10/25/2015 4:47 PM
Photo By: Frank Raymond
BRAMPTON, ON - The Brampton Beast overcame a two-goal deficit in their strongest game of the season, but came up a goal short as the Wheeling Nailers took a 4-3 victory at the Powerade Centre on Sunday afternoon.
Brandon Marino netted a pair of goals and Mathew Maione added a single as the Beast weren’t able to complete the comeback on the back of a solid goaltending performance from Eddie Pasquale.
The Nailers jumped out to an early two-goal lead by the 3:20 mark of the opening period thanks to goals from Cody Wydo and Clark Seymour just 57 seconds apart. Wheeling held the edge on the shot clock 10-7 after the opening frame.
The Beast roared back early in the second period as Maione got the puck just inside the blue line and slapped a perfect shot over the glove hand of Wheeling starter Brian Foster at 3:50.
Just under three minutes later, the Beast completed the comeback as Marino fired a shot on net from a bad angle that eluded the goaltender at 6:23.
The Nailers regained the lead before the end of the second period as John McCarron notched his first of the year on the power play at 7:20.
Nailers forward Derek Army, who ended the game with a goal and two assists, pushed the lead back to two with his second of the year on the power play at 11:55 of the third period.
Marino got his second of the game on the power play at 15:34 but that’s as close as the Beast would get as the Nailers held on for the victory.
Pasquale turned in his best game as a member of the Beast and kicked out 28 of the 32 shots he faced. Nailers starter Brian Foster earned the win with 30 saves.
Notes: The Beast finished the night 1-for-6 on the power play and ended the game 3-for-5 on the penalty kill…. Marino’s two goals marks the first time that a Beast skater recorded multiple goals in a single game this season. He’s now tied with Travis Brown for the team lead in goals with two.