Arizona Coyotes left wing Michael Bunting, left, and Vancouver Canucks right wing Nikolay Goldobin, of Russia, battle for the puck during the first period of a pre-season NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Thursday September 26, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canucks wrap up pre-season with 4-2 loss to Coyotes

Vancouver finishes exhibition slate with .500 record

VANCOUVER — Some young talents stepped up for the Arizona Coyotes Thursday night, helping the team to a 4-2 pre-season win over the Vancouver Canucks.

Rookies Lane Pederson and Barrett Hayton had goals for Arizona, while Victor Soderstrom and Carl Soderberg also found the back of the net.

Micheal Ferland and Zack MacEwen scored for the Canucks.

Coyotes netminder Adin Hill had 17 saves and Jacob Markstrom stopped 31-of-34 shots for Vancouver.

Arizona had ample opportunity to widen its lead with the man advantage but failed to score on any of its five power-play opportunities.

The loss marks Vancouver’s final exhibition game of the year.

The Canucks split their six full-team pre-season games evenly, chalking up three wins and three losses. They also settled for one of each in a pair of split-squad games with the Calgary Flames.

On Thursday, the Canucks struck first and struck early after Ferland came out of a battle along the boards with the puck.

Hill got a piece of the forward’s first shot but couldn’t control the rebound and Ferland put a snapshot into the back of the net 1:20 into the game.

It was the 27 year old’s first tally in a Canucks jersey. The free agent signed a four-year, US$13-million deal with Vancouver in July.

Pederson put away the equalizer for the Coyotes midway through the first period, scoring a short-handed goal after his teammate Michael Chaput was called for boarding.

Hudson Fasching picked off a bad Canucks pass in the neutral zone and fired a hard shot at Markstrom. The Vancouver goalie made the stop but couldn’t control the rebound and Pederson was there to fire it in.

Pederson, a 22-year-old centre from Saskatoon, played the last two seasons with the Coyotes American Hockey League affiliate, the Tuscon Roadrunners.

READ MORE: Tkachuk’s 4 points lift Sens to 6-2 win over Canucks

A nice play between MacEwen and Gaudette put the Canucks up again before the end of the first period.

Under pressure, Gaudette took the puck in behind the Coyotes net before making a back-handed pass to MacEwen at the top of the crease. The 23-year-old forward sent a stunning one-timer past Hill for his first goal of the pre-season.

Despite the early lead, the Canucks struggled to generate chances, registering just 11 shots through the first two periods.

Arizona, meanwhile, found its offence in the second frame, scoring a pair of goals in just 24 seconds to go up on the scoreboard.

Soderstrom struck first, sending a long snapshot into traffic in front of the net and getting through Markstrom’s legs.

Hayton followed with another strike moments later, once again beating the Vancouver netminder down low.

Hayton, 19, has spent the past three seasons playing for the Ontario Hockey League’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

The Coyotes had a prime chance to score once again late the third period when Nick Schmaltz attempted to send in a rebound from close range, but Markstrom came up with a mind-bending glove save.

Soderberg added an empty-net goal with less than 30 seconds to go to cement the score.

The Canucks will kick off regular season play on the road against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday. Arizona will head to Anaheim to battle the Ducks in one last exhibition game on Saturday.

NOTES: Alex Edler led the Canucks in pre-season points with one goal and six assists. Elias Pettersson (three goals, three assists) and Gaudette (four goals, two assists) were close behind. … The Coyotes were without a number of their big-name players on Thursday, including Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Phil Kessel and Niklas Hjalmarsson.

THE CANADIAN PRESS

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

Just Posted

SD63 strike officially ends with union’s vote to accept agreement

More than 7,000 Saanich and Peninsula students back to school Monday

Outrigger canoe teams race over two days to raise money for men’s health initiatives

WetDashe for men’s health highlights benefits of year-round sport on the West Coast

Heritage Haunted House rakes in more than $10,000 to help fill children’s dreams

Spooky fundrasier has been scaring community for 13 years

Investigate the paranormal at Point Ellice House this December

Museum hosting ‘Ghosts of Christmas Past’ event

Northbound lanes re-open along Malahat after small rockslide near Goldstream

Drivers asked to use caution, clean-up crews have finished on-site

Teen with cancer whose viral video urged Canadians to vote has died, uncle tweets

Maddison Yetman had been looking forward to voting in her first federal election since junior high school

Greater Victoria 2019 holiday craft fair roundup

Get a jump on your holiday shopping

POLL: Do you support CUPE workers in their dispute with School District 63?

SD63 schools to remain closed as strike continues Tuesday

Cleanup in the works after tanker truck fire leads to oil spill in B.C.’s Peace region

The province said the majority of the spilled oil likely burned away in the fire.

Fisherman missing near Lake Cowichan’s Shaw Creek

Family is asking for everyone and anyone to keep their eyes open,… Continue reading

BC VIEWS: Action needed on healthcare workplace violence

While we’ve been talking about it, the number of B.C. victims has only grown

Closing arguments begin in B.C. case launched in 2009 over private health care

Dr. Day said he illegally opened the Cambie Surgery Centre in 1996 in order to create more operating-room time

MacLean says “Coach’s Corner is no more” following Cherry’s dismissal from Hockey Night

Cherry had singled out new immigrants in for not honouring Canada’s veterans and fallen soldiers

MacKinnon powers Avs to 5-4 OT win over Canucks

Vancouver battled back late to pick up single point

Most Read