GLENDALE – Forward Ryan MacInnis scored a goal in regulation and a shootout goal on Friday night to lead Team White to a 4-3 win over Team Red in a scrimmage between Coyotes prospects at Gila River Arena.
“It was great to get a game in,” said MacInnis, one of 43 prospects who spent the week in town at the annual Prospect Development Camp. “It’s always fun playing with a bunch of new guys. Obviously at the start of the game you don’t know how everyone plays, but it was fun at the end. There are a lot of skilled players here and they’re really fun to play with.”
Team White lead 3-1 after three periods thanks to goals by MacInnis, forward Lane Pederson and forward Anton Karlsson into an empty net. Goalie Adin Hill made several key saves in the first period when Team Red dominated.
Defenseman Alexei Bereglazov scored Team Red’s lone goal in regulation at 12:41 of the second period to tie the score 1-1.
“I thought we probably were the better team the last two periods,” said Dylan Strome, who played for Team White. “It was kind of hard to get your legs in the first period, but I thought we did a better job of that in the second and third.”
Despite the score not being tied, the teams played a five-minute three-on-three overtime period just for fun. Team Red got OT goals by forward Michael Bunting and defenseman Kyle Wood 43 seconds apart.
Tied 3-3, the game then shifted into shootout mode where Strome and MacInnis got shots past goalie Vasily Demchenko. Team Red’s Clayton Keller and Christian Dvorak were thwarted by goalie Evan Sarthou at the other end of the ice.
“It was very competitive, that’s why it wasn’t 7-6 or anything like that,” Dvorak said. “It was a good, close game (and) low scoring. It was pretty fun to be a part of.”
The prospects played in front of 3,500 spectators.
“It was a decent amount for a summer game,” Strome said. “It was pretty cool to play in front of them. The people are excited for the future so hopefully we can be a part of it.”