BEAST (14-18-5-3, 36 PTS | 4th Place, North) vs Walleye (24-11-1-3, 52 PTS | 1st Place, North)
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READING, PENNSYLVANIA – With the Brampton Beast on a 4-on-3 power play in the extra frame, Travis Brown teed up a one-timer and sent a bomb of a slap shot into the open net, giving the Beast a 3-2 overtime win over the Reading Royals at Santander Arena in Reading on Monday night.
After a forced two-day rest on account of a giant blizzard that pounded most of the Northeastern United States, the Beast were able to complete the sweep of the Royals with the overtime winner with 3:14 to go in the extra frame.
Steven Kaunisto had a two-point night with a pair of assists to extend his point streak to three games and Beast goaltender Jordan Ruby picked up his second straight win with 33 saves.
The Beast power play helped them earn the game’s opening goal as Reggie Traccitto accepted a pass near the top of the left circle and one-timed a bullet of a slap shot through a crowd and through the Royals’ goaltender Martin Ouellette at 8:10 of the opening frame.
The Royals came out flying in the second period but the Beast defense stood tall to keep the puck out of their own net. Beast starter Jordan Ruby stopped several huge opportunities in the second period, including a giant glove save off the stick of Matt Hatch, just as he exited the penalty box near the midway point of the period.
The Beast surged and continued to improve throughout the period and were rewarded for their efforts. Right off an offensive zone faceoff, Tim Bozon finished off a nice passing play by redirecting the puck behind Ouellette at 6:40.
With the second period winding down, Jeff Brown took a slashing penalty with just 14 seconds remaining in the period and the Royals quickly made the Beast pay. Former Beast Yannick Tifu redirected a point shot over the glove hand of Ruby with just seven seconds remaining in the period to cut the Beast lead to 2-1.
The Royals found the equalizer early in the third period as Pavel Padakin finished off a broken play off at 3:24. Robbie Czarnik sent a shot toward the goal that changed direction in front of the netminder and ended up in the back of the net.
There were no other goals to give us a winner in regulation, so the game went to overtime for the second time this week and the fourth time this season against the Royals.
Just three seconds into the extra frame, Royals forward Scott Tanski slashed the stick out of the Beast player’s hands, resulting in a 4-on-3 power play for the Beast.
Travis Brown made them pay as he took a perfect pass from Steven Kaunisto and rifled a perfect shot over the glove hand of Ouellette to send the Best home with a big two points.
Notes: The Beast finished the game 2-for-6 on the power play and 2-for-3 on the penalty kill. Molson Three Stars: 3) Pavel Padakin 2) Yannick Tifu 1) Travis Brown.
Jan. 15: Brandon McNally (LW) ADD - Reassigned from St. John's (AHL). Jan. 15: Joe Zarbo (LW) ADD - Acquired via Trade (COL). Jan. 18: Christian Weidauer (D) - ADD Signed to SPC. Jan. 20: Drew Fielding (G) ADD - Claimed off Waivers from ADK. Jan. 29: Steve Mele (LW/RW) - ADD Signed to SPC. Jan. 29: Dalton Thrower (D) - Reassigned from St. John's (AHL)
TODAY'S GAME: The Beast will play the last game of their season-long eight-game road trip this Friday against the Toledo Walleye. The Beast have picked up four points in their last two road games on January 22 and January 25 in a sweep against the Reading Royals.
BACK-TO-BACK: The Beast have now won back-to-back games for the first time in 2016. The last time the Beast won back-to-back games was December 29 and December 31 against the Fort Wayne Komets and Wheeling Nailers.
WINNING IT: With a win against the Toledo Walleye, the Beast will match their longest winning streak of the season at three. The Beast previously went on a three-game winning streak back in November with wins against the Manchester Monarchs (Nov. 8), Elmira Jackals (Nov. 14) and Kalamazoo Wings (Nov. 15).
THE MOST IN OT: For the second time this season, the Beast have now played in four consecutive overtime games. They have also played the most overtime games in the league at 13. Of those 13 games, the Beast have five wins, the second most in the league.
FIRST STREAKS: Since joining the ECHL in the 2009-10 season, Steven Kaunisto is riding his first three-game point streak with one goal and three assists. With a pair of assists on January 25 against the Reading Royals, Kaunisto also recorded his first multi-point game with the Brampton Beast.
MULTI-POINT GAME FOR BOZON: Tim Bozon also picked up his first multi-point game as a Beast with a goal and an assist against the Reading Royals on January 25. He now has three goals and three assists in his last six games played.
THE BEAST IN THE NORTH: The Brampton Beast are currently tied for third with the Wheeling Nailers with 36 points, good for a share of third place in the North Division. They are one point back of the Kalamazoo Wings, who are second in the division with 37 points.
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