12/13/2014 10:10 PM
ALLEN, TX- The Lonestar state has not been a kind one to the Beast so far this season. The trend continued Saturday night as the Beast fell by a score of 6-0 to the hands of the ECHL Western Conference-leading Allen Americans, the first time the Beast have been shut out all season.
The first period was a solid effort from the Beast, who, despite being outshot, did an excellent job killing off to back-to-back penalties and recording some high-quality scoring chances on the penalty kill. The Americans would however skate into the intermission with a one-goal lead after Tyler Ludwig’s fourth of the season assisted by Chad Costello and Jack Combs.
The Beast struggled coming out of the gate in the second period, with Allen filling the net with rubber and extending their lead to 5-0 over the course of 20 minutes heading into the third period of play. The high-octane Americans offense went to work taking advantage of a double-minor penalty, with goals coming from Jamie Schaafsma, Ludwig, Gary Steffes and Greger Hanson in the second period. Steffe’s goal was of the highlight reel quality, as the forward came down the far side and with a fancy toe-drag in front of the net out-waited Rollheiser to tuck the puck into the close side. A bright spot in the middle frame for the Beast came halfway through when Rollheiser made an incredible save after appearing to be beaten on a back door cross-ice feed, only to reach behind him and pick the puck out of midair with his glove.
Both teams shifted into cruise control for the third period with the play slowing down considerably in the neutral zone. The Americans would snag one more goal from Steffes and hang on to the shutout from their goaltender, Aaron Dell en route to the 6-0 victory.
The Beast are back in action this week as they travel to Quad City to take on the Mallards on Wednesday, December 17. Puck drop is set for 8:05 pm ET. Fans can tune into ECHL.tv or catch the action live on www.4cornersradio.ca.