04/22/2017 12:00 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, hope to take a crucial lead in the North Division Semifinal as they host the Reading Royals in Game Five at the Powerade Centre.
STILL A GOALIE BATTLE: The goaltending at both ends of the ice continues to be the story of the North Division Semifinal. Entering tonight's game, Beast goaltender Zach Fucale leads the league in goals against average (1.55) and is second in save percentage (.943) while Reading's Mark Dekanich ranks second in goals against average (1.66) and first in save percentage (.955).
LAST TIME OUT: Reading's Ryan Penny scored the eventual game-winner at 14:35 of the third period to lift the Royals to a 3-2 victory over the Beast at the Powerade Centre in Game Four of the North Division Semifinal, tying the series at two games apiece. Jordan Henry and Brandon MacLean each scored for Brampton and Zach Fucale made 27 saves in net for Brampton.
SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS: The Beast have outshot the Royals in each of the first four games of the series, including outshooting Reading 38-30 in Game Four.
LEADING SCORERS FOR BEAST: Defenseman Jordan Henry is currently the Beast's leading scorer with four points (2G, 2A) through the first four games of the series. Brandon Marino (3A) and Luke Pither (3A) aren't far behind with three points, while Connor Crisp (1G, 1A), Brandon MacLean (1G, 1A) and Reggie Traccitto (2A) have each recorded two points.
WANTED: MORE GOALS: The ongoing series between the Beast and the Royals has been dominated thus far by stellar defensive play. Through four games, the Beast have each scored only seven goals apiece. Their 14 combined goals are the fewest in any Kelly Cup Playoff series thus far. For contrast's sake, in the Western Conference, The Toledo Walleye and the Kalamazoo Wings have combined for 40 goals (20 each) through five games of their series.
REACHING NEW HIGHS: Prior to this season, the Brampton Beast franchise has only once qualified for a postseason berth, losing 4-1 to the Allen Americans in the Central Hockey League playoffs in 2013-14. With the series currently tied at two and at least two games remaining, this series will officially be the longest in club history.
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