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Sharks drop first preseason game
Canucks win on odd overtime goal
9/21/15 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks kicked off their pre-season game schedule on Monday night by participating in the Kraft Hockeyville Game held at the Q Center in Victoria, British Columbia. The Sharks rolled out a roster of primarily 3rd and 4th line players, combined with a pool of prospects, in a low scoring affair in a contest intended to provide coaches with a chance to evaluate bubble players in an NHL environment. The Sharks would drop the game 1-0 in overtime, surrendering a 4-on-3 goal in the extra session.

The game reached the extra period after San Jose failed to convert on four power play chances in regulation and a myriad of scoring chances against Canucks goaltenders.

Timo Meier and Nikolay Goldobin gave a preview of what could be for the Sharks when the two prospects teamed up for a nice scoring chance early. Meier took a Goldobin feed on the left side and snapped a shot that tested Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom.

Lukas Sbisa hooked Tomas Hertl early in the 1st period to put the Sharks on the power play. All the Sharks would have to show for the chance is a stinger to Hertl's ankle after a shot hit the forward in the side of the leg.

Troy Grosenick had a relatively quiet evening with the exception of a Brendan Gaunce break on net that ended with a waving glove save by the Sharks goaltender.

Aaron Dell played the second half of the game in net for San Jose and came up big on a Jannick Hansen breakaway in the 3rd period. Dell would follow that up with another big save seconds later after the Canucks kept the puck in the Sharks zone.

Dylan Sadowy missed on a backhand chance from the top of the net with 13 minutes left in regulation but second Canucks goaltender Richard Bachman gloved the chance to keep the game scoreless.

An Adam Cracknell holding penalty gave the Sharks their 4th power play with 6 minutes to play, but the Sharks couldn't solve Bachman. Goldobin had a chance from the left side, but held on to the puck a split second too long, allowing the Canucks to collapse on the scoring chance.

Both teams skated on 3-on-3 for the first time this season since the league imposed the new overtime format. It would not turn out to be kind to the Sharks, who made things more complicated for themselves.

Yannick Hansen drew a penalty on Nikolay Goldobin during the 3-on-3, which allowed the Canucks to add a player to the ice before a whistle halted play. Cracknell took a feed at the slot and floated down the slot before snapping a shot just inside the left post for the game winner.

Lines:

Tomas Hertl - Chris Tierney - Tommy Wingels

Matt Nieto - Ben Smith - Barclay Goodrow

Nikolay Goldobin - Ryan Carpenter - Timo Meier

Dylan Sadowy - Bryan Lerg - Mike Brown

Brenden Dillon - Matt Tennyson

Mirco Mueller - Dylan DeMelo

Gus Young - Jeremy Roy

Troy Grosenick

Aaron Dell

More Roster Moves:

The Sharks announced that they have assigned 14 players to the San Jose Barracuda.

The moves included the following forwards:

Vincent Arseneau
Chris Crane
Mike DiPaolo
Daniel Doremus
Petter Emanuelsson
Adam Helewka
Nikita Jevpalovs
Jeremy Langlois
Trevor Parkes

And the following defenseman:

Julius Bergman
Danny Federico
Patrick McNally
Rick Pinkston
Joakim Ryan

Barracuda Staff Named:

Barracuda General Manager Joe Will announced that the Barracuda has rounded out head coach Roy Sommer's staff. Ryan Mougenel returns as Sommer's assistant coach and Charlie Townsend will return for a third season as the team's video coach.

In addition, Dirk Graham, Bryan Marchment, Evgeni Nabokov, Mike Ricci, and Niklas Sundstrum will serve as development coaches for the 2015-16 season.





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Scoring
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 0 0 0 0 0
VAN 0 0 0 1 1
1st period - None.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - None.
Overtime - 1, VAN, Cracknell 1 (), .
Penalties
1st period - Sbisa, VAN (hooking), 2:35; Dillon, SJ (interference), 11:38; Lerg, SJ (hooking), 17:55
2nd period - Edler, VAN (slashing), 0:36; Sbisa, VAN (holding), 11:31; Hertl, SJ (interference), 19:59.
3rd period - Cracknell, VAN (holding), 14:00.
Overtime - None.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Grosenick 5 5
SJ - Dell 8 7
VAN - Markstrom 8 8
VAN - Bachman 8 8
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 8 4 4 0 16
VAN 4 4 4 1 13
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 4
VAN 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Attendance
Not Announced
Officials
Referees: , . Linesmen: , .
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