04/01/2016 2:40 PM
FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2016
BEAST (19-36-7-4, 47 PTS | 4th Place, North) vs JACKALS (36-28-3-1, 76 PTS | 4TH Place, East)
Puck Drop: 7:15 PM EDT | Watch: ECHL.TV | Listen: BramptonBeast.com
BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – Brampton Beast rookie goaltender Michael Giugovaz made 25 saves in his professional debut but the potent offense of the North Division leaders, the Toledo Walleye, got the best of the Beast on Sunday afternoon as the visitors topped the Beast 5-1 at the Powerade Centre.
Beast captain Jordan Henry scored the lone goal for the Beast, who dropped their sixth straight contest at home at the Powerade Centre.
Giugovaz was tested early in the opening frame as Kyle Bonis jumped in on a breakaway, hit the post and saw the puck bounce in off a defender, opening the scoring just 3:06 into the opening period.
Later in the frame, Austin Wuthrich made his impact on the game, scoring a pair of goals just under three minutes apart, giving Toledo a 3-0 lead after the opening 20 minutes of play. Toledo also held the edge on the shot clock by a 12-7 margin.
The ruthless Toledo offense struck again early in the second period as Joel Chouinard sent a shot on goal through a crowd that eluded the goaltender for a power play goal at 5:48.
The Beast made it interesting less than two minutes later as Jordan Henry settled down a loose puck along the boards at the blue line and sent a perfect shot behind Walleye starter Jake Paterson at 7:30. The newly-reassigned Angelo Miceli and Nick McParland recorded the assists on Henry’s fourth goal of the season.
The Beast settled down and played good defensive hockey for the remainder of the second frame and into the third but the Walleye’s Dominic Zombo picked up his third point of the night, redirecting the puck behind Giugovaz at 13:16 to end the scoring.
March 30: Travis Armstrong (D) ADD - Signed to Contract. Jesse Stoughton (F) ADD - Signed to Contract. Andrew D'Agostini (G) ADD - Signed to Contract. March 28: Michael Giugovaz (G) DEL - Released from Contract. Angelo Miceli (F) DEL - Recalled to St. John's. Mac Bennett (D) DEL - Recalled to St. John's. March 27: Travis Brown (D) ADD - Reassigned from St. John's. March 25: Mitch Zion (F) ADD - Signed to Contract. Joey West (F) ADD - Signed to Contract.
TODAY'S GAME: The Beast are hoping to continue their strong play of late as they host the Elmira Jackals on Friday. The Beast have won three of their last five games, including a big 3-1 win over the Jackals on March 26. The Jackals own a 6-2-0-0 record against the Beast this season.
COMMON FOE: The Beast and the Jackals are set to face off for the ninth time in the 2015-16 ECHL season and this game won't be the last between these two teams. The Beast will host the Jackals again on April 8 and finish the season on the road at First Arena in Elmira on April 9. The Beast play the Jackals more than any other team this season.
ROUGH MARCH: The Beast finished ended their March schedule with a 5-1 loss to the Toledo Walleye on March 27. In total, the club played 13 games in March and posted a 3-10-0-0 record. The club started the month with eight consecutive losses but rebounded well by winning three of their last five games in March. November and March are the only months this season in which the team didn't play a single overtime game.
THE END IS NEAR: Including Friday's game against the Jackals, the Beast have just six games remaining in the 2015-16 season, including three road games and three home games.
STREAKY BEAST: Several members of the Beast have been posting rock solid numbers of late, including Nick McParland, who has two goals and four assists over his last seven games. Jeff Brown has a pair of goals and and three assists over his last four games. Luc Blain has two goals and three assists in his last five games.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Jackals forward Colin Jacobs leads Elmira in points against the Beast this season with three goals and four assists in eight games. Cason Hohmann is not far behind with three goals and three assists in seven games played. Not to be outdone, Matt Garbowsky has scored two goals and added four assists in five games against Brampton this season.
JACKAL HUNTER: Beast goaltender Jordan Ruby has been rock solid against the Jackals this season. In two appearances against Elmira, Ruby has allowed just two goals in 125 minutes played and has posted a 0.96 goals against average and an impeccable .974 save percentage.
ELMIRA JACKALS TRANSACTIONS:
March 31: Steven McParland (F) Added. March 23: Evan Moore (D) ADD Signed to ATO