IRVINE, Calif.--The Colorado Avalanche finished the 2019 Anaheim Rookie Faceoff with a 2-0 loss against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday at Great Park Ice.
The Coyotes' Valentine Nussbaumer tallied in the first period after taking advantage of a turnover, and Arizona's Jan Jenik secured the win with an empty-net goal with a minute left in regulation.
Goaltender Adam Werner played his first rookie tournament game and stopped 24 of the 25 shots he faced.
"I thought he was good. I mean he is a big goalie, from the bench when you watch him, I mean he is so big he takes up a lot of net which is obviously a comfortable feeling," said Colorado Eagles head coach Greg Cronin, who is leading the Avs prospects in California. "He is going to have to learn to play the puck more efficiently and that is kind of lower down the food chain for a goalie, as long as you are stopping the puck that is a priority. I thought he was really good, obviously there was an empty-net goal and he had very little chance in the first one--it was a quick turnover. He was good, and I thought he was very steady and stable in there. It is a really good building block to start from."
Colorado outshot Arizona by a 34-26 margin in the loss and went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill but was unable to convert on any of its chances with the man advantage.
The Avs opened the tournament with a 5-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday and fell 6-1 on Sunday to the Los Angeles Kings.
"I told them after that [game] this is just a great environment for them to learn where they stand," Cronin said of his message to the players after the tournament. "That, like I said, has been a theme--where you stand in relationship to other players your age and other organizations. Hopefully they learn something individually and we learn something as an organization."
The rookies will head back to Colorado and will get the next two days to recover and get ready for NHL training camp. Avs veterans report to camp for medical and physical testing Thursday before on-ice practices begin on Friday at Family Sports Center.
Arizona Coyotes 2 at Colorado Avalanche 0 - Final
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - Great Park Ice
Arizona 1 0 1 - 2
Colorado 0 0 0 - 0
1st Period-1, Arizona, Nussbaumer 1 (Schnarr), 8:55. Penalties-Hall Ari (roughing), 0:50; Levin Ari (boarding), 3:18.
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Mutala Col (high-sticking), 2:55; Birks Ari (boarding), 15:19.
3rd Period-2, Arizona, Jenik 3 19:00 (SH). Penalties-Dickinson Col (tripping), 0:00; Jenik Ari (fighting), 1:20; Anderson Col (fighting), 1:20; Oksentyuk Ari (hooking), 3:40; Barron Col (interference), 6:30; Hall Ari (roughing), 16:08; Kaut Col (roughing), 16:08; Levin Ari (fighting), 19:41; Dickinson Col (fighting), 19:41; Schnarr Ari (unsportsmanlike conduct, misconduct), 20:00.
Shots on Goal-Arizona 4-13-9-26. Colorado 9-14-11-34.
Power-Play Opportunities-Arizona 0 / 6; Colorado 0 / 9.
Goalies-Arizona, Tendeck 0-0-0 (34 shots-34 saves). Colorado, Werner 0-0-0 (26 shots-24 saves).