Moment #7: Beast win their first game of the season
After coming close to picking up their first win of the season several times throughout the first six games of the 2015-16 ECHL season, the Brampton Beast broke through in a big way on November 1, 2015 to pick up their first victory of the season.
Winless in their first six contests against Manchester, Elmira, Adirondack, Wheeling (2) and Toledo, the Beast arrived at the Powerade Centre on that Sunday afternoon with one thing their on their collective minds: get that first win.
But it wouldn’t come easy, as the Beast were to face the eventual North Division champs, the Toledo Walleye. The game didn’t start as planned for the Beast as Walleye forward Shane Berschbach took a perfect pass from AJ Jenks and danced in on a breakaway, beating Beast starting goaltender Eddie Pasquale for a 1-0 lead just over eight minutes into the game.
The Beast would get their revenge in the last four minutes of the second period as the newly-reassigned Angelo Miceli took a perfect tape-to-tape pass from Brandon Marino and found himself in alone against Toledo starter Jake Paterson.
The Walleye defenseman Jared Nightingale hauled him down in front of the netminder and the puck managed to slide underneath the pad of Paterson, tying the game at 1-1.
Before the period could end, the Walleye took the lead again as Berschbach pounced on a rebound in the crease and made no mistake for his second of the game and second of the season with just 1:25 remaining in the second period.
The resilient Beast hung on tight and managed to tie the game late in the second period. Chris Auger settled down a loose puck and cut in toward the goal with the defender Scott Czarnowczan bearing down. He beat his man by a step and rifled a perfect shot beyond the outstretched arm of Paterson, tying the game at 2-2 in the final minute of the period, setting up a crucial and decisive third period.
Near the halfway point of the third period, the Beast could smell that first win and opened the floodgates. Brandon Marino took a pass from Scott Howes on top of the faceoff dot and snapped a perfectly placed shot into the top blocker corner, giving the Beast their first lead of the game 3-2 at 10:13.
Less than five minutes later, Scott Howes took a pass in the slot from Angelo Miceli, performed a mystifying quick deke and roofed a backshot over the netminder, giving the hometown squad a two-goal lead with only 5:27 remaining.
Howes would add his second goal of the game into an empty net with 1:15 remaining to help the Beast close out a huge win over a tough division rival.
This inaugural victory of the 2015-16 campaign was an important one for many reasons. Not only did it snap a tough six-game winless skid to start the season, it was the first ever professional win for the new Beast coaching staff, including Head Coach Colin Chaulk and Assistant Coach Peter Goulet.
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The commemorate the Beast’s Number 7 moment of the season, today’s Feature Item is a game-used puck used by Brandon Marino to score a goal during the 2015-16 ECHL season and is available for only $20.
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