TOLEDO, OHIO – Brampton Beast defenseman Mathieu Gagnon found himself in on a partial breakaway in overtime and made no mistake sliding the puck low into the net, giving the Beast a dramatic 5-4 victory over the Toledo Walleye at the Huntington Center in Toledo on Saturday night.
David Pacan had a big four-point night and Jordan Henry celebrated his birthday with a pair of goals to help the Beast match their longest winning streak of the season at five games.
The Beast opened the scoring early in the first period as Jordan Henry finished off a beautiful odd-man rush and cashed in on a perfect pass from David Pacan, giving Brampton an early 1-0 edge just 5:04 into the game.
The Walleye got on the board later in the period and tied the game heading into the first intermission as Simon Denis picked up his first goal of the night at 18:27.
The energetic, back-and-forth affair continued into the second period. The Beast pulled ahead at 5:27 with Henry’s second goal of the contest as he took a perfect pass from Pacan behind the net and rifled the puck toward the goal. Lerg got a piece of it with his catching glove but not enough as the puck tumbled into the net to restore the Beast lead.
Less than a minute later, the resilient Walleye got it right back thanks to a laser of a wrist shot from Alden Hirschfeld at 6:11.
The Beast came alive in a big way near the middle portion of the second period. Pacan picked up his first goal and third point of the night at the 8:36 mark as an errant puck came loose off the back wall and right onto the stick of Pacan. He made no mistake in slamming the puck behind Lerg, giving the Beast their third lead of the game, this time at 4-3.
The Beast battled hard and were rewarded for their efforts and opened up a two-goal lead less than a minute later. David Ling pounced on a loose puck hanging in the slot and sent a perfect wrist shot beyond the reach of Lerg, giving the Beast a 4-2 lead at 9:06.
The latter half of the topsy-turvy second period belonged to the Walleye. Simon Denis lit the lamp twice in the final five minutes of the second period, tying the game at 4-4 heading into the third period.
The animosity built between these two teams boiled over in the third period. Connor Crisp and Simon Denis squared off for a fight at the same time Mike Folkes was sent to the penalty box, giving the Walleye a power play at 7:03.
Brandon Marino was nabbed for slashing 29 seconds later, giving the Walleye a lengthy 5-on-3 power play in the third period.
The Beast defenders stood tall and barely allowed any chances and the shots the Walleye managed against the Beast net, netminder Andrew D’Agostini was able to keep out of the goal.
The remainder of the third period was a tightly-contested affair but neither team could find another goal, which forced the game to overtime.er
Just 1:20 into the extra frame, Chris Leveille found Gagnon and sent him in alone. The Beast defenseman made no mistake and netted his third of the year to send the Beast to victory.
Notes: Molson Three Stars: 3) Jordan Henry (BRA) 2) Alden Hirschfeld (TOL) 1) Simon Denis (TOL). The Beast return to action tomorrow, Sunday, February 12 as they head to Indianapolis to take on the Indy Fuel at 3:00PM.
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