02/06/2016 12:33 AM
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2015
BEAST (14-20-6-4, 38 PTS | 4th Place, North) vs GLADIATORS (25-17-3-1, 54 PTS | 2nd Place, South)
Puck Drop: 7:05 PM EDT | Watch: ECHL.TV | Listen: BramptonBeast.com
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – The Brampton Beast played what could be considered their gutsiest game of the season against one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference but dropped a heartbreaking 4-3 shootout decision to the South Carolina Stingrays at North Charleston Coliseum in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday night.
Joe Zarbo, Reggie Traccitto and Nick McParland each scored in regulation for the Beast before Stingrays starting goaltender Mark Dekanich stopped two of three Beast shooters in the shootout, giving the Beast their fourth shootout loss of the season.
A stingy defense and solid goaltending from starter Drew Fielding helped the Beast to a scoreless opening frame in which the Stingrays outshot the Beast 9-5.
The Stingrays came out flying in the second period and got on the board quickly as Brett Cameron beat Fielding with a shot just 14 seconds into the frame.
The resilient Beast stormed right back just 12 seconds later as Joe Zarbo fooled Dekanich on the glove side to tie the game at one.
Joe Devin lit the lamp at the 4:00 mark to give South Carolina the 2-1 lead. The Beast defense once again flexed its muscles and held the high-flying Stingrays off the board for the remainder of the period, as each team recorded seven shots on goal during the second frame.
The Beast dug deep and stormed out of the gate to start the third period as Traccitto pounced on a Nick McParland rebound in front of Dekanich and buried the puck behind the goaltender for his eighth goal of the season just 40 seconds into the third.
Less than three minutes later, the Beast fed of the energy from Traccitto’s goal and kept on rolling. McParland located a rebound in front of Dekanich off a shot from Traccitto and tumbled the puck along the goal line and into the net to give the Beast their first lead of the game at 3:26.
The Stingrays got the goal back just over a minute later in this wild back-and-forth third period as Kevin Quick teed up a slap shot from the blue line that beat Fielding on the glove side at 4:39.
Once again, the Beast defense stood tall for the remainder of the period to force overtime for the 15th time this season for the Beast.
Mike Vernace took a slashing penalty at 1:56 of overtime but the penalty killers stood tall and did their job to perfection as they killed the two-minute minor, helping the game to a shootout.
Joe Zarbo got the shootout started with a goal for the Beast but Joe Devin and David Pacan replied on consecutive shots to give South Carolina the edge. Steven Kaunisto had a chance to force the fourth round of the shootout but was denied by a great save from Dekanich, ending the game and hopes for a Beast victory.
Fielding performed admirably between the pipes for the Beast with a 26-save night, while Dekanich did the same for the Stingrays with 22 stops.
Notes: The Beast finished the game 0-for-4 on the power play and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill. The newly-acquired Tyler Henry made his ECHL debut for the Beast. The Beast now lead the league with 15 appearances in overtime. The Beast are now 0-for-4 in the shootout.
Feb. 6: Ray Kaunisto Signed to SPC. Matt Syroczynski Signed to SPC. Feb. 5: Tyler Henry Signed to SPC.
TODAY’S GAME: The Beast are in Duluth, Georgia to face their second South Division foe in as many days as they take on the Atlanta Gladiators for the first and only time this season. The Beast and Gladiators have never met in the history of these two franchises in the ECHL.
STUDYING THE ENEMY: The Gladiators currently rank second in the South Division with 54 points. Their last game was a 4-3 overtime loss to the Florida Everblades on Feb. 5. The Gladiators are winless in their last six games, going 0-4-1-1 during that span. Their last win was a 6-2 thrashing of the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on Jan. 19.
WORKING HARD: Beast goaltender Drew Fielding has appeared in the last four games petween the pipes for the Beast and has put together some good numbers in the process. In one relief appearance and three starts, the Burlington, Ontario native has assembled a 2.40 goals against average and a .908 save percentage and has given the Beast some of the most reliable goaltending they have had all season.
MULTI-POINT NIGHT: A pair of Beast skaters, Reggie Traccitto and Nick McParland, each recorded a goal and an assist against the Stingrays last night and will hope to continue their solid play tonight against the Gladiators.
STILL IN THE HUNT: The Beast picked up another big point against the Stingrays last night and remain in the mix in the tight North Division. Brampton (38 points) is three points back of Kalamazoo (41 points) for third in the division and just seven points back of the Wheeling Nailers (45 points) for second in the division.
OT EXPERTS: With last night's loss to the South Carolina Stingrays coming in the shootout, the Beast have now played in 15 overtime games, the most in the ECHL. The Beast have yet to win in the shootout, going 0-for-4. They have only managed to score a single goal in each of the four shootouts they have played in.
D-MEN LEADING THE WAY: With several players out of the Beast lineup due to injury or callups to the AHL, it is worth noting that the Beast's top two active scorers are defencemen. Mike Vernace leads active players with 25 points (2G, 23A) and Jeremie Blain is right behind him with 23 points (2G, 21A).
Feb. 5: Shawn Bates ADD Traded from Idaho.