San Jose SaberCats quarterback Mark Grieb earned the Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week honor for his performance in San Joses 71-70 overtime win over the Arizona Rattlers.
Grieb, the all-time leading passer in SaberCats franchise history, threw for 432 yards completing 34-59 passes with nine touchdowns and no interceptions. This marked the fifth time in Griebs illustrious career that he has eclipsed the 400-yard mark in a game, with the last coming in a win on July 1, 2011 against the defending ArenaBowl Champion Jacksonville Sharks. That was also the last time that Grieb was named Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week, as he threw for 401 yards and had ten total touchdowns (nine through the air and one on the ground).
The San Jose native spread the ball around to six different receivers on Saturday, five of which caught touchdowns. Two receivers (Ben Nelson and James Roe) went over the century mark, and each had three scores apiece. Roe also passed a significant career milestone with his second touchdown on the night, which was the 250th of his career. In addition, newly acquired wide receiver Huey Whittaker had 94 yards receiving, and his touchdown in the fourth quarter marked the 100th of his AFL career.
San Jose SaberCats media services contributed to this report
NASHVILLE – Sharks forward Micheal Haley could be in line for supplemental discipline from the league, after earning a match penalty in the third period of Saturday’s 7-2 loss in Nashville.
After absorbing a borderline hit from behind by Calle Jarnkrok, Haley tracked down the Predators forward and promptly delivered a left jab to Jarnkrok’s face at 12:56 of the final frame, with the Sharks trailing 5-2 at the time.
Naturally, there were differing opinions from the two head coaches on the play.
Pete DeBoer said: “When you run someone from behind in a game like that, you probably deserve to get a punch in the mouth.”
Predators coach Peter Laviolette told reporters: "It's an ugly play. This isn't the wild, wild west. I mean, Calle hit him. We took a penalty. If we start doing that, we're in trouble, so hopefully it gets looked at."
Any player who earns a match penalty "shall be automatically suspended from further competition until the commissioner has ruled on the issue,” according to league rules.
In 54 games this season, Haley has two goals and nine assists for 11 points. His 110 penalty minutes is fifth in the league.
Jarnkrok did not return after the punch, but told reporters after the game he felt “OK.”
"I feel pretty good," Jarnkrok said. "Obviously, I saw him coming. There were a couple other guys coming, too. I didn't really know what to do. He got in a good punch on me.”
NASHVILLE – After taking a deflected puck to the face, Sharks center Logan Couture was taken to a local hospital in the Nashville area, coach Pete DeBoer said after the game.
There was no further information about how serious his injury might be.
“I don’t have a report. I heard they took him to the hospital. That’s the last I heard,” DeBoer said.
Couture was set up just outside the crease when a Brent Burns point shot late in the second period hit a stick before squarely smacking into the 27-year-old’s mouth. Replays showed Couture appeared to lose at least one tooth, and he quickly skated to the dressing room under his own power with just 14 seconds before the intermission.
Losing Couture would be a devastating blow to a team that has lost six in a row in regulation, including Saturday night’s 7-2 thrashing at the hands of the Predators. Couture is third on the team in scoring with 52 points, and has a team-leading 11 power play goals. He entered Saturday’s game with four goals and five assists in his last 10 games, seemingly heating up since the All-Star break.
Frequent linemate Patrick Marleau was asked how tough it would be to lose Couture.
"You can't replace him, so it would be really tough,” he said. “But if that is the case, then guys are going to have to pull up the slack. Definitely we hope he's back sooner.”