Whirlwind of a November Ends in “Sandstorm” for Phoenix Coyotes

Coyotes vs Stars November 27th - Photo by Sharon Murphy

Coyotes vs Stars November 27th - Photo by Sharon Murphy

At this time of giving thanks I am grateful that the Phoenix Coyotes are still the Phoenix Coyotes and not the Hamilton Blackberries (referring of course to the defeated Jim Balsillie) and also grateful that November is coming to a close!

With injuries an issue at the beginning of the month keeping Ed Jovonovski and Zybnek Michalek out of play, our defense was a little sparse. The power play continued to be a problem with the team scoreless on them for more games than I care to reveal. We had more losses than wins this month, it’s time to move on.

Not that we didn’t have some success. Who can forget the impressive wins over the Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers and most recently the Dallas Stars on not-so-black Friday. Sunday night also saw an OT win against the Anaheim Ducks to finish out the month with the unlikely Jimmy Vandermeer scoring twice for the Yotes. We saw some players yoyo back and forth (Kevin Porter, Shaun Heshka) and Viktor Tikhonov being “lent” to the KHL Russian league..not sure how the lending thing works but he will be gone for the season. Zybnek Michalek and Ed Jovonovski are healthy and back in the lineup and Mikkel Boedker was recalled from the AHL. We got to chalk up some greats firsts in the way of Paul Bissonnette’s 1st NHL career goal and Lauri Korpikoski’s 1st goal of the season. Key players are also looking very sharp. Both Matt Lombardi and Scottie Upshall chalked up 3 assists each against Dallas and Korpikoski was a near miss on the hat trick. Best of all the team seems to be bouncing back from difficult losses.

As December approaches, the hope by organization is to increase the fan support. Attendance still remains very low with averages hovering around 5,000 and in response the Coyotes “Sandstorm” sale went into effect on Black Friday. Running through the 30th fans are able to purchase select lower level seats for all remaining home games for just $25. This dollar amount could be the magic number since that’s what the home opener tickets cost producing a sell out crowd back in October.

Here’s to a very bright HOWLiday season!

Coyotes Vs Flyers November 21st - Photo by Sharon Murphy

Coyotes Vs Flyers November 21st - Photo by Sharon Murphy

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  • Ron Hall

    Now that the Clown Car carrying TGO has left for the Northland, suddenly the Coyotes remember how to win hockey games. Yeah, destroy a team while you practice trying to be a coach, move it out of your market to Glendale, run it bankrupt and guess what? That;s right, your fan base leaves. It won’t be easy to get them back. A good start is getting them to believe that the team can win. Up to the quarter pole on the season, the Coyotes are doing pretty well. Yup, they haven’t scored many goals. Yup Bryzgolof keeps them in a lot of games. And.. yes Booter Gordon, just win is an acceptable strategy at this juncture… even if it bores your little sensibilities.

    Many of the Toronto centric would like nothing better than to see this franchise tank. I don’t take it too personally, they’re like sharks in a chum factory. What ever is bleeding is ready for eating. Fortunately the much maligned Bettman is capable of looking at the league as a whole rather than jamming more butts in another teams seats in suburban Toronto. Lets hope the Coyotes, and your team…. wherever it is… do well enough to escape the blind avarice that qualifies for genuine thought on this subject.