01/25/2016 9:43 AM
BEAST (13-18-5-3, 34 PTS | 4th Place, North) vs ROYALS (18-16-3-3, 42 PTS | 4th Place, East)
Puck Drop: 7:00 PM EST | Watch: ECHL.TV | Listen: BramptonBeast.com
READING, PENNSYLVANIA – Steven Kaunisto perfectly picked the top corner on Reading Royals goaltender Martin Ouellette at 2:28 of overtime as the Brampton Beast completed a gritty, gutsy comeback to win 2-1 in the extra frame at Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania on Friday night.
Joe Zarbo had a goal and an assist and Scott Jacklin picked up a pair of assists to help the Beast snap a four-game winless skid.
The teams were deadlocked in a scoreless draw after an opening period that saw the Beast penalty killers get the momentum rolling as they killed off three first period penalties.
Beast goaltender Jordan Ruby was sensational through the first period and made 13 saves in the opening frame alone and almost recorded his second straight scoreless period before the Royals were finally able to beat him with just 1:06 remaining in the second period.
Reading’s leading goal-scorer, Robbie Czarnik, pounced on a rare Ruby rebound and sent a backhand shot into the back of the net on the Royals’ 25th shot of the game.
The Beast came out flying in the third period and were rewarded for their efforts. Joe Zarbo pounced on a loose puck while crashing the net and potted his first as a member of the Beast at 4:09 of the final period, with Jeff Brown and Scott Jacklin earning the assists.
Ruby shut the door for the remainder of the period and stopped 35 saves through regulation time to help send the game to overtime, to set up Kaunisto’s beautiful game-winning wrist shot, which was assisted by Scott Jacklin and Joe Zarbo.
Ruby picked up his first win as a member of the Beast with a stellar 35-save performance. Reading’s Martin Ouellette finished the game with 20 saves.
Notes: The Beast finished the game 2-for-2 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. Molson Three Stars: 3) Jordan Ruby 2) Robbie Czarnik 1) Steven Kaunisto.
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. Jan. 20: Drew Fielding (G) Claimed off waivers from ADK
TODAY'S GAME: The Beast are looking to make it two wins in a row as they take on the Reading Royals for the final time this season. The Beast topped the Royals 2-1 in OT in Jan. 22 and now have two wins in three games against Reading this season. All three games have gone to overtime.
VERY SPECIAL TEAMS: The Beast continued their strong play on the penalty kill on Jan. 22 and killed all three Reading power plays. The Best have not allowed a power play goal in their last three games, and have killed off their last 13 power plays against.
NEW GUY FITTING IN: On Friday night against Reading, Beast forward Joe Zarbo scored his first goal with the team and it could not have came at a better time as his goal in the third period tied the game at one. He later picked up another point in OT assisting on Steven Kaunisto's game winning goal. It was Zarbo's first multi-point game as a member of the Beast.
MOVIN' ON UP: Currently fourth in the North Division with 34 points, the Beast are just two points back of the third place Wheeling Nailers and just three points back of the second place Kalamazoo Wings.
GEM OF A GOALIE: Beast goaltender Jordan Ruby has been sensational for the Beast over the last three games. He has allowed four goals in those three games and picked up his first win with 35 saves in a 2-1 OT thriller against Reading on Friday night. He has been named third star of the game in back-to-back games.
GAME WINNER: Steven Kaunisto scored the game winning goal in overtime against Reading on Friday night with just his second of the season, both scored while playing for the Beast. Kaunisto was named first star of the game for his efforts and is the only player on the Beast who has points in back-to-back games.
NICE LITTLE STREAK: The Beast are now unbeaten in regulation over their last three games and have collected four points during that span. They have gone to overtime in 11 of their last 16 games.
Jan.19: Nick Niedert (G) Released emergency backup