02/17/2015 8:32 PM
Photo: Frank Raymond
BRAMPTON, ON- The Brampton Beast jumped out of the gate looking to strike gold, but ultimately fell to the Tulsa Oilers by a final score of 6-2 during the Mardi Gras Party at the Powerade Centre.
The Beast were unable to find the legs that they were also missing a day earlier and ride the momentum from a terrific road trip to South Dakota the weekend before. That road trip was one to remember for the Beast, as Chad Painchaud picked up 10 points (9G, 1A) in three games, the best ever stretch by a Beast player, and Trevor Cann and Grant Rollheiser each picked up a shut out on consecutive nights, marking the longest shutout streak in franchise history, before losing their edge against the Oilers.
Trevor Cann was the anchor between the pipes, making 17 saves in the loss, while Justin Donati and Bobby Hughes added power play goals in a game marked by frustration from the Beast side after exhanging chances but coming up empty handed for most of the series.
Despite outplaying the Oilers for the majority of the first period and dominating in shots on goal during the first 10 minutes, the Beast once again saw the Oilers find the back of the net first. After David Ling was called for an elbowing minor, Tulsa went to work on the power play with all five Oilers touching the puck before Adam Pleskach potted his team-leading 26th goal of the year. Less than three minutes later Bobby Hughes was escorted into the box for slashing and the Oilers struck again. In a similiar looking play as their first goal, Tommy Mele finishing off a quick flurry of passes with a one-timer that beat Trevor Cann glove side.
The second period saw non-stop action from both sides as a total of six goals were scored during the frame. Tulsa started out quickly, with Kyle Bochek potting his fourth of the year just under three minutes into the stanza. The Beast answered almost immediately, when 23 seconds later, Justin Donati connected on the power play for his seventh of the year, reducing the deficit to two goals. At 6:15 of the period, Tulsa went down the ice after a Beast turnover inside the Oilers zone. The puck found its way to the stick of Jon Booras, who made no mistake, notching his third goal of the series for a 4-1 Oilers lead.
One minute and 13 seconds later, Tulsa once again roared back down the ice and Adam Pleskach connected for his second goal of the game and a commanding 5-1 Oilers lead. Not to be outdone, less than a minute after that, Matthew Larke came streaking down the ice and scored on a rebound that increased Tulsa’s lead to 6-1. The Beast refused to go down without a fight, and when Scott Macaulay went to the sin bin for closing his hand on the puck, the Beast connected for their second power play goal of the night. Bobby Hughes found himself in front of the net and used terrific hand-eye coordination to bat in the puck for his fifth goal in a Beast uniform, reducing the deficit to four goals, but that would be as close as the home team would get with their comeback bid.
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. On Sunday, the first 1000 fans will receive a Cal Wild replica jersey, while Monday is School Day and the Beast's first ever sell out crowd! Tickets can be purchased online at bramptonbeast.com or by calling 905-564-1684.