The conclusion of 2019 Coyotes development camp featured, might you say, a mid-summer celebration Friday night as the organization's pool of prospects played an intrasquad scrimmage at Gila River Arena.
An embracing of the future brought 4,021 fans to Friday's game, making for a visibly and audibly healthy fill of all sections that were available to spectators.
"We are thrilled to see our great Coyotes fans coming out in full force to see the future of our team," said team President and CEO Ahron Cohen. "I think the dramatic increase in attendance is a testament to what this community sees in the trajectory of this team."
Team White finished the night with the win, topping Team Red by a 4-2 count.
Pierre-Olivier Joseph, Arizona's first-round selection from the 2017 NHL draft, opened the scoring for Team White just 32 seconds into the game.
Following the first period, the Coyotes held a Teddy Bear Toss. All bears collected are to be donated to the Glendale Fire Department.
Early in the second, Brayden Burke, coming off a rather impressive rookie season in the American Hockey League with the Tucson Roadrunners, gave Team White a 2-0 advantage.
Team Red responded to tie the score 2-2 with a goal from Tyler Steenbergen late in the second and an additional from Yaroslav Likhachyov in the opening stages of the third.
With just over two minutes remaining in regulation, Matia Maccelli, Arizona's fourth-round selection from the 2019 NHL Draft, finished a tight two-on-one sequence to give Team White a 3-2 lead.
Maccelli added an empty net goal with 44 seconds left to play to secure Team White's 4-2 win.