11/22/2015 4:58 PM
Photo By: Frank Raymond / Brampton Beast
BRAMPTON, ON - The Brampton Beast sent captain Cal Wild into retirement in the best way possible, defeating the Fort Wayne Komets 2-0 in a penalty-filled affair at the Powerade Centre on Sunday afternoon.
Luc Blain and Brandon Marino scored for Brampton and Eddie Pasquale was unbeatable and made 28 saves for his first shutout as a member of the Beast in his first game back in Brampton since being recalled to the St. John’s IceCaps.
Before the game, the Beast paid tribute to their outgoing captain Cal Wild, who announced his retirement yesterday in a statement made on BramptonBeast.com. He took to the ice in full equipment and took one final lap of the ice before settling in for an emotional final ceremonial puck drop as team captain.
The game was scoreless after the opening 40 minutes but that doesn’t mean the game wasn’t exciting.
The teams combined for four minor penalties in the first period alone and the intensity picked up even more heading into the second period. The teams combined for a total of 56 minutes of penalties, making for an intense and entertaining game for both teams.
Jeff Brown got the crowd into the game in the second period as he dropped the gloves with Will Weber and earned the victory with a flurry of rights and lefts, sending Weber to the ice to a roar of applause from the Beast faithful.
The Beast penalty killers kept the Fort Wayne offense at bay throughout the game. Incredibly, the Beast killed off ten Fort Wayne power plays, including multiple lengthy 5-on-3’s.
Luc Blain got the Beast on the board early in the third period as he located a puck that jumped loose from a scramble in front of the net and swatted home his fourth goal of the year, extending his point streak to four games and pushing his goal streak to three games at 2:56.
The Beast special teams continued to flex its muscles later in the third period as Brandon Marino sent a perfect wrist shot off the post and behind Komets starter Pat Nagle for a power play goal at 6:42.
From there on out, it was the Eddie Pasquale show. Fort Wayne comtinued to apply pressure late into the game but Pasquale was up to the task, making several big pad saves on odd-man rushes to keep the puck out of the net. He stopped 12 shots in the third period alone to capture his first shutout of the season.
Notes: Molson Three Stars 3) Jeff Brown 2) Brandon Marino 1) Eddie Pasquale. Jeremie Blain recorded two assists, matching his brother Luc’s four-game point streak. He now has five assists in his last four games. Beast leading scorer Brandon Marino is also on a three-game goal streak and has recorded at least a goal and an assist in each of his last three games. He has now recorded three goals and four assists in his last three games. Eddie Pasquale’s shutout was his first ever in the ECHL.