12/22/2015 1:53 PM
Photo By: Paul Jackow / Brampton Beast
With Christmas just around the corner, that means old Saint Nick will be checking his list to see who’s been naughty and nice.
When he comes down the chimney at the Powerade Centre this week, he’ll have some tough decisions to make on that list of his when it comes to the Brampton Beast.
Through 26 games of the 2015-16 ECHL season, the Beast have been edging more to the ‘nice’ side of the parchment when it comes to taking penalties.
The Beast have been a very disciplined team thus far this season and are averaging just 13.3 penalty minutes per game, eighth lowest average in the league.
On the other side of the docket, several Beast skaters have been downright naughty to their opponents in 2015.
Beast captain Brandon Marino has collected six goals and 21 assists for 27 points, good for a share of eighth place in league scoring. At the Powerade Centre, he’s been unequivocally nasty toward the visiting teams. His six goals, 17 assists and 23 points scored at home leads the league in that category by a significant margin.
He’s not the only Beast skater who’s been turning heads for being naughty this holiday season. Jeremie Blain hasn’t been treating his opponents very nicely on the power play. His 11 power play assists has his opponents frustrated, as he is tied for the league lead in that category.
Further cementing his place on the naughty list, Blain ranks second on the team in penalty minutes, recording 40 minutes in the sin bin through 26 games played.
Luckily for the Beast, Santa is a pretty forgiving fellow and allowed the Beast players to make nominations on who they thought most deserved to be on Santa’s naughty list.
While the roster features a variety of players, there are some names that received more nominations than others.
“Probably Jeff Brown,” said Beast rookie defenseman Travis Brown. “For no reason I can say on the record.”
“I’m going to go with Travis Brown,” Beast rookie Nick McParland said with a laugh. “He can’t keep it under control these days. He’s my roommate, so I’m allowed to say that.”
“For me, I have to say Jeff Brown,” said Beast forward Jamie Wise. “He gets into a few scraps out there on the ice. He tries to be a tough guy."
The Beast have played their last game before the holiday break and will hit the ice at the Powerade Centre in Brampton on December 27 and 28 against the Reading Royals. Single game tickets are now available, starting at $16.25. For more information or general media inquiries on the Brampton Beast please contact Chris Ballard, Public Relations Coordinator at (905) 564-1684 or firstname.lastname@example.org.