The Brampton Beast concluded their November schedule with a busy weekend, playing three games in three nights against tough opponents, including the Toledo Walleye, the Wheeling Nailers and the Elmira Jackals.
Friday, November 27 @ Toledo Walleye
Result: 4-1 L
Brampton Beast goaltender Sean Bonar was sensational in his Beast debut and made 28 saves, but the Toledo Walleye dug deep and came away with a 4-1 win over the Beast at the Huntington Center in Toledo on Friday night.
Chris Auger scored the lone Beast goal in the second period, while Marek Tverdon, Austin Wuthrich, Tyler Sikura and Beau Schmitz replied for Toledo, pushing their winning streak to three games.
After a scoreless opening frame, the Beast got the scoring started in the second period as Luke Pither dug the puck free from behind the net and sent a perfect pass to a streaking Chris Auger, who one-timed a quick shot behind Walleye starter Jeff Lerg with 12:59 to go in the second period.
Beast starter Bonar took control and stood on his head to open the game and made several big saves, including 10 in the first period alone, energizing his teammates and keeping the game close.
The Walleye clawed their way back later in the second period as Tverdon located a loose puck during a flurry in the crease and swept it home for his seventh of the season at 14:17.
Toledo took the lead late in the second period as Wuthrich was awarded a penalty shot with 1:27 left in the second period. He skated down the middle of the ice and beat Bonar low along the ice, giving Toledo a 2-1 lead late in the second period.
The Walleye pushed their lead to 3-1 just over two minutes into the third period. Bonar’s solid play kept the Beast alive late into the third period.
In the other net, Lerg was near unbeatable down the stretch and stopped 24 of 25 shots he faced.
Beast Head Coach Colin Chaulk pulled his goaltender with approximately three minutes left in the game, which gave the Beast a 6-on-5 edge for the remainder of the game, but Schmitz found the empty net in the final minute to seal the win for Toledo.
Saturday, November 28 @ Wheeling Nailers
Result: 6-3 W
Chris Auger had a hat trick and Luke Sandler, Travis Brown and Luke Pither each chipped in with singles as the Brampton Beast dismantled the Wheeling Nailers 6-3 at the WesBanco Arena in Wheeling on Saturday night.
Jeremie Blain, Mike Vernace and Brandon Marino each recorded multi-point nights, while Beast goaltender Sean Bonar played well for the second straight night and picked up his first win as a member of the Beast, making 31 saves.
The Nailers got on the board early as Jarrett Burton beat Bonar for his ninth goal of the year just 2:18 into the game.
The Beast bounced back in a big way as Sandler picked up a rebound in front of Nailers starter Bran Foster and notched his first ECHL goal at 5:55.
Brampton grabbed its first lead of the game at 12:27 with a shorthanded goal. Bryan McGregor found a pinching Travis Brown at the point, who unleashed a booming one-timer that found the top corner.
Wheeling’s Zach Torquato ended the first period scoring with his eighth goal of the year on the power play at 12:28, as the teams were tied at two after an exciting first period.
Just six seconds into an early second period power play, Auger took a pass in the slot and perfectly deflected home his second goal of the weekend at 3:10.
Pither restored the two-goal lead with a shorthanded goal less than three minutes later. Brandon Marino found a streaking Pither heading down the left wing and he sent a perfect wrist shot to the top corner for a 4-2 Beast lead at 6:00.
Adam Krause got one back for Wheeling just six seconds later with a power play goal to cut the lead to 4-3 at 6:36.
Auger got his second of the game later in the period as he deflected a Mike Vernace point shot behind Foster for a power play goal at 14:18.
The Beast kept pressing throughout the remainder of the game and poured salt in the Nailers wounds with a 5-on-3 tally in the final minute of the game. Vernace teed up a point shot that hit Auger in the shin pads and redirected behind the goaltender, giving Auger his third of the night at 19:36.
Sunday, November 29 vs Elmira Jackals
Result: 5-2 L
Luke Pither scored both Beast goals but that’s all that Jackals goaltender C.J. Motte would allow as the Elmira Jackals topped the Brampton Beast 5-2 at the Powerade Centre on Sunday afternoon.
Cason Hohmann led the way on offense for the Jackals with two goals and an assist, while Colin Jacobs and Nathan Oystrick each added a goal and an assist to hand the Beast their second loss of the weekend.
The Jackals jumped out in front early as Justin Bernhardt and Jacobs gave the Jackals a 2-0 lead by the 10:13 mark of the opening frame.
It stayed that way until early in the second period. Jeremie Blain sent a shot on goal from the point that was first deflected by Chris Auger then deflected again by Pither to get the Beast back in the game, down 2-1.
Oystrick pushed the Jackals lead to 3-1 later in the second period as he sent a puck out front from behind the net that hit Beast goaltender Sean Bonar’s pad and ended up over the goal line at 13:12.
From there on out, Motte stole the show between the pipes for Elmira. The Beast outplayed the Jackals for almost a full 60 minutes but Motte was the difference, stopping 32 shots.
The Beast were heavily outshooting the Jackals 21-11 after 40 minutes but the Beast couldn’t buy a goal.
Hohmann caught fire for Elmira early in the third period, scoring both his goals by the 9:23 mark of the final frame.
Pither notched his second of the game at 14:14 of the third period, sending a laser of a wrist shot over the blocker of Motte to make it a 5-2 game, but that’s as close as the Beast would come as Motte and the Jackals defense shut the door for the remainder of the game.