Whether it’s a regular season game in October, a Stanley Cup Playoff grudge match or even a rookie exhibition to kick off the preseason in September, games between the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks continue to involve one common ingredient:
Behind a relentless brand of physical play, sparked by a two goal effort for Brandon Mashinter
and a pair of multi point games from blue chip prospects Nick Petrecki
and Benn Ferriero
, the Sharks cruised to a 4-1 victory against Pacific Division rival Anaheim in the opening night of the 2010 YoungStars Tournament in Penticton.
The three players led the Worcester Sharks to a team record 108-point blitzing of the American Hockey League in last year's regular season and produced a familiar story that was orchestrated by Worcester head coach Roy Sommer, who is serving as San Jose's bench boss role for the rookie showcase.
“I thought we came out and had a really good first period,” said Sommer. “We had a couple of practices and had a system implemented. They played pretty good and some guys had really good games. Those are games that put you on the map, and get Todd (McLellan) and those guys excited.”
The Sharks put the contest out of reach by scoring the game's first four goals.
By ushering a wave of net crashing opportunities on Ducks goaltender Timo Pielmeier, at one time Sharks property, San Jose dominated early by owning a 10-3 advantage in shots.
Ferriero was involved early with the array of scoring opportunities, barely missing on a drive down the left wing and having his wrist shot, ticketed for the upper corner of the net, turned away by Pielmeier's shoulder.
The Sharks finally got on the board with 33 seconds left in the first period on Mashinter's first goal, as he took a piece of a Nick Petrecki
blast from the point and re-directed the puck past Pielmeier with a screen at the top of the crease.
It didn't take long for the 6-foot-3 Mashinter, who branded his game as a hulking rookie power forward with Worcester last season in a 22-goal output, to strike again.
At 2:21 of the second period, Mashinter was the recipient of a Ferriero feed and whipped a shot past the right post of Pielmeier to hike the lead to 2-0.
“I wanted to get into the game early,” said Mashinter. “Nick Petrecki
had a great shot on that first goal and Bennie Ferriero made a nice pass and I saw the glove side open. It's nice to get a couple of goals early on, and hopefully it can continue.”
The Sharks continued to pour it on with Worcester-bred talent and pushed the advantage to 3-0 with 11:13 left in the period, courtesy of John McCarthy's first goal of the tournament with assists credited to Phil Varone and the second of the game for Petrecki. McCarthy whipped a turn-around shot from the mid-slot that beat Pielmeier along the ice. Marek Viedensky
, selected by the Sharks in the seventh round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, padded the lead to 4-0 with 55 seconds left in the period. After Mashinter fired a shot from the middle that caught a piece of traffic that included Ferriero heading to the front of the net, Viedensky fought through the physical front and tucked the rebound away for his first goal of the tourney.
Nick Bonino, who made his NHL debut with the Ducks last season, got Anaheim's only goal of the game with 16:22 left in the third period to close the scoring. J.P. Anderson
, a right gloved goaltender coming off a 23-10-1 effort in his second year with Mississauga of the Ontario Hockey League, turned in a rock solid effort with 26 saves and earned the victory.
“J.P. Was excellent tonight,” said Sommer. “He helped us out when we caught up ice and stopped a breakaway in the first period and stopped a couple of point blankers to keep us in it. He's looked great to me, all camp.”
DROP THE MITTS
The teams combined for 66 minutes in penalties in the game, including four fighting majors that featured Curt Gogol
going head-to-head with Anaheim's Scott Ramsay with 13:49 gone in the first period. Kevin Henderson and Scott Valentine dropped the gloves with 9:31 gone in the second perioda.
BACK TO WORK
The Sharks return to the ice for their second game in 24 hours, facing the host Vancouver Canucks at 7:30 p.m. on Monday. The game's webcast can be seen live, streamed online at www.sjsharks.com.