The Brampton Beast opened the 2015-16 ECHL season this past weekend with a pair of games on the road against their East Division rivals, the Manchester Monarchs and the Elmira Jackals.
The next game for the Beast is the team’s highly-anticipated Home Opener, taking place at the Powerade Centre on Friday, October 23 against the Adirondack Thunder (1-0-0-0). Get your tickets HERE.
Friday, October 17 @ Manchester Monarchs
Result: 2-1 Loss
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.
The Beast struck first early in the second period as Tifu snuck in on Monarchs starter Michael Houser and snapped a hard shot behind the goaltender on the blocker side just 59 seconds into the frame.
The rest of the second period was the Bryan Pitton show. The Brampton native stopped 12 shots in the second period alone, many of them coming on odd-man rushes, fast breaks and partial breakaways, but he stood tall to help his team to a 1-0 lead heading into the third period.
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.
Saturday, October 18 @ Elmira Jackals
Result: 4-2 Loss
Saturday night featured a game full of milestones as Travis Brown netted his first professional goal and Yannick Tifu recorded his 500th career ECHL point but the Elmira Jackals used a pair of first period goals to stay ahead of the Brampton Beast, taking the 4-2 victory at First Arena in Elmira.
The ECHL’s 2014-15 rookie defenseman points leader Mathew Maione also scored for Brampton and Eddie Pasquale stood tall in his first appearance with the Beast and kicked out 28 saves, including 15 in the first period alone to keep the Beast alive all game.
The Beast power play flexed its muscles in the second period as Brown took a pass at the blue line and fired a bullet behind Jackals starting goaltender Sam Marotta for his first pro goal. Tifu and Yannick Riendeau collected assists on the goal, giving Tifu his milestone point.
Allan McPherson led the way for Elmira with a goal and two assists, while Cason Hohmann, Mike Seidel and Matt Garbowsky each added singles to help the Jackals to their first win of the 2015-16 season.
Single game tickets for the Beast’s Home Opener on Friday, October 23rd against the Adirondack Thunder are now available, starting at $16.25. Trial Packs for the 2015-16 season are also available starting at $39.99 that include three game tickets. For more information or general media inquiries on the Brampton Beast please contact Chris Ballard, Public Relations Coordinator at (905) 564-1684 or firstname.lastname@example.org.