Sharks extend win streak to 5, beat Ducks 5-3

photo by sfgate.com: The San Jose Sharks Dalton Prout belts the Anaheim Ducks Nicolas Deslauriers in a first period brawl in Anaheim on Thursday night.

By Pearl Allison Lo

ANAHEIM — The San Jose Sharks won their first game versus the Anaheim Ducks this season 5-3 Thursday, as Anaheim played their 1000th home game capping a six-game homestand. 

It was the first win out of four if you count the preseason. Both teams came in with four-game streaks in opposite directions, the longest of each at the time in the NHL. 

The Sharks’ Tomas Hertl had a pair of goals, making it six in his last five. However, Hertl went into the locker room after he turned and Anaheim’s Sam Steel ran into him before the midpoint of the final frame leading to speculation on his true status. 

It was the fifth straight win for Martin Jones in net as well, and he relayed, “Our mindset’s been ‘defend first’, and that’s when we score more goals.”

With the exception of the Nashville Predators game, the Sharks have had at least four goals in each game during their points streak.

San Jose scored in all situations, even-strength, short-handed and on the power play.  

The Ducks got things going early with a failed clearing attempt by Radim Simek as he inadvertently then ended up blocking Jones’ view. Rickard Rakell chose the far side of the net from the right faceoff circle for the 1-0 advantage at 1:09.

The Sharks got a call in their favor when after review, Hertl was credited with a goal at 6:44. Barclay Goodrow took the initial shot which Hertl picked up. Goalie John Gibson saved Hertl’s attempt with his right leg blocker, but Hertl was able to push the puck enough against it until the puck crossed the goal line. 

Timo Meier broke his career high streak with assists in now five straight.

At 7:33, Anaheim’s Nicolas Deslauriers and Dalton Prout engaged in a fist battle. Prout had just returned from a conditioning assignment with San Jose’s affiliate, the Barracuda.  

There was 26 minutes and 16 seconds of a stalemate until both exchanged goals in the second as well, five minutes and 28 seconds apart.

The Sharks had three straight penalties in the second and the last cost them as Jakob Silfverberg scored 21 seconds after it. Rakell shot from beyond the right faceoff circle with Adam Henrique jabbing at it and Silfverberg finding the ultimate success 13 minutes into the middle frame. Before the goal, the league’s lead penalty kill had shut down 14 straight tries from teams. It was also a rare special teams goal for the Ducks. 

Hertl continued with his hot hand to re-tie the game as the right faceoff circle saw more action. The puck glanced off Gibson as it landed in a similar fashion to Rakell’s goal.

In the third, special teams worked in the more dominant team’s favor as both teams got penalties but the Sharks racked up two more goals off those.

San Jose head coach Peter DeBoer echoed, “I thought in the third we found another level, our entire team.”

Ryan Getzlaf and Rakell had short-handed attempts shots stymied by Jones before Burns gave the Sharks their first lead at 8:05 with fancy stickwork down the slot.

Anaheim had three missed shots on the power play preceding Couture’s feed to Evander Kane one minute and five seconds later. Kane had sped up the ice before he tallied as Gibson stretched in the other direction. 

The Ducks pulled to within one in a Jones versus Jones battle at 15:50. Max Jones’ puck went off Simek and through Jones’ five-hole.

The Sharks’ captain Logan Couture clinched the game when he won a breakaway attempt at 19:21 when Gibson just got back into the net.  

Up Next: San Jose will head back home for two games, starting with the Detroit Red Wings Saturday at 7:30 pm.  

Dell, Sharks win over Canadiens 4-2

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By Pearl Allison Lo

The San Jose Sharks got back to winning behind two goals from Evander Kane, 35 saves from Aaron Dell and three assists from Tomas Hertl to beat the Montreal Canadiens at Centre Bell Thursday.

Kane, with three points, almost got a hat trick in the third. Dell’s 35 saves off 37 shots were the most saves and shots so far this season. Hertl had a season-high three assists.

It was the Sharks’ ninth straight win versus the Canadiens as they went back to their winning ways in terms of goals scored and given up.  

Special teams also shined with Kane’s goals both originating from the power play and San Jose stifling Montreal three times when they had the advantage.

The Sharks almost had the first goal for the second game in a row, but the goal was called back due to offsides in the form of Barclay Goodrow’s skate being up in the air.

 The Canadiens hence were the first to break through when San Jose was caught near the boards and Montreal was able to create a 2-on-1. Nick Cousins shot and the puck bounced back to him, where he was able to convert behind Dell. It was his first goal of the season and with the team at 16:36. 

 Undiscouraged, the Sharks got another chance when a questionable penalty was whistled against Shea Weber at 18:10. Logan Couture sent in a rocket that struck Kane’s skate as it entered the net while goalie Carey Price was out of position. This tied things up in the final minute of the first.

 At 4:53 of the second, Kane showed he was able to duplicate, scoring 33 seconds after another penalty. There was nothing questionable beforehand. Brent Burns sent in a blast that Hertl tried to make go in too and Kane was on the right side of the front porch again. 

San Jose subsequently went ahead 3-1 at 8:09. Labanc took the pass from Hertl and sliced the puck up to the net. 

Burns went into the box for holding at 13:25 and the Canadiens tried mightily. They had six shots during the man advantage, Cousins with the last shot and after time expired, Cousins was credited with three more shots as Dell was more than up to the task in net. He added, “We had the d-men clearing it out for me.” Dell did not show any rust with his last game in net October 10th. 

Melker Karlsson then got his first of the season, another goal in the last minute. It was the Sharks’ fourth goal in a row as Joe Thornton made the speedy pass. 

However, 21 seconds later, Montreal made themselves known as Joel Armia made it 4-2. He took a shot from Max Domi who was against the wall on his tape and raised the puck over Dell. Armia had been out the previous two games with a lower body injury. 

No goals were scored in the third but Couture called it their “best stretch of the game.” Price was removed with 2:15 to go and San Jose kept the score the same with a 6-on-4 disadvantage with 20.2 seconds left. 

Up Next: The Sharks will go for .500 when Marleau face his former team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, Friday at 4 pm PT.

Captain Jack leads Sabres past Sharks 4-3

photo from The Buffalo News: Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (9) celebrates the game-winning goal with Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen (55) in overtime to beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3. James P. McCoy/Buffalo News

By Pearl Allison Lo

The Buffalo Sabres’ Jack Eichel led his team accordingly with two goals and four points in another 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks in overtime Tuesday. 

Casey Mittelstadt passed from one end to Rasmus Ristolainen in the other as the Sharks were changing, leaving Brent Burns outnumbered. It ended up being a rebound of a rebound as Eichel picked up Ristolainen’s shot, but then had to find the puck after he tried himself. The goal was the lone shot in overtime at 3:13 and was questioned after if the net came off and there was goaltender interference.  

Sharks captain Logan Couture on what happened earlier, 

The Sabres remained perfect at home as the Sharks were able to take a point in the first of a five-game road trip, thanks to San Jose goalie Martin Jones with saves in the beginning versus Jeff Skinner and near the end stopping Eichel for example. 

For the Sharks, Dylan Gambrell, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Erik Karlsson punched in their first goals of the season, Gambrell’s his first in the NHL. 

It was a rocky start for San Jose though, with defensive miscues and Jones needing to be solid. 

After racking up their goals in the final period last game, the Sharks built a 2-0 lead in the first. 

Gambrell tipped Karlsson’s shot from the point at 5:46. It was Karlsson’s seventh assist and fifth straight game with one. 

Patrick Marleau, with eyes up, found his person in Vlasic and made a perfect pass with Vlasic finishing the goal at 15:23. 

However, Buffalo scored three straight goals, including two in 76 seconds if you take out second intermission. 

Eichel broke through first with a power play goal 7:21 of the second. It broke up a 15-15 penalty kill by San Jose before then. Rasmus Dahlin added his ninth assist.  

With 31 seconds left in the second period, the Sabres evened up the match to two goals apiece. Sam Reinhart, standing in front of Jones and facing Ristolainen, tipped Ristolainen’s shot from the right faceoff circle. 

Skinner then gave Buffalo their first lead 45 seconds into the last period of regulation with his sixth goal of the year. 

Undaunted, San Jose, who outshot the Sabres 13-4 in the third, made it 3-3 at 11:27. Marleau tallied another apple, passing to Kevin Labanc, who saw Karlsson. 

Up Next: The Sharks went 0-for-2 on the power play. San Jose now heads to the home of Vlasic, Montreal, for a 4 pm game Thursday.  

Marleau magic as Sharks winless no more, 5-4

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By Pearl Allison Lo

After sitting on the pine without a team, 40-year old Patrick Marleau scored twice versus the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday in his return, as the San Jose Sharks, hungry for a win, were finally successful.

 

Chicago remained winless this time, but it was only their second game. 

The Sharks got their first lead of the season with Barclay Goodrow at 4:47 of the third, which would prove to be the game-winner. 

With the question of Mr. San Jose’s presence making a difference in the air, it would take a bit of time. The Sharks still gave up the first goal within the first 10 minutes and every time they scored, the Blackhawks had an answer. 

However, while the number of goals given up stayed the same, San Jose improved on their number of goals (four) and power play goals (two), both season-highs. They also kept up with their opponent’s scoring as the result of the contest went down to the wire. San Jose goalie Aaron Dell made 26 saves, including one against Alex DeBrincat with less seconds than the fingers on your hand.

The Sharks’ Brent Burns earned his 200th career goal and Kevin Labanc also tallied.

For Chicago, Andrew Shaw put in a pair of goals too. Dylan Strome and Dominik Kubalik chimed in with a goal apiece.

The teams traded goals for the majority of the game and combined for eight goals split evenly between the first two periods. 

It was familiar territory for San Jose as Kubalik notched his first NHL goal from between the faceoff circle and the goal line at 5:07 of the opening period. David Kampf missed a shot and Dell stopped three shots beforehand. 

The Sharks replied with their second power-play opening goal in as many games. Labanc angled his shot at 11:30 right at the red line.  

Shaw scored his first goal at 13:22 on his third attempt. 

Marleau would even things again plus add another power play goal before time expired, tipping Erik Karlsson’s shot at 19:43.

Shaw added his second at 9:27 after DeBrincat stole the puck from Karlsson.

Responding in a whopping 33 seconds, Burns took his shot from the red line with his back to the boards and his career goal went in off the stick of Connor Murphy. Dylan Gambrell had his second assist, his third in two games.

Dylan Strome made it 4-3 at 12:14 when the Blackhawks outnumbered San Jose heading to the net. 

Marleau would finish another period evening for his team when fished the puck from the boards, followed it and won the hard battle up front at 17:46.

Before the game-winner, Goodrow took the pass from Joe Thornton around the net and waited before beating goalie Corey Crawford.

Dell and the Sharks weathered a Karlsson giveaway, killed off a penalty where Vlasic critically blocked a shot from Patrick Kane and held off the extra attacker flurry the rest of the game.

Up Next: Marleau and Kubalik led with six shots apiece. San Jose now returns home for three, starting with the Calgary Flames Sunday at 7 pm. 

Sharks’ offense + defense don’t = a win in 3-1 loss 

mercurynews.com photo: San Jose Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell (30) who saved 30 shots but allowed three in the Sharks third consecutive loss in Anaheim to the Mighty Ducks

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~ ANAHEIM– It was roughly more of the same all around, including another injury, as the Ducks (2-0-0) handed San Jose (0-3-0) zero points Saturday. 

There were giveaways, the first coming from Sharks’ goalie Aaron Dell, the same number one in the goal column and Marcus Sorensen left in the second after 7:27 of ice time. 

San Jose Coach Peter DeBoer replied regarding tonight’s effort, “…I thought for three in four nights and being on the road, I thought especially our big guys played really hard…The first goal is a tough one…changes the mindset early. Especially against a guy like (John) Gibson at the other end.”

Anaheim has averaged two goals in their last four games, going back to the preseason and in contrast, the Sharks have only had a goal in each of their last four games. 

Special teams followed suit with the way its been with the Ducks killing their last 24 penalties and San Jose 0-for-33 on their power plays. Players postgame had some positives compared to the last two games, “some good shifts,” and the “power play.” The Sharks had four opportunities on the night offensively with five shots during their third power play.

A day after San Jose recalled Jacob Middleton from the San Jose Barracuda, they had to call up Trevor Carrick pregame after Middleton was hurt Friday. 

The Sharks gave up their first goal by way of another defensive lapse. The puck went from Dell to Ondrej Kase and Michael Del Zotto. Dell was recovering the puck from the boards. 

The fight of the game came at 11:28 between San Jose’s Brenden Dillon and the Ducks’ Nicolas Deslauriers. 

Anaheim had a two-man advantage for one second when after Lean Bergmann was called for slashing, Kevin Labanc was whistled for hooking with one second left. San Jose was able to fend off six shots and two missed ones. 

The Sharks evened the shot total at 22 in the second period with a 15-10 advantage but found themselves down 3-1.

San Jose had three straight shots to start off the second, one at 33 seconds and two 42 seconds onto the ice.  

They then got a power play at 2:22. Dell ended up giving the puck away again, this time to Adam Henrique, but Dell was able to get back in place to block his shot. 

The Sharks tied it up when Dillon, who looked to take a shot from the point, instead passed it off to Erik Karlsson who fed Logan Couture. The captain took aim from the right faceoff circle and found a friendly place for the puck at 5:44. 

San Jose’s lead lasted just under a minute when Ryan Getzlaf was found without a defender. He skated right up to Dell and made it 2-1 with the puck around Dell’s left side. 

Dell ended up making a quality save versus Carter Rowney, but it came as as result of a Mario Ferraro giveaway. 

Another injury occurred when Sorensen ended up in the end boards after taking a shot at Gibson. 

Henrique ended up having success against Dell when he gave the Ducks their final two-goal lead at 18:48. Featuring tired Sharks, a neutral zone giveaway by Tomas Hertl started the play and then it looked like Labanc gave up midway while defending Henrique, giving him time and space.  

Up Next: Karlsson had the most shift ice time with an average of 1:09. San Jose will now have their most rest of the regular season and Evander Kane back as they head to Nashville for the second of their three-game road trip to take on the Predators Tuesday at 5pm.

Bad blood holds up in season opener as Knights win 4-1

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By Pearl Allison Lo

The match between the San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights was filled with penalties and the usual physical aspects as the Golden Knights won again 5-1 in front of their home crowd at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday night.

In the previous two preseason games this year, the Sharks lost 3-1 and 5-1 as their struggles versus goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and Vegas continued. 

Special teams went the same way in the three games, with the Knights scoring at least once each time (4 for 11) and the Sharks scoreless throughout (0 for 10). 

This was the contest that counted though, as the beginning of the two teams’ fate was in this new season. 

Sharks goalie Martin Jones played the whole game, but could not be faulted for all the goals that went past him. It was the first time San Jose was outshot at the end, but by a worse margin at 35-22. 

Fleury, meanwhile, continued to hold solid. 

Three skaters were missing this time, as the Sharks’ Evander Kane commenced a three-game suspension spanning from the first of three straight games between the teams, San Jose’s (Erik) Karlsson was absent due to personal reasons and the Knights’ Nate Schmidt would end up leaving after only 3:11 time on ice with the first injury of the game.

It was a continuation of the hyped up rivalry as Vegas converted the emotions into two goals within 95 seconds to begin the game. They showed this dominance with goals before the five-minute mark in each period. 

The Sharks’ Brent Burns was whistled for tripping at 2:48, and nearly a minute later, Mark Stone capitalized. 

10 seconds after Stone hit the post, he scored from the left faceoff circle as the puck glanced off goalie Jones’ left side upon its entry. Stone received the puck after Marc-Edouard Vlasic secured the puck but his pass went through Brendon Dillon’s legs to Stone. 

Vlasic and Dalton Prout then missed each other on the return of a back-and-forth in the Knights’ end. William Karlsson picked up the puck and fed Reilly Smith who caught Jones at 5:21 to make it 2-0 while Jones’ legs were in a zigzag position.

26 seconds later, San Jose got their first power play as Brandon Pirri was called for hooking. It only lasted a minute though as Kevin Labanc was called for hooking as well. 

An unintentional knee-on-knee collision between Schmidt and the Sharks’ newly crowned captain Logan Couture resulted in the former leaving the ice.

Vegas got another power play at 9:52, but this time, their advantage only lasted seven seconds as Paul Stastny was called for interference.  

San Jose then showed their hand at 12:14 as Marcus Sorensen scored off the crossbar as he went above Fleury’s left shoulder to bring along his team.

The first period had the most penalties (five) and a high faceoff advantage (76% to 24%) in favor of the Knights.  

Vegas struck with another early goal, this one at 2:12 of the second, as Cody Glass scored his first NHL goal in his debut. 

Scuffles off the puck came to a head at 13:44 when Bryaden McNabb was called for roughing on Timo Meier with a punch to Meier’s face. Smith had a shorthanded attempt during the resulting power play. 

With 1:02 left in the period, Sorensen played a part again as he tipped in Dillon’s shot. However, it was marked as no goal as Sorensen’s stick was high before the puck found the net. The call held under video review to preserve the Knights’ two-goal margin. 

Vegas stretched the shot differential open with 16 to five attempts in the period. The Sharks blocked 11 to four of them. 

This time, the third started with a San Jose power play. However, it also resulted in a goal as Burns lost the puck and Dylan Gambrell fell. Burns and Gambrell fell once more as all alone, Jones was forced to choose between the oncoming Karlsson and Smith as Smith scored his second of the night to put up a 4-1 lead at 4:01. 

If one looked at the resulting TV shot that showed Meier hunched over, it might seem that was a reaction to the goal but earlier, Meier had taken a puck to the gut from Labanc and he later retreated to the dressing room. 

Labanc subsequently ended up taking a high stick from Tomas Nosek at 14:59 and followed Meier to the dressing room too. 

Up Next: The teams return for the last game in a row Friday at 7:30 p.m. as the teams return to Northern California.

Sharks still winless in preseason after 4-1 loss to Ducks

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By Pearl Allison Lo

ANAHEIM — The Anaheim Ducks treated their fans to a 4-1 win over their Northern California rival, the San Jose Sharks, in their preseason home opener at the Honda Center Tuesday. 

After Anaheim was shut out for the first time in the preseason by their crosstown rivals 3-0 Monday, they almost shutout San Jose. 

The Sharks, still searching for their first win, were able to avoid their first shutout of the preseason.

Both Jakob Silfverberg and Brendan Guhle for the Ducks had a goal and an assist. 

It was the first full game in net for both goalies Aaron Dell and John Gibson, who played half the game last time they were in net and gave up one goal apiece. Dell’s last game came versus Anaheim.

The penalty kill was strong for both teams as neither scored through a total of 11 power plays. 

The Ducks’ Derek Grant’s shorthanded empty netter at 19:38 of the third summed up the majority play of the game.

Sharks coach Peter DeBoer commented, “As a group, I thought they (Ducks) were a little bigger, a little heavier, a little harder than us, won more battles than us and that is why they won.” Anaheim won faceoffs by a 61%-39% clip.

San Jose got an early power play at 3:11 of the first during which they got two shots.

At one point, the Sharks had an 8-2 shot advantage. 

Both teams got simultaneous penalties at 6:25, but halfway in, San Jose’s Dalton Prout was called for slashing. Anaheim got better looks on their power play and three shots.

Eventually the time spent and pressure in the Sharks’ end proved worthwhile for the Ducks as Andreas Martinsen scored at 11:01. Silfverberg had the first shot and Martinsen corralled the rebound and aimed before Dell could scoop up the puck in his glove. 

The Ducks made it 2-0 when Jeffrey Viel tried to clear the puck and got Dell going in all different directions. Viel’s attempt went right to Isac Lundestrom who shot as the puck went to the backboards and Rickard Rakell found Silfverberg with his second goal in as many games at 14:17.

Both teams finished off the period with a fight with 2:52 left. Viel had the majority of punches to begin and Sam Carrick finished the scuffle off with Viel turned away. It was San Jose’s first preseason fight and there would be two more to follow.

Just 1:10 into the second period, Anaheim kept their momentum when Guhle wristed a goal from the top of the left faceoff circle as the puck hit the crossbar upon its entry. 

Penalties were assessed near the end of the period again. 

Prout was whistled for kneeing and a game misconduct at 17:18.

33 seconds later, however, Max Jones shaved off the extra man advantage as he high-sticked Jacob Middleton.

Before the high-sticking call wore off, Jonny Brodzinski and Dylan Gambrel’s back-and-forth paid off. Gambrell made a behind-the-back pass back to Brodzinski who completed the play at 19:06 to get one past Gibson.  

Goodrow had a shorthanded breakaway attempt in the third, but was denied. 

Grant’s empty-netter came nine seconds after teammate Chase De Leo was called for high-sticking. 

Up Next: The Sharks are slated to play the Calgary Flames again at home Thursday at 7:30 pm. 

Quakes fall into “Sea of Red” in 3-1 loss

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By Pearl Allison Lo

San Jose went into Atlanta Saturday, went down a man, Coach Matías Almeyda was ejected again and Captain Chris Wondolowski received a red card from the bench as another Bay Area team entered a “sea of red” and emerged with a loss.

The Quakes remain winless versus Atlanta United as their road game losing streak stretched to six as they faced the second place team in the Eastern Conference this time.  

San Jose’s Cristian Espinoza’s run which tied the game was sandwiched in between two yellow cards to him as well, putting the Quakes down a man in the 34th minute. 

With just a game in between free, Almeyda was forced to leave the game again late in the match.

Wondolowski received his penalty from the bench in 91st minute in between Atlanta goals for a foul and abusive language.

An added note to Espinoza’s run, it ended up being an own goal by keeper Brad Guzan, that came after fellow keeper Daniel Vega sent a rainbow from his side to Espinoza.

A different Bay Area team that was also involved with an own goal recently, happened in the hockey world versus red-clad fans in the stands too. The last goal of the San Jose Sharks game Wednesday was an own goal by the Sharks, which was credited to the Calgary Flames’ Johnny Gaudreau. 

Returning back to soccer, the game started with the Quakes going down early after Justin Meram scored in the fourth minute. The ball was helped by a deflection off defender Florian Jungwirth on the way into the net. 

Espinoza’s first card came in the 16th minute for interfering with the throw-in

The second yellow and subsequent red came after a tussle with Franco Escobar. 

Atlanta’s Emerson Hyndman had an opportune chance in the 46th minute, especially with a defensive breakdown, but missed to the left. 

Besides the obvious uphill battle, ended up being outshot 4-0 in the first half after four minutes of stoppage time. Atlanta had the slight possession edge 51.3% to 48.7%

It was quiet and even in the second half at first with Gonzalo Martínez having one attempt saved, the other missed, teammate Brandon Vázquez’s attempt saved and San Jose substitute Danny Hoesen’s attempt saved.

Then Atlanta took a hit in the second half when Josef Martínez (who did not have a shot in the game) was found on the sidelines twice and eventually pulled off on a stretcher because of presumably his knee. His MLS goal-scoring streak had been active since May 24 for 15 games. Martínez’s substitute Mohammed Adams took his place in the 79th minute. 

Martínez’s teammates then amped up their play. Leandro González, Vázquez and Julian Gressel had misses in the 79th through 81st minutes before Vega stepped up with saves versus Hyndman, Darlington Nagbe and Miles Robinson in the 82nd, 84th and 85th minutes.

It would be too much though as the Quakes’ chances dissolved when Hyndman scored a redemption goal in the 90th minute, Wondolowski got his red card for perhaps the first time in his 300th MLS start and Martínez made it 3-2 in the 92nd minute.

San Jose substitute Andrés Ríos made two more attempts, which were saved and blocked as did Gressel and Adams (both saved) before the final whistle was blown. 

Atlanta finished with 18 shots (Hyndman and Martínez four shots apiece) to the Quakes’ three and with 60.7% possession. 

Up Next: Despite key pieces missing now, San Jose will look to right the ship when they host the Philadelphia Union Wednesday at 8 pm for the first of a two-game homestand.  

Sharks drop second preseason game to Flames, 6-4

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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. 

Quakes score first, but end with 2-1 loss; SJ has dropped 5 of their last 7 games  

photo from newsday.com: Alexandru Mitrita #28 of New York City FC celebrates after scoring the second goal during the first half of their game against San Jose at Yankee Stadium on September 14, 2019.

By Pearl Allison Lo

The San Jose Earthquakes remained winless versus New York City FC as they suffered their third straight 2-1 loss against them Saturday at Yankee Stadium. 

It was the top of the Eastern Conference’s seventh straight contest without a loss and they have held their opponents to one goal or less in that stretch.

Quakes coach Matías Almeyda was back on the sidelines with this team, but they continued on a five-game losing streak away from home. 

San Jose striker Chris Wondolowski broke the 0-0 tie as he struck with hits 158th goal in the 20th minute. It was his third shot out of five for the Quakes so far compared to one shot for NYCFC not on target up to that point. Magnus Eriksson received the ball on the touchline, passed to Vako and with narrow room and precision timing, Vako found Wondolowski in the goal box as Wondo extended his staggered stance past defender Alexander Callens

Off a corner, NYCFC’s Gary Mackay-Steven hit the crossbar in the 26th minute after his ball hit the Quakes’ Guram Kashia.  

New York City FC started building up their shots, none dangerous enough though until suddenly San Jose found themselves down in the 43rd minute

Keeper Daniel Vega saved a shot in the 39th minute and then another off his line in the 40th minute after Keaton Parks passed to Mackay-Steven. However, Vega caused a rebound which Tommy Thompson got a foot on before Parks blew the ball past Vega and Marcos López, who was helping in net. That deposit was Parks’ first in the MLS.

Three minutes later, with two defenders surrounding him and Vega off his line again, Alexandru Mitrita took the well-directed pass from Ismael Tajouri-Shradi and made the 2-1 tally, as he slid on the grass like a turtle with a fist pump in celebration. It was Mitrita’s second goal in as many games and third in four games. 

NYCFC finished the first half with eight shots, five on target and the Quakes with only one more shot then when they scored their goal.

San Jose was not shy about going for the equalizer to start off the second half. 

Those included attempts in the 46th & 47th minutes (both saved by keeper Sean Johnson), 51st minute (did not have Wondo at the right spot to finish), 58th minute and two by Wondolowski in the 59th and 60th minutes. 

Wondo was also involved in some off-the-ball action as he raised his right elbow against Callens, but avoided serious trouble.  

In the 65th minute, the Quakes’ Judson saved a goal after the ball hit Vega and went past him. 

San Jose defender Florian Jungwirth tripped Mitrita at the top of the box in the 81st minute, but his kick went high.

There were eight minutes of stoppage time, but the Quakes were unable to level up the game.  

Up Next: Vako added three shots in the second half along with Wondo, who ended up with a game-high six. San Jose will look to pull out a win on this road trip when they conclude it Saturday at 12:30 pm versus Atlanta United FC.