02/10/2017 11:30 AM
NOTE: Live commentary will not begin until 15 minutes before puck drop.
TODAY'S GAME: The Brampton Beast, the ECHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, play host to the Toledo Walleye. The Beast are coming off a series sweep of the Elmira Jackals last week, outscoring their opponent 15-8 over the three-game series.
RECORD SETTING SEASON: The 2016-17 Beast passed a significant milestone after beating the Jackals 4-2 Saturday in Elmira. The victory gave the Beast their 24th win surpassing the win total of both the 2015-16 and 2014-15 squad who both recorded a total of 23 victories. They are presently 10 wins shy of the overall franchise single-season wins record set by the 2013-14 Central Hockey League squad.
APPROACHING SINGLE SEASON RECORDS…: Forwards David Vallorani and David Pacan are fast approaching signinificant team milestones. Vallorani is 10th in ECHL scoring with 51 points (21G, 30A) is 4 points shy of the franchise record for points in a single season, 55, set by Jason Pitton in 2013-2014. Pacan is 4th in the ECHL goals race and is just four shy of matching the single season franchise goal record, 29, set by Andew Fournier in 2013-2014.
POINT STREAKS A PLENTY…: Seven Beast players are currently on multi-game point streaks, combining for 31 points, (10 G , 21A), after the three-game series with the Elmira Jackals last week.
KEEP AN EYE ON…: Beast forward Chris Auger scored two goals Saturday, earning first star honours, including the game winner. It was the third time this season Auger had multiple goals in a game. Brampton defenceman Mathieu Gagnon has collected three points (0G, 3A) in his last two games, including the assist on Auger's game winner last Saturday. Tyson Spink (6GP, 8G, 1A) and Nolan Zajac (6GP, 1G, 7A) lead the Walleye against the Beast this season.
FIERCELY COMPETITIVE NORTH DIVISION…: The Beast are intertwined in a fierce playoff race with their North Division rivals. The Manchester Monarchs lead the way the for the North with 64 points, the Reading Royals and Adirondack Thunder trail with 59 and 57 points respectively. While the Beast and Wheeling Nailers are nipping at the heels of those teams with 53 points each.
STONE COLD PENALTY KILLERS...: The Beast special teams unit continues to cause headaches against the rest of the ECHL. Brampton now holds the No. 2 PK in the league with an effieciency of 86.5%. The Beast's short handed unit has also provided offence scoring five short-handed goals this season.
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