SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2015
BEAST (18-35-7-4, 47 PTS | 4th Place, North) vs JACKALS (35-27-3-1, 74 PTS | 4TH Place, East)
Puck Drop: 7:05 PM EDT | Watch: ECHL.TV | Listen: BramptonBeast.com
ELMIRA, NEW YORK – Mike Vernace’s power play goal gave the Brampton Beast a 2-1 edge early in the second period but the resilient Elmira Jackals stormed back with four unanswered goals to defeat the Beast 5-2, snapping the Beast’s two-game winning streak at First Arena in Elmira on Friday night.
Jeff Brown registered his second consecutive game with a goal and an assist and Nick McParland extended his point streak to three games for the Beast, who have recorded just one win in eight games against the Jackals this season.
Brown gave the Beast the early lead in the first period as he got his stick on a shot from David Ling and redirected it perfectly over the shoulder of Jackals starting goaltender Shane Owen at 11:57.
Ling’s assist was his 39th as a member of the Beast, moving him into second place alone in Beast franchise history (including both CHL and ECHL) in that category.
Elmira would respond before the end of the period as Ian Young teed up a shot that beat Beast starting goaltender Kenny Reiter with 2:05 remaining in the opening frame.
The Beast jumped ahead again early in the second. With Elmira’s Zach Cohen in the box for tripping, Vernace settled down the puck at the left point and sent a perfect wrist shot through a crowd that beat Owen on the glove side, giving the Beast assistant captain his fifth tally of the season at 2:50 of the second.
The Jackals got a power play goal of their own to tie the game at 10:53. Colin Jacobs sent a hard shot on goal from the point that eluded Reiter, tying the game at 2-2.
Less than a minute later, Elmira would notch the eventual game-winner as former Beast defenseman Guy Leboeuf pounced on a rebound in front of Reiter and slid the puck along the ice to beat the goaltender for his first goal of the season at 11:56, giving the Jackals their first lead of the game heading into the third period.
The Beast and Jackals played an evenly-matched final frame, with each team recording seven shots on goal but a pair of Elmira goals from Matt Garbowsky and Jacob MacDonald sealed the victory for Elmira, their third win in a row.
Reiter gave his team a chance to win with a solid 28-save performance, while Jackals starter Shane Owen earned first star honours with 26 saves.
March 16: Jonathan Parker (D) –DEL Released from SPC. March 17: Mike Vernace (D) –ADD Returned on a loan from Stockton (AHL). Daniel Vernace (RW) –ADD Signed to SPC. March 22: Kyle Rankin (F) –DEL Released from SPC. March 23: Travis Armstrong (D) –ADD Signed to SPC. March 25: Mitch Zion (F) – ADD Signed to SPC. Joey West (F) – ADD Signed to SPC. Tim DiPretoro (F) – DEL Released from SPC.
TODAY'S GAME: The Beast are hoping to get their revenge against the Elmira Jackals on Saturday night, as the club saw its two-game road winning streak snapped at First Arena last night. The Beast complete a six-game road trip on Saturday night as they face the Jackals at 7:05 PM. In seven games against the Jackals this season, the Beast own a 1-5-0-1 record.
BUSY GOALIE: Tonight will mark Jordan Ruby's 17th appearance as a member of the Beast this season, making him the busiest goaltender to suit up for the team this season. Previous leader, Trevor Cann, played 16 games with Brampton during the 2015-16 campaign. Through 16 appearances, Ruby owns a 3.39 goals against average and an .895 save percentage.
PESKY JACKALS: The Jackals have now won three straight games and continue to hold on to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 74 points in 66 games. Cason Hohmann (1G, 6A) and Allan McPherson (1G, 4A) extended their point streaks to four games while Chris Langkow (3G, 2A), had his three-game streak halted against the Beast last night.
BUT I DON'T WANNA GO HOME: Including Saturday's game against the Jackals, the Beast have just eight games remaining in the 2015-16 season, including four road games and four home games.
STREAKY BEAST: Several members of the Beast have been posting rock solid numbers during the club's current successful road trip. Jeff Brown is coming off back-to-back two point nights in which he has recorded a goal and an assist in both games. Luc Blain has four points (2G, 2A) over his last three games. Nick McParland has two goals in his last three games. Mike Vernace has a goal and three assists over his last three games.
LONG STRETCH: Saturday's game against Elmira will end the team's six-game road trip, their second longest road trip of the season. Through five games, the Beast currently own a 2-3-0-0 record with wins coming against the Indy Fuel and Manchester Monarchs on Mar. 19 and Mar. 23 respectively. It's not yet time to rest as the Beast host the Toledo Walleye at the Powerade Centre at 2:00 PM on Sunday afternoon.
EVERYTHING COMES IN PAIRS: Following tonight's game in Elmira, the Beast will play a pair of games at home against against Toledo (Mar. 27) and Elmira (Apr. 1). The team will hit the road for two more games against Adirondack (Apr. 2 and 3) before returning to the Powerade Centre for two games against Kalamazoo (Apr. 6) and Elmira (Apr. 8). The Beast buck the trend with a road game in Elmira (Apr. 9) to end the season.
ELMIRA JACKALS TRANSACTIONS:
March. 16: Chris Bourgeois (G)—Added emergency backup. March 23: Evan Moore (D) –ADD Signed to ATO.