GLENDALE -- The Los Angeles Kings rookies beat the Coyotes rookies, 3-1, on Tuesday night at Gila River Arena.
Christian Dvorak scored Arizona's lone goal at 11:24 of the second period to pull the Coyotes into a 1-1 tie, but the Kings regained the lead 4:12 later and didn't look back.
Matt Luff, Sam Herr and Jonny Brodzinski scored goals for Los Angeles against Coyotes goalie Marek Langhamer, who played the entire game.
"I think we started pretty slow there, it was a pretty bad first period for all of us except for the goalie," Dvorak said. "I thought we got better as the game went on, but it was too little too late. We were obviously excited for the game and all that, we just didn't play our game in the first period, we had a lot of turnovers and we didn't get pucks deep. I think we got better with that as the game went on, and we'll be better with that tomorrow."
The teams will play a second game at Gila River Arena on Wednesday at 2 p.m.
Mark Lamb, the head coach of Arizona's new American Hockey League affiliate in Tucson, served as head coach for the Coyotes rookies. He said he was disappointed in the team's effort.
"We didn't have a lot of energy in the game, the physicality wasn't there, our puck play, a lot of the stuff we did this week didn't translate into the game," Lamb said. "... We've got a lot of good skill out there, a lot of good skaters, and when you get into a game, that doesn't really matter - you've got to play hard, and the bottom line is, we didn't play hard enough."
Lamb did like what he saw from Langhamer in the loss.
"I thought he played really good," Lamb said. "I thought we left him out there to dry quite a few times, (but) I thought he played a solid 60 minutes. It was the plan to play him the whole game, and he did good, he deserved to stay in there."
Dylan Strome and Ryan MacInnis each had breakaway chances in the game but couldn't convert them into goals for the Coyotes.
Adin Hill is expected to start in goal for Arizona on Wednesday.