02/21/2016 8:48 AM
Sunday, February 21, 2016
BEAST (15-25-6-4 40 PTS | 4th Place North) vs THUNDER (29-16-2-3 63 PTS | 2nd Place East)
Puck Drop: 7:05 PM EDT | Watch: ECHL.TV | Listen: BramptonBeast.com
Brampton Beast forward Scott Jacklin tied the game with 0.3 seconds remaining in the contest, sending the home crowd at the Powerade Centre into a frenzy but Adam Krause scored his second goal of the game in overtime as the Wheeling Nailers completed the heartbreaking comeback with a 5-4 win on Saturday night.
The Beast started the game with one of their best periods of the season. It took Brampton just 42 seconds to find the back of the net as Chris Auger took a pass in the slot and rifled a quick shot through Nailers starter Casey DeSmith for an early 1-0 lead.
Just over a minute later, the Beast found themselves shorthanded but that didn’t stop them from pushing the lead to 2-0 early in the game. Brandon Marino was sent in alone on DeSmith and faked out the goaltender with a great deke and potted his 12th goal of the year at 1:51.
DeSmith injured himself on the play and exited the game with two goals against on two shots in less than two minutes of ice time.
Friday night’s starter Franky Palazzese entered the game in relief but that didn’t stop the Beast from continuing their hot start. Steven Kaunisto settled down the puck at the left side point and fired a seeing-eye wrist shot that eluded the Wheeling goaltender, giving the Beast a 3-0 lead by the 11:33 mark of the opening frame.
The resilient Nailers clawed their way back in the second period and responded with two goals from Adam Krause and Connor Leen to bring the score to 3-2 heading into the final frame.
Wheeling peppered Beast starting goaltender Jordan Ruby with 24 shots through two periods but the netminder made several huge saves on odd-man rushes, one-timers and partial breakaways to maintain the Beast lead.
The Nailers were persistent on the attack to start the third period and tied the game on Ty Loney’s sixth goal of the season at the 3:02 mark.
Wheeling took its first lead of the game less than five minutes into the third period as Paul Cianfrini beat Ruby at 4:48.
Much as they did the night before, the Nailers did a great job keeping the Beast at bay thanks to some strong goaltending from Palazzese, but the Beast would not be denied the tying goal and they got it in dramatic fashion.
With time running down on the clock and with former Beast Mathew Maione in the penalty box for slashing with less than two minutes remaining in the game, Beast Head Coach Colin Chaulk elected to pull his goaltender for a 6-on-4 advantage.
The move paid off as Steven Kaunisto one-timed a pass from David Ling toward the goal and Scott Jacklin got his stick on the puck and redirected it behind Palazzese with 0.3 seconds remaining in regulation time, helping the Beast force overtime for a league-leading 17th time this season.
The Beast pressed hard in the extra frame but the Nailers entered the Beast zone on a 3-on-1 and executed a perfect tic-tac-toe play, with Adam Krause ending the game with his second of the night at 2:08 of overtime.
Feb. 19: Mac Bennett (D) - Reassigned from St. John’s (AHL). Feb. 19: Mike Vernace (D) - Loaned to Stockton (AHL). Feb.19: Drew Fielding (G) - Traded back to Adirondack (AHL). Feb.19: Kenny Reiter (G) - Signed to SPC.
TODAY’S GAME: The Beast are hoping to put the memory of last night's 5-4 OT loss behind them as they host the Adirondack Thunder at 2PM. The Beast and the Thunder have squared off three times thus far this season, with Adirondack holding the edge with a 3-0-0-0 record against Brampton.
GETTING HOT: Chris Auger scored his third goal in as many games last night, pushing his team-leading total to 18 andextending his point streak to six games. David Ling added an assist last night and now has points in four straight games since joining the Beast last week.
KNOW YOUR OPPONENT: The Adirondack Thunder enter Sundayafternoon's contest riding high after picking up a 3-1 win over the Elmira Jackals on Saturday night. The Thunder haven't been playing their best hockey of late, dropping two of their last three games and picking up two wins in their last seven contests.
KEEP AN EYE ON... Thunder forward Michael Kirkpatrick, who has three goals and two assists for five points in three games against the Beast this season. He leads his team with 20 goals and 20 assists for 40 points.
FAMILIAR FOE: Former Beast goaltender Drew Fielding has been on fire since being traded back to the Thunder on Feb. 19. In two games played, Fielding has allowed just two goals on 94 shots against, good for an impressive .979 save percentage. He stopped 49 of the 50 shots he faced in Adirondack's 3-1 win over Elmira last night.
OT WARRIORS: The Beast pushed the Wheeling Nailers to overtime last night, marking the league-leading 17th time this season the Beast have gone to the extra frame. The Beast are tied for second in the ECHL with six overtime victories. Their last win in the extra frame was a 5-4 victory over the Toledo Walleye on Feb. 12.
O CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN: Beast Captain Brandon Marino has been on fire since rejoining the Beast following his promotion to the AHL. In five games played since his return, he has collected three goals and three assists in five games played, including a pair of shorthanded goals.
Feb. 19: Garrett Bartus (G) - DEL Released from SPC. Feb. 19: Dean Wilmott (D) - ADD Traded from Missouri.