GAME 20 PREVIEW: Brampton Beast vs. Quad City Mallards
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
Time: 8:05 p.m. (EST)
Arena: iWireless Center, Moline, IL
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TONIGHT'S GAME: This will be the Beast's sixth game against the Quad City Mallards as members of the ECHL, and is their 20th game this season. The Beast come into the contest with a 3-2-0 record against the Mallards so far this season, including winning their last three in a row. It is the Beast's fourth game of a nine-game road trip, and will be the sixth of fifteen games between the Beast and Mallards this season.
LAST TIME OUT: The Beast were shut out for the first time this season by a score of 6-0 in Allen, Texas on Saturday night, falling for the fourth game in a row after posting a four-game winning streak. The result lowered the Beast to 7-11-1 on the season and 3-6-1 on the road.
ON THE ICE:
Positive Reinforcements: The Beast have added defenseman Tanner Burton to their lineup for tonight's game. Burton becomes the fifth Beast to make his debut this month, joining Riley Austin, Frank LittleJohn (released), Steven Tarasuk and Andy Bathgate Jr.
PK Climbing: Brampton's penalty kill continues to improve game after game, having conceded a league-low 9 goals against all season, with just three of those goals coming on the road. The Beast's overall PK is 4th in the ECHL at 86.6%, while their PK on the road is second at 91.7%
Striking First: The Beast have scored first in 11 of 19 games so far this season, but carry just a 4-7-0 record when drawing first blood
Double-edged Sword: The second period is the Beast’s best offensively with 16 goals on 175 shots (9.14 shooting %), but also their worst defensively with 32 goals allowed on 296 shots (10.81 opposition shooting %)
Shutting Down the Third: The Beast have allowed the fewest shots against in the third period (215), and the least amount of goals (13). The Beast have conceded the most shots against in the second (296)
Pain-SHOW: Chad Painchaud continues to lead the Beast in scoring this season with 16 points (4G, 12A) in 19 games. Painchaud is also the Beast's leading shooter with 78 SOG, 25 more than Mathew Maione in second place (53)
Still Fresh: The Beast have played the fewest games to date of any team in the ECHL (19), 9 home games and 10 games on the road
Avoiding the Sin Bin: Brampton has recorded just 79 minor penalties so far this season, the second fewest in the ECHL. Evansville currently has the fewest with 74
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)
BEAST: 4-7-0 when scoring first, 3-4-1 when conceding first goal
MALLARDS: 4-2-4 when scoring first, 6-6-1 when conceding first
The closer the game, the better the Beast seem to play, with a 5-0-1 record in one-goal games and 2-11-0 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
12/16 – ADD Tanner Burton (Signed to SPC)
12/16 – DEL Andrew Darrigo (Released from SPC)
12/12 – ADD Andy Bathgate (Signed to SPC)
12/09 – ADD Steven Tarasuk (Signed to SPC)
12/07 – DEL Frank LittleJohn (Released from SPC)
The Beast take on the Missouri Mavericks for game five of their road trip on Saturday December 20 at 8:05 PM EST.