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.
Feb. 23: Travis Brown (D) Reassigned to St. John's (AHL). March 4: Jesse Stoughton (F) - ADD Signed to SPC.
TODAY'S GAME: The Beast are hoping to make it two wins in a row as they host the Elmira Jackals for a pair of games starting on Friday, March 4 at 7:15 PM. The Beast have collected just one win against the Jackals this season, boasting a 1-2-0-1 against Elmira during the 2015-16 campaign. The lone victory was a 4-1 thumping in Elmira on Nov. 14.
IMPORTANT FOE: The Beast have just 19 games remaining in the season and Friday's game will be the first of seven remaining games against the Jackals. The Beast play eight different teams between now and the end of the season, including Elmira (7 games), Wheeling (1 game), Orlando (3 games), Kalamazoo (2 games), Toledo (2 games), Indy (1 game), Manchester (1 game) and Adirondack (2 games).
GOOD FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Newcomers Mike Hammond and Colin Murray both wasted no time endearing themselves to Beast fans. Hammond recorded an assist in his first Beast game against Toledo on Feb. 26 and scored the game-winner and added an assist on Feb. 28 against Greenville. Murray also chipped in with a goal and an assist in his first home game against Greenville, giving him two points in two games as a member of the Beast.
CHASING DOWN TEAM HISTORY: Beast forward David Ling needs just one assist to tie Jamie VanderVeeken for second place in the Beast franchise's all-time assists category. Ling has 37 assists to date and is still chasing Jason Pitton's franchise assist record of 51.
KEEP AN EYE ON… Jackals forward Cason Hohmann, who has eight assists during a four-game assist streak. He has also scored three goals in three games against the Beast this season. Also keep an eye on Allan McPherson, who has two goals and four assists during a three-game point streak.
BACK TO BACK: The Beast are hoping to win back-to-back games for the first time since registering a pair of overtime victories against the Reading Royals on Jan. 22 and 25. Incredibly, the Beast haven't won back-to-back games in regulation since wins against Elmira and Kalamazoo on Nov. 14 and 15, 2015.
HEATING UP: Beast forward Scott Jacklin has four points (2G, 2A) in his last five games. David Ling has seven points (2G, 5A) in seven games with the Beast. Chris Auger has points in eight of his last nine games, collecting four goals and six assists during that span.
March 3: Shane Owen (G) - ADD Traded from Indy. Matt Prapavessis (D) - ADD Loaned from Rochester (AHL). Alain Valiquette (G) - DEL Traded to Greenville.
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