The Brampton Beast shook the monkey off its collective back on Sunday afternoon as the team earned its first victory of the season, 5-2 against the Toledo Walleye at the Powerade Centre.
Brampton’s first win leaves the Beast with a 1-5-1-0 record, just point shy of third place in the Eastern Conference’s North Division.
The Beast hope to string together the first winning streak of the 2015-16 season this weekend as the Manchester Monarchs are coming to Brampton for three games in three days, including 7:15 PM games on Friday and Saturday night and a 2:00 PM matinee on Sunday.
Friday, October 30 vs Toledo Walleye
Result: 1-4 L
Luke Pither earned the respect of the fans and his new teammates as he lit the lamp in his first game with the Brampton Beast, but the Toledo Walleye played a stellar defensive game to earn a 4-1 win.
Eddie Pasquale turned in another solid performance and finished the game with 23 saves.
After a scoreless opening frame, the Walleye were the first to find the back of the net as Michael Leone beat Pasquale just under two minutes into the second frame.
Toledo pushed the lead to two before the end of the second as Marek Tvrdon notched his fourth goal of the year on the power play at 12:55.
Less than three minutes later, the Beast finally found a way to beat Walleye goaltender Jeff Lerg. Scott Howes found a streaking Pither, who buried one on the power play at 15:37.
The Walleye got a pair of empty-netters from Tyler Sikura and Kyle Bonis in the final minute to end the scoring.
Sunday, November 1 vs Toledo Walleye
Result: 5-2 W
Scott Howes notched two goals and added an assist while Brandon Marino, Jeremie Blain and Angelo Miceli each had a two-point afternoon as the Brampton Beast picked up their first victory of the season, thumping the Toledo Walleye 5-2 on Sunday afternoon.
Eddie Pasquale picked up the win between the pipes for Brampton and kicked out 23 saves for his first ‘W’ with the Beast.
The Walleye struck first for the second straight game with Shane Berschbach beating Pasquale on a partial breakaway in the first period.
The Beast roared back late in the second period as Miceli was pulled down on a breakaway but still beat Walleye starter Jake Paterson to tie the game in the second period.
The celebration was short lived as Berschbach’s second of the game just over two minutes later gave Toledo the 2-1 lead.
Chris Auger tied the game before the end of the second period with a perfectly placed shot over the glove of Paterson with just 46 seconds remaining in the frame.
The third period was all Beast as Marino gave the team its first lead of the game with a quick spin-and-fire goal half way through the period.
The Beast kept their foot on the gas in the third period and it paid off as Howes found himself alone in front with the puck and flipped a perfect backhand shot over Paterson for a two-goal lead.
Howes sealed the deal with an empty-netter to give the Beast their first win of the 2015-16 campaign.
The Beast host the Manchester Monarchs at the Powerade Centre on Friday, November 6, Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8. Single game tickets 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 cballard@bramptonbeast.