GLENDALE – Tyler Gaudet scored the game-winning goal on a power play early in the third period to lead the White Team to a 2-1 win over the Red Team on Saturday afternoon in an intra-squad game at Gila River Arena.
Lucas Lessio also scored for the White Team, which was packed with “bubble players” hoping to make the Coyotes Opening Night roster.
David Moss scored the lone goal for the Red Team, which featured Coyotes regulars.
"When your players who are pushing to make the big club beat the big club that's probably not ideal," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "We’ll deal with that tomorrow. "
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On the plus side, Tippett said he thought the White Team’s performance was a good indication of how much talent the Coyotes have within the organization.
"We’ve got some real good prospects now, " Tippett said. "… I think this is, by far, the most depth that we’ve had in my six years here. It’s certainly been a very good camp in that way. "
Lessio gave the White Team a 1-0 lead when he beat Mike Smith with a wrist shot on a power play at 1:21 of the second period.
"This was definitely a huge challenge for us, " Lessio said of the inexperienced White Team. “The veteran players really played well and took it to us for nearly all of the game, but it was good to get a win… There was a good feeling on the bench for sure. "
Moss beat goalie Louis Domingue with a shot from in close at 13:52 of the second period to tie the score 1-1.
Early in the third period, Coyotes captain Shane Doan was called for slashing. Gaudet capitalized by beating goalie Devan Dubnyk at 6:48.
A just-for-fun shootout was staged after the third period.
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Close to 4,000 fans attended the game, which was played to raise money and support for the 100 Club of Arizona, an organization that provides assistance to statewide public safety agencies, police officers, firefighters, paramedics and their families through financial assistance, emotional support, safety enhancement stipends, and scholarships. Attendees paid $5 per ticket with all proceeds benefiting the 100 Club of Arizona.
As part of the pre-game ceremony, the Coyotes recognized fallen law enforcement officers from over the past year with a moment of silence.
After the game, fans were asked to toss Teddy Bears onto the ice. All of the bears were collected and will be distributed to the Glendale Police and Fire departments for use as a "first point of contact" at crime scenes and accidents to immediately try to comfort children.
• Forwards Sam Gagner and Martin Hanzal did not play in Saturday’s game. Both are expected to practice on Sunday, Tippett said.
• Doan served as captain of the Red Team. Brandon McMillan served as captain of the White Team.
• With Tippett watching from above, Associate Coach Jim Playfair coached the White Team while Assistant Coach Newell Brown coached the Red Team.