In the first game of the "Hockey Double-Header" sponsored by OSH, the Future Kings defeated the Future Sharks, 3-2 after getting two shootout goals from Jeff Tambellini and Dany Roussin.
San Jose scored the game's first goal after a four-minute penalty to Roussin for a high-sticking call sent San Jose on the early power play six minutes into the game. Three minutes later, another penalty gave San Jose the two-man advantage. It took less than 10 seconds for the Sharks to capitalize, as Garrett Stafford rifled a slap shot past Los Angeles goaltender Barry Bust, giving San Jose a 1-0 lead.
Los Angeles had a great scoring chance, when a turnover enabled them to go on a two-on-one. A one-timer came up short when Sharks goaltender Jamie Holden stopped the shot. That was the case for the entire first period, as Holden stopped all eight shots faced, sending the Sharks into the locker room with their 1-0 lead intact.
Patrick Rissmiller nearly gave the Sharks a 2-0 lead with some fancy puck handling, but it was Los Angeles who answered back with a power play goal scored by Brad Smyth. The Kings kept the pressure on with a hard wrister that rang off the post. Several power plays for each team were unsuccessful, and after two periods of play, the score was 1-1.
Seven minutes into the third period, Shane Joseph nailed a one-time pass from Riley Armstrong past Brust, giving San Jose the 2-1 lead. Once again, Los Angeles answered back however, as a puck shot softly by Brendan Bernakevitch squeaked between Holden's leg pads, knotting the game at two goals apiece with just over seven minutes left.
The Sharks went on the power play with just under two minutes remaining in regulation, but never forced any real scoring threats on the Kings defense. With the score remaining 2-2 after three periods of play, the game was forced into a best-of-three overtime shootout.
The first shots by both San Jose and Los Angeles were stoned by Brust and Holden, but Tambellini and Roussin sent the Future Kings home with the victory after consecutive goals.
"It was a game," said Cleveland Barons Head Coach Roy Sommer. "I thought that a lot of our guys like Stafford and Holden played well. The shootout is a tough way to lose a game. It's exciting for the fans, but tough for us. It's hard to play such a good game and then lose so fast, but it's exciting."
Doug Murray left three minutes into the game after taking a puck to the face.