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Coyotes complete rookie tournament with shutout performance, 2-0 win

Arizona finishes the 2019 Anaheim Rookie Faceoff tournament with a 2-1 record

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Arizona Coyotes

Backed by David Tendeck's 34-save shutout performance, the Coyotes secured a sound, structured 2-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday afternoon at FivePoint Arena - Great Park Ice in Irvine, CA.

Arizona's 27-man prospect pool finished the 2019 Anaheim Rookie Faceoff tournament with a 2-1 record.

BOX SCORE: ARI (2) vs. COL (0) - GAME #3

Again, the rookies got off to a fast start, claiming an early 1-0 lead just under nine minutes into the contest courtesy Valentin Nussbaumer's goal from the bottom of the right faceoff circle, the result of a forced Colorado turnover by way of an aggressive forecheck.

Despite running into penalty trouble, the Coyotes successfully shut down all nine of Colorado's power play opportunities, ultimately finishing the tournament with an 88% kill-rate, nixing 22 of their opponents' 25 man advantage situations.

Jan Jenik added an empty net goal with just under a minute to play in regulation to give the Coyotes a 2-0 lead, and valuable late-game insurance.

Jenik finished the tournament with a team-high three goals; he, Tyler Steenbergen (2G, 1A), and Nate Schnarr (2G, 1A) each led the roster with three points total.

Jan Jenik, on his approach to the third and final tournament game:

"I just wanted to play my game; hound the net, be tough on the forecheck with good backchecking, be the guy doing the good work for the team, be a good teammate. We did a good job, all of us."

Jenik, on getting involved physically, fighting:

"That's the way I play, I'm a little bit annoying on the ice, and that's the price I have to pay."

Jenik, on what he's learned about his game during rookie camp:

"I think you can always be better, but I think I was okay, I realized some things that I have to improve, so I'll keep working at my overall game. I think these games are kind of similar to AHL, so it's way harder and way tougher than juniors, I have to be more prepared for the physical side of the game, the hits."

David Tendeck, on describing the team's 2-0 victory:

"I felt good, I felt like the team played very well, actually, we were very tight structure-wise, we didn't do anything to harm ourselves during the game. We kept it tight, we played a safe game, and it paid off for us."

Tendeck, on what he felt his best attributes were in the win:

"I think it was multiple things, I felt like I just let loose and played my game. The team played very well around me and made it easy on me."

Tendeck, on starting the third and final tournament game:

"I thought I was a little anxious, but you get to watch the first couple games, see how they go, watch the other goalies play, try to figure out what their strengths and weaknesses are and learn from it. The last day gets here, I knew I was fine if I just went in there and played my game."

Tendeck, on what was most helpful leading into his start:

"That would have to be trusting all of the work I did in the summer and the years past and just letting loose, going out there and playing."

Jay Varady, on recapping the rookie tournament:

"We started with trying to establish an identity early in the week, and as we progressed through the tournament, I thought that identity built. We want to be a team that plays fast, we want to be a team that pressures, so that when we find ourselves in situations where we're out on the ice, we want to make sure that we're pressuring and we're playing fast."

Varady, on Jan Jenik's play:

"The first word that comes to my mind is 'involved'. Every game he's involved. He's around the puck, he's around the battle, he's making plays, he's got a cut on his nose, he's getting hit, he's in a fight, he's involved. Those are all things that are positive. I think he's an extremely passionate player, and I think he showed that throughout the course of the weekend."

Varady, on Nate Schnarr's play:

"Again, we saw a player who played to what his strengths are. I think he's a good 200-foot player with really good responsibility in his own end, good in the faceoff circle, and then able to contribute with us on the penalty kill."

Varady, if he feels he and his staff accomplished all goals set leading into rookie camp:

"I think it's a launching pad, it's the first event of the season for these guys with a Coyotes jersey, and for us we're trying to prepare them for main camp, which starts in a couple days. In terms of our group right now, I think we did a good job in terms of getting through this weekend by giving them a little information, getting them in a competitive environment, and as a whole group, preparing for the next step of camp."

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