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By Pearl Allison Lo
The San Jose Sharks played their second preseason game in as many days as they took on the Calgary Flames after traveling Wednesday.
The Flames played their third match in three days thanks to a traveling doubleheader.
None of that mattered though as both teams combined for 10 goals and their most goals apiece of the preseason, even though their previous contests were multi-goal games as well.
20 different players had their first preseason points. The Sharks’ Manuel Wiederer had two goals, Calgary’s Dillon Dube had his second goal in as many games and an assist, San Jose’s Ivan Chekhovich had a goal and an assist, the Sharks’ Jayden Halbgewachs and Tony Sund had two assists and the Flames’ Tobias Rieder had his second assist in as many games.
All the first period action happened in the opening half.
San Jose went first with Lean Bergmann scoring solo at 4:01.
Sean Monahan tied the contest up at 7:06 and teammate Alan Quine followed with a close-up goal that went between Antoine Bibeau’s knees at 8:32.
The Sharks had a 3-on-1 in the waning seconds of the first but the net went off its moorings.
Both teams went on a scoring exhibition in the second.
At first, it started off the same way as the first with both teams combining for three goals before the 10-minute mark in the same order.
The puck touched the tape of several players, but San Jose used a faceoff win and a tip to tie up the game a second time. Chekhovich scored at 6:44.
Adam Ruzicka gave Calgary back the 3-2 lead at 8:51, as he took the pass from Martin Pospisil at the boards and at 9:21, Derek Ryan’s pass turned into a scoring shot as the puck hopped off the Sharks’ Tomas Hertl’s stick in between.
Then the teams started trading off goals in the closing part of the period.
Sund took the hard shot and Wiederer shoved it in at 11:39.
Dube used handy stickwork to re-establish a two-goal lead at 13:35.
Wiederer moved around his defender at 17:54 to make sure his team did not end the period worse than it started.
Rieder started off the third with a clang in the form of a crossbar shot.
He also drew another penalty from Mario Ferraro around the same time as the second period, at 1:11.
The Flames had their only power play at 8:48.
Up Next: San Jose will host the Vegas Golden Knights Saturday at 5 pm.