ELMIRA, NEW YORK - First Arena is an aptly named facility for Saturday night’s game between the Brampton Beast and Elmira Jackals as Patrick Megannety recorded his first pro goal while Mitch Zion and Joey West each recorded their first pro points on Mike Hammond’s game-winning goal as the Beast eked out a gutsy 3-1 win over the Jackals.
Beast starting goaltender Jordan Ruby was sensational down the stretch and made 33 saves to earn his fifth win of the season.
Ruby was forced into action in the wee minutes of the first period but made several incredible stops to keep the game scoreless in the early going.
The Beast struck first in the latter half of the opening frame. Patrick Megannety got his stick on the puck alongside Jackals starter Shane Owen and managed to squeeze the puck through the goaltender for his first professional goal at 14:19.
Just over three minutes later, Mike Hammond used his superior skating skills to create some space as he swooped behind the net and executed a perfect wraparound, beating Owen low along the ice for his sixth goal of the season, with West and Zion picking up assists, and their first professional points, at 17:25.
With less than a minute remaining in the first, Kyle Stroh parked himself in front of Ruby in the slot and one-timed a pass from Spiro Goulakos behind Ruby, making it a tight 2-1 game at 19:37.
The Beast penalty killers came to play in a back-and-forth second frame. The Beast were assessed four minor penalties in the second frame alone but dug deep and killed off each and every one of them to maintain their slight one-goal lead heading into the final period.
Steve Mele gave the Beast some breathing room late in the third period as he showed great skill in cutting into the slot under pressure and sent a perfect shot behind Owen for his third goal of the season and a two-goal cushion at 13:19.
The resilient Jackals had plenty of opportunities to cut into the Beast lead late in the game. With under two minutes remaining in the game, Beast assistant captain Mike Vernace was sent to the dressing room and was assessed a ten-minute misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct as well as a two-minute minor for cross-checking.
The Jackals pulled their goaltender, creating a 6-on-4 advantage for the final minute of play but the Beast defense stood tall and Ruby made several addition game-saving stops to lead the Beast to their third road win in their last four games.
Notes: The Beast finished the game 0-for-2 with the man advantage and a perfect 5-for-5 on the penalty kill. Molson Three Stars: 3) Steve Mele 2) Jordan Ruby 1) Mike Hammond.
The Beast won’t have to wait long to get back in action as they host the Toledo Walleye at the Powerade Centre tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 PM. Single game tickets are now available, starting at $16.25. For more information or general media inquiries on the Brampton Beast please contact Chris Ballard, Public Relations Coordinator at (905) 564-1684 or firstname.lastname@example.org.