03/06/2016 8:16 AM
SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2016
BEAST (16-27-7-4, 43 PTS | 4th Place, North) vs JACKALS (29-25-3-1, 62 PTS | 4th Place, East)
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BRAMPTON, ONTARIO - Brampton Beast starting goaltender Kenny Reiter weathered the barrage of shots thrown at him for as long as he could, but the Elmira Jackals pulled ahead late in the game and earned a 5-1 win over the Beast at the Powerade Centre on Friday night.
Colin Murray netted a shorthanded goal late in the third period to break the shutout of Jackals starter Shane Owen, but the visiting goaltender stopped all but one of the 23 shots he faced to earn the win.
The Jackals came out flying in the opening period, outshooting the Beast 16-9 after the opening 20 minutes of play. Beast starting goaltender Kenny Reiter was up to the task, making several heroic saves in the early going to keep the game close.
The Jackals were, however, the first to find the back of the net as Nick Tuzzolino accepted a pass in the high slot and placed a perfect wrist shot over the blocker of Reiter for his first tally of the season at 4:50.
Elmira earned a 2-0 lead by the end of the second frame as Chris Langkow picked the top corner from the faceoff dot at 15:08.
The Jackals kept their foot on the gas in the final period and continued to roll as Tuzzolino netted his second goal of the game on a one-timer from the blue line that squeaked through the pads of Reiter just 5:17 into the third period.
Tuzzolino completed the hat trick at 10:09 as he settled the puck down at the blue line and sent a wrist shot toward the goal. Reiter got a piece of the shot with his blocker but the puck tumbled over the goaltender and into the net, giving Elmira the 4-0 lead.
Less than a minute later, Colin Jacobs made it a 5-0 game with a wrister from the top of the circle for his 12th goal of the season at 11:06.
The Beast were finally able to beat Owen in the final two minutes of the game as Luc-Olivier Blain sent Colin Murray in alone on a shorthanded breakaway. He beat the defenseman and sent a backhand shot through the goaltender for his second goal in as many games as a member of the Beast at 18:25.
That’s as close as the Beast would come as the Jackals shut the door for the remainder of the game and skated away with the victory. Owen earned the win with 22 saves, while Reiter faced a season-high 42 shots and made 37 saves.
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 avenge the 5-1 loss suffered to the Elmira Jackals as these two teams clash again today at the Powerade Centre at 2:00 PM. The Beast have collected just one win against the Jackals this season, boasting a 1-3-0-1 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 18 games remaining in the season and Sunday's game will be the first of six remaining games against the Jackals. The Beast play eight different teams between now and the end of the season, including Elmira (6 games), Wheeling (1 game), Orlando (3 games), Kalamazoo (2 games), Toledo (2 games), Indy (1 game), Manchester (1 game) and Adirondack (2 games).
STRONG OPPONENT: The Jackals currently boast 62 points in 58 games played and are clinging to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They have been playing well of late and are now winners of three straight contests, outscoring their opponents 15-6 in the process.
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 Matt Garbowsky, who is riding a three-game point streak, collecting two goals and one assist in the process. Allan McPherson pushed his point streak to four games with an assist on Friday against the Beast. He now has two goals and five assists during his streak.
PESKY FOES: The Jackals spread around the scoring against the Beast on Friday night as three players recorded multi-point games, including Nick Tuzzolino (3G), Spiro Goulakos (2A) and Chris Langkow (1G, 1A).
ONE MAN DOWN? NO PROBLEM: Colin Murray scored shorthanded on Friday night, giving the Beast eight shorthanded goals this season, tying them for fifth in the league in shorthanded scoring.
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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The Beast are heading on the road this Wednesday, March 8 to take on the Wheeling Nailers and will return home March 10 and will be hosting the Orlando Solar Bears at 7:15 PM. Single game tickets are now available, starting at $16.25. For more information or general media inquiries on the Brampton Beast please contact Chris Ballard, Public Relations Coordinator at (905) 564-1684 or firstname.lastname@example.org.