02/16/2015 4:27 PM
BRAMPTON, ON- The Brampton Beast came out decked in red, white and maple leafs, representing their country as the only Canadian ECHL franchise. They tried to carry the momentum of the best two-game stretch in team history but were unable to overcome their weary road legs, ultimately falling to the Tulsa Oilers by a score of 4-0 on Mascot Family Day at the Powerade Centre.
Grant Rollheiser led the way for the Beast, making 30 saves in the loss. Chad Painchaud’s streak of three straight games with a goal was snapped, and so was David Ling’s three-game point streak in a hard-fought game with lots of rough stuff.
The Beast returned home from demolishing the Rapid City Rush on the weekend, outscoring the Rush 10-0 in the last two games of their series. Chad Painchaud had the best two-game stretch of anyone in the ECHL this season, recording eight points (7G, 1A) in those two games and both Trevor Cann and Grant Rollheiser back stopped their team to a shut out victory.
The first period started off with some fisticuffs, with Tyson Fawcett dropping the mitts for his third fight of the year just 37 seconds into the game. Tulsa connected on a fast-break goal that slipped under the left arm of Grant Rollheiser to put themselves up 1-0 just 1:16 into the game. The goal snapped the Beast’s shut out streak at 122:04, the longest in franchise history and the sixth longest in the ECHL this season.
The second period saw both teams defensive game loosen up. Both teams went up and down the ice trading chances, with both goalies needing to make spectacular saves to keep their teams in it. Just over 13 minutes into the period, the Beast broke into the Oilers zone on a 4-on-2, but after a turnover at the top of the circle, Tulsa took the puck the other way. Matthew Larke found a streaking Jon Booras who made no mistake, snapping a shot past Grant Rollheiser for a 2-0 lead heading into the third period.
During the second intermission, the Beast fans were treated to the Beast’s second annual mascot festivities, that featured Boomer, Gus- the Brampton A’s mascot amongst others, as well as fun activities through out the concourse of the Powerade Centre. The fun didn’t stop there as the Beast also hosted a free skate directly after the game.
The third period saw a bunch of fireworks between the two teams after the score got out of hand. Tulsa’s Jeff Jubinville added his 17th goal of the year with just under five minutes played in the frame for a 3-0 Tulsa lead. With just over four minutes remaining in the game, Booras put the dagger into the spirits of Beast fans, as he added his second of the game to seal the victory for the Oilers.
The Beast play host to the Oilers in the second game of a two-game set on Tuesday February 17. The Beast are hosting a Mardi Gras Party during the game, so come ready for some fun! After a short lay off, the Beast open a three-game series against the Quad City Mallards starting on Friday February 20. The 20th will be Mandarin Lunar Day Celebration at the Powerade Centre before the Beast kick off their Wild Weekend. Sunday the 22, the first 1000 fans will receive a Cal Wild replica jersey. Monday the 23 is the Beast’s first ever school and their first ever sell out! To listen live during games, click the ‘radio’ button found at the top right of the Brampton Beast website’s home page.Tickets can be purchased online at bramptonbeast.com or by calling 905-564-1684.