Arizona Coyotes lose 5-3 to the Winnipeg Jets


James Mackey

GIla River Arena waits for warm ups between the Jets and the Coyotes

James Mackey, Reporter

Sunday’s matinee matchup between the Winnipeg Jets and the Arizona Coyotes was the Coyotes’ sixth in a span of eight consecutive home games, beginning in the middle of February.

Scott Wedgewood got the start, following Friday’s win against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Eric Comrie was his counterpart, 200 feet opposite him.

The Jets struck first, 7:39 into the period, when Nate Schmidt passed to Nathan Beaulieu on the blue line, where Beaulieu shot, and Adam Lowry tipped it in front of the net, 1-0 Jets.

The Coyotes responded just under three minutes later, as Jakob Chychrun clapped home a slapshot from Vladislav Kolyachonok and Loui Eriksson, 1-1.

Evgeny Svechnikov responded 43 seconds later, at 10:59, when he had received a puck from Nathan Beaulieu and Pierre-Luc Dubois, making it 2-1 Jets.

Barrett Hayton tied the game again on a spectacular goal with under four minutes left in the period, as Nick Ritchie and Chychrun’s assisted, 2-2.

The last 3:20 of the period was uneventful, and the game was tied going into the locker room.

Ritchie got his first as a Coyote, the lone goal in the second, assisted by Eriksson and Hayton, both notching their second points of the night at 7:37 of the second, 3-2 Coyotes.

Blake Wheeler wheeled home the first of three unanswered for the Jets, to being the comeback, as Mark Scheifele and Paul Stastny assisted on the game-tying goal.

Kyle Connor claimed the last two goals of the game, the first at 5:34, assisted by Svechnikov, his second point of the night, and Dubois, his second point as well, 4-3 Jets.

Connor’s empty netter with 1:08 in the game was the sealer, as Pionk picked up an assist in the defensive zone, 5-3 Jets.

Games seven and eight of the homestand will be within two days of each other, as the Avalance come to town on March 3, and the Senators are the first weekend game on March 5.