03/31/2017 1:00 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, make their final trip to WesBanco Arena of the season as they face the Wheeling Nailers in the second of a three-game road trip.
BEAST OF A DEFENSEMAN: Beast blueliner Jordan Henry is coming off a two-goal game against Cincinnati, giving him a total of 16 goals on the season. Not only is he now tied for second in ECHL d-man goal-scoring but with his two-goal outburst, he has broken the Beast single-season defenseman goal scoring record, originally set at 14 goals by Mathew Maione in the 2014-15 season.
SCORING IN BUNCHES: The Beast haven't had much trouble scoring goals this season and it's thanks in large part to streaky scoring by a number of different Beast skaters. Both David Vallorani and Brandon Marino have recorded three goals in their last four games. Brandon MacLean (1G, 2A) is coming off a big three-point night against the Cyclones while Luc Blain is coming off his first multi-point game (1G, 1A) since January 1st against the Indy Fuel.
IT'S BEEN A WHILE: The Beast and the Nailers last met on Feb. 20 when the Beast escaped with a 3-2 win at the Powerade Centre. Since then, the Nailers have gone 5-8-3 in the 16 games since these clubs last met.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT: Including today's game, the Beast have five games remaining in the regular season, including three home games and two road games. All five of the club's remaining games against come North Division opponents. The Beast end the season at home as they host the Manchester Monarchs on April 8.
TIGHT NORTH DIVISION: The Beast are now in second in the North division with 82 points on the year. The Adirondack Thunder are in first with 83 points, the Manchester Monarchs and Reading Royals are close behind tied for third with 79. Wheeling also is in the hunt for a postseason berth with 72 points.
TOUGH OPPONENTS: Tonight's contest will be the 10th of the season between the Beast and the Nailers with the Beast owning a 5-4-0-0 edge over Wheeling thus far this season. David Vallorani certainly doesn't mind playing the Nailers, as he has recorded 14 points (6G, 8A) in nine games against Wheeling this season.
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