04/13/2017 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, are ready for their first ever berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs and kick off the North Division Semifinals tonight at Santander Arena against the Reading Royals.
TOUGH OPPONENT: The Beast and the Royals met three times throughout the 2016-17 regular season with the Beast owning a 2-1-0-0 edge in the season matchup. David Pacan had a strong season against the Royals, scoring four goals and adding four assists for eight points in just three games. David Vallorani burned his former team this season with two goals and four helpers for six points in three games played.
FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME… KINDA: While the 2016-17 season will mark the first appearance in the ECHL's Kelly Cup Playoffs, this won't be the first ever playoff berth for the franchise. While playing in the Central Hockey League during the club's insugural 2013-14 season, the Beast finished with a 33-26-7 record and qualified for the postseason. They faced the eventual champs, the Allen Americans, in the opening round and dropped the series four games to one.
BUSY GOALTENDER DOWN THE STRETCH: Goaltender Andrew D'Agostini started the final six games of the regular season between the pipes for Brampton and posted a sterling 4-2 record with a 3.00 GAA and a .915 save percentage.
A SEASON TO REMEMBER: The 2016-17 season was memorable for many reasons for the Beast this season. The club reached the 40-win plateau for the first time in team history, David Pacan (41G) tied for the league lead in goals, David Vallorani (34G, 51A) was named an ECHL All Star and was named to the All-ECHL Second Team and the team boasted five different 20-goal scorers (Pacan, Vallorani, MacLean, Auger and Marino).
HEATING UP AT THE RIGHT TIME: Several Beast skaters will enter the playoffs on a hot streak thanks to some solid play during their final games of the regular season. Brandon Marino netted three goals and added 10 assists over his last nine games. Chris Auger owns the longest point streak on the team at four games, with three goals and three assists during that span. Connor Crisp has two goals and five assists over his last five games.
WHO NEEDS HOME ICE ADVANTAGE?: During the regular season, the Beast were the sixth best road team in the ECHL, collecting a 20-12-2-2 road record in 36 games played. Their 140 road goals scored is the third highest total in the ECHL, trailing only the Toledo Walleye and Allen Americans.
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