12/09/2014 8:44 AM
GAME 17 PREVIEW: Brampton Beast vs. Missouri Mavericks
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
Time: 8:05 p.m. (EST)
Arena: Independence Events Centre, Independence, MO
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TONIGHT'S GAME: The Beast look to improve their road away from home to above .500 for the first time all season when they shoot for a fourth consecutive victory on the road tonight in Missouri. This evening’s contest marks the Beast's eighth road game in the ECHL, and is the first of seven contests between the Beast and Missouri Mavericks this season. In CHL competition last year, the Beast posted a 3-1-1 record over their Missouri rivals with their only loss in regulation coming on March 13 in a 3-2 nail-biter at the Powerade Centre. The Beast currently sit just one place behind the Mavericks in the ECHL’s Central Division with three games in hand.
LAST TIME OUT: The game scheduled for Sunday between the Beast and Wheeling Nailers was postponed due to mechanical problems with the Nailers team bus. The afternoon prior, the Beast’s four-game winning streak was halted by the Wichita Thunder despite Grant Rollheiser stopping 35 of 37 shots in a 3-1 loss. Cal Wild scored his second of the season in the third period to put the Beast up 1-0, before Danick Gauthier potted his first of three on the night moments later to even the scoring and give the Thunder momentum late in the third. The go-ahead goal came with just under three minutes remaining and Gauthier would add an empty netter to complete the hat trick. With the result the Beast fall to 7-8-1 on the season but remain 7-3-0 in their last 10 games.
AT ICE LEVEL:
Brampton has taken 69 minor penalties so far this season, second-fewest of any team in the ECHL. Their ‘Opponent PIM’ of 194 is the lowest in the league.
Defensive Reinforcements: Last weekend the Beast signed rookie defenseman Riley Austin, who played Division I hockey for four seasons with St. Lawrence University
Road Warriors: The Beast's penalty kill on the road is first in the ECHL at 96.3%, and has only conceded one goal in 27 times shorthanded across seven games. Overall, the Beast penalty kill is second in the league at 87.9%, and has conceded a league-low 7 goals against. The Beast will be going up against the league’s worst powerplay in Missouri, which has scored just 7 goals all season (8.3%).
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)
Shutting Down the Third: The Beast have allowed the fewest shots against in the third period (191) and have also conceded the fewest goals (17) in that frame
Pain-SHOW: Chad Painchaud continues his torrid start to the season & currently leads the Beast in scoring with 16 points in 16 games and 66 shots on goal
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 23
The closer the game, the better the Beast seem to play, with a 5-1-1 record in one-goal games and 2-7-0 in 2+ goal games this season
BEAST: 4-5-0 when scoring first, 3-3-1 when conceding first goal
MAVERICKS: 5-3-0 when scoring first, 4-7-0 when conceding first goal
The Beast have taken 185 shots in the first, more than any other period, but have only 8 goals to show for it (4.32% shooting percentage). In the second period, their shooting percentage is 10.32%.
Beast are 7-1-0 when tied or leading after two periods of play
12/07 – DEL Frank LittleJohn (Released from SPC)
12/05 – Placed Elgin Reid on 21 Day IR
12/05 – ADD Frank LittleJohn (Signed to SPC)
12/04 – ADD Riley Austin (Signed to SPC)
11/14 – ADD Rob Ricci (Signed to SPC)
The Beast take on the Tulsa Oilers for game two of their road trip on Friday December 12 at 8:35 PM EST.