04/05/2017 9:30 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, start their final homestand of the season as they host the Wheeling Nailers on Wednesday night.
WE'RE IN: With their 5-2 win over Reading on Saturday night, the Beast have officially clinched their first ever ECHL Kelly Cup playoff berth. The club also made the playoffs in its inaugural 2013-14 CHL season.
PACAN'S THE MAN: Beast forward David Pacan did his part to help the Beast to their first ever Kelly Cup playoff berth. The Ottawa, Ontario native scored four goals and added an assist for five points in the club's clinching 5-2 victory over the Reading Royals last Saturday night. He now has an incredible eight points in his last two games, thanks to a three-assist night against Wheeling on his birthday, March 31.
HEAD TO HEAD MATCHUP: Tonight marks the final game between the Beast and the Nailers this season. The teams have been evenly matched, as both teams have picked up five victories in the 10 games between each other in the 2016-17 season. To date, four of those contests have been held at the Powerade Centre, where the Beast own a 3-1-0-0 record against Wheeling this season. David Vallorani leads the way against the Nailers with 14 points (6G, 8A).
THREE GAMES LEFT: Including today's game, the Beast have only three games remaining in the regular season, all to be played against North Division rivals at the Powerade Centre. Following tonight's game, the Beast will host the Manchester Monarchs for a pair of games on April 7 and 8.
STILL A WAITING GAME: While we may know the teams who will come out of the North Division for the upcoming Kelly Cup playoffs (Brampton, Adirondack, Reading, Manchester), the division race remains extremey tight. Adirondack remains in first with 87 points with the Beast just behind with 84 points. Manchester is currently in third with 83 points while Reading holds down the final spot with 82 points.
STEADY BETWEEN THE PIPES: Beast goaltender Andrew D'Agostini has been steady between the pipes of late. This past weekend, D'Agostini started all three road games and earned a 2-1 record with a .915 save percentage and a 2.66 goals against average.
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