02/14/2016 2:29 AM
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2015
BEAST (15-22-6-4, 40 PTS | 4th Place, North) vs K-WINGS (19-23-4-1, 43 PTS | 3rd Place, North)
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The Toledo Walleye jumped ahead early in the first period and never looked back as they got their revenge against the Brampton Beast with a 6-1 win at the Huntington Center in Toledo on Saturday night.
The Walleye wasted no time getting on the board as Dane Walters lit the lamp in the opening minute for his fourth goal of the season. Austin Wuthrich and Dominic Zombo each lit the lamp before the horn sounded to end the first period with the Walleye owning a 3-0 lead.
The three-goal first period ended Drew Fielding’s night between the pipes for the Beast, as he finished the game with seven saves in 20 minutes of playing time.
The goalie swap sparked the Beast as their tenacity paid off early in the second period. Mike Vernace sent a point shot toward the goal and it found its way through Walleye starter Jake Paterson for a power play goal at 2:31.
Jordan Ruby, who entered the game in relief of Fielding, kept the game close in the second period and kicked out all 10 shots he faced, including several huge saves off of one-timers and odd-man rushes.
The Walleye surged ahead and took over control in the latter half of the third period as Dajon Mingo, A.J. Jenks and Josh Shalla each managed to find the back of the net within a four-minute span to put the game out of reach.
Paterson earned the ‘W’ for Toledo with a 29-save performance, while Ruby made 20 saves in relief.
Notes: The Beast finished the night 1-for-3 on the power play and a perfect 5-for-5 on the penalty kill. Molson Three Stars: 3) Dajon Mingo 2) Josh Shalla 1) Austin Wuthrich.
Feb. 12: David Ling (F) Signed to SPC. Jonathan Parker (F) Traded from Allen. Feb. 11: Brandon Marino (RW) Returned on loan from Utica (AHL). Jeremie Blain (D) Reassigned to Chicago (AHL) Feb. 10: Dalton Thrower (D) Reassigned by St. John's (AHL) from St. John's (AHL).
TODAY’S GAME: The Beast are hoping to erase the memory of a 6-1 loss to the Toledo Walleye as they complete a three-in-three against the Kalamazoo Wings. This afternoon will be the eighth game between these North Division rivals. The Beast own a 3-2-1-1 record against the K-Wings.
STARTING A NEW STREAK: Mike Vernace, David Ling and Chris Auger were the only members of the Beast to record a point in the club's 6-1 loss to the Walleye, giving all three of those players points in consecutive games. Vernace and Auger are on a three-game point streaks, while Ling has points in two straight.
OT EXPERTS: The Beast needed to go to overtime to knock off the Walleye on Friday night, marking the league-leading 16th time this season the Beast have gone to the extra frame. The Beast's win was their sixth OT victory of the season, tied for second in the ECHL.
OT HEROES: The Beast's six OT victories have produced five different goal scorers in the extra frame, including Joe Zarbo, Mike Vernace, Travis Brown, Steven Kaunisto and Brandon Marino (2).
KNOW YOUR ENEMY: The K-Wings are trying to right the ship as they have lost their last three contests to Cincinatti, Evansville and Fort Wayne. Prior to their three-game skid, they took two in a row from Toledo and were winners of four of their last five games.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Tyler Shattock, who has four points (1G, 3A) in his last four games and Ludwig Blomstrand, who has recorded a multi-point game in five of his last seven contests, for a total of five goals and seven assists. He has goals in back-to-back games.
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: Following today's game against the K-Wings, the Beast will play nine of their next 11 games at home at the Powerade Centre. The Beast own a 9-8-4-2 record at home and a 6-14-2-2 record on the road.
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