03/19/2017 8:00 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, hope to keep up their high-scoring ways as they host the Fort Wayne Komets for the final time in the 2016-17 season.
HEAD TO HEAD STATS: Today's game will be the fifth and final game of the season between the Beast and the Komets. Brampton has fared well against the Komets and owns a 3-0-1-0 record against Fort Wayne this season. Former Komet scoring champ Brandon Marino leads the Beast against Fort Wayne with two goals and six helpers for eight points in four games. Brandon MacLean has seven goals in four games against the Komets.
BEAST OF A DEFENSEMAN: Beast defenseman Jordan Henry is enjoying one of the best offensive stretches of his professional career. He now has 20 goals and 32 assists for 52 points in 106 career games with the Beast. He is currently one point back of tying Mathew Maione's Beast defense points record set at 53 points (86GP, 18G, 35A, 53 PTS) set in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. Henry has been on a tear of late, scoring 11 goals in his last 15 games, including a tally last night.
LEAGUE LEADERS: David Pacan is now second in the league in goals at 35. David Vallorani is alone in third in league points with 74 (27G, 47A). Zach Fucale is third in games played (42) and fourth in minutes (2316) and is fifth in wins with 24.
ONE MORE POINT: Beast captain Brandon Marino is having another great season with the Beast, with 17 goals and 42 assists for 59 points in 61 games. With his goal last night in Elmira, Marino is now tied with Jason Pitton for the most points in Beast franchise history at 100. With his next point, Brandon will be alone as the club's all-time points leader.
PLAYOFF PICTURE: The Beast took over top spot in the North Division with their win last night and now have 77 points. The Reading Royals are one point back in second at 76 points. The Manchester Monarchs are in third with 75 points. The Adirondack Thudner currently occupy the final playoff spot in the North with 74 points. The Wheeling Nailers are on the outside looking in but are still very much a part of the race with 69 points.
HEATING UP: Beast forward Luke Pither has five goals and two assists in his last four games played. Defenseman Willie Corrin has six points (2G, 4A) in his last three games. Defenseman Jordan Henry has seven goals and two assists over his last eight games.
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