By Kyle Shohara – Anaheim Ducks
Sept. 10, 2017
SAN JOSE, Calif. – For the second consecutive day, the Ducks took care of business in every way.
Led by a three-point performance from Sam Steel, the Ducks struck three times in the final minutes of regulation in what ended up being a 7-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Sunday. Anaheim remains undefeated in the prospect tournament, having defeated the Arizona Coyotes 4-1 last night.
Mitch Hults, Tyler Soy, Marcus Pettersson, Alex Dostie and Max Jones also scored for the Ducks, who have outscored their opponents 11-2 over their first two games. Angus Redmond earned the victory for Anaheim, while Josef Korenar took the loss for San Jose. Filip Sandberg scored the lone goal for the Sharks who will conclude their three-game schedule on Tuesday against the Coyotes.
The Ducks struck first when Hults corralled a pass in the high slot and roofed a wrist shot over the glove of Korenar five minutes into the game. Hults, signed as a free agent on March 20, earned 34 points (11g/23a) in 36 games at Lake Superior State (WCHA) last season before joining the San Diego Gulls, where he went on to post four points (1g/3a) in six regular-season games, and one goal in two AHL playoff contests.
San Jose responded when Sandberg weaved through the defense before going top shelf over Redmond to tie the game with 14:23 remaining in the first period.
The game remained tied until Soy gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead with a backhander that went five hole. Drafted in the seventh round (205th overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft, Soy posted 25 goals and 55 points in 44 games with Victoria of the Western Hockey League last season before joining the Gulls on an amateur tryout agreement.
Anaheim’s lead increased to 3-1 when Pettersson unloaded a booming slap shot from just above the left faceoff dot that sailed over Korenar’s glove on the power play. Steel and Josh Mahura were credited with the assists on the power-play goal, the club’s first tally with the man advantage in six tries. (Anaheim went 0-for-5 in its 4-1 victory yesterday).
Steel made it a 4-1 score when he pounced on a loose puck in the high slot and buried a wrist shot past Korenar to give the Ducks their second power-play goal in as many opportunities. Steel corralled Keaton Thompson’s point shot, which was blocked in front of Korenar.
The Ducks tacked on three more goals in the final minutes of the third period. Dostie netted an empty-net goal with 1:08 remaining in regulation, and then Jones sent a backhander top shelf with 31 seconds left on the clock. Steel’s second goal of the game came with under 15 seconds left in regulation, a nifty backhander that snuck past Korenar.
The Ducks will conclude the 2017 Prospect Showcase on Tuesday afternoon when they face the Colorado Avalanche at Solar4America Ice at noon.