Moment #6: Best Moments of the Season: Beast Comeback Against Royals
The Brampton Beast received the best Christmas gift possible in their first game following the holiday season as they mounted an incredible comeback with four goals in the third period plus one more in overtime in a huge 6-5 win over the Reading Royals on December 27 at the Powerade Centre.
Heading into the game, the Beast were in the midst of a six-game winless skid and hadn’t picked up a victory since downing the Kalamazoo Wings 3-0 at home on December 6.
The Beast entered the holiday break having lost on the road to the tough Fort Wayne Komets by a score of 5-1 on December 17.
Their woes seemed to continue into the early portion of their first game following the break against the Royals.
The Beast found themselves down 1-0 early in the game thanks to a goal from Robbie Czarnik at 5:47 of the opening frame. Early in the second period, Beast forward Angelo Miceli would tie the game from the side of the net which, squeaking one behind Royals starting goaltender Adam Morrison at 6:22.
The Beast would then allow four unanswered goals to fall into a 5-1 hole. Mike Marcou and Scott Tanski scored a pair of goals in the closing minutes of the second period while Pavel Padakin and Tanski lit the lamp in the early minutes of the third.
It was at that time the Beast got over their turkey hangover and began what could be considered the most significant comeback in franchise history.
The Beast started the climb back just before the halfway point of the third period as Scott Jacklin got a stick on a Dalton Thrower point shot and redirected the puck behind Morrison at the 9:30 mark of the third period to make the score 5-2.
Just over three minutes later, a goal from Travis Brown would continue to ignite the comeback. He would blast a shot from the point which would beat the Royals netminder high on the glove side at 12:41, closing the gap to 5-3.
With less than four minutes remaining in regulation time, the Beast would continue to pour it on. At the 16:16 mark of the third period, Miceli would bury his second goal of the game, picking up a point shot that bounced off the end boards. This beautiful rebound goal would bring the Beast back within just a single goal with time running out.
The crowd began to get anxious as the clock wound down, but then with just 30.3 seconds remaining in the game Chris Auger completed the comeback, poking a loose puck through a crowd and behind Morrison to force overtime.
But, the Beast weren’t stopping just yet. They wanted to make a statement and did exactly that.
At 2:22 of the overtime period, Brandon Marino parked himself in front of the goal and was in the right place at the right time to redirect a Jeremie Blain point shot over the outstretched glove of Morrison, sending the Powerade Centre faithful into a frenzy.
The final would be 6-5 in favour of the Beast, giving the hometown fans one of the most memorable games of this season.
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The commemorate the Beast’s Number 6 moment of the season, today’s Feature Item is a game-used puck used by Travis Brown to score a goal during this game and is available for only $20.
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