01/31/2016 8:32 AM
BEAST (14-19-5-3, 36 PTS | 4th Place, North) vs NAILERS (17-19-2-3, 39 PTS | 2nd Place, North)
Puck Drop: 2:00 PM EST | Watch: ECHL.TV | Listen: BramptonBeast.com
TOLEDO, OHIO – The Brampton Beast threw everything they had at Toledo Walleye starting goaltender Jake Paterson but the keeper stopped all 28 shots he faced as the Walleye topped the Beast 4-0 at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio on Friday night.
Evan Rankin led the way for Toledo with a pair of goals and an assist, while Beau Schmitz and Joel Chouinard each added singles for the Walleye, who snapped the Beast’s two-game winning streak.
The Beast outshot the Walleye 12-8 in the opening frame but Toledo was the first to find the back of the net. Rankin’s first of the night opened the scoring at 9:22 of the opening frame as he redirected a point shot behind Beast goaltender Jordan Ruby.
Schmitz gave the Walleye a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission as he chipped a rebound over a sprawling Ruby at 11:56.
Chouinard pushed the lead to 3-0 at the 10:03 mark of the second period as his shot hit a Beast stick in front of Ruby and tumbled into the back of the net for a power play goal.
Rankin notched his second of the night with just under two minutes left in the period as he entered the offensive zone with speed down the right wing side and placed a perfect shot into the top corner at 18:02. That goal spelled the end of Jordan Ruby’s night as he was pulled from the game after 40 minutes, allowing four goals on 21 shots.
Drew Fielding made his Beast debut between the pipes as he entered the game to start the third period. He registered a perfect period and kicked out all eight shots he faced. The Beast offense threw another 10 shots on Walleye goaltender Paterson but he stopped him all to complete the 28-save shutout.
Notes: The Beast finished the game 0-for-5 on the power play and 2-for-3 on the penalty kill. Molson Three Stars: 3) Jake Paterson 2) Joel Chouinard 1) Evan Rankin.
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. 29: Steve Mele (C) - ADD signed to SPC. Jan. 29: Dalton Thrower (D) - ADD reassigned by Montreal (NHL) from St. John's (AHL).
TODAY’S GAME: The Brampton Beast had their two-game winning streak snapped against the Toledo Walleye on Friday night and are hoping to get back to their winning ways as they host their North Division rivals, the Wheeling Nailers, on Sunday afternoon. Friday night’s loss was the club’s first regulation loss since dropping a 5-1 decision to the Florida Everblades on Jan. 15.
NO GOALS IN TOLEDO: The Brampton Beast don’t get shut out very often. The Beast have now been shut out just three times this season. Their 4-0 loss to the Walleye on Jan. 29 was their first shutout loss since dropping a 4-0 contest to the Kalamazoo Wings on Dec. 11. The Beast’s first shutout loss came at the hands of the Adirondack Thunder on Dec. 3, 2015, when they dropped another 4-0 decision.
ROAD WEARY: The Beast are now coming off their longest road trip of the season at seven games. The Beast earned points in four of the seven games and picked up back-to-back wins in Reading on Jan. 22 and 25. The Beast are now home for two games against the Wheeling Nailers (Jan. 31) and Fort Wayne Komets (Feb. 2) before heading out for a two-game road trip against the South Carolina Stingrays (Feb. 5) and Atlanta Gladiators (Feb. 6).
GETTING CLOSER: The Beast have 36 points and currently occupy fourth place in the North Division standings and sit just three points back of division rivals Kalamazoo Wings and the Wheeling Nailers who are both tied for second place in the North Division with 39 points.
RUBY ON THE ROAD: Beast goaltender Jordan Ruby has been rock solid since joining the club in mid-January. In six games played with the Beast, the Tavistock, Ontario native has just two regulation losses to his name and a 2.58 goals against average to accompany his stellar .920 save percentage. He has yet to play a game at the Powerade Centre.
FIRST START: Newly-acquired Beast goaltender, Drew Fielding, who was claimed off waivers from the Adirondack Thunder on Jan. 22, got his first taste of game action with the Beast against the Toledo Walleye on Jan. 29, entering the game to start the third period in relief of starter Jordan Ruby. He played a perfect period and kicked out all eight shots he faced. He is the likely starting goaltender for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Wheeling Nailers.
WATCH OUT FOR… Wheeling Nailers’ forward Jarett Burton has seven points (4G, 3A) in five games against the Brampton Beast this season. Burton is leading the Nailers in goals and points (14 G, 35 PTS) and is second on the team in assists with 21.
Jan. 28: Tim Hall (F) - Retired. Jan. 28: Derek Army (F) - ADD returned on loan from Ontario (AHL). Jan. 29: Harrison Ruopp (D) - ADD reassigned by Pittsburgh (NHL) from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).