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Game Preview: Silencing the Thunder

12/05/2014 2:15 AM -

GAME 15 PREVIEW: Brampton Beast vs. Wichita Thunder

Date: Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m. (EST)
Arena: Powerade Centre, Brampton, Ontario
Watch: ECHL TV
Listen: Beast Radio
Follow: ECHL Gamecentre

TONIGHT'S GAME: Tonight's contest marks the Beast's eighth home game in the ECHL, and is the first of seven contests between the Beast and Wichita Thunder this season. In CHL competition last year, the Beast posted a 3-2-1 record and finished three places ahead of the Thunder, who failed to make the playoffs. Brampton currently sits three places behind Wichita in the ECHL's Central Division, but with just 14 games played this season have four games in hand.

LAST TIME OUT: The Beast recorded their third consecutive road victory of the season in a tense 2-1 win over Rapid City, with Mike MacIsaac and Jason Dale both scoring for the Beast. Grant Rollheiser was sensational in net, stopping a league-high 55 shots in the victory for his third win of the year. The result improves the Beast to 6-7-1 on the season and 6-2-0 in their last eight games.

AT ICE LEVEL:

Defensive Reinforcements: Yesterday the Beast signed rookie defenseman Riley Austin, who played Division I hockey for four seasons with St. Lawrence University

Top Tenders: The Beast have faced 3 of the current top-5 goalies in the ECHL based on save percentage, in 7 of their 14 games – Evan Mosher (4 times, 0.933 SAV%, QC), Riley Gill (2 times, 0.930 SAV%, leads league with 2.12 GAA, ALN) and Sam Marotta (0.934 SAV%, ELM). Gill and Lerg are also both in the top-5 goalies by wins this season (Gill: T-1st - 10 wins, Lerg: T-4th - 9 wins)

Road Warriors: The Beast's road penalty-kill is first in the ECHL at 95.7%, and has only conceded one goal in 27 times shorthanded across seven games. Overall, the Beast penalty kill is sixth in the ECHL at 86 percent

Clutch Performers: Brampton has a .750 winning percentage in the extra frame with two OT wins, one SO win, and one OT loss (7 of 8 possible points)

Avoiding the Sin Bin: Brampton has taken 57 minor penalties so far this season, the fewest of any team in the ECHL (Tulsa leads with 132)

Shutting Down the Third: The Beast have allowed the fewest shots against in the third period (167) and have also conceded the fewest goals (14) in that frame

Pain-SHOW: Chad Painchaud continues his torrid start to the season & currently leads the Beast in scoring with 13 points in 14 games and 59 shots on goal

Cann the Man: Trevor Cann’s 330 saves so far this season places him 10th in the ECHL with at least two less games played than all nine goaltenders in front of him

Shifting into Second: The second period has been Brampton's best offensively through the team's first 14 games, as they have tallied 16 goals in the middle frame, but also their worst defensively as they have allowed 22

TRENDS:

BEAST: 3-4-0 when scoring first, 3-3-1 when conceding first goal
THUNDER: 6-2-1 when scoring first, 2-4-3 when conceding first goal

The Beast have taken 161 shots in the first, more than any other period, but have only 6 goals (3.73% shooting percentage)

The closer the game, the better the Beast seem to play, with a 5-0-1 record in one-goal games and 1-7-0 in 2+ goal games this season

RECENT MOVES:
12/05 – ADD Riley Austin (Signed to SPC)
11/14 – ADD Rob Ricci (Signed to SPC)

NEXT GAME:
The Beast take on the Wichita Thunder for game two of the doubleheader tomorrow at 2:00 PM.



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