The Sharks rookies bested the Ducks' rookies on Sunday night for each team's opening game of the Young Stars tournament at the South Okanagan Events Center in Penticton, British Columbia. San Jose controlled the flow of play for much of the game, jumping out to a four goal lead behind scores from captain Nick Petrecki, Brandon Mashinter, John McCarthy, and Kevin Henderson. Anaheim answered back on an extended 5 on 3 chance with a power play goal by Nick Bonino, who walked the puck in on the flank of pro tryout goalie J.P. Anderson before firing into traffic in front of the crease.
Some dustups followed, but the game ended 4-1 Sharks. More after the jump...
It was a night of penalties as the Ducks and Sharks rookies combined for 66 minutes in the box (36 SJ, 30 ANA). Some of that can be attributed to a pair of fights (Scott Ramsay/Curt Gogol and Scott Valentine/Kevin Henderson) and a game misconduct for Checking From Behind for the Sharks Kevin Henderson, but the referees seemed to be calling a tight game otherwise. All of the Ducks' college alumni (Mark Mitera, Kyle Palmieri, Rob Bordson, Nick Bonino) marched to the box, and the refs seemed particularly focused on stick responsibility early on.
Coach Mark Holick shuffled the lineup on and off, but some groups found chemistry through three periods, particularly the line of Etem-Bonino-Deschamps and a checking line of Macenauer-McMillan-Smith-Pelly. The defensive pairings were fairly steady, and a loose line breakdown can be found below.
Pielmeier had a good night overall, saving only 26 of 30, but he was beat up high by good shots. The Ducks look to find a groove and bounce back with camp invitations on the line as they face the Calgary Flames tomorrow at 4PM.
Loose Line Breakdown