03/08/2016 2:02 PM
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016
BEAST (16-28-7-4, 43 PTS | 4th Place, North) vs NAILERS (28-23-2-3, 61 PTS | 2nd Place, North)
Puck Drop: 7:15 PM EDT | Watch: ECHL.TV | Listen: BramptonBeast.com
BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – The Brampton Beast clawed their way back from a two-goal deficit to tie the game early in the second period but a third period tally from Elmira Jackals forward Tyler Currier proved to be the difference as the Jackals defeated the Beast 3-2 at the Powerade Centre on Sunday afternoon.
For the second straight game against Elmira, the Beast found themselves outshot by a large margin in the opening frame. Beast starter Kenny Reiter faced nine first period shots and appeared sharp in the early going until Elmira’s Mark Bennett got the Jackals on the board, deking his way out of the corner and beating Reiter with a low shot at 16:41.
The Jackals continued to press early in the second period and were able to push their lead to 2-0 as Matt Garbowsky found Zach Cohen with some space in front and he beat Reiter low for his 10thtally of the season just 1:25 into the frame.
The Beast responded with a ferocious tenacity and responded quickly with a goal of their own. Forward Colin Murray was in the right place at the right time to accept a pass in the slot and snapped a quick shot beyond Jackals starter Shane Owen to get the Beast on the board at 3:39.
Beast newcomer Jesse Stoughton recorded an assist on Murray’s goal for his first professional point.
Brampton continued to press and tied the game less than four minutes later. Mike Hammond showed great poise with the puck in circling the net and located Steve Mele in front of the goal. Mele chipped a backhand shot over the glove of Owen for his first goal as a member of the Beast at 7:01.
The game remained tied until the second half of the third period, when Tyler Currier sent a shot on goal under coverage from the top of the circle. Reiter got a piece of the puck and was almost able to turn and make the save with his stick, but the puck trickled over the line at 11:20, giving the Jackals a lead they wound not relinquish.
Owen earned his second straight win over the Beast with 16 saves, while Reiter stood tall and gave his team a chance to win with a superb 29-save effort.
Notes: The Beast finished the game 0-for-2 on the power play and a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill. Colin Murray has now recorded goals in three straight games for the Beast and has four points in four games since joining the club.
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 will play their division rivals, the Wheeling Nailers, for the final time this season on Tuesday night at WesBanco Arena at 7:05 PM. These two teams have faced off eight times this season, with Brampton holding a 2-4-2-0 record against the Nailers.
ROAD WOES: The Beast have just six road wins all season and haven't won on the road since a pair of overtime wins against the Reading Royals on Jan. 22 and 25. The good news is the Beast have defeated the Nailers twice at WesBanco Arena, including a 6-3 win on Nov. 28 and a 4-3 overtime victory on Dec. 31.
STRONG OPPONENT: The Nailers are currently in a tight battle for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Their 61 points places them in 9th place in the conference, just three points back of the Elmira Jackals with three games in hand. The Nailers are coming off a pair of back-to-back wins against the Reading Royals, including a 7-4 win on March 4 and a 4-3 win on March 5.
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… Nailers forward Cody Wydo, who has five points (3G, 2A, hat trick) over his last two games. Former Beast Mathew Maione has four points (1G, 3A) over his last two games. Forward Riley Brace has points in nine of his last 11 games, recording seven goals and 12 assists in the process.
HEATING UP: Several Beast players have been putting up some impressive numbers of late. Colin Murray has now scored in three straight games for the Beast, and has four points (3G, 1A) in four games since joining the club. Not to be outdone, fellow newcomer Mike Hammond (1G, 3A) has also recorded four points in four games since joining the Beast.
FIRST OF MANY: Beast forward Jesse Stoughton recorded an assist during the Beast's 3-2 loss to the Elmira Jackals on March 6, giving him his first ever professional point. He will be looking to add to his totals this week against the Nailers.
March 6: Tyler Biggs (F) - DEL Reassigned by Pittsburgh (NHL) to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL). Harrison Ruopp (D) - DEL Reassigned by Pittsburgh (NHL) to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).
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