03/23/2016 11:48 AM
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2015
BEAST (17-34-7-4, 45 PTS | 4th Place, North) vs MONARCHS (37-19-4-5, 83 PTS | 1ST Place, East)
Puck Drop: 7:00 PM EDT | Watch: ECHL.TV | Listen: BramptonBeast.com
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – Beast starting goaltender Kenny Reiter turned in his best performance in a Brampton Beast uniform and kicked out 38 saves while Luc-Olivier Blain made his presence felt with a Gordie Howe hat trick as the Beast snapped an eight-game winless skid with a 3-1 win over the Indy Fuel at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Saturday night.
Tim Billingsley, Nick McParland and Luc-Olivier Blain all scored in the first period for the Beast in a game that featured lots of exciting, hard-hitting action.
The Fuel were the first to get on the board as Cody Sharib sent a hard shot on goal from the point and picked the top corner for his 14th goal of the season at 7:43.
The second half of the first period was all Beast. Tim Billingsley picked up his third goal of the year at 10:43 as he joined in on an odd-man rush and chipped a backhand shot beyond Fuel starting goaltender Keegan Asmundson to tie the game at one.
The Beast kept rolling for the remainder of the opening period. Dalton Thrower laid down a huge hit and then dropped the gloves with Nick Petrecki in an energetic fight that seemed to spark the Beast.
Less than a minute after the big Thrower fight, Nick McParland took a pass from Luc-Olivier Blain from behind the net and snapped home his 7th goal of the season at 15:49.
And the rough stuff wasn’t done there. Jeff Brown threw a huge hit in front of the Beast bench and got into a fight with Peter Schneider at 18:31.
Schneider drew an instigating penalty on the play and on the ensuing power play, Blain picked up his second point of the period as he redirected a Jordan Henry point shot behind the goaltender for his 7th goal of the year at 18:57.
There may not have been any goals scored in the second period but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any action.
Daniel Vernace laid a big open ice hit late in the second period and was jumped by Cody Sharib. Both were given double minors for roughing at 16:47.
Jeff Brown and Matt White dropped the gloves after a big hit laid by Brown, but both were given roughing minors at 17:26.
The Fuel were awarded a penalty shot with 1:55 remaining after a Beast defenseman threw his stick while the forward entered the Beast zone on a breakaway.
Beast starting goaltender Kenny Reiter came up huge with a stretching pad save to maintain the two-goal lead heading into the third period.
Once again, the action was intense in the final period. Blain brought his teammates to their feet with a great fight with Indy’s Patrick Koudys just over three minutes into the third period.
The Beast fought hard during the final 20 minutes and were outshot 10-7 in the third period and 39-30 for the game, but Reiter, as he had done through the opening 40 minutes, came up with big save after big save to lead the Beast to victory.
Notes: Molson Three Stars 3) Mike Hammond 2) Kenny Reiter 1) Luc-Olivier Blain. The Beast finished the gamae 1-for-5 on the power play and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill. The teams combined for 64 penalty minutes in tonight’s chippy affair.
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 win back-to-back games for the first time since late January as they head to Manchester for their final game of the season against the East Division leaders, the Manchester Monarchs. These two teams have clashed five times thus far this season, with Manchester holding a slight 3-2-0-0 edge over the Beast.
STREAK BUSTED: With the win against Indy on Mar. 19, the Beast snapped a season-long eight-game winless skid, as well as a nine-game road winless skid. Luc Blain recorded a Gordie Howe hat trick with a goal, an assist and a fight, while Kenny Reiter picked up his first win as a member of the Beast with a spectacular 38-save performance.
MEET THE MONARCHS: The struggling Manchester Monarchs have won just one of their last seven contests. Defenseman Michael Boivin has three assists in his last two games and has recorded a point in six of his last eight contests. Defenseman Alex Roach had a three-game point streak snapped against Elmira on Mar. 19 but has still recorded one goal and three assists in his last four games.
THE END IS NEAR: Including Wednesday's game against the Monarchs, the Beast have just 10 games remaining in the 2015-16 season, including six road games and just four home games.
STELLAR PERFORMANCE: Just how significant was Kenny Reiter's big 38-save win over the Fuel on Mar. 19? Not only was it his first win of the 2015-16 season, it was his first ECHL win since Feb. 21, 2015. His 38 saves is the second most saves recorded by a winning Beast goaltender this season. Eddie Pasquale made 39 saves in a 4-3 OT win over the Fort Wayne Komets on Dec. 29, 2015.
BUSY SCHEDULE: Wednesday's game against Manchester marks the beginning of a tough stretch of games for the Beast, in which they play four games in five days. The club has a travel day to Elmira following the game against the Monarchs, then back-to-back games in Elmira against the Jackals before driving home overnight to host the Toledo Walleye on Sunday afternoon.
BE A BEAST: Several Beast skaters have been putting up impressive numbers of late, including defenseman Tim Billingsley, who has four points (1G, 3A) in his last four games. Nick McParland has four points (2G, 2A) in his last five games.
MANCHESTER MONARCHS TRANSACTIONS:
March. 18: Johnathan Parker (F)—ADD Signed to SPC. March 19: Kevin Morris (F)—ADD Signed to ATO. March 20: Matt Horlow (F) –DEL Released from SPC.