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

Result:  Jets 4, SHARKS                       Next Game: Sept. 14, Sharks @ Canucks, 4:00 PM PT

Photo courtesy of http://www.sharksahl.com

HITS

Michael Sgarbossa – For the second consecutive game, Sgarbossa was the standout Shark as he was always around the puck in the all three zones of the ice.  His body must be part magnetic because once inside the offensive zone, the puck seemed to gravitate towards him once he was in either scoring position {He was robbed of several goals by Jets goalie Edward Pasquale, including a laser shot from in-between the top of the two face-off circles late in the third period} or a position to set-up a teammate for a scoring opportunity.  His line with Dylan Wruck and James Livingston was easily the best Sharks line all game and most consistent with their cycle and generated scoring chances.

Sena AcolatseAcolatse is perhaps the most poised Sharks prospect defenseman with the puck.  He is always aware of his surroundings {sacrificed his body in front of goalie Thomas Heemskerk to break up a Jets scoring chance after a turnover at center ice in the third period}, keeps his head on a swivel {evident by his long stretch pass to Freddie Hamilton in the first period that nearly resulted in a goal} and glides with ease once he’s in possession of the puck.  In addition, his rocket shot from the blueline is lethal and will cause goalies in the AHL this upcoming season headaches on a nightly basis.

Physical Play – While they may not have generated many scoring chances, the overall play of Charles Inglis, Scooter Vaughan and Curt Gogol was quite impressive.  Vaughan continuously put his body on a jets player all game with solid checking while Gogol and Inglis showed they can be an asset on the penalty kill with their solid defensive play.  Inglis himself generated a scoring chance out of nothing late in the third period while on the penalty kill and moments later, drew a power play opportunity for the Sharks with his relentless pursuit of the puck.  Gogol displayed how good he can be when he’s disciplined and won his scrap with Klarc Wilson in the second period after landing a huge haymaker.  Lastly, Sharks defenseman Zach Bell had a rock-em, sock-em scrap with Austen Brassard midway through the second period that started in the Jets zone and ended at center ice.  Bell land shot after shot to Brassard before both men went down to the ice.

Penalty Kill – The Sharks were a perfect 5-for-5 in killing off the Jets power play opportunities.  The Sharks had tremendous zone movement and their pressure forced the Jets shooters to keep the puck out on the perimeter, resulting a majority of the Jets shot attempts being blocked or easily saved by Heemskerk.

Thomas HeemskerkHeemskerk was solid in net again for the Sharks, stopping 18-of-21 shots, and the goals scored on him were from in close on breakaways and an odd man rush.  For the tournament, Heemskerk has stopped 45-of-48 shots for a 0.9375 save percentage and a 1.5 goals-against-average.

MISSES

Sharks Team – Coming off a 6-1 victory over the Calgary Flames prospect team Sunday evening, the Sharks prospects appeared to be a little too full of themselves when taking the ice tonight for their second game in the Young Stars Tournament, and learned a valuable lesson tonight in that they cannot get too full of themselves based on the results of one game.  There is a huge difference between being confident and having too much swag.  To make it to the next level, one cannot get too high on themselves or too low.

First Period – Despite allowing only seven shots on goal in the first period, the Jets scored on two of those shots in a 6:13 span to lead 2-0 at the end of the period.  Levko Koper scored the game winning goal for the Jets at 9:11 of the period to give the Jets an early 1-0 lead.  With the puck inside the Jets zone, Jets defenseman Sebastian Owuya softly chipped the puck out of the zone off the lower side glass and pass Bell, who was pinching up on the play in the neutral zone.  Koper tracked down the loose puck, rushed into the Sharks zone from the left side board, cut in front on Heemskerk and scored on a shot that barley squirted by Heemskerk {Koper would add an empty net goal at 19:14 of the third period to seal the 4-0 victory}…………Mark Scheifele, the Jets’ first round draft pick in this year’s NHL Entry Draft, gave the Jets a 2-0 lead at 15:24 of the period with his short-handed breakaway goal.  With the Sharks on a power play and puck possession inside the Jets zone, the Sharks turned the puck over at the blueline, and Scheifele tracked down the loose puck in the neutral zone, skated in all alone on Heemskerk, went forehand-to-backhand and put the puck upstairs for the goal.

Third Period – Only trailing the Jets 2-0 entering the final frame, the Sharks’ comeback hopes were quickly dashed as Jason Gregoire scored just 22 seconds into the period on a 2-on-1 rush to put the Jets up 3-0.  With Sharks defenseman William Wrenn caught alone, Scheifele skated into the Sharks zone with Gregoire and threaded pass through Wrenn’s legs down to Gregoire, who quickly fired a shot on net for the goal. 

Power Play – Despite having several opportunities with the man advantage, including a 6-on-4 advantage in the final minutes of the game after pulling Heemskerk for an extra skater, the Sharks were unable to capitalize on their power play chances and surrendered two short-handed goals in the process {Scheifele goal and Koper empty netter}.  The Sharks prospects did have good puck movement once they established their power play unit inside the Jets zone but were hesitant to shoot at times and continued to pass the puck along the perimeter.

LINE PAIRINGS

Line 1:  Trevor Cheek / Freddie Hamilton / Scooter Vaughan

Line 2:  Dylan Wruck / Michael Sgarbossa / James Livingston{A}

Line 3:  Joe Antilla / Nathan Moon / Brodie Reid

Line 4:  Ben Thomson / Charles Inglis / Curt Gogol

D1:  Konrad Abeltshauser / Zack Bell

D2:  Antoine Corbin / Sena Acolatse{A}

D3:  Taylor Doherty{A} / William Wrenn

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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