ELMIRA, NY - Scott Howes had a dominating performance as he lit the lamp twice leading the Brampton Beast to a 4-1 victory over the Elmira Jackals at First Arena in Elmira, New York on Saturday night.
Bryan McGregor chipped in with a goal and an assist and Mike Vernace added two helpers as the Beast earned their second straight victory and fourth win in their last five games.
The teams skated to a scoreless opening frame as the Beast penalty killers stood tall and killed off six minutes in penalties.
Their strong defensive opening period sparked the offense immediately as Bryan McGregor notched his second goal of the year just twelve seconds into the second period.
With Elmira’s Justin Bernhardt in the box for tripping just over five minutes later, the Beast took advantage with a power play goal as Howes tipped in a point shot from Vernace at 14:43.
The Jackals’ Bernhardt responded with a power play goal of his own just under a minute later but Beast starting goaltender Trevor Cann would make sure that would be the last and stopped all five Jackals shots in the third period.
Howes continued his red-hot performance and added his second goal of the game, his team-leading fifth of the season, with 1:48 remaining in the third period, dashing Elmira’s hope of a comeback.
With Jackals goaltender C.J. Mott on the bench, Luke Pither added an empty net goal with just over a minute remaining to seal the win.
Cann was rock solid between the pipes and earned his third victory of the season with his 21 save performance. Mott finished the night with 26 saves for the Jackals.
Notes: The Beast finished the game 1-for-3 on the power play and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill. Three Stars 3) Justin Bernhardt 2) Scott Howes 1) Trevor Cann. Scott Howes lead the Beast with 5 shots on net. Elmira’s Nathan Oystrick played his 500th pro game. Newcomer Tim Bozon added his first point as a Beast with an assist.