04/18/2017 10:50 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, attempt to pull ahead in the North Division Semifinal as they host the Reading Royals in Game Three at the Powerade Centre.
DUELING GOALIES: Game One and Game Two featured hot goaltending from Reading's Mark Dekanich and Brampton's Andrew D'Agostini as well as Zachary Fucale. Dekanich stymied the Beast offense with a 43-save performance in Game One, while D'Agostini turned in his own sterling performance, making 34 saves. In Game 2 Fucale made 30 saves and Dekanich made another 38 saves, as the Beast emerged with a 2-1 OT victory.
SHOOTING GALLERY: The lack of scoring in the series so far isn't for a lack of trying. The Beast have averaged 42 shots through the first two games of the Kelly Cup Playoffs. Throughout the regular season the Beast were 18-12-1-1 in games where they outshot their opponent. Defenseman Jordan Henry leads the team with 11 shots on goal through two games, while Chris Auger is right behind with 10 shots on goal.
HOT PENALTY KILL: Through two games, the Beast have yet to allow a power play goal against, successfully killing off eight Reading power play opportunities.
WORKING OVERTIME: The Beast were able to secure their first ever ECHL playoff victory when Jordan Henry beat Dekanich at 14:47 of the first overtime on Saturday night. During the regular season the Beast had the fourth most wins in the league in the Overtime period with seven on the year. Compiling a 0.750 percentage in games that went past regulation.
CHIPPING IN: Game Two featured timely scoring from a pair of Beast defensemen. Tim Billingsley scored his first professional playoff goal in the dying minutes of the third period before Jordan Henry scored in overtime to send the Beast home with a victory. Beast defensemen have scored two of the three goals that Brampton has scored during this series.
HOME SWEET HOME: During the regular season the Brampton Beast accumulated a record of 20-12-1-3 at the Powerade Centre in 36 games played. In the Beast's inaugural playoff run in the Central Hockey League in 2013-14, the Beast's lone win came at home at the Powerade Centre.
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