10/17/2015 6:29 AM
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17
BEAST (0-1-0-0, 0 PTS | T-3rd Place, North) at JACKALS (0-0-0-0, 0 PTS | T-4th Place, East)
Puck Drop: 7:05 PM EDT | Watch: ECHL.TV |
Bryan Pitton turned in a spectacular 31-save performance and Yannick Tifu scored his first of the season to edge one point closer to 500 career ECHL points but the Manchester Monarchs edged the Brampton Beast 2-1 in both teams’ season opener at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire on Friday night. After a solid team effort throughout all three periods, a pair of goals from the Monarchs’ Matt Leitner and Derek Arnold 30 seconds apart late in the third period proved to be the difference in a well-contested affair.
TRANSACTIONS: Oct. 16: Stefan Fournier (F) – Reassigned from St. John’s (AHL). Oct. 15: Tim Billingsley (D)– Acquired from Idaho (ECHL). Oct. 13: Eddie Pasquale (G) – Reassigned from St. John’s (AHL). Travis Brown (D)– Reassigned from St. John’s (AHL).
OH CAPTAINS, MY CAPTAINS: Before last night’s game, the Beast announced its captains for the 2015-16 season. Cal Wild is wearing the ‘C’ once again for Brampton while 2014 ECHL scoring champ Brandon Marino and experienced D-man Jeremie Blain were named alternate captains… ONE MORE POINT: With a goal in last night’s game, Beast forward Yannick Tifu is one points shy of reaching 500 career ECHL points… BIG DEBUT: Two Beast players made their ECHL debuts last night at Manchester. Luc-Olivier Blain, who played professionally in France last season, got on the scoresheet with a shot on goal, while newly-reassigned defenseman Travis Brown was a +1 with one shot on goal.
Saturday night will be the second game of the season for both the Beast and the Elmira Jackals, who opened the season at home against the Adirondack Thunder on Friday night.
Last season, the Jackals and the Beast met six times, with Elmira taking victories in all but one game, winning the season series 5-1-0-0.
This year, the Beast hope to improve their game against the Jackals as they square off 11 times this season, including five games at the Powerade Centre.
JACKALS RECENT ACTION
The Jackals Home Opener didn’t go exactly as planned as they dropped a 4-1 decision to the Adirondack Thunder at First Arena in Elmira on Friday night.
The Thunder got goals from Louick Marcotte (2), Mathieu Brodeur and Ryan Lomberg as they scored a goal in each period and added an extra in the third to jump out to a 4-0 lead before the halfway point of the final frame.
Scott Jacklin scored Elmira’s only goal late in the third period.
Thunder goaltender Ken Appleby picked up his first pro win between the pipes and finished with 29 saves, while Elmira starter C.J. Motte made 22 saves and took the loss.
HEAD-TO-HEAD LEADERS (returning players stats from 2014-15)
Brampton: Mathew Maione 4 PTS (3G, 1A) | Cal Wild 1 PT (0G, 1A) |
Elmira: Allan McPherson 6 PTS (0G, 6A) | Zach Tolkinen 3 PTS (2G, 1A)| Sam Marotta (2-1-0-0, 2.67 GAA, 0.906SV%)
Oct. 15: Justin Bernhardt (F) Acquired from Wichita (ECHL).