12/13/2014 2:36 PM
GAME 19 PREVIEW: Brampton Beast vs. Allen Americans
Date: Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014
Time: 8:05 p.m. (EST)
Arena: Allen Event Center, Allen, Texas
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TONIGHT'S GAME: Tonight's game will be the Beast's second against the Allen Americans as members of the ECHL, and is their 19th game this season. The Beast come into the contest on a three-game skid. It is game three of their current seven game road trip.
LAST TIME OUT: The Beast lost their third consecutive game on Friday night, falling 4-1 to the Tulsa Oilers. The result lowered the Beast to 7-10-1 on the season and 3-5-1 on the road. Brampton opened the scoring jus 2:16 into the game, with Stephon Thorne finding the back of the net. However, the Beast would not record a goal from that point on and would end up falling by a final score of 4-1.
AT ICE LEVEL:
Reinforcements: The Beast added Andy Bathgate to their roster yesterday, in addition to Steven Tarasuk last Wednesday and rookie Riley Austin on December 5th. Austin played Division I hockey for four seasons with St. Lawrence University
No-Fail Dale: Jason Dale has six points (4G, 2A) in his last seven games
PK Climbing: Brampton's penalty kill continues to improve game after game, having conceded a league-low 8 goals against all season, with just two of those goals coming on the road. The Beast's overall PK is 2nd in the ECHL.
Shooting Stats: The Beast currently face the largest shot differential in the ECHL at -209 through 17 games, an average of 12.3 shots/game
Double-edged Sword: The second period is the Beast’s best offensively with 16 goals on 168 shots (9.52% shooting %), but also their worst defensively with 28 goals allowed on 276 shots (10.14% opposition shooting %). Comparatively, the Beast’s best defensive period has been the third, with 14 goals allowed on 206 shots (6.79%)
Forward Unit Heating Up: Jason Pitton and Mike MacIsaac both have 7 points in their last 11 games. Rob Ricci has 7 points in his first 10 games as a Beast
Shutting Down the Third: The Beast have allowed the fewest shots against in the third period (206), and the most shots against in the second (276)
Well Behaved: The Beast currently have the fewest PIMs in the Western Conference and are tied with the Indy Fuel for fewest in the league at 251. However, Brampton has played three fewer games than the Fuel.
Pain-SHOW: Chad Painchaud continues to lead the Beast in scoring this season with 16 points (4G, 12A) in 17 games.
The closer the game, the better the Beast seem to play, with a 5-1-1 record in one-goal games and 2-9-0 in 2+ goal games this season
Grant Rollheiser’s 55 saves in Brampton’s 2-1 win over RC on 11/29 is most saves made by any goaltender in an ECHL game this season
BEAST: 4-7-0 when scoring first, 3-3-1 when conceding first goal
AMERICANS: Currently sitting 1st in the West with 31 points
12/12 – ADD Andy Bathgate Jr. (Signed to SPC)
12/09 – ADD Steven Tarasuk (Signed to SPC)
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)
The Beast take on the Quad City Mallards for game four of their road trip on Wednesday December 17 at 8:05 PM EST.