01/22/2016 4:22 PM
FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 2016
BEAST (12-18-5-3, 32 PTS | 4th Place, North) vs ROYALS (18-16-2-3, 41 PTS | 4th Place, East)
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ELMIRA, NEW YORK – Brampton Beast starting goaltender Jordan Ruby was sensational between the pipes for the second straight night and kicked out 41 saves and helped his team kill three different 5-on-3’s, but the Elmira Jackals scored late in the third period to tie the game and later ended it in a shootout, stealing a 2-1 shootout victory from the Beast at First Arena in Elmira on Monday afternoon.
Tim Bozon got things started for the Beast early in the first period as he got his stick on a bouncing shot from Steven Kaunisto to deflect the puck behind Jackals starter C.J. Motte for an early lead just 2:13 into the hockey game.
Before the end of the first period, the Beast found themselves down several players as Luke Pither took a hit up high and left the game. Mike Vernace was nabbed for a ten-minute misconduct and was unavailable until the second period and Chris Auger took a puck up high and left the game, but would return.
Jordan Ruby helped his team kill a full two-minute five-on-three plus an additional two-minute minor as the Beast held a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes, despite being outshot 11-7.
The Jackals threw everything they had at Ruby in the second period, but the goaltender made 19 saves in the second period alone, several of the highlight variety, to maintain the 1-0 score after the second period.
Elmira outshot Brampton again in the third period, this time by a count of 9-8 but Ruby continued to shine to maintain the lead until the 17:15 point of the final frame. Jackals forward Mike Seidel pounced on a puck that came loose from the corner and one-timed a quick shot from inside the circle that beat Ruby between his glove and his outstretched pad to tie the game with less than three minutes to go.
The Jackals outshot the Beast 3-0 in overtime, but again Ruby continued his stellar play to force the game into a shootout.
Scott Howes scored on a beautiful deke in the shootout but Colin Jacobs and Tyler Gjurich both beat Ruby on the glove hand to steal the victory.
Motte made 18 saves to pick up the win, while Ruby finished the game with 41 saves, the most saves made by a Beast goaltender in a single game all season.
Notes: The Beast finished the game 0-for-2 on the power play but were a perfect 7-for-7 on the penalty kill. With the goal, Tim Bozon extended his point streak to four games.
Jan. 12: Tim Bozon (LW) Reassigned by Montreal (NHL) by St. John’s (AHL). Jan. 12: Cody Rosen (G) DEL Released from SPC. Jan 12: Brandon Marino (RW) DEL Loaned to Utica (AHL). Jan. 13: Jordan Ruby (G) ADD Signed to SPC.
TODAY'S GAME: Monday's contest will be the third of the season between the Beast and the Royals. Both teams picked up an overtime victory in Brampton on Dec. 27 and 28.
ROAD TRIP: The Beast are coming off points in back-to-back games and will be playing their fifth game of an eight-game road trip - their longest of the season - in Reading on Monday night. The Beast have recorded points in 11 of their last 15 games.
PERFECT PK: The Beast have proven their effectiveness on special teams during their road trip haven't allowed a power play goal over their last two games. During the team's last game in Elmira, the team was a perfect 7-for-7 on the penalty kill and managed to kill off three different 5-on-3 opportunities.
BOZON KEEPS AT IT: Following his first pro goal with the team, Tim Bozon has continued his hot streak with a goal and three assists in his last four games.
A RUBY IN THE ROUGH: In what was arguably one of the best goaltending performances all season, Jordan Ruby managed 41 saves and helped The Beast kill off three different 5-on-3's. Ruby's 41 saves was the most made by a Beast goaltender in a single game this season.
PLAYING WELL: Chris Auger has four goals in his last six games. Jeff Brown has five goals in his last nine games and Reggie Traccitto has three goals and two assists in his last seven games.
LAST BEAST STANDING: Defenseman Travis Brown is the only Beast player to have played in all 38 games of the 2015-16 season.
Jan.19: Nick Niedert (G) Released emergency backup