The Brampton Beast continued to climb in the ECHL standings this past weekend, splitting a pair of games against two tough opponents – the Toledo Walleye and the Fort Wayne Komets.
The Beast have now won six of their last eight games and have not lost back-to-back games since suffering a pair of losses against the Wheeling Nailers on October 25 and the Toledo Walleye on October 30.
Friday, November 20, 2015 vs Toledo Walleye
Result: 3-2 L
Brandon Marino and Luc Blain each recorded a goal and an assist but the Toledo Walleye scored two goals in the third period to take a 3-2 victory over the Brampton Beast at the Powerade Centre on Friday night.
Trevor Cann was rock solid between the pipes and made 21 saves, while Toledo starter Jeff Lerg was nearly unbeatable and earned the victory with 25 stops.
Luc Blain paced the Beast to a 1-0 lead after the opening period with his third goal of the year. The Beast were all over the Walleye in the early going and their efforts paid off as Blain located the puck in the slot and quickly turned and fired the puck on goal. Lerg thought he made the save but the puck deflected up and over the goaltender and into the open cage at 13:13.
The Beast’s strong play continued into the second period. Brampton peppered Lerg with 16 shots through two periods but the 5’6” goaltender proved to be up to the task.
Toledo’s strong goaltending sparked the club late in the second period as Alden Hirschfeld banked one in off of Cann’s leg with just 23 seconds remaining in the second period.
The Beast quickly erased that goal from their memory and responded almost immediately following the opening faceoff in the third period. Marino carried the puck in on the right wing and sent a laser of a wrist shot to the top corner to give the Beast the 2-1 lead at 1:28.
Toledo tied the game near the halfway point of the third period as Max Gaede picked up the puck in the slot off of a failed wraparound attempt and fired a quick shot that beat Cann at 9:54.
Marek Tverdon scored the game-winner at 14:05 with a wrist shot from the right circle.
The Beast maintained pressure throughout the remainder of the third period but Lerg kicked out 10 shots in the final frame alone to seal the win for Toledo.
Sunday, November 22, 2015 vs Fort Wayne Komets
Result: 2-0 W
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 on Saturday 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 continued 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.
The Beast have a long weekend ahead this week as they hit the road to face the Toledo Walleye on Friday and the Wheeling Nailers on Saturday. On Sunday afternoon, the Beast are back in action at the Powerade Centre as they host the Elmira Jackals.
During the club’s last stretch of playing three games in three days, the Beast won two out of three against the Manchester Monarchs from November 6th to the 8th.