The San Jose Sharks were edged by the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 Monday evening in their second rookie scrimmage at the Orleans Arena. The same two teams faceoff on Tuesday at the Orleans Arena at 7:00 pm in a rookie preseason game.
Center Steven Zalewski scored the Sharks lone tally and Anaheim goalies Marco Cousineau and Dave McKee stopped all but one of the Sharks 29 shots. San Jose goalie Kyle Jones took the loss, stopping 14 of 16 shots. Ducks forwards Matt Stephanision and Matthew Caruana posted the Ducks goals.
“I think it sets things up nicely for tomorrow night,” said Worchester Sharks Head Coach Roy Sommer. “We will have a rubber-match for the rookies. They are battling for bragging rights. After two scrimmages I’m sure everyone is itching to get things going. We expect an intense battle and it should be really entertaining hockey for those who come out and watch it.”
For the second straight night the two squads skated to a scoreless tie after one period of play, with the Ducks opening the scoring at 13:33 of the second period. Anaheim’s Matt Stephanision stepped off the half-wall from the left wing to the high slot in the San Jose zone. Stephanision fired a wrist shot through heavy traffic and off the post for the 1-0 Ducks lead.
Just 3:06 later, the Ducks tallied on the power play for the 2-0 lead. Anaheim’s Matthew Caruana skated to the high slot and blasted a slap shot for his first goal of rookie camp. The Sharks cut the Anaheim lead in half before the end of the period with a power-play goal of their own. Tryout defenseman Michael Wilson sent a cross-ice feed to the right-wing circle for P.J. Fenton. The Sharks fifth round pick (162nd overall) in 2005 blasted a one-timer past Anaheim’s Marco Cousineau with only 2:08 remaining in the middle frame. Matthew Pistilli also assisted on the play.
The Sharks outshot the Ducks 22-10 in the final two periods, including an 8-2 differential in the third. Both teams had plenty of time on the power play with San Jose finishing 1-7 and Anaheim going 1-6.
“We played hard and I feel we had a tough finish here tonight,” said Sharks center Logan Couture
(1st round pick, 9th overall in 2007). “In the third we had a couple of chances to score, but in the end we just didn’t get the bounces on offense that we got last night. I think a lot of us are just excited to get things going tomorrow night when there is a crowd in here.”
With a full roster, the Sharks scratched a few of Sunday night’s heroes (Mike Morris, Jamie McGinn and Timo Pielmeier) to get a solid look at other prospects.
“Tyler Shattock did a pretty good job tonight, especially on the boards,” added Sommer. “P.J. Fenton added a lot of energy and made a good play on our only goal. I thought the goaltender Jones played pretty well. Both goals that they scored on him were solid. They ripped their shots past him. I also felt that Jason Demers
did a good job on the backend and Logan Couture
did well up front with Zalewski.”
“I think last night we had a lot of bounces go our way,” said Demers (7th Round in 2008, 186th overall). “Tonight we seemed to be fighting the puck a bit. We had a good amount of shots and we sustained pressure on them. We were just missing that finish. Tomorrow night will be fun and we are looking forward to the game.”