Sharks sign Bay Area native Acolatse

Sharks sign Bay Area native Acolatse

March 4, 2011SHARKS PAGESHARKS VIDEO

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Sena Acolatse to an entry-level contract. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Acolatse, 20, has spent the majority of this season with Prince George of the Western Hockey League (WHL) following an early season trade from Saskatoon. Between both clubs, he has posted 56 points (14 goals, 42 assists) in 59 games, along with 121 penalty minutes.

This is a great moment for me to sign with the Sharks and join a tremendous organization that is building a winning tradition, said Acolatse, who has collected 12 points in the last 10 games. Coming to Prince George has been an excellent move for me and I want to thank the Cougars for giving me the opportunity to continue growing my game here.

He currently ranks fourth among all WHL defensemen in scoring and is tied for 28th among all WHL skaters in assists and tied for 30th in penalty minutes. Among Prince George players, he is first in assists, third in points and third in penalty minutes.

Acolatse becomes the first Bay Area-born prospect to be signed by the San Jose Sharks.

We have been watching Sena for quite a while and his play has really grown this season under the guidance of Head Coach Dean Clark and his staff, said Wilson. Its always exciting to add a prospect of this caliber to our organization but it is even more gratifying to know that Senas interest in learning to play hockey can be traced to the inception of the Sharks franchise, who were born the same year he was.

Born in Hayward, CA in 1990, Acolatse grew up watching the San Jose Sharks, attending games with his father. He soon began skating and playing hockey at the facility now known as Sharks Ice at Fremont. Due to a family relocation, Acolatse moved to Edmonton, AB in 1998, where he continued his hockey career.

We continue to see the growth of hockey in the Bay Area and the impact that the Sharks Ice facilities are having on our local youth hockey players, said Sharks Ice General Manager Jon Gustafson. Each year, more and more players are graduating from our Junior Sharks program and advancing their hockey careers at the D-I University or Canadian and United States Junior levels and several have earned NHL contracts. Its very exciting for these kids and their families. We wish Sena the best of luck as he takes the next step in his hockey career.

The 5-foot-11, 210-pound defenseman has notched 147 points (44 goals, 103 assists) and 492 penalty minutes in 314 WHL games with Seattle, Saskatoon and Prince George.

Acolatse will continue to play at Prince George this season.

Courtesy San Jose Sharks media services.

Hoesen leads the ways as Earthquakes take down Real Salt Lake

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Hoesen leads the ways as Earthquakes take down Real Salt Lake

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SAN JOSE — Danny Hoesen scored his second goal of the season and assisted on Marco Urena's second goal, lifting the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.

Hoesen opened the scoring in the 13th minute, off a long cross from Nick Lima. After touching the ball down, Hoesen gathered it off a defender's foot, stepped inside and unleashed a left footer into the top corner from just off the penalty spot.

Hoesen's long through ball down the right side sent Urena free and from a tight angle he rolled the ball past Nick Rimando in the 68th minute.

San Jose (6-6-5), which has battled injuries and call-ups to score just 16 goals in 16 games, won for just the second time in its last seven games.

Lima picked up two yellow cards in the second half and the Quakes played a man down from the 71st minute.

David Bingham made only one save in each half but was denied his seventh shutout when Jose Hernandez scored his second goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time for Salt Lake (5-11-2).

Latest round of bullpen auditions go poorly in Giants' 50th loss

Latest round of bullpen auditions go poorly in Giants' 50th loss

SAN FRANCISCO -- Practically speaking, the 50th loss is no different than the one before or the one after, but this sport is built on milestones, and this one came quickly.

The Giants lost their 50th game on August 12 last year. This season, it was clinched when Ryder Jones grounded out in his fourth career at-bat, handing the Mets a 5-2 win on June 24. 

Bruce Bochy called losing 50 of your first 77 games "hard to believe" and "embarrassing." Johnny Cueto, who went seven strong, said the reality was "hard and sad." Brandon Belt, who got Cueto off the hook for a loss, agreed with his manager.

"That's a pretty good word to use -- it is embarrassing to come out and lose every day, especially with the group of guys we have," Belt said. "When you're losing as much as this, it is embarrassing. We're trying to do whatever we can to turn this thing around."

Lately, that has meant changes to the roster. It is officially audition season, and in that respect, it was not a particularly inspiring day for the bullpen. The Giants felt they would have a better mix this year, but it hasn't played out. Instead, they're once again trying to find pieces for the next successful Giants bullpen.

With Hunter Strickland suspended and Derek Law in the minors, two young relievers, a middle-innings stalwart, and a newcomer pitched the final two frames. They gave up four runs.

Sam Dyson was the first on the mound in the eighth. Belt had homered a few minutes earlier, tying a good starter's duel. Dyson gave up a leadoff triple to Curtis Granderson and walked Asdrubal Cabrera before throwing two good sliders past Yoenis Cespedes for the strikeout. With two lefties coming up and the go-ahead run still on third, Bochy turned to Steven Okert. He immediately gave up a seeing-eye RBI single to Jay Bruce. Wilmer Flores doubled off George Kontos later in the frame to make it 3-1. 

In the ninth, Kyle Crick showed some of the wildness that kept him in the minors for seven years. He, too, gave up a leadoff triple, a sin you always pay for. A walk helped put another run into scoring position and a wild pitch extended the Mets’ lead to four. 

Before the game, Bochy talked of getting an extended look at Jones. He was 0-for-4 in his first big league game but he’ll be back out there tomorrow. It’s time to fight for a job, and the same holds true of some relievers who didn’t fare well Saturday. It is a group with a closer locked into a longterm deal and little else decided. 

Are Strickland or Law eighth-inning guys? Will Dyson be a worthwhile reclamation project? Will Kontos be back, and will he carve out a different role? Are Okert and Josh Osich capable of giving Bochy lefties he trusts? Is Crick’s improvement in Triple-A a sign of things to come? There are many questions to be answered over the next three months. 

“This is a good time for them, this is what players get up here for, to show what they can do,” Bochy said. “Because of our situation, we’re going to take a look at these guys and we know there are going to be growing pains.”