04/24/2017 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, can clinch the North Division Semifinal with a win in Game Six over Reading. Brampton took Game Five 2-1 in double overtime to jump ahead 3-2 in the series.
SUPERB GOALTENDING: Through five games of this series, stellar goaltending continues be the difference. Entering tonight's game, Beast goaltender Zach Fucale leads the league in goals against average (1.25) and is second in save percentage (.954) while Reading's Mark Dekanich ranks second in goals against average (1.55) and first in save percentage (.956).
NEW RECORD SET: Brandon MacLean's double overtime goal in Game Five put an end to what is now considered the longest game in Brampton Beast history. The game, which spanned almost five full periods, ended with a final time of 95 minutes and 34 seconds. The previous record was set earlier in this series as the Beast played their first ever Kelly Cup Playoffs overtime game in Game Two, which lasted only 74 minutes and 47 seconds.
SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS: The Beast have outshot the Royals in each of the first five games of the series, including outshooting Reading 52-44 in Game Five.
PLAYOFF SCORING RECORD: Prior to this season, the Beast's only playoff berth was in 2013-14 when Mike MacIsaac and Matt Caruana set the Beast playoff points record with four points each (2G, 2A). Two members of the current Beast squad have already matched that mark, including Brandon MacLean (3G, 1A) and Jordan Henry (2G, 2A).
REMARKABLY TIGHT SERIES: The North Division Semifinal has been as evenly-matched a series as could be expected through five games played. Both teams tied with 88 points after the regular season. Each of the first five games of the series have been one-goal games, including four by a 2-1 final score. The teams have gone to overtwime twice, with the Beast emerging victorious in both contests.
LAST TIME OUT: Brandon MacLean lit the lamp twice, including at the 15:34 of double overtime to lift the Beast to a 2-1 victory over the Reading Royals giving the Beast a 3-2 series lead heading back to Reading. Goaltender Zach Fucale was once again outstanding with 43 saves.
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