01/03/2015 1:00 PM
TONIGHT'S GAME: This will be the Beast's second game of a five-game road trip that will also see them play the Elmira Jackals and Reading Royals, before returning home for a three-game set against the Wheeling Nailers. Overall, the Beast are 5-10-2 on the road this season, but split their most recent road series, a 4-game set with the Quad City Mallards. Leading scorer Chad Painchaud had his 6-game point streak snapped last night (3 goals and 6 assists during the streak).
LAST TIME OUT: The Beast fell to the Tulsa Oilers by a score of 6-5 in overtime last night to fall to 9-17-2 on the season and 5-10-2 on the road. Justin Donati extended his point streak to 5 games (a point in each game since joining the Beast), while Tyler Donati and Chad Painchaud saw their four and six-game streaks come to an end. Trevor Cann made an ECHL-high 57 saves on 62 shots, the most faced by any goalie in the ECHL this season.
Sizzling Donati's: Since being reunited on December 28th for the first time since playing together in Europe, the Donati twins have posted 12 points (5G, 7A) in 5 games. In 2009-10, playing on a line with brother Tyler for the Elmira Jackals, Justin scored 42 goals and 62 assists for 104 points in 65 games, while his brother would go on to win the league scoring title with 114 points. Justin’s was awarded the John A. Daley Trophy as the ECHL’s rookie of the year that season. He would go on to win the ECHL scoring title the following year, again with Elmira, totalling an impressive 198 points in 128 games over two seasons.
Ling is King: The Beast's latest addition, David Ling, made his presence felt with a powerplay assist in his first period of play with the Beast. A Quebec Nordiques draft pick in 1993, Ling spent time with both the Montreal Canadiens and Columbus Blue Jackets during his NHL career, in addition to playing 533 games over nine seasons in the AHL, where he scored 157 goals and 470 points (0.88 points per game) to go along with 1355 penalty minutes.
Double Dalton: Montreal Canadiens prospect Dalton Thrower continues to shine for the Beast after making his professional hockey debut in the ECHL five games ago. Thrower is reconditioning with the team after missing the end of last season and the beginning of 2014-15 with an ankle injury that forced him to undergo surgery. The talented blueliner has two assists, a fighting major and 9 PIM in his first five games with the Beast.
High-Risk, High-Reward: The second period is the Beast’s best offensively with 30 goals scored, but also their worst defensively with 44 goals allowed.
Avoiding the Sin Bin: Brampton has recorded just 122 minor penalties so far this season, third fewest in the ECHL.
The Beast return home the weekend of January 16-18 for a three-game set against the Montreal Canadiens affiliate the Wheeling Nailers. Friday’s game will feature a Guns and Hoses themed game, where the Brampton Fire and Police Departments will square off in a charity game raising funds for Regen Brampton at 5:30, with puck drop for the Beast at 7:30. Tickets can be purchased online at bramptonbeast.com or by calling 905 564 1684.