03/12/2017 12:00 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, look to bounce back and reclaim top spot in the North Division as they take on another division rival in the Adirondack Thunder.
GETTING CLOSER: With their win over Reading on Thursday, the Beast have now reached 33 victories for the first time in their ECHL history, matching the franchise record for wins in a season set by the 2013-2014 Central Hockey League squad. A win tonight for the Beast would set a new franchise single-season win record.
DAVID "CLUTCH" VALLORANI: With his four-point performance (2G, 2A) on Thursday against Reading plus another assist on Friday night, David Vallorani is now alone in third place in the league points race with 70 points on the year. He is six points back of Colorado's Casey Pierro-Zabotel for second place. Chad Costello of the Allen Americans continues to lead the way with 105 points.
LEAGUE LEADERS: David Pacan remains atop the league goal-scoring race with 34 goals. Vallorani is alone in third in league points with 70 (27G, 43A). Zach Fucale is tied for fourth in shutouts with three and is fifth in wins with 23.
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 three 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 99 games played.
TIGHT NORTH DIVISION: The Reading Royals surged ahead to claim top spot in the division with 74 points. Tied for second are the Beast and the Manchester Monarchs at 73 points. Not far behind and occupying the fourth spot in the division are the Adirondack Thunder at 72 points, while the Wheeling Nailers, last season's Eastern Conference champs, are on the outside looking in with 62 points. Elmira is in a distant sixth place with 36 points.
HEAD TO HEAD MATCHUP: The Beast will have the edge heading into Sunday's game against the Thunder as they own a 3-1-0-1 record against Adirondack this season. In the last matchup between these clubs, the Beast shut out the Thunder 3-0 at the Powerade Centre on Feb. 28.
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