03/16/2016 8:41 AM
THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2016
BEAST (16-32-7-4, 43 PTS | 4th Place, North) vs WINGS (28-27-4-1 61 PTS | 3rd Place, North)
Puck Drop: 7:00 PM EDT | Watch: ECHL.TV | Listen: BramptonBeast.com
BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – Jordan Ruby stood tall between the pipes for 31 saves in a 3-0 loss against the Orlando Solar Bears at the Powerade Centre. In his many saves, Ruby’s confidence drove his team to a hard-fought battle until the last whistle.
The Beast played hard both offensively and defensively and totaled 31 shots on goal. Luc-Oliver Blain and Colin Murray both threw five shots on Solar Bears’ goaltender, Rob Madore, with Jeff Brown following close with four shots on goal.
The Beast were held off the score sheet for only the fourth time this season, as Madore collected a shutout.
Jack Rodewald opened the scoring at 13:43 of the first period when he fired a shot that trickled through the five-hole of Beast goaltender Jordan Ruby. Rodewald would go on to add an empty-netter in the last minute of play in the third period.
In a scoreless second period it was Jordan Ruby who stole the show with some incredible saves, helping his team kill off two penalties and shutting down a 2-on-0.
With four minutes remaining in the third period Austin Block built on the one-goal lead when he picked up the rebound off Ruby’s stretched pad, and lifted it up and over his shoulder.
In the last minute of play, with Ruby on the bench and an extra attacker on the ice, the Beast were unable to contain the Solar Bears as they added an empty-netter for a final score of 3-0.
Notes: The Beast were 0-for-1 on the power play and two-for-two on the penalty kill. The three stars of the game: 3) Jack Rodewald 2) Jordan Ruby 1) Rob Madore
March 8: Kyle Rankin (F) – ADD Signed to SPC. March 10: Chris Auger (LW) – DEL Traded to Allen Americans, Scott Howes (LW) – DEL Traded to Missouri Mavericks, Dean Willmott (D) – Claimed off Waivers. March 13: Tim DiPretoro (RW) – ADD Signed to SPC.
TODAY'S GAME: The Beast are hoping to get back to their winning ways on Thursday as they head to Kalamazoo for their final game of the season against their North Division rivals, the Kalamazoo Wings at 7:00 PM. The Beast own a 3-3-1-1 record against the K-Wings thus far this season.
ASSIST MASTER: Beast forward David Ling recorded an assist last Thursday night against Orlando, pulling him into a tie for second place in Beast franchise (CHL and ECHL) all-time assists with 38. He is currently tied with Jamie VanderVeeken and is still chasing Jason Pitton's franchise assist record of 51.
ROAD TRIP: The Beast are embarking on their second-longest road trip of the season at six games. They played seven straight away from the Powerade Centre from Jan. 13 to Jan. 29. The Beast posted a 2-3-1-1 during that lengthy road trip. Both of the team's wins were overtime victories against the Reading Royals on Jan. 22 and Jan. 25. The win against Reading on Jan. 25 was the team's last road victory.
THE END IS NEAR: Including Thursday's game against the K-Wings, the Beast have just 13 games remaining in the 2015-16 season, including nine road games and just four home games.
WINLESS SKID: The Beast are in the midst of a six-game winless skid, tied for their longest winless drought of the season. To date, the Beast have been through four separate six-game winless skids. Their current skid, which started with a loss to Elmira on Mar. 4, is the only one of the four winless streaks in which they have not recorded a point.
NO LOVE IN KALAMAZOO: The Beast have visited the Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo four times so far this season and have yet to earn a victory, losing the four games by a combined score of 15-7.
GOOD GOALIE: Beast goaltender Jordan Ruby was sensational on Sunday, earning Second Star honours with a 31-save performance. His two goals allowed was his fewest since the team's win over the Reading Royals on Jan. 25. He now has five games in which he has made 30 or more saves.
KALAMAZOO WINGS TRANSACTIONS:
March 7: Dane Fox (F) – DEL Recalled from loan by Vancouver (NHL).