04/20/2017 9:05 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, hope to make the most of the hometown crowd as they host the Reading Royals in a pivotal Game Four of the North Division Semifinal.
GAME FACE FOR FUCALE: Beast netminder Zach Fucale has been nothing short of spectacular since rejoining the Beast for the club's Kelly Cup Playpff run. In two games played, Fucale leads the league in both goals against average (0.89) and save percentage (.965%) heading into Game Four. He has allowed only two goals on 57 shots so far this series.
STEPPING UP ON DEFENSE: The Beast have emerged as a tight defensive team through the first three games of the North Division Semifinal and have allowed just four goals over the first three games. All three games of the series have ended by a score of 2-1. The Beast's four goals allowed is tied for the fewest allowed in the postseason thus far. The Orlando Solar Bears have also allowed four, but they have played one less game.
HOT PENALTY KILL: Through three games, the Beast remain the best penalty killing team in the playoffs, killing 91.7% of opposition opportunities. They have allowed one goal on 12 chances.
LEADING SCORERS FOR BEAST: Five different Beast skaters currently share the team lead in points with two through three games played, including Connor Crisp (1G, 1A), Jordan Henry (1G, 1A), Reggie Traccitto (2A), Brandon Marino (2A) and Luke Pither (2A). The only multi-point game of the series for Brampton belongs to Luke Pither, who recorded two assists in Game Three.
NO SHORTAGE OF SHOTS: The Beast have outshot the Royals in each of the first three games of the North Division Semifinal by a total of 116-93. Their biggest shot output of the postseason came in Game One when the Beast peppered 44 shots against the Reading goal. The Beast's 116 total shots on goal is the fourth highest total heading into tonight's games.
WELL THAT'S A FIRST: This playoff series marks the first time in franchise history that the club has won more than one playoff game in a single series. Back in the inaugural 2013-14 Central Hockey League season, the Beast qualified for the postseason but lost their opening round series 4-1 to the eventual champs, the Allen Americans.
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