BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – Brampton Beast netminder Marcus Hogberg made an astounding 53 saves and Brandon Marino scored the overtime winner with under 15 seconds remaining in overtime as the Beast defeated the Kalamazoo Wings 3-2 on School Day at the Powerade Centre on Thursday.
Jackson Leef scored his first ECHL goal and Chris Leveille netted his fourth goal of the season to lift the Beast to their sixth consecutive victory.
Hogberg got his third straight start and was the busier of the two goaltenders throughout the first period. Kalamazoo used their strong transition game to work off the rush and pepper the Beast goaltender with 17 total shots over the course of the period.
The big Swede only saw one go past him. It was a perfectly placed wrist shot from Danny Moynihan at the 16:16 mark that gave the Wings a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission. The scoreboard displayed the shots as 17-8 in favour of Kalamazoo.
Brampton controlled the play to start the second period and were rewarded with a pair of goals. The first was Chris Leveille scoring his fourth of the year to tie the game up at 1-1.
Willie Corrin bulldozed his way down the sideboards and was able to feather a picture perfect pass across the crease that Leveille fired into the open net behind Wings starter Joel Martin at 7:08.
With less than five minutes to play in the period, the Beast struck again. This time it was Jackson Leef striking for his first professional ECHL goal. Matt Petgrave sent the puck to Eric Ylitalo who threw it in front of the net. Leef was there to pick up the rebound and send a low backhand through the pads of Martin for a 2-1 Beast lead at 17:31.
Brampton took that lead to the dressing room at the end of the second. Shots were 33-19 in favour of the Wings.
The Beast controlled the third period and continued to keep the pressure on the Wings as they searched for another goal.
The period wound down and with less than two minutes to go, Kalamazoo pulled the goalie and tied the game with a goal by Lane Scheidl. The shot came through a mess of sticks and bodies and found twine behind Hogberg.
Overtime between the two clubs was a spirited affair with both teams trading multiple chances. Brampton almost ended the game on two separate breakaways from Chris Leveille and Kevin Dufour. The teams combined for an eye-popping 12 shots in overtime alone.
The hero turned out to be Beast captain Brandon Marino. He skated the puck into the attacking zone before turning on the jets and cutting across the slot. He went to his backhand and deftly flipped the puck past Martin for the overtime winner with 14.6 seconds remaining.
Notes: Molson Three Stars 3) Ylitalo (BRA) 2) Marino (BRA) 1) Hogberg (BRA). Marcus Hogberg has now won his last three starts. The Beast finished the game 0-for-3 on the man advantage and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. The Beast will now take on the Toledo Walleye Sunday, November 26 at 2:00 PM.