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. The Beast were kept off the scoresheet for just the fourth time this season.
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.
Sunday, January 31, 2016 vs Wheeling
BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – In an exciting Star Wars themed day, the powerful Brampton Beast home crowd, with an attendance of 3050, were given quite the show when the Beast took on the Wheeling Nailers. Newly-acquired goaltender Drew Fielding made 28 big saves in his team’s first home game since January 10 but the Beast dropped a hard-fought battle in overtime, losing 3-2 to the Wheeling Nailers at the Powerade Centre on Sunday afternoon.
The Beast came out flying and got on the scoreboard early as Angelo Miceli took advantage of a bounce off a Wheeling shin pad and found the back of the net from the slot at 6:51 of the first period. The Beast had continued to pour on the pressure and outshot the Wheeling Nailers 9-7 after the first period.
Midway through the second period, Joe Zarbo added to the Beast lead after redirecting a shot from Travis Brown, pushing the Beast lead to 2-0. The Beast continued to dominate in shots, outshooting the Nailers 30-21 after 40 minutes of play.
The Wheeling Nailers upped the pressure in the third period and finally got on the board in the beginning of the frame when forward Cody Wydo found the back of the net with Paul Cianfrini and Jarrett Burton adding the helpers at 6:11.
Nailers forward Jarrett Burton proved why he is leading the team in goals when he added a goal on the powerplay at 11:15 of the third period. Former Beast defenseman Matthew Maione added the assist on the game-tying goal.
Fielding held the game at a 2-2 tie late in the period and withstood a barrage of shots from the Nailers, as Wheeling outshot Brampton 14-3 in the final frame to come back and force overtime.
For a league-leading fourteenth time this season, the Brampton Beast went into overtime. Just 1:28 into the extra period, the Nailers completed the comeback after Derek Army picked the corner and found the back of the net behind Fielding.
Notes: The Brampton Beast went 0-for-6 on the powerplay and were 1-for-4 on the penalty kill. The Beast have now recorded a point in seven straight home games. Molson Three Stars: 3) Angelo Miceli 2) Derek Army 1) Drew Fielding.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 vs Fort Wayne
BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – The energy was electric inside the Powerade Centre for the Brampton Beast’s second School Day game of the season but the Fort Wayne Komets struck three times in the opening frame and added singles in the second and third period en route to a 5-2 win over the Brampton Beast at the Powerade Centre on Tuesday afternoon.
Close to 5,000 screaming school children from across Peel Region were on hand at the Powerade Centre on Tuesday morning to help cheer on the Beast. The Komets’ Mike Embach (1G, 3A) and Shawn Szydlowski (4A) led the way offensively for the Komets with four points each, while Luc-Olivier Blain and Steven Kaunisto scored the goals for the Beast.
It didn’t take long for the Komets to jump out to a significant lead as Trevor Cheek, Mike Embach and Brett Perlini each netted a goal by the 6:23 mark of the opening period, giving Fort Wayne the early 3-0 edge.
The rough start to the game saw an early exit for Beast starting goaltender Jordan Ruby, who allowed three goals on six shots against.
Drew Fielding entered the game in relief and helped to spark the Beast to a late first period rally. Luc-Olivier Blain picked up a puck that bounced off the back wall and roofed it over the glove hand of Komets starter Pat Nagle with just 19 seconds remaining in the opening period, giving the fans in attendance some hope for a Beast comeback as the club cut the Komets lead to 3-1 heading into the second period.
Komets defenseman Cody Sol pushed the visitor’s lead back to three as he pounced on a loose puck in the high slot and sent a rocket of a slap shot over the glove of Fielding for a shorthanded goal at 11:39 of the second period.
The Beast were flying in the second period and outshot the Komets 11-3 in the frame but Nagle was up to the task and helped his club maintain the 4-1 lead heading into the final period of play.
Perlini’s second of the game on the power play pushed the Komets lead to 5-1 by the 2:48 mark of the third period, but the Beast didn’t give up easily.
Brampton’s tenacity paid off in the final minute of the game when Kaunisto saw some room between Nagle’s pads and sent a quick shot through the goaltender’s five hole with 25 seconds remaining in the game, but it was too little too late as the Komets held on for the victory.
Nagle earned the win between the pipes for the Komets with a 25-save performance. Fielding stood tall in relief of Ruby and stopped 17 of the 19 shots he faced.
Notes: The Beast finished the game 0-for-3 on the power play and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill. Jeremie Blain returned to the Beast lineup for the first time since January 2 and recorded four shots on goal. Molson Three Stars: 3) Shawn Szydlowski 2) Luc-Olivier Blain 1) Mike Embach.