04/08/2016 2:19 PM
FRIDAY APRIL 8, 2016
BEAST (21-38-7-4, 53 PTS | 4th Place, North) vs JACKALS (37-28-3-2, 77 PTS | 4TH Place, East)
Puck Drop: 7:15 PM EDT | Watch: ECHL.TV | Listen: BramptonBeast.com
BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – The Brampton Beast were down by three goals after the opening frame and mounted an incredible comeback with a pair of goals in the second period and another in the third but the visiting Kalamazoo Wings pulled ahead in the end and picked up their eighth straight victory in a 4-3 win over the Beast at the Powerade Centre in Brampton on Wednesday night.
Nick McParland, Steven Kaunisto and Luc-Olivier Blain each lit the lamp for the Beast, while Kenny Reiter and Jordan Ruby combined to make 21 saves between the pipes.
The K-Wings came out flying in the opening period and jumped out to a 3-0 lead by the 13:50 mark of the first period. Evan McEneny notched his first goal of the year at 6:58, then Anton Cederholm jumped out of the penalty box and fired a perfect shot over the arm of Beast starter Kenny Reiter at 12:05.
Less than two minutes later, Justin Taylor deflected a point shot behind Reiter for his 25th goal of the year at 13:50. Taylor’s goal chased Reiter from the net after allowing three goals on nine shots against. Jordan Ruby entered the game in relief.
The Beast dug deep after a lacklustre first period and came out flying in the second frame. McParland took a perfect cross-ice pass from David Ling and snapped a quick, low shot that beat K-Wings starter Joel Martin for McParland’s 11th goal of the season at 8:24.
The Beast continued to press throughout the second period and were rewarded for their efforts. Steven Kaunisto located a puck in the crease with the goaltender down and out swept the puck into the open net, cutting the deficit to 3-2 at the 16:45 mark of the second period.
The K-Wings locked it down defensively in the third period and pushed their lead to 4-2 at the 11:39 mark as Ludwig Blomstrand squeaked one through Ruby’s fivehole for his 29th goal of the season.
But the Beast didn’t give up. Mitch Zion and Luc-Olivier Blain entered the K-Wings on a 2-on-1 and Zion found Blain in front with a perfect saucer pass. Blain responded with an equally impressive deflection behind Martin at 16:58, cutting the lead to 4-3.
The Beast pulled the goaltender in the dying minutes but Martin and the K-Wings shut the door to earn their eighth consecutive victory.
Notes: The Beast finished the game 1-for-2 on the power play and a perfect 1-for-1 on the penalty kill. Molson Three Stars: 3) Nick McParland 2) Ludwig Blomstrand 1) Steven Kaunisto.
April 8: Marc Beckstead (F) ADD Signed to ATO. April 7: Patrick Magannety (LW) DEL Released from SPC. 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).
TODAY'S GAME: The Beast will take to the ice at the Powerade Centre for the final time in 2015-16 on Friday as they host the Elmira Jackals at 7:15 PM. The Beast and the Jackals have met nine times already this season with the Jackals owning a 6-2-0-1 record. The Beast will end their season in Elmira on Saturday.
FINAL HOME GAME: The Beast will play their final game at the Powerade Centre on Friday night. The Beast are a stronger team at home and are hoping to pick up one more win in Brampton before ending the season. Heading into tonight's game, the Beast own a 11-17-5-2 record at home, giving them 29 points earned in their own rink, compared to a 10-21-2-2 road record, where they earned 24 points.
PLAYING THE SPOILER: While the Beast are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, their remaining games have major playoff implications for their competition. The Beast's two remaining games are against the Elmira Jackals. Kalamazoo (79 points) and Elmira (79 points) are currently ranked eighth and ninth respectively in the Eastern Conference playoff race, giving the Beast huge power as a spoiler.
WHY DOES THE SEASON HAVE TO END? Including Friday's game against the Jackals, the Beast have just two games remaining in the 2015-16 season, including one road game and one home game, both against Elmira.
STAYING HOT: Mike Hammond (1G, 2A) and Luc Blain (2G, 1A) are each riding three-game point streaks for the Beast. Nick McParland has scored a goal in three of his last four games. Beast rookie Mitch Zion is coming off the first two-point game of his pro career and has recorded three assists in his last two games.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Jackals forward Chris Langkow is on a three-game point streak, collecting a goal and two assists in the process. Jackals leading scorer Cason Hohmann is coming off a big three-point night against the Adirondack Thunder on April 5. Jackals goaltender Shane Owen has started seven consecutive games for the Jackals, posting a 5-1-0-1 record and allowing more than three goals just once.
GETTING THE START: Beast goaltender Andrew D'Agostini is scheduled to make his second start for the Beast tonight against the Jackals. In his one appearance thus far this season, he stole the show, making 31 saves and earning First Star honours in a huge 4-1 win over the Adirondack Thunder on April 3.
ELMIRA JACKALS TRANSACTIONS:
April 7: Garett Koltz (F) DEL Released from SPC. April 4: Tyler Currier (F) ADD Returned on loan from Springfield (AHL). Spiro Goulakos (D) ADD Loaned from Rochester (AHL). Cason Hohmann (F) Add Loaned from Rochester (AHL).