12/27/2015 5:58 PM
Photo by Robyn Iwaskiw/Brampton Beast
BRAMPTON, ON – With the game seemingly out of reach trailing 5-1 to the Reading Royals in the third period, the Brampton Beast exploded in legendary fashion and scored four goals in just under ten minutes in regulation time before Brandon Marino completed the epic comeback with a deflection in overtime, giving the Beast a historic 6-5 win over the Reading Royals at the Powerade Centre on Sunday afternoon.
Angelo Miceli led the comeback charge with a pair of goals and a pair of assists in his first game in a Beast uniform since November 8 and Chris Auger netted a goal and three assists to snap a six-game winless skid and helping the squad to its first overtime win of the 2015-16 season.
After Reading’s Robbie Czarnik and Brampton’s Miceli traded goals to tie the game at one by the 6:22 mark of the second period, the Royals seemingly took over.
Reading’s Mike Marcou and Scott Tanski scored in the second period and Pavel Padakin and Tanski scored again by the 5:09 mark of the third period to give the Royals a 5-1 lead with just under 15 minutes remaining in the game.
Tanski’s second of the game was a shorthanded empty net goal, as Beast Head Coach Colin Chaulk pulled his goaltender to earn a 6-on-4 power play advantage with Reading’s Todd Perry taking a penalty for hooking.
Trailing 5-1 with plenty of time left on the clock, Chaulk’s club didn’t hang their heads.
Instead, they turned on the jets.
After a fast-paced start to the third period that saw the Beast outshoot the Royals 19-5, Scott Jacklin deflected home his first goal as a member of the Beast with just over ten minutes remaining in the contest to cut the lead to 5-2.
The Beast continued to pound Royals starting goaltender Adam Morrison with shots and they were once again rewarded for their efforts. Just over three minutes after Jacklin’s goal, Travis Brown sent a quick one-timer on goal from the point that beat Morrison on the inside of the post, cutting the deficit to 5-3 at 12:41.
The momentum swing was in full effect and the Beast continued to press deep into the third period. Miceli located a rebound in front of Morrison and tucked it under the bar with just 3:44 remaining in the game to make it a 5-4 game, giving fans hope that a comeback was imminent.
And the Beast kept coming. With just 30.3 seconds remaining in the third period, Chris Auger located the puck in a sea of bodies in front of the Royals goaltender and managed to squeeze the puck over the goal line, giving the Beast a tie game and their fourth goal of the third period.
With energy running high inside the Powerade Centre following a crazy, back-and-forth 60 minutes of hockey, there was no stopping the Beast in overtime.
With the Royals’ Cam Reid in the penalty box for hooking in the extra frame, the Beast made him pay. With the 4-on-3 advantage, Jeremie Blain teed up a pass from Mike Vernace. Brandon Marino was able to get a stick on the puck and redirected it behind Morrison, giving the Beast an unbelievable 6-5 overtime victory.
Notes: The Beast finished the game 3-for-6 on the power play and 0-for-1 on the penalty kill. Molson Three Stars: 3) Scott Tanski 2) Chris Auger 1) Angelo Miceli.
The Beast and the Royals will face off again at the Powerade Centre tomorrow night at 7:15 PM. 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 email@example.com.