The third day of San Jose Sharks training camp saw a packed house at Sharks Ice for the team scrimmage. A full breakdown of the training camp roster and groups can be found here . The morning began with Group A drilling with Coach McLellan and Larry Davidson. It was a fast paced set of drills that got the players’ feet moving and breaking out at speed. Even though these were drills, players like Raffi Torres and Matt Tennyson weren’t shy about getting the body involved.

The scrimmage consisted of two 30 minute periods followed by a shootout. The A Group started out a little slow, having just come off the ice from drills. Group B’s Taylor Doherty put the first puck in net, getting it past Alex Stalock. Doherty’s 6’7” frame was a standout on the ice and he made the most of his size along the boards.  Brent Burns showed his skill as a forward, building on his transition from defence last year. He has the speed, skill and the body as a two way forward and paired well with both Thornton and Tyler Kennedy. It didn’t take long for a for a feed from Thornton found Burns’ tape and the puck scooted past Stalock to put Group B up by 2 heading into the break.

The second half began with Group B’s Boyle off for interference on Adam Burish. Raffi Torres was quick to score on the power play with a little feed from Couture to get Group A on the board 2-1. Daniil Tarasov, who impressed earlier this summer during the Prospects camp, put Group B up another goal as he capitalized on a turnover in the offensive zone, put it to the net and scored off his own rebound. Group A  would come back with a shorthanded goal by Scott Hannan followed by a nice tip-in by Rylan Schwartz from Logan Couture, tying the game up 3-3 Group B would put the pressure on for the final minute of the game, with a scrum ensuing in front of Group A’s Sateri and no more goals scored.

In the shootout, it was Group A that found the back of the net for the win, with Matt Nieto, Jason Demers and Raffi Torres all potting goals. Group B’s Boyle had a nice backhanded shot in on Harri Sateri and Tarasov flashed another one past the netminder.

Those absent from the scrimmage were Marek Viedensky, Mirco Mueller, Kyle Bigos, Jimmy Bonneau, Marty Havlat, Sebastian Stalberg, Chris Crane, Riley Brace and goaltender Troy Groesnick. All were on the ice for a skills development session with Development coach Mike Ricci following Group B’s skill session.

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Skills Development session with Coach Mike Ricci

 

Following the scrimmage defenceman Matt Irwin gave his thoughts on the third day of training camp and what his focus has been this year at camp. Irwin started the 2012-2013 year with Worcester and following the lockout played with San Jose for the rest of the season with Dan Boyle. He wants to continue to demonstrate that he has what it takes to be one of those top 6 Dmen for San Jose and he’s learned a lot playing with Boyle at his side.

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 Daniil Tarasov is hoping to make an impact during the preseason games with San Jose and if his Summer Prospects scrimmage and training camp performance are any indicator, he is well on his way to becoming a San Jose Shark. He’s spent the last two months studying the playbooks of both Patrick Marleau and Brent Burns and his development as a player has accelerated since first hitting the ice with the Sharks’ ECHL affiliate San Francisco Bulls last year.

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The San Jose Sharks have their first pre-season game against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday September 16th  7:00 pm at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

The San Jose Sharks regular season kicks off at home on Oct 3rd when the San Jose Sharks take on Vancouver Canucks at SAP Center at 7:00pm.

 

 

 

A West Coast girl, born and raised in the Bay Area in the most non-traditional Hockey Market you could imagine for a long time... When the Sharks came to town it changed the Bay Area hockey landscape forever. Her first love will always be the Red Wings but she has embraced the Sharks since their debut in 1991. She has a passion for minor league grind-it-out-in the-corners hockey. Her heart broke when the ECHL Bulls folded , but luckily the Stockton Thunder are still close enough for her to get her gritty-hockey fix. Besides watching hockey, she is an American Tribal Style belly-dancer and trolls the blue-line, playing defence in a local rec hockey league... A somehow strange but balanced juxtaposition.

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