04/06/2016 2:38 PM
WEDNESDAY APRIL 6, 2016
BEAST (21-37-7-4, 53 PTS | 4th Place, North) vs K-WINGS (36-28-4-1, 77 PTS | 3RD North, East)
Puck Drop: 7:15 PM EDT | Watch: ECHL.TV | Listen: BramptonBeast.com
GLENS FALLS, NEW YORK – The Brampton Beast beat their opponents all over the ice on Sunday afternoon, both on the scoresheet and on the ice, as they gave the Adirondack Thunder everything they had and emerged victorious, avoiding the season sweep with a huge 4-1 win over the Adirondack Thunder at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Newcomer Andrew D’Agostini was nothing short of outstanding in his Beast debut and made 31 saves to earn his first professional victory. Mike Hammond led the way on offense for the Beast with a goal and an assist, while Travis Brown, Jordan Henry and Nick McParland each recorded singles for the Beast, who have now won five of their last eight games.
The Beast got the scoring started early in the first period on the power play as Travis Brown let a shot rip from the point. The puck got through the crowd in front and beat Thunder starter and former Beast Drew Fielding at 9:03. The goal was Brown’s eighth of the season with Steven Kaunisto and David Ling drawing the assists.
The Beast fed off the energy and struck again quickly. Just 12 seconds later on an almost identical play, Jordan Henry sent the puck on net through a crowd. Fielding got a piece of the puck but it just squeaked over the line, giving the Beast an early two-goal lead, with Mike Hammond and Mitch Zion earning the helpers at 9:15.
The Beast continued their strong play throughout the first period and were once again rewarded for their efforts. Mike Hammond finished off a beautiful passing play with a perfect shot from the top of the circle at 16:57, giving the Beast their second power play goal of the period and a three-goal lead.
Greg Wolfe would get the Thunder on the board on a 2-on-1 with 40 seconds remaining in the first period, making the score 3-1 for Brampton heading into the first intermission.
Three goals on 11 shots chased Drew Fielding from the Thunder goal. He was replaced by Ken Appleby who helped settled his team down. He made nine saves in the second period alone to keep his team in the game.
While the second period didn’t feature any goal, it certainly wasn’t short on action.
Just over seven minutes into the second period, things got a little chippy as Travis Brown was run hard into the boards. That sparked Jeff Brown and David Ling to drop the gloves with Luke Curadi and Louick Marcotte respectively.
Brown was given five minutes for fighting plus an additional two minutes for roughing, while Ling was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct.
Between the pipes, D’Agostini was sensational down the stretch and helped the Beast kill the subsequent Thunder power play.
He continued his hot play into the third period as the Thunder came out buzzing. Adirondack pumped 11 shots on net in the third period but D’Agostini stayed cool, calm and collected and stopped all the shots he faced in the third period.
Nick McParland found the empty net in the dying minutes of play to solidify the Beast’s first victory in six attempts against the Thunder this season.
Notes: The Beast finished the game 2-for-3 on the power play and a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill. Molson Three Stars: 3) Greg Wolfe 2) Jordan Henry 1) Andrew D’Agostini.
April 6: Matt Chiarantano (D) ADD Signed to SPC. April 5: Austin McKay (F) ADD Signed to SPC. Eric Brassard (G) ADD Signed to SPC. Travis Brown (D) DEL Recalled from loan by St. John's (AHL). April 2: Dalton Thrower (D) DEL Reassigned by Montreal (NHL) to St. John's (AHL) Taylor MacDougall (C) ADD Signed to SPC. April 1: Andrew D'Agostini (G) ADD Signed to SPC.
TODAY'S GAME: The Beast are hoping to make it two wins in a row as they host the Kalamazoo Wings for the final time this season. Wednesday's meeeting will be the tenth between these teams this season, with Kalamazoo holding a 6-3-0-0 record against Brampton. The Beast own a 3-0-0-1 record against Kalamazoo at the Powerade Centre this season.
ANOTHER STELLAR GOALTENDING PERFORMANCE: In his first pro start, Beast goaltender Andrew D'Agostini stole the show on Sunday against Adirondack, stopping 31 shots and earned First Star honours in a 4-1 win over the Thunder. He is the seventh goaltender to win a game between the pipes for the Beast this season.
PLAYOFF RACE: While the Beast are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, their remaining games have major playoff implications for their competition. All of the Beast's remaining games are against teams vying for one of the final four spots in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Kalamazoo (77 points) and Elmira (77 points) are currently ranked eighth and ninth respectively, giving the Beast huge power as a spoiler.
SO SOON?: Including Wednesday's game against the K-Wings, the Beast have just three games remaining in the 2015-16 season, including one road game and two home games.
STREAKY BEAST: Mike Hammond is riding high, picking up a goal and two assists over his last two games. David Ling has a goal and two assists over his last three games. Nick McParland has two goals and two assists over his last four games. Jordan Henry has two goals, including a game-winner, plus one assist over his last four games. Jordan Ruby is on a three-game win streak, making 100 saves in the process.
KEEP AN EYE ON: K-Wings forward Tyler Shattock is on a five-game point streak, recording one goal and six assists in the process. Lane Scheidl has 10 goals and two assists over his last 10 games. Justin Taylor is on a six-game goal streak, picking up six goals and four assists during his streak. K-Wings goaltender Joel Martin, the reigning ECHL Goaltender of the Week, is 3-0-0 over his last three starts, posting a 1.96 GAA and a .944 SV%.
GETTING HOT: Both the Beast and the K-Wings are playing good hockey of late. The Beast have won five of their last eight games against some tough opponents. Meanwhile, the K-Wings may very well be the hottest team in the ECHL having won seven straight games, starting their streak with a 2-0 win over Adirondack on March 22. The K-Wings have outscored their opponents 28-13 during their streak.
KALAMAZOO WINGS TRANSACTIONS:
April 3: Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel (D) Claimed off Waivers.