In the weeks leading up to the 2017-18 ECHL season, keep your eyes peeled on BramptonBeast.com as the Beast take you on a trip down memory lane and count down the Top 10 Moments of the 2016-17 Season, presented by Beast Authentics.
Every week, the Beast will recap one of the season’s most memorable moments, including an in-depth video hosted by the Beast’s in-game host, Nikki Jeffrey. Each week, the Beast will also be listing specially-selected official game-worn items on the team’s official eBay page, giving you the opportunity to own a piece of each incredible moment.
Top 10 Moments of the 2016-17 Season - #4 – David Pacan and the Performance of the Year
It’s as if the entire Brampton Beast season came down to this moment.
The Beast entered Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania on April 1 needing a victory over the Reading Royals to lock up their first ever berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
To raise the stakes even further, Beast forward David Pacan entered the contest with 36 goals to his credit and was striving to become the first ever member of the Beast to reach the 40-goal plateau.
And wouldn’t you know it, the hockey gods must have been paying attention on this night, as the Beast would clinch that elusive playoff spot and David Pacan turned in the Performance of the Year with a legendary four-goal game to reach 40 tallies on the year in a 5-2 win over the Reading Royals.
The game didn’t start as planned for Brampton as Royals forward Matt Willows snuck into the offensive zone on the right wing side and snapped off a perfect wrist shot from the faceoff circle that beat Beast starter Andrew D’Agostini just over a minute into the game.
Reading held the lead into the final minute of the opening period until David Pacan struck for his first of the game, batting home a rebound to tie the game at 1-1 heading into the opening intermission.
Pacan picked up where he left off with his second goal of the night just over four minutes into the second period. Royals starter Mark Dekanich lost sight of a rebound behind the goal, which allowed Beast forward Connor Crisp to pick up the loose puck and find Pacan in front for a 2-1 lead.
The pesky Royals weren’t ready to roll over just yet, as Steven Swavely lit the lamp to tie the game heading into the third and final period.
Once again, it was David Pacan who gave the Beast the lead early in the period to earn the hat trick. Captain Brandon Marino found himself alone in the right wing corner with the puck and simply threw it toward the net. Pacan was parked in front and got enough of the shot to redirect it into the net just over two minutes into the period.
Willie Corrin gave the Beast some breathing room with his ninth goal of the season at 8:19 and pushing the Beast lead to 4-2.
With time running out and the Beast picking up the scent of a playoff berth, Pacan ended the game with an exclamation point as he found the empty net with less than three minutes remaining for his fourth goal of the game, finishing off the Performance of the Season.
To commemorate the #4 Moment of the 2016-17 season, the Beast will be auctioning off a 2016-17 David Pacan goal-scored puck from his record-breaking 41-goal season.
The auction is now LIVE. To place your bids, please visit the Beast’s official eBay page here: http://bit.ly/Beast_eBay. The auction will run for seven days starting on Thursday, July 6.
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