06/14/2016 1:38 PM
Photo By: Robyn Iwaskiw / Brampton Beast
Moment #8: Beast Finish Strong
Most teams, when eliminated from playoff contention, just roll over and look forward to the summer and offseason. But in was not the case for the Brampton Beast.
The Beast's final game of the season would be on April 9, 2016 on the road against the Elmira Jackals. This game was the second of a home-and-home series with the Jackals. Elmira was in the hunt for the final playoff spot in the ECHL's Eastern Conference. The Beast won the first game of the series by a score of 2-1 on April 8 at the Powerade Centre and were hoing to end the season on a high note and spoil the Jackals playoff hopes.
The final game of the season was an important one for the Jackals, as they needed a win to advance to the playoffs on the final day of the regular season.
Beast forward Marc Beckstead would score the first goal of the game to give the Beast the learly 1-0 lead at the 3:52 mark, beating Jackals starting goaltender Shane Owen on a breakaway to earn his first professional goal.
The Jackals would roar back with two straight goals from Kyle Bushee and Justin Bernhardt and would take a 2-1 lead by the halfway point of the second period, but the Beast wouldn’t let it phase them.
The Beast would then explode to score three straight goals, including tallies from from Nick McParland at the 11:40 mark of the second period, one from Joey West, also his first professional goal, coming with just four seconds remaining in the period and another from Beast Captain Jordan Henry at the 8:16 mark of the third period. This onslaught would give the Beast a 4-2 lead by the 8:16 mark of the third period.
After Elmira brought it back to a one-goal game with just under 10 minutes remaining in the contest thanks to a goal from Zach Cohen at the 11:15 mark of the third period, rookie goaltender Eric Brassard would stand tall throughout the remainder of the game, finishing with an impressive 42 saves and his first professional win.
The Beast would put the nail in the Jackals coffin with an empty net goal from Nick McParland with just over one minute remaining, giving the Beast a 5-3 victory and their final win of the 2015-16 season.
After a season of ups and downs, the Beast peaked at the end of the campaign. Not only did they single-handedly prevent the Jackals from earning a berth in the Kelly Cup playoffs, they put together what could be their best run of the season in winning seven of their last 11 games, giving hope to the team and its fans that 2016-17 will be an exciting season and one to look forward to.
‘Beast Authentics’ is a one-of-a-kind game-used memorabilia program designed to offer fans the opportunity to own a piece of Beast history in the form of a variety of exciting game-used artifacts, including goal-scored pucks, game-worn jerseys and more.
The commemorate the Beast’s Number 8 moment of the season and a trio of victories over Elmira, today’s Feature Item is a game-used puck used by Nick McParland to score during the 2015-16 ECHL season and is available for only $20.
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