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Despite limited preparation, Coyotes get 2021 HPHL girls' season off to howling start

By Ryan Williamson, SportsEngine, 05/08/21, 8:00PM MDT

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Hub exclusive: Goaltender Payton Sutherland helped secure her team a season-opening victory with a 20-save shutout.

Coyotes goaltender Payton Sutherland makes one of her 20 saves during her team's 2-0 season-opening victory over the Black Widows at the Sport Stable in Superior on Friday evening. Photo by Katie Hinkle, SportsEngine

Coyotes goaltender Payton Sutherland makes one of her 20 saves during her team's 2-0 season-opening victory over the Black Widows at the Sport Stable in Superior on Friday evening. Photo by Katie Hinkle, SportsEngine

Seneca Urban of the Coyotoes dashes up the ice with a Black Widows defender trailing. Urban recorded an assist in the first period in her team's 2-0 defeat of the Black Widows Friday evening. Photo by Katie Hinkle, SportsEngine

Seneca Urban of the Coyotoes dashes up the ice with a Black Widows defender trailing. Urban recorded an assist in the first period in her team's 2-0 defeat of the Black Widows Friday evening. Photo by Katie Hinkle, SportsEngine

For Nathan Pugh, coach of the Coyotes in the HPHL girls' league, his team's first game of the spring Friday was the easy part for him and the rest of his staff.

In the weeks leading up to the season's start, there was plenty of chaos for the man starting his first year leading the Coyotes as he tried to get a team ready to go out on the ice.

That group finally took the ice Friday, and Pugh could relax and have some fun as his first game was a success. His team won 2-0 in a shutout of the Black Widows at the Sport Stable in Superior.

Black Widows goalie Annalena Heuten makes a stop during her team's 2-0 loss to the Coyotes in the season opener for both teams on Friday. Heuten finished with 23 saves. Photo by Katie Hinkle, SportsEngine

Black Widows goalie Annalena Heuten makes a stop during her team's 2-0 loss to the Coyotes in the season opener for both teams on Friday. Heuten finished with 23 saves. Photo by Katie Hinkle, SportsEngine

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