Sunday, January 23, 2022

Vejmelka makes 45 saves, leads Coyotes to win over Maple Leafs

Glendale, Ariz. – Ryan Jingel scored two goals, Karel Wezmalka blocked 45 shots and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Jingel, playing his first game since December 10, scored two goals in his last season.

Austin Mathews scored 14 seconds in the third period (24th) from Jake Muzin and Michael Bunting. The goal set a franchise record for Matthews, who grew up in nearby Scottsdale—his ninth consecutive road-game goal, breaking the record previously held by Bebe Dye, Frank Mahovlich and Daniel Marios.

In the first two periods, Toronto could not resolve Vejmelka, who blocked 35 shots before hitting Matthews over his left shoulder. It was the Maple Leafs’ first game in Arizona since November 2019.

The Coyotes scored the first goal, even though Toronto had 16 of the first 18 shots of the game. Ryan Jingel, playing in his first game since December 10, scored an unassisted goal from the front of the net.

Toronto goalkeeper Petr Marzek made 16 saves in his second game since November and his fourth game of the season. He missed 20 games due to a back injury.

roster moves

With a COVID-19 outbreak facing Coyotes coach Andre Tourigny plus goalkeeper Scott Wedgewood and defenseman Anton Strallman, Arizona recalled defensemen Viktor Soderström and Vladislav Kolyachonok and goalkeeper Eva Prosvetov back to the taxi squad. All three callups were in the lineup on Wednesday night.

The Maple Leafs were still without forwards Pierre Angwall and Mitch Marner, also in health and safety protocol.

Pieces of ice

Maple Leafs: Toronto have been locked out only once this season, 2-0 by Pittsburgh on Nov. 20.

Coyotes: Kolyachonok made his NHL debut on Wednesday. The 20-year-old native of Belarus was Florida’s second-round pick in the 2019 draft. … The Coyotes have won all three of their games this season after two periods.


Maple Leafs: Saturday Night in St. Louis.

Coyotes: Friday Night in Colorado.

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