EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Brett Hextall
scored two goals in the third period and Colin Long
notched three assists to lead the Coyotes rookies to an 8-7 win over the Los Angeles Kings rookies on Wednesday night in the first of two exhibition games between the Pacific Division rivals.
The Coyotes trailed 6-3 after two periods but rallied to beat the Kings at the Toyota Sports Center.
Hextall, whom the Coyotes selected in the sixth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, is the son of Kings assistant general manager Ron Hextall, who was watching the game from a perch above the ice.
“I knew where he was sitting because they have that corner where the management sits, but I didn’t let myself look up there,” Brett told the Los Angeles Times. “...he sent me the text he usually sends me before games that says, ‘Give 'er hell out there. I love you.' It put me a little bit at ease."
Like Hextall, Evan Bloodoff also scored twice for Phoenix. Lucas Lessio
, Darian Dziurzynski
, Andy Miele and Brendan Shinnimin scored one goal each for the Coyotes. Mark Visentin
started in goal for Phoenix and stopped 29 of 35 shots. Marc Cheverie
relieved him and stopped 9 of 10 shots. LA's final goal was an empty-netter.
The teams will play again on Thursday at 2 p.m. (Arizona time). The game will be streamed live at phoenixcoyotes.com.