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Rookie Faceoff Roundup: Day Two

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

Game One: Coyotes 4, Kings 2
The second day of the Vegas Rookie Faceoff began with a game between the Arizona Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings, both coming off losses in their opening matchups Saturday. As they did against Anaheim a day ago, the Kings opened the scoring on Michal Ivan's goal late in the first period to take a 1-0 lead into the break. The intermission proved useful for the Coyotes as Pierre-Olivier Joseph and Barrett Hayton combined to set up Jens Looke 25 seconds into the second period. Joseph added another assist at the end of the period as he fed Kyle Capobianco for the go-ahead tally. Spencer Watson tied the game at 6:53 of the third period before Capobianco tucked in his second goal of the game to make it 3-2 Arizona. Looke followed suit and scored his second of the afternoon on the empty net with 1:09 to play, sealing the deal on a 4-2 Coyotes win.

Game Two: Ducks 5, Avalanche 2
The Anaheim Ducks, fresh off an 8-3 win against Los Angeles on Saturday, took on the Colorado Avalanche in the second game of day two. Just as they did the day before, Anaheim went without a goal in the first period but picked up the pace in the second. Max Comtois notched the game's first marker at 2:24 of the second period to make it 1-0 Anaheim. Brandon Saigeon answered less than two minutes later with his third goal of the tournament to level the score at 1-1. Matthew Boucher chipped in a goal for the Avalanche to give them their first lead of the weekend. But the lead would last only 9:07 before Jack Kopacka's strike would tie the score, and Kiefer Sherwood's would break it. With a 3-2 lead heading into the third, the Ducks kept coming. Julius Nattinen and Isac Lundestrom each tacked on a goal to put a bow on a 5-2 win for Anaheim.

Game Three: Sharks 5, Golden Knights 4
In the nightcap of day two, the Vegas Golden Knights met the San Jose Sharks. Jacob McGrew opened the scoring midway through the first period to put the Sharks on top, 1-0. As the clock wound down on the period, Gage Quinney picked up a rebound and tucked a shot behind goaltender Josef Korenar to tie the score at 1-1. The second period saw the Sharks score three times in a matter of five minutes to go up 4-1 heading into the final period. Goals came from Zach Frye, McGrew and Maxim Letunov. In the third stanza, Nic Hague notched his third of the tournament to make it 4-2. Ivan Chekhovich replied with another San Jose goal to bring the score to 5-2. Late goals from Ben Jones and Hague brought the Golden Knights to within a goal, but the comeback fell short and the Sharks held on for the 5-4 win.

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