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The Daily Chum: Timo Meier scores another pair of goals for Barracuda

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Is a call up imminent?

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It certainly felt like Timo Meier was a lock to make the Sharks as training camp began way back in September. Then things fell apart. Meier came down with mono and missed a month of action. It took the Sharks’ top prospect a little time, but not much, to get back in the swing of things.

Now? Meier looks downright unstoppable. He scored another two goals against the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday, his fifth and sixth of the season, to bring his point total to 12 in 13 games. He’s scored 10 points in his last eight games and all six of his goals in that span.

In addition to scoring twice on Saturday, Meier took eight shots on goal. That’s an incredibly high number at any level and to me, it shows Meier is starting to overpower the AHL game. He gets another chance on Sunday to try to better his effort.

Meier is shooting 15 percent, which isn’t all that unreasonable for an elite scorer in the AHL, so I feel okay saying that the forward has found his groove. That’s great news for a Sharks team that could still use some scoring and certainly needs more depth due to injury.

San Jose doesn’t play again until Wednesday, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see Meier called up when the Sharks get back in action against the Senators.


San Antonio 4, San Jose 3

At San Antonio, the Barracuda lost in the seventh round of the shootout to the Rampage to start a back-to-back. Meier scored a pair of goals and John McCarthy notched his second tally of the season.

Highlights

Kevin Labanc and Ryan Carpenter both saw action for San Jose just a day after the Sharks beat the Canadiens in Montreal. Labanc played in that game, while Carpenter did not. Each player had an assist and four shots on goal.

Mantas Armalis made 21 saves on 24 shots, dropping his save percentage to .900 on the season.

San Jose completes its doubleheader with the Rampage on Sunday at 1 p.m. PT. The Barracuda return to SAP Center to host the Stockton Heat on Thursday.