03/09/2017 1:25 PM
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, hope to end a mini two-game winless skid as they host their North Division rivals, the Reading Royals, for the first of two games.
GETTING CLOSER: With their win over Adirondack last Tuesday morning, the Beast have now reached 32 victories for the first time in their ECHL history. They now have their sights set on the club's franchise wins record, set at 33 victories by the 2013-14 Central Hockey League squad.
STREAKY BEAST: Three different Beast skaters are boasting four-game point streaks through the first week of March, including Willie Corrin (1G, 3A), Brandon Marino (1G, 5A), and David Pacan (3G, 3A). Pacan has also scored five goals in his last six games. Chris Auger has scored a goal in five of his last seven contests.
A ROYAL APPETITE: The Beast meet their division rivals for their first contests of the year. Last season Brampton was able to go 3-0-1 against Reading.
MORE RECORDS TO BE BROKEN? Beast Captain Brandon Marino already took over the Beast all-time assist record earlier this season and now he has his eyes on a bigger prize. Marino is just four points back of tying Jason Pitton for the club's all-time points record, currently set at 100. Pitton set the mark with 136 games played. Marino recorded his 97 points through only 96 games played.
TIGHT NORTH DIVISION: The Beast are now tied for second place in the North Division with 71 points. The Manchester Monarchs have surged back to the top spot with 73 points. The Reading Royals in the tie for second with 71 points, while the Adirondack Thunder are right behind them in fourth place with 68 points. Still fighting to crack the top four are the Wheeling Nailers, currently in fifth place with 62 points.
LEAGUE LEADERS: David Pacan remains atop the league goal-scoring race with 34 goals. David Vallorani is tied for seventh in league points with 65 (25G, 40A). Zach Fucale is tied for fourth in shutouts with three and tied for fifth in wins with 22.
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