Coyotes can’t withstand the Flames; Lose 4-3 in OT in annual Hockeyville Game


For the third time in four games this preseason, the Coyotes had to go to overtime to decide a winner. The game took place in Sylvan Lake, Alberta as part of the annual Kraft Hockeyville Event. This event helps bring the game back to its roots, with games played in smaller rinks across Canada. This Year saw Sylvan Lake get an infusion of $100,000 to help with arena upgrades; for more info on Hockeyville, you can check out their website,

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  • The Coyotes jumped out to a two goal lead in the first period, but couldn’t hold the lead as Curtis Glencross sealed the 4-3 victory for Calgary on a Power Play Goal 3:10 into the Overtime period. The Coyotes’ revamped fourth line, featuring the likes of Joe Vitale and B.J. Crombeen along with Lauri Korpikoski, had the best night of any line. They even bested the Max DomiHenrik Samuelsson and Martin Hanzal line that shone so brightly on Monday. Vitale and Crombeen scored a goal a piece, and were effective all night long in the offensive zone.

    They didn’t start the scoring, however.

    Training Camp invite Matt Kassian got the scoring started off of a rebound, thanks to a point shot from Darian Dziurzynski (I like to refer to him as double-d, personally) at the 8:56 mark of the first. Free agent signee Joe Vitale extended the Coyote lead just four minutes later, but as was the case last season, that lead wasn’t quite safe.

    By the two minute mark of the second period, the score was tied thanks to a Power Play goal from Deryk Engelland and another goal from Brian McGrattan. The score stayed tied for only a minute when BJ Crombeen found the back of the net- or, if I’m being a stickler,  BJ Crombeen’s leg scored the go ahead goal- at 3:05 of the second period.

    The Coyotes seemed to go into cruise control for the rest of the second period, and were about to head into the intermission with a one goal lead- but the Flames had none of it. With just 11 seconds left in the period, Calgary’s Sven Baertschi snuck a shot past Arizona starter Mike McKenna to tie the score at three.

    The score stayed tied, so we headed to overtime with the Coyotes on the Power Play for 31 seconds, and because its the preseason, I decided to have a little fun:  with the kickoff of the Howlin’ Hockey Overtime Challenge.

    You can always play along at home the next time the desert dogs head to overtime with the hashtag #HHOTchallenge

    So far we are one for one in terms of winners as our friends over at Flame for Thought picked the winner, Curtis Glencross

    The loss brings the Coyotes record this preseason to 2-0-2, with their next game scheduled for Friday against San Jose.