01/18/2016 10:14 AM
FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2016
BEAST (12-18-5-2, 31 PTS | 4th Place, North) vs JACKALS (20-18-0 40 PTS | 4th Place, East)
Puck Drop: 1:05 PM EST | Watch: ECHL.TV | Listen: BramptonBeast.com
ESTERO, FLORIDA – Brampton Beast starting goaltender Jordan Ruby stonewalled a potent Florida Everblades offense through three periods of play and into the extra frame, kicking out numerous odd-man rushes and breakaways to keep his team in the game, but the Everblades lit the lamp at 1:12 of overtime to steal a 2-1 overtime victory over the Beast on Saturday night at Germain Arena.
For the second straight night, Ruby started the game strong in the first period and helped his team to a scoreless opening frame, making six saves in a defensive-minded battle.
The Everblades opened the scoring just 20 seconds into the second period as Rob Florentino picked up his second of the season, with assists going to Ryan Martindale and Matt Willows.
The score remained 1-0 until the 7:12 mark of the second period. The Beast enjoyed time on a 5-on-3 and Jeff Brown pounced on a loose puck in the slot and sent a blind shot on goal. The puck appeared to change direction in front of Everblades starter Anthony Peters and ended up in the back of the net. Brown was given credit for his tenth goal of the season, with Tim Bozon and Reggie Traccitto drawing the assists.
In the third period, both teams had their fair share of chances, but both goaltenders were up to the task. Both Ruby and Peters made highlight reel saves in the final frame to force the game into overtime.
At 1:12 of the extra period, Ruby made two big saves during a mad scramble in front of the net but Kevin Lynch squeezed the third rebound beyond the outstretched pad of Ruby for the game-winner.
Notes: The Beast finished the game 1-for-5 on the power play and were a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill. With the assist on Brown’s goal, Tim Bozon now has points in three straight games since being reassigned from the St. John’s IceCaps.
Molson Three Stars: 3) Jordan Ruby 2) Kevin Lynch 1) Anthony Peters
Jan. 15: Joe Zarbo (D) ADD traded from Colorado. Jan. 16: Matt Syroczynski (LW) DEL released from SPC. Jan. 16: Brandon McNally (LW) ADD loaned from St. John’s IceCaps (AHL). Jan 18: Christian Weidauer (D) ADD signed to SPC.
Jan. 17: Tyler Gjurich (F) ADD signed to SPC. Jan. 17: Ryan Patsch (F) ADD to SPC.
TODAY'S GAME: Monday afternoon marks the fourth game betweent the Beast and the Elmira Jackals this season. The Jackals currently own a 2-1-0-0 record against the Beast.
ROAD TRIP: The Beast have now played three games of their current eight game road trip. This road trip will be the longest trip of the season for Brampton. They don't play at home again until the 31st of January, when they host the Wheeling Nailers at the Powerade Centre. They own a 0-2-1-0 record thus far on their current road trip.
VERNACE AN ACE: In spite of his five-game pointless skid, his longest of the season, Beast defenseman Mike Vernace remains among ECHL league leaders among defensemen. He currently ranks first in assists (22) and is tied for third in overall defenseman points (24). He is tied with Chris Auger for second place in team scoring (2G, 22A).
DROUGHT OVER: Tim Billingsley scored a goal in his first game for the Beast back on Oct. 24 and picked up his second against Florida on Jan. 15, breaking a 26-game goalless drought
GOING ON A ROLL: Tim Bozon notched his first pro goal on Wednesday against the Everblades and followed it up with an assist on both Friday and Saturday, giving him his first three-game point streak of his pro career. He currently owns the longest point streak on the team at three games.
PLAYING WELL: Chris Auger has four goals in his last five games. Jeff Brown has five goals in his last eight games and Reggie Traccitto has three goals and two assists in his last six games.
OUTSHOOTING AND OUTPLAYING: The Beast have now outshot their opponents in six straight games, and have posted a 1-2-2-1 record during that span.