sunday at 11 a.m. at Logitech Ice. The team has been playing before full stands at the official practice facility for the past two days.
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