04/15/2017 4:00 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, try to even the North Division Semifinal at a game apiece as they face off against the Royals in Game Two.
GOOD GOALIES: Game One featured a pair of hot goaltenders in Reading's Mark Dekanich and Brampton's Andrew D'Agostini. Dekanich stymied the Beast offense with a 43-save performance, while D'Agostini turned in his own sterling performance, making 34 saves. Combined, the goaltenders posted an incredible .963 save percentage in Game One.
NO SHORTAGE OF OPPORTUNITIES: The Beast only managed to score a single goal in Game One but it wasn’t for a lack of trying. The Beast fired an impressive 44 shots on goal in Game One, including 17 shots in each of the second and third periods. Luc-Olivier Blain led the way with six shots on goal, while Chris Auger, Reggie Traccitto, Luke Pither and Jordan Henry each recorded four. Only one skater, Tim Billingsley, failed to record a shot on goal for Brampton in Game One.
SOLID POWER PLAY: The Beast may have enjoyed only two power plays in Game One but were able to strike with the man-advantage thanks to Connor Crisp's first professional playoff goal at 13:25 of the second period.
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).
SIMILARLY STRONG PERFORMANCE: Andrew D'Agostini seems to play well against the Royals. In addition to his stellar 34-save outing in Game One, D'Agostini made 31 saves and allowed only two goals to help the Beast clinch a playoff spot against the Royals in his only other appearance against Reading in a 5-2 win at Santander Arena on April 1st.
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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