Peterborough native’s first NHL goal is a game winner
Peterborough native Barrett Hayton’s first National Hockey League goal was a big one.
His game-winning goal early in the third period broke open a 3-3 tie as the Arizona Coyotes rallied for a 5-3 win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
In a post-game interview with Fox Sports, Hayton gave credit to teammate Nick Schmaltz for creating a turnover and feeding him.
“Stick on the ice, puck right on my tape, so not too much to do there,” Hayton said.
Hayton was named the third star of the game.
“I felt pretty good out there. I think I can still be better and make more plays, but it felt pretty good,” Hayton said.
Hayton, captain of the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds last season, started the season with the Coyotes, but had only had one other start so far this season, getting an assist against the Vegas Golden Knights on Oct. 10.
He was signed by the Coyotes after being the fifth overall pick in the 2018 NHL draft.