03/08/2015 2:53 PM
BRAMPTON, ON- The Brampton Beast came into the contest with a little bit of extra incentive, trying to impress their neighbours, the Brampton Thunder, who attended the game on International Women’s Day. After a demoralizing overtime loss two nights ago, the Beast were oozing confidence and brought the storm to the Wichita Thunder, defeating them by a final score of 5-4 on Women’s Hockey Day at the Powerade Centre, presented by Oscar’s Roadhouse.
The Beast franchise prides itself on being a community-based, equal rights organization, with women flush through out the franchise. In honour of International Women’s Day, the Beast hosted their neighbours from the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, the Brampton Thunder, to help show their appreciation towards the women in their fight for equality. International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate all that women have accomplished in such a short period of time, but also to look ahead to the future and see what else they can strive towards. Equal rights and equal pay are some of the most pressing issues that women still face in society, and the Beast thought hosting a day like this would help show their gratitude for all of the progress that women, and these women in particular, put into their every day lives.
Fans were in for a treat when the Brampton Thunder held an autograph session during the second intermission and also participated in the Beast’s post-game skate with fans, furthering endearing them to both the fans and the Beast players.
Justin Donati extended his points streak to eight games with a goal and an assist, while David Ling pushed his streak to six games with a goal. Jeff Brown potted his first professional goal and Ryan DeMelo picked up his first professional win, when he came in relief of the injured Trevor Cann to begin the second period.
The game started very slowly compared to the offensive onslaught that occurred on Friday. The teams only put up three total shots at the seven-minute mark of the first period before both teams started to break loose. The Thunder opened the scoring at 7:01 of the frame, when Eric Meland took a seeing-eye shot from the point that beat Trevor Cann to put Wichita up 1-0. A minute and a half later after Bobby Hughes played keep away with a few defenders in the Thunder zone, Jeff Brown streaked into the Thunder zone. Hughes found Brown in stride in the slot, and Brown made no mistake, potting the first professional goal of his career, tying the game at 1-1. A minute later, the Beast once again had pressure in the offensive zone. After working the puck down low, Brett Lyon found David Ling open in the circle and he turned and fired a laser that beat Tim Boron for a 2-1 Beast lead heading into the second.
The action continued into the second period, with the teams exchanging a total of four goals. Just two minutes and 30 seconds into the stanza, Jeff Brown was flying down the right wing. He beat his defender wide and found Jason Pitton with a beautiful backhand pass, and Pitton finished for his 21st of the year. Less than a minute after that, after a lot of hard work behind the net from the sandpaper line, Justin Donati walked out from behind the net with the puck. Donati made a power move and took a snap shot that beat Boron short side for a 4-1 Beast lead. A minute later, the Thunder answered when RG Flath batted a bouncing puck past goaltender Ryan DeMelo. At 15:35 of the frame, former Beast player Dan Milan beat DeMelo with a shot through the wickets to reduce the lead to 4-3.
The Thunder tied the game with 2:39 remaining in the third period on a power play goal by Todd Hosmer.
After overtime solved nothing, the teams went to a shootout. The Beast’s first shooter, David Ling wired a shot over Rollheiser for a 1-0 advantage. Ian Lowe tied it at 1-1 before Bobby Hughes ripped a shot high blocker to give the Beast the shoot out victory.
Monday March 9th is the Beast’s Career Forum where fans have the opportunity to network with professionals in the industry.
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