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MOTY Semi-Finals: two highlight goals, a lowlight goal and a sombrero

Which two moments will advance to the ultimate showdown for Coyotes moment of the season?

Christian Petersen

The second round of the Arizona Coyotes moment of the year tournament is set to begin. The field has been narrowed to four moments.

Two very impressive goals will face off after receiving 99 percent and 76 percent of the votes in the first round respectively. A great moment and an infamous goal go head-to-head after the #ButtGoal squeaked by with 51 percent of the vote and the opening night sombrero trick took home 55 percent of the vote.

Which two will advance to the final round?

(1) Goalie Goal vs New Year's Eve Magic (5)

Two of three three most impressive goals of last season go head-to-head with a spot in the final round on the line. Both goals sealed a victory and both were dramatic in their own right. It is the .1 second goal vs the OT winner.

Goalie Goal


The tournament favorite beat out Mike Ribeiro's hot start in round one.

Goaltender Mike Smith capped off a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings with a goal of his own. He did it in style too, scoring with one-tenth of a second remaining in the game. Click here to relive the moment in an intentionally dramatic fashion. It was only the 14th time in NHL history that a goalie scored.

Smith scored a goal 11 years earlier in his ECHL and professional hockey debut. He also had a shutout that night (talk about a one-man team!).

New Year's Eve Magic

Keith Yandle's goal beat out the Coyotes' hot start (14-4-3) to the season in round one.

With the exception of the goalie goal, the New Year's Eve OT winner was arguably the goal of the year for the Desert Dogs. It capped off a rally from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3. The game-winning goal, Yandle's second goal and third point of the night, sent the crowd home happy with the new year just hours away.

The goal was a spectacular mix of speed and skill, showing off Yandle's best assets. The fact that he scored it on Ilya Bryzgalov only makes it sweeter.

(2) Sombrero Trick vs #ButtGoal (3)

This matchup could not be more polar opposite. One is a great moment symbolizing not only a victory but a great personal accomplishment. The other, a loss and a gaffe that will surely be replayed over and over for years to come.

Sombrero Trick

The Sombrero Trick beat out Antoine Vermette's eclectic hat trick in round one.

What better way to kick off a new season than with an opening night hat trick by Radim Vrbata? New owners and new energy engulfed the team and starting the season with a win just prolonged the jubilation.

While the hats were raining down on the ice, one piece of headwear caught the attention of many, including a member of the Paw Patrol (pictured above). In a move that could only happen at an Arizona hockey game, a fan threw a sombrero on the ice to celebrate Vrbata's hat trick. Welcome to Gary Bettman's NHL.



The infamous ButtGoal beat out the Miracle on Ice pre-game ceremony in round one.

Quite possibly the most hilarious moment in Coyotes history. Talk about a series of unfortunate events. While the Yotes have a history of losing, they continue to find new and creative ways to add to the loss column. They not only lost to freakin' Buffalo, but they lost to Buffalo after Smith basically pulled a Miley Cyrus and twerked the puck into his own net. And because you loved it so much the first time, here is a #ButtGoal lyric as inspired by Miley:
La da di da di. Smitty's a goalie. Puck's in his hiney. Skating back into his net.