02/19/2016 2:42 PM
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2015
BEAST (15-23-6-4, 40 PTS | 4th Place, North) vs NAILERS (23-21-2-3, 51 PTS | 2nd Place, North)
Puck Drop: 7:15 PM EDT | Watch: ECHL.TV | Listen: BramptonBeast.com
The Brampton Beast fired a season-high 42 shots on goal against Kalamazoo Wings starter Joel Martin but the goaltender shut the door with a perfect third period as the K-Wings edge the Beast 4-3 at the Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo on Sunday afternoon.
Brandon Marino, Nick McParland and Chris Auger lit the lamp for the Beast and goaltender Jordan Ruby made 28 saves, including multiple highlight-reel stops to keep the Beast in the game, but K-Wings starter Martin outdueled Ruby and made 39 saves to help the Wings to victory.
The Beast and the K-Wings traded goals in an evenly matched opening frame, that saw Kalamazoo take a slight 15-14 edge on the shot clock.
Dane Fox got Kalamazoo on the board at 11:27 but the K-Wings lead was short-lived as Beast captain Brandon Marino danced into Kalamazoo territory, beat his defenceman and squeezed the puck through K-Wings starter Joel Martin for an unassisted tally at 16:05.
The second period was an exciting back-and-forth affair that started with the Beast taking a 2-1 edge just 4:37 into the period. Nick McParland entered the offensive zone down the middle with some speed and attempted to shoot the puck on goal. The puck deflected off of the Wings’ defenceman and handcuffed the goaltender Martin, giving McParland his fourth goal of the season.
But the K-Wings weren’t done. In the second half of the period, Alex Mallet and Ludwig Blomstrand each recorded goals just over two minutes apart as Kalamazoo regained the lead by the 14:37 mark of the second frame.
The Beast would get the goal back quickly as Travis Brown collected the puck near the blue line and quickly sent a snap shot on goal. Chris Auger managed to get a stick on the puck and redirected the shot behind Martin to tie the game at three at 18:12.
The Beast were flying in the third period and fired 14 shots on goal, including several big chances on the power play but Martin was up to the task and shut the Beast down.
As one of the three Kalamazoo penalties expired, Dane Fox netted his second goal of the afternoon on a 2-on-1 off a pass from Justin Taylor at 5:49, giving the K-Wings the last goal they needed to outlast the Beast.
Beast Head Coach Colin Chaulk pulled Ruby in the dying minutes but the stingy defence of the K-Wings prevailed to keep the Beast off the board, preserving the win for Kalamazoo.
Notes: The Beast finished the game 0-for-5 on the man advantage and 2-for-3 on the penalty kill. Molson Three Stars: 3) Ludwig Blomstrand 2) Curtis Valk 1) Dane Fox.
Feb. 19: Mac Bennett (D) reassigned from St. John’s (AHL). Mike Vernace (D) Loaned to Stockton (AHL). Drew Fielding (G) Traded back to Adirondack (AHL). Kenny Reiter (G) Signed to SPC.
TODAY’S GAME: The Beast kick off a three-game homestand on Friday night as they host the Wheeling Nailers at 7:15 PM. Heading into tonight's game, Wheeling owns the edge in the season series, posting a 4-1-1-0 record against the Beast this season. Wheeling edged Brampton 3-2 in overtime in the last game between these teams on Jan. 31.
STARTING A NEW STREAK: Chris Auger, the Beast's leading goal scorer, is currently riding a four-game point streak, collecting two goals and three assists during his streak. David Ling has points in back-to-back games since joining the Beast last week and Beast captain Brandon Marino has two goals and two assists in three games since being reassigned to the Beast from the AHL's Utica Comets.
THE POWER IN POWER PLAY: In their rivarly history, both these teams have displayed equal PP skills, being on par with both points and kills. Tonight game will be a true test to the PP teams for both the Beast and the Nailers. Our top PP goal scorers are Chris Auger with 8 PP goals, Jonathan Parker with 4, and rookie, Travis Brown also with 4. For the Nailers, the top PP goal scorers are Jarett Burton with 4, and Cody Wydo with 3. Wydo' s on a hot streak with 6 points in his last 4 games (2 G, 4 A).
ROOKIE ADVANTAGE: The leading rookie for the Beast comes from our blue line. Travis Brown has seven goals and 13 assists. The 6"2' rearguard has 20 points already this season. He is the only player on the Beast roster to play all 48 games.
KNOW YOUR ENEMY: The Wheeling Nailers are trying to add another W to their two-game winning streak. They're coming off big wins againstd against Adirondack (4-0) and Elmira (3-2). Prior to their skid, Nailers lost 6-2 in their Sunday battle against the second ranked team in the Eastern Conference, Manchester Monarchs. Going into tonight, they have won four of their last six games.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Cody Wydo is on a four-game point streak and now has goals in back-to-back games. Forward Andew Ammon has goals in back-to-back games. On the blue line, former Beast Mathew Maione has been a big point producer, giving the Nailers three points in his last four games.
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: Starting tonight, the Beast play nine of their next 11 games on home ice at the Powerade Centre. The Beast own a 9-8-4-2 at home and are hoping to shut down the Nailers' winning streak tonight.
WHEELING NAILERS TRANSACTIONS:
Feb. 17: Ty Loney (F) Loaned from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL). Clark Seymour (D) Loaned from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL). Feb 18: Massimo Lamacchia (F) Released from SPC.