IRVINE, Calif. -- Troy Terry capped off his 22nd birthday with a two-goal performance to help lead the Ducks to a hard-fought 5-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in the finale of the 2019 Anaheim Rookie Faceoff at Great Park Ice. The Ducks finished the tournament with a 2-0-1 mark, their lone setback a 5-4 overtime defeat two nights ago against the San Jose Sharks.
Despite the unusual start time (3 p.m. PT), Ducks fans made their presence known tonight and throughout the tournament. Standing-room only crowds of over 2,000 packed FivePoint Arena for their first two games, including a 4-1 victory over the LA Kings in the opener on Saturday night.
"Especially Saturday and Sunday, you saw the level of commitment to hockey the community here shows," Terry said. "It was good for the fans to finally see this place. It was an awesome weekend. The organization did a really good job hosting it."
Terry says some of his friends on the other teams in the tournament marveled at the world class facility here in Irvine. "They were amazed by the facility we have," he said. "I think it speaks volumes to the community we have here in Southern California. Even tonight, on a Tuesday at three o'clock, we had fans here.
"We really didn't know what to expect on a Tuesday at three," Terry added. "To come out and see the fans here cheering us on, it gives us a big boost."
Goals tonight from Alex Dostie, Sam Steel and an empty-net tally from Max Comtois rounded out the scoring for the Ducks, who will now shift gears to training camp, which will open later this week.
Lucas Elvenes, Dylan Coghlan and Jake Leschyshyn scored for the Golden Knights, who finished the tournament with an 0-3 record. Goaltender Dylan Ferguson finished the game with 30 saves.
Making his first appearance in the tournament, Ducks goaltender Olle Eriksson Ek finished with 21 saves on 24 shots.