“Hits and Misses” for Sharks at Flames in 2011 Young Stars Tournament

Result: SHARKS 6, Flames 1                       Next Game: Sept. 12, Jets @ Sharks, 7:30 PM PT

San Jose Sharks forward Michael Sgarbossa had a two point night {goal, assist} to help lead the Sharks to a 6-1 victory over the Calgary Flames at the 2011 Young Stars Tournament. Photo courtesy of espn.go.com

HITS

Charles InglisInglis scored his first goal of the 2011 Young Stars Tournament on the Sharks’ first shot of the game at 3:13 of the first period to give the Sharks an early 1-0 lead.  After Flames goalie Joni Ortio misplayed the puck behind his own net and turned it over to Sharks forward Ben Thomson, Thomson quickly fired a pass down to linemate Joe Antilla, who fired a shot towards the open net from the lower face-off circle that was stopped by the stick of a Flames player in the goalie crease.  However, as the Flames began to breakout of their own zone, Flames defenseman Christopher Breen turned the puck over at the top of the slot to Inglis, who quickly fired a laser of a shot on net that beat Ortio for the goal.

Michael SgarbossaSgarbossa had a two point night {goal, assist} and scored his first goal of the 2011 Young Stars Tournament on the Sharks’ second shot of the game at 5:45 of the first period to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead.  Cleanly carrying the puck out of his own zone, Sgarbossa got the puck over to linemate Brodie Reid on the lower side board.  Once at the Flames blueline, Reid passed the puck back to Sgarbossa, who found a seam and sniped the puck past Ortio top shelf on the stick side for the goal.

Trevor CheekCheek scored his first goal of the 2011 Young Stars Tournament at 7:46 of the second period to give the Sharks a 3-0 lead.  Battling for the puck near the Flames blueline, Sharks forward Nathan Moon, who had chased the loose puck down from the neutral zone, chipped the puck past Flames defenseman TJ Brodie and somehow, the puck landed on the stick of Cheek.  With the puck on his stick, Cheek made a strong move to the net and fired a backhand shot on net that squeezed/trickled through the legs of Ortio for the goal.

Curt GogolGogol scored his first goal of the 2011 Young Stars Tournament at 16:00 of the second period to give the Sharks a 4-0 lead.  Relentlessly pursuing the puck with a strong forecheck, Moon was able to cause a turnover inside the Flames zone after Breen softly chipped the puck off the lower side boards.  Gogol was able to intercept the clear attempt and displayed his sweet hands by going backhand-to-forehand while skating in on Ortio before scoring top shelf for the goal.

Brodie Reid – Reid had a two point night {goal, assist} and scored his first goal of the 2011 Young Stars Tournament at 0:53 of the third period to give the Sharks a 5-0 lead.  With the puck inside the Flames’ zone, Sgarbossa sent a beauty of a cross ice/zone pass to Reid, who was positioned near the high end board on the goal line.  With the puck on his stick, Reid fired an off-angle shot on net that banked in right off of Ortio.  Does anyone else think that Reid worked his tail off this game to prove that his former Northeastern head coach, Greg Cronin, was wrong with his comments this past spring after Reid announced he was leaving the university? {You can read those comments by clicking HERE}

Sena AcolatseAcolatse scored his first goal of the 2011 Young Stars Tournament at 7:53 of the third period to give the Sharks a 6-0 lead.  With the Sharks on a Power Play and himself positioned near the lower side board, Acolatse ripped a slapshot blast from just inside the blueline that ricocheted off the stick of two Flames players before beating Ortio high on the glove side for the goal.

Thomas Heemskerk – Only playing the first 30 minutes of the game, Heemskerk played outstanding and stood on top of his head by stopping all 26 shots he faced.  In the first period, Heemskerk made 16 saves, including a breakaway opportunity for Maxwell Reinhart, who had two point blank opportunities after beating Sharks defenseman Taylor Doherty to the loose puck in the neutral zone while the Sharks were on the Power Play.

J.P. Anderson – Reliving Heemskerk of goaltending duties midway through the second period, Anderson was outstanding as well in net for the Sharks, stopping12-of-13 shots he faced.  The lone shot that beat Anderson for a goal was Roman Horak‘s penalty shot that just barley trickled past Anderson’s pads on the right side after Horak went five hole with a backhand shot.  The goal came in the game’s final several minutes.

Nathan Moon – While Moon did not score a goal, he did register an assist and his strong forecheck play and relentless pursuit of loose pucks resulted in two Sharks goals {Cheek and Gogol}

Sharks Team – Despite being outshot by the Flames 39-26 for the game {16-4 after first period, 29-11 after second period}, the Sharks, who only returned eight players from last year’s Young Stars Tournament, were able to capitalize on their scoring chances by remaining poised and composed, which can be attributed to head coach Roy Sommer, who is also the head coach of the Worcester Sharks.  In addition, the Sharks were anchored by unbelievable goaltending from both Heemskerk and Anderson.

MISSES

First Period – Despite leading 2-0 after the first period, the score did not tell the whole story of the period as the Sharks were outshot 16-4 and could have found themselves trailing early had it not been for Heemskerk’s performance in net.  The Sharks spent way too much time skating around in their own zone as the result of turnovers and not being able to clear the puck out.  The team did get better as the game went along but the Sharks cannot have a repeat of that kind of start in their upcoming games against the Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks.  One can only play with fire so much before they are eventually burned.

Curt Gogol – While Gogol did get a “hit” for his beauty of a goal, Gogol gets a “miss” because of the undisciplined penalty he took in the second period shortly after Cheek’s goal.  Yes, Gogol’s game is that of a physical presence but he has to be smart about when he retaliates against an opposing player.  The knock on Gogol his entire WHL career has been his discipline, something he has committed himself to improving upon ever since being traded to the Chilliwack Bruins this past WHL season.  I would love to see more of the scoring skills Gogol displayed tonight while harnessing that edge he plays with into a controlled frenzy that allows him to be smart with his physical play.

LINE PAIRINGS

Line 1:  James Livingston / Freddie Hamilton / Mike Connolly{A}

Line 2:  Brodie Reid / Michael Sgarbossa / Dylan Wruck

Line 3:  Trevor Cheek / Nathan Moon / Curt Gogol

Line 4:  Ben Thomson / Charles Inglis / Joe Antilla

D1:  Konrad Abeltshauser / Taylor Doherty{A}

D2:  Sena Acolatse{A} / Antoine Corbin

D3:  Dylan DeMelo / Justin Sefton

G:  Thomas Heemskerk / J.P. Anderson

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About Jon Allred

Life long San Jose and Worcester Sharks fan that bleeds teal and black.

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