Barracuda Right Winger Filip Sandberg – Profile

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By Alexandra Evans

SAN JOSE — “It’s been hockey since I grew up,” Barracuda right winger Filip Sandberg said after practice at Solar4America Ice on Friday, November 2.

Beginning in his early youth, Sandberg watched his older brother, AIK veteran Christian Sandberg, on the ice and picked up the sport, practically, in no time.

At age 15, Sandberg relocated from Stockholm to Jonkoping, where he played for HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League from 2012 to 2017. Last season, Sandberg was listed at sixth on the team in points, third in assists, fifth in hits (a total of 44), and third among team forwards with 24 blocked shots.

Sandberg completed the 2016-17 playoffs with 14 points, ranking T-3rd in the league. These points were comprised of six goals and eight assists, for which he ranked T-5th (in goals) and T-6th (in assists). He led his team in postseason points and assists, and to a gold medal win.

In 204 SHL career games, Sandberg has attained 25 goals and 46 assists for a total of 71 points, along with a plus-eight rating. In 2013, he was appointed “Best Forward” in the U20 league.

Sandberg’s strength has translated well from the SHL to the AHL. One of the first things he noted was that the ice rinks in America are much smaller than those in Sweden, so one must think faster when moving the puck and attempting to score. The five-foot-eight, 190 pound left winger has scored four goals so far this season and is very well-coordinated, strong on skates, and getting faster game by game–a goal he set for himself when he first came to play in North America.

“You play against such great players. You don’t have time to think, ‘Where should I go now?’ You need to prepare all the time, then you take some feedback from the coaches and stuff like that. I think it is going to work out,” Sandberg said of the “smaller” ice in North America.

Sandberg is thrilled to be playing in San Jose. He described his contract signing as a dream come true. It will be exciting to watch him grow and progress this season. The NHL just might be in his foreseeable future.

Texas Stars Outshine Cuda 3-2 In Shootout

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By Alexandra Evans

CEDAR PARK, TX—The Cuda held on tight for an entire 60 minutes and an overtime period, but could not outshoot the Texas Stars, who took home a 3-2 win in a shootout. Close, but no cigar.

John McCarthy, Filip Sandberg, and Oliver Archambault started in the forward position; Jacob Middleton and Nick DeSimone started on defense; Troy Grosenick started in goal (though he ended up allowing two goals on 26 shots, and one in the shootout). The first period remained silent, ending with no score.

Sandberg has been working on getting faster since arriving in San Jose for his United States hockey debut. The Stockholm, Sweden native’s hard work translated on the ice tonight as he notched San Jose’s first goal of the game fifteen seconds into the second period (assisted by Archambault and Middleton), evening out the score 1-1. Later on in the period, Texas came back when Matt Mangene snaked his way passed San Jose’s defensive zone and scored at 8:25. San Jose held up until the 18:58 mark when Roope Hintz’s shot struck the left post before entering the net.

McCarthy scored his first goal of the season on the power play, tying the game 2-2 at 6:42 into the third period. Rudolfs Balcers and Adam Helewka assisted McCarthy’s goal. Helewka, who has been playing very much in sync with Danny O’Regan the past few games, recently shared that he feels his playing style works in sound with McCarthy in addition. It most certainly appears so.

The score remained 2-2 after 60 minutes, leading both teams into an overtime match. It was still 2-2 after the OT interval, and so the shootout began.

O’Regan, Balcers, and Mike Brodzinski were all given chances to score during the shootout, though they were unable to make it past Texas goaltender Mike McKenna (who made a total of 26 saves out of 28 shots). The Stars took home the 3-2 win after Travis Morin notched the only goal of the shootout.

This may have been San Jose’s second consecutive loss in two days, but it’s not over yet! The Cuda (now 3-4) will travel to Southern California to face the Ontario Reign (the AHL affiliate of the Sharks’ cross-state rivals, the Los Angeles Kings) on November 1.

Random fact: Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon played for the Texas Stars from 2010-2012. He also made his NHL debut with Dallas during this stint.