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October 6, 2009

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Essex product Ferriero explodes onto scene with Sharks

Maybe it's a good thing that Benn Ferriero's cell phone doesn't currently have a working voicemail, because the Essex native would have undoubtedly been spending a great deal of time listening to messages the past couple of days.

Granted, all of the messages would have been congratulatory.

Ferriero, a rookie center on the San Jose Sharks, scored his first career NHL goal last Saturday night in a 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. The former Governor Dummer and Boston College standout scored on a rebound off a shot from fellow rookie Jason Demers in the first period. It was the first goal of the game and sent the Sharks well on their way to their first win after a disappointing 5-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche in the season opener last Thursday.

Ferriero was unable to be reached for comment about his explosion on to the NHL scene, due to his lack of voicemail and the fact that he was preparing for last night's game in Los Angeles. However, he shared his excitement with sanjosesharks.com.

"It was a double-plus because I helped the team get its first victory and it was my first NHL goal," Ferriero told the team's official Web site. "It's a great feeling to not only get the team going, but to get the goal and the win."

On Sept. 1, the 22-year-old Ferriero signed a two-year contract with the Sharks as a free agent. He was originally drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the seventh round of the 2006 NHL entry draft, but he decided to play out his four years at BC until he graduated last spring and was left unsigned by Phoenix. While at BC, the 5-foot-10, 185-pounder recorded 139 points in 165 games and helped the Eagles win the national title in 2008.

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