04/01/2017 8:30 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, will play their final road game of the season as they head to Santander Arena to take on the Reading Royals.
O CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN: Beast captain Brandon Marino has been leading by example of late. His assist against Wheeling pushed his point streak to five games, collecting three goals and two assists in the process. His strong play stretches far beyond his last five games. Over his last 23 games, he failed to record a point in only four games, scoring nine goals and adding 20 helpers during that stretch.
ROYAL FEAST: Thanks in large part to a crazy 7-6 overtime win over the Royals on March 9, several Beast skaters have impressive individual numbers against Reading. David Vallorani has two goals and three helpers for five points in two games against Reading. One point behind is Luke Pither with two goals and two assists and defenseman Jordan Henry also netted a pair of goals and added an assist for three points in two games played.
ONE POINT AWAY: The Beast need only one more point to clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup playoffs. The Adirondack Thunder are the only team in the North Division to have clinched to date.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT: Including today's game, the Beast have four games remaining in the regular season, including three home games and one road game. All four 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 remain in second place in the North division with 82 points on the year. The Adirondack Thunder are in first with 85 points. Tonight's opponent, the Reading Royals are in third with 80 points, while the Manchester Monarchs are in fourth with 79 points. Wheeling also is in the hunt for a postseason berth with 74 points.
HEAD TO HEAD MATCHUP: Tonight's game will be the third and final game of the season between these two North Division rivals. The Beast and the Royals split a pair of games at the Powerade Centre on March 9 (7-6 OTW) and March 10 (6-2 L). This is the first and only game at Santander Arena between these two clubs this season.
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