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 - #1 – The Beast Qualify for their First Ever Kelly Cup Playoffs
In a season full of incredible, record-breaking moments, it’s hard to ignore the excitement and energy that was created from the Beast’s first ever berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
Having never before appeared in the Kelly Cup Playoffs, the air was electric as the Beast took on their North Division rivals, the Reading Royals, to kick off the North Division Semifinals.
The Beast’s first ever ECHL playoff game didn’t exactly go as planned, as the club dropped a close 2-1 decision at Santander Arena in Reading on April 13, but they turned it around in a big way in Game Two.
The Beast and the Royals found themselves tied at 1-1 at the end of regulation time, forcing the game to overtime for the first time in Beast postseason history.
And the Beast wouldn’t be denied as defenseman and assistant captain Jordan Henry located the puck just inside the blue line and sent a shot toward the goal. The puck pinballed around in front of the goal and eluded Royals goaltender Mark Dekanich, giving the Beast the victory and tying the series at a game apiece.
The Royals and Beast would trade victories at the Powerade Centre in Games Three and Four, setting up a pivotal Game Five. For the second time in the series, the teams were deadlocked at the end of 60 minutes, once again forcing overtime.
The first overtime period solved nothing, bringing the game to double overtime. Almost at the exact moment that the clock hit midnight marking the start of a new day, Luc-Olivier Blain took a pass from Lucas Venuto in the corner and snapped a quick one-timer on goal. Dekanich made the first save but Brandon MacLean was in the right place at the right time to end the longest game in Brampton Beast history at 15:34 of double overtime, giving the Beast a momentous victory.
MacLean’s overtime tally proved to be the difference maker in the series, as the Beast rode their double-overtime momentum into Game Six in Reading two nights later, defeating the hometown Royals 3-1 thanks to a trio of third period goals, including the game-tying goal from Luke Pither and a pair from captain Brandon Marino to lock up the Beast’s first ever playoff series victory in six games, setting up a date with the Manchester Monarchs in the North Division Finals.
Once again, the Beast were able to keep their momentum going as they got off to a hot start in the series. For the third time this postseason, the Beast found themselves in overtime, as the teams were tied 2-2 after 60 minutes of play.
It took only 1:27 for the Beast to complete a two-goal comeback and claim the victory in Game One. Connor Crisp carried the puck along the left wing wall and all the way behind the goal where he attempted a wraparound. The puck bounced off a man in front and slowly slid just inside the far post for an incredible overtime winner, giving the Beast the series lead.
The Monarchs, however, stormed back to take a 3-1 series lead thanks to victories in Games Two, Three and Four, putting the Beast’s playoff chances at risk in a pivotal Game Five.
With the game tied at one in the third period, Beast defenseman Reggie Traccitto sat on the top of the left circle and took a feed from Jordan Henry and fired a one-time bullet on the low blocker side against Monarchs goaltender Sam Brittain to give the Beast the lead with half a period remaining.
Beast goaltender Zach Fucale was flawless for the remainder of the third period and stopped 26 of the 27 shots he faced to help the Beast earn a 2-1 win, forcing a Game Six back in Brampton.
While Game Six didn’t go the Beast’s and the Monarchs emerged victorious in the series, nothing can take away the memories and moments that comprised the Beast’s first ever ECHL Kelly Cup Playoff run.
The auction is now LIVE. To place your bids, please visit the Beast’s official eBay page here: http://www.ebay.ca/usr/brampton_beast. The auction will run for seven days starting on Tuesday, July 11.
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