SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2015
BEAST (15-26-7-4, 41 PTS | 4th Place, North) vs SWAMP RABBITS (24-23-7-0, 55 PTS | 4th Place, South)
Puck Drop: 2:00 PM EDT | Watch: ECHL.TV | Listen: BramptonBeast.com
TOLEDO, OHIO – The Brampton Beast opened the game with a great defensive first period but the hometown Toledo Walleye chipped away at the armour in the second period and netted four consecutive goals in the second frame alone, en route to a 6-1 win over the Beast at the Huntington Center in Toledo on Friday night.
Nick McParland scored the lone Beast goal late in the second frame and Beast starting goaltender Kenny Reiter made 20 saves as the Beast’s winless skid extends to six games.
The Beast played an excellent defensive first period, confidently breaking up several odd-man rushes and great scoring chances. After starting the game with several big saves, the Walleye were finally able to beat Kenny Reiter in the final minute of the opening period as Josh Shalla sent a puck on goal from the point. It saw its way through a crowd and beat Reiter low for his 11th goal of the year at 19:17.
The Walleye roared out of the gate in the second period and didn’t wait long to make it 2-0. With the Beast killing a penalty to start the period, a shot from the point ricocheted off a Beast player’s shin pads and took an unlucky bounce right onto the stick of Shane Berschbach, who netted his 21st of the year just 40 seconds into the period.
The Walleye kept on rolling in the second period and Zach Nastasiuk made it 3-0 with a nice deke on a partial breakaway at 5:25.
A.J. Jenks banged in a rebound on the power play to extend the Toledo lead at 12:23.
Austin Wuthrich completed an end-to-end rush for his 12th goal of the season less than a minute later, giving the Walleye a 5-0 edge.
Nick McParland got the Beast on the board late in the second period as he took a pass from newcomer Mike Hammond at the top of the circle and snapped a perfect shot over the glove hand of Toledo starting goaltender Jake Paterson for his fifth goal of the year with 3:48 remaining in the second period.
The Walleye struck again with 13:01 remaining in the game as Shalla picked up his second goal of the game, walking out of the corner and beating Reiter on the power play at 6:59.
The Beast continued to press until the final buzzer and outshot the Walleye 8-4 in the final frame, but Paterson stood tall and stopped all but one of the 20 shots he faced to earn the win for Toledo.
Notes: The Beast finished the game 0-for-4 on the power play and 2-for-5 on the penalty kill. Molson Three Stars: 3) Zach Nastasiuk 2) Shane Berschbach 1) Josh Shalla. Both Chris Auger and David Ling failed to record a point, snapping their respective point streaks.
TODAY'S GAME: The Beast are back at the Powerade Centre on Sunday afternoon to host the Greenville Swamp Rabbits for the first time ever. The Beast are hoping to snap a six-game winless skid. The Beast's last victory was a 5-4 overtime win over the Toledo Walleye on February 12, 2016.
WRONG KIND OF STREAKS: Today's matchup will feature the two teams boasting the two longest active winless streaks in the ECHL. The Beast are winless in six games (0-5-1-0), while the Swamp Rabbits are winless in five games (0-4-1-0). Greenville played our division rivals on Friday and Saturday and lost 5-1 to Wheeling on Friday and 5-2 to Toledo last night.
HEATING UP: Beast forward Scott Jacklin has two goals in his last three games. Defenceman Steven Kaunisto has four points (1G, 3A) in his last three games. New forward Mike Hammond recorded a point (1A) in his first game as a member of the Beast on Friday. Beast defenceman Zach McCullough recorded an assist against Toledo on Friday in his first game back in the lineup. He missed the last 14 games with an injury and hadn't played since Jan. 16 in Florida against the Everblades.
CHASING DOWN TEAM HISTORY: Beast forward David Ling needs just two assists to tie Jamie VanderVeeken for second place in the Beast franchise's all-time assists category. Ling has 36 assists to date and is still chasing Jason Pitton's franchise assist record of 51.
TOUGH SOUTH DIVISION: The Beast are playing a South Division foe for just the sixth time this season. The South Division hasn't been friendly to the Beast as they own a 0-3-1-1 record against that division, which includes the Atlanta Gladiators, Florida Everblades, Greenville Swamp Rabbits, Orlando Solar Bears and South Carolina Stingrays.
OT EXPERIENCE: The Beast have gone to overtime 17 times this season, tying them with Atlanta for the most OT appearances in the ECHL. The Swamp Rabbits are no strangers to overtime either, appearing in 14 overtime contests. Greenville and Brampton each have seven overtime losses, tied for the most in the ECHL.
KEEP AN EYE ON… Swamp Rabbits forward Josh Nicholls, who has two goals and one assist in his last four games. Forward Ryan Rashid is coming off a two-assist night against Toledo last night.
Feb.26: Travis Brown (D) Recalled from loan by St. John's (AHL). Mike Hammond (F) Claimed off waivers. Mac Bennett (D) Recalled from loan by St. John's (AHL). Colin Murray (F) Traded from Kalamazoo. Brandon Marino (F) Loaned to Utica (AHL).