ESTERO, FLORIDA – The Brampton Beast outplayed and outshot the second-best team in the ECHL in the Florida Everblades but goaltender Anthony Peters was the difference as he made 36 saves as the Everblades edged the Beast 4-2 at Germain Arena on Wednesday night.
Chris Auger and Tim Bozon lit the lamp for the Beast, while Corey Cowick netted a pair of goals and Maxime St. Cyr and Justin Agosta added singles for Florida.
The Beast took the energy out of the building early in the contest as Auger deflected home a Travis Brown point shot from the high slot for a power play goal just 2:22 into the game. Auger’s goal was his team-leading fourteenth of the season.
The Everblades stormed back and held a 2-1 lead after the opening 20 minutes.
St. Cyr found himself in alone on a breakaway against Beast starter Trevor Cann and beat the goaltender just under six minutes into the first. Cowick responded with his first of the night at 12:53 to complete the first period scoring.
The Beast poured on the pressure in the second frame and outshot the Everblades 17-8 but it was Florida who notched the first goal of the period.
Cowick earned his second of the night near the halfway point of the second frame but the Beast’s persistence paid off at the 16:29 mark of the period.
Tim Bozon caught the goaltender off guard as he followed up on a seemingly harmless play and stole the puck from Peters and slid the puck into the open net for his first pro goal.
The Beast outshot the Everblades again in the third period, this time by a count of 12-7 but again, it was the Everblades who were able to capitalize.
Justin Agosta scored on a two-on-one at the 8:37 mark to give the Everblades a late two-goal lead.
The Beast upped the pressure and pulled the goalie in the dying minutes of the game but the Everblades defense stood tall and kept the Beast at bay for the remainder of the game to seal the victory.
Trevor Cann made 18 saves between the pipes for the Beast, while Peters was the busier of the two goaltenders and made 36 saves.
Notes: The Beast had a successful night on special teams, going 1-for-2 with the man advantage and assembling a perfect penalty kill, finishing the game 4-for-4.
Friday, January 15 @ Florida Everblades
ESTERO, FLORIDA – For the second straight night, the Brampton Beast ran into a hot goaltender as Anthony Peters made 37 saves for the Florida Everblades and helped them to a 5-1 win over the Beast at Germain Arena on Friday night.
Tim Billingsley scored the lone Beast goal in the third period and new Beast goaltender Jordan Ruby played better than the numbers would suggest and made 23 saves between the pipes for Brampton.
The teams played an evenly-matched first period, with Florida holding a slight 12-11 edge on the shot clock. Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the opening frame. Ruby kept his team in the game early, and kicked out several high-quality scoring chances to keep the game scoreless after 20 minutes.
Even though the Beast outshot the Everblades 10-7 in the second period, the home team lit the lamp three times in the middle frame.
Ryan Martindale opened the scoring on the power play at 5:09 as he found himself alone in front of Ruby.
Matt Willows finished off a nice passing play for his 14th goal of the season at 6:41, pushing the lead to 2-0.
The Beast and Everblades traded chances during a fast-paced second period, but Florida pushed the lead to 3-0 late in the frame as Justin Agosta lit the lamp at 17:38.
The Beast came out flying early in the third period and were quickly rewarded for their tenacious play. Tim Billingsley had a puck land on his stick just steps in front of Everblades starter Peters and managed to beat the goaltender through the pads to cut the lead to 3-1 at 8:46. Tim Bozon and Scott Jacklin each earned an assist on the play.
The Beast dominated play in the third frame and outshot the best team in the Eastern Conference 17-9, but the Everblades proved why they’re one of the top teams in the ECHL and netted two more in the second half of the final period.
Maxine St. Cyr picked up his second goal of the weekend at 10:38 before Corey Cowick notched his eighth goal on the power play at 17:31 to end the scoring.
Peters picked up the ‘W’ with another stellar performance and stymied the Beast and allowed just one goal on 38 shots. Ruby performed admirably for the Beast and finished with five goals allowed on 28 shots.
Notes: The Beast finished the game 0-for-5 on the power play and 5-for-7 on the penalty kill. The Beast have now outshot their opponents in five straight games and own a 1-2-1-1 record over that span. With an assist in tonight’s contest, Tim Bozon now has points in back-to-back games for the first time as a member of the Beast.
Saturday, January 16 @ Florida Everblades
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
Monday, January 18 @ Elmira
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.