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Sharks Rookies Take Game 2 3-1

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
The future stars of the Sharks took to the ice for the second consecutive night in Anaheim, and earned the sweep from the home town Ducks. San Jose topped Anaheim 3-1 and took the brief two-game series 2-0.

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2007 third round draft pick Tyson Sexsmith manned the nets for the victory against Anaheim’s J.P Levasseur. Goals provided by Torrey Mitchell, Luke Fritshaw and Logan Couture were the difference on the night.

It took just over two minutes for Anaheim to gain the early lead, as a loose puck behind the net was corralled by Matt Christie. The center made a quick pass to the slot where 2007 second rounder Eric Tangradi flicked the one-timer past Sexsmith for the tally. That would be all Sexsmith would allow on the evening.

The Sharks first scoring chance came off a rocket shot by Jason Demers that was initially stopped by Levasseur. A juicy rebound trickled out in front of the net, but Devin Setoguchi couldn’t settle it down and the play went awry.

Some bad blood from Saturday’s matchup was evident minutes later when Bobby Ryan, who dropped the gloves with Frazer McLaren in last night’s game, had words with Jonathan Tremblay. The two heavyweights discussed things but didn’t come to blows.

One of the best players on the ice Saturday, Torrey Mitchell, came to the rink ready to play again on Sunday. The feisty center tied the game nine minutes in when he deked the last defenseman and flicked a backhander across the line in what was a highlight real goal. Nate Raduns earned his second assist of the tournament on the play.

Less than two minutes later, Raduns would earn yet another helper as Team Teal struck again. Luke Fritshaw wristed a shot from the point that sailed passed Levasseur’s right shoulder. The Sharks led 2-1, and unknown at the time, Fritshaw had potted the game-winner.

When a Demers tripping penalty was in its closing seconds, a mad scramble in front of the net nearly led to another Ducks goal, but Sexsmith, proving he wouldn’t be outdone by Timo Pieleimer’s outstanding effort from the previous night, made three quick saves to preserve the lead.

The Sharks headed to the locker room with the 2-1 advantage intact despite being out shot 12-8.

When play resumed it was the Ducks that came out looking refreshed. They kept the pressure on the Sharks, even earning a breakaway, but Sexsmith thwarted the effort. Immediately following the unsuccessful breakaway, Jamie McGinn nearly extended the Sharks lead to two when he rung a shot off the crossbar.

After an Anaheim penalty five minutes into the second stanza, San Jose really shifted the momentum to their side. They extended their lead when Logan Couture scored his second goal of the tournament. Fritshaw put a shot on goal that missed the net and bounced back through the slot. Couture was wide open and buried the puck in the back of the net for the two-goal lead.

The McLaren-Couture-Setoguchi line was buzzing midway through the second as they had a 30-second span where they fired four quality shots on goal kept play in Anaheim’s zone. Couture had the best scoring chance of the bunch when he rang a shot off the post, just missing his second of the night.

Back-to-back tripping penalties by Juraj Valach and James DeLory gave Anaheim 43 seconds of five-on-three time, but poised penalty killing allowed the Sharks to escape the situation unscathed.

After two periods of play, the Sharks led 3-1.

The game resumed and was just as physical as it had been in the previous five periods of the weekend series. Five minutes into the stanza there was a huge tussle behind the net that nearly ended in a Ryan vs. Fritshaw match. Instead, Patrick Bernier, Fritshaw, Ryan and Ryan Carter were all sent to the box for roughing.

Setoguchi continued to pester the Anaheim defense with a flurry of shots, but none found the back of the net. The former first rounder was perhaps the fastest skater on the ice during both of the weekend contests.

Sexsmith continued to make big saves in the third, stopping another Ducks breakaway off of a sloppy turnover.

With just under a minute left in the contest, Anaheim pulled Levasseur in favor of an extra attacker. Their last ditch effort proved to be ineffective as the Sharks skated off with the 3-1 victory and a 2-0 record on the weekend.

McLaren – Couture – Setoguchi
Walker – Raduns – Mitchell
McGinn – Fox – Bernier
H. Tremblay – J. Tremblay

Fritshaw – Murray
Demers – DeLory
Joslin – Valach


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