SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2016
BEAST (16-34-7-4, 43 PTS | 4th Place, North) vs FUEL (28-32-3-0, 59 PTS | 4th Place, Midwest)
Puck Drop: 7:35 PM EDT | Watch: ECHL.TV | Listen: BramptonBeast.com
TOLEDO, OHIO - The Brampton Beast outshot the Toledo Walleye 11-7 in the opening period and 20-18 after 40 minutes of play but the Toledo Walleye got two goals in the first period, added another two in the second and scored one more in the third en route to a 5-0 win over the Beast at the Huntington Center in Toledo on Friday night.
Tyler Maxwell, Kyle Bonis, Tylor Spink and Tyler Sikura each lit the lamp for Toledo, sending the Beast to their eighth straight loss.
After a fast-paced and evenly-played start to the contest, Maxwell got the Walleye on the board at 12:29 as he used a backhand shot to redirect the puck behind Beast starter Kenny Reiter for his ninth goal of the season.
Less than a minute later, the Walleye pushed their lead to 2-0 as Bonis picked up the puck on a broken play at the side of the net and shovelled the puck beyond the outstretched glove of Reiter at 13:11.
The Beast defensemen fought hard for the remainder of the period to keep the potent Walleye forwards at bay, but Toledo hit the ground running to start the second period. Reiter appeared sharp and made two huge saves in tight but Spink pounced on the third rebound and netted his first pro goal just 27 seconds into the second frame.
Toledo continued to score in bunches as Sikura made it 4-0 less than a minute later, netting his 14th goal of the season at 1:08.
The Walleye love to score early in periods and did so again in the third period as Bonis netted his second of the game, finishing off a pretty passing play 29 seconds into the third period to end the scoring.
Jeff Lerg earned the shutout between the pipes for Toledo with a stellar 32-save performance, while Kenny Reiter allowed five goals on 33 shots.
TODAY'S GAME: The Beast are hoping to get back to their winning ways on Saturday as they head to Indy to face the Fuel for the first time in the history of these two franchises. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:35 PM.
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.
MEET THE FUEL: The Fuel, like the Beast, are coming off a big loss at the hands of the Toledo Walleye. This past Thursday, Indy peppered Toledo with 47 shots on goal but fell 6-2. Indy has won just one of its last seven games and hasn't scored more than two goals in a game since Feb. 27.
THE END IS NEAR: Including Saturday's game against the Fuel, the Beast have just 11 games remaining in the 2015-16 season, including seven road games and just four home games.
WINLESS SKID: The Beast are in the midst of an eight-game winless skid, their longest winless drought of the season. The Beast have lost all eight games in regulation and haven't earned a win since defeating the Greenville Swamp Rabbits 4-3 on February 28. The Beast have also dropped 14 of their last 15 games and haven't won on the road since a pair of overtime wins against the Reading Royals on Jan. 22 and 25.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Fuel leading scorer Alex Lavoie has 14 goals and 33 assists for 47 points. He has points in two straight games, recording a goal and two assists in the process. The Fuel's second leading scorer, Peter Schneider, is also on a two-game point streak, recording one goal and two assists.
BE A BEAST: Several Beast skaters have been putting up impressive numbers of late, including defenseman Tim Billingsley, who has three assists in his last three games. Nick McParland has three points (1G, 2A) in his last four games.