07/07/2016 2:50 PM
Photo By: Robyn Iwaskiw / Brampton Beast
With so many great Brampton Beast moments to choose from the 2015-16 ECHL season, unfortunately some moments could not crack a place in our Top 10 Moments of the 2015-16 ECHL season.
But that’s not to say those great moments aren’t worth remembering. Here are two Honourable Mentions:
Final Beast Goal of 2015 is a Beauty
Brandon Marino gave Beast fans even more to celebrate on New Years Eve 2015 by scoring a beautiful overtime breakaway game-winner at WesBanco Arena against the Wheeling Nailers.
The game started off with a bang for the Beast as Scott Howes lit the lamp at the 12:34 mark of the first period to give the Beast the early lead. The Nailers would tie the game before the first intermission as Matia Marcantuoni notched his first goal of the year in the final two minutes of the opening period.
The second period had no goals until the 11-minute mark when the Beast scored two goals in just under five minutes, the first courtesy of Jordan Henry at 11:29 and the second off the stick of Jeff Brown at 16:14, giving the Beast a 3-1 lead heading into the third.
The Nailers would not go down easy though. A pair of goals just over three minutes apart from Anton Zlobin and Andrew Cerretani would tie the game at three by the 10:53 mark of the final period. The final minutes would remain scoreless, sending the game into overtime.
Both teams traded chances early in overtime until Brandon Marino was sprung in on a breakaway. A beautiful deke would beat Nailers goaltender Franky Palazzese giving Marino his ninth goal of the season and helping the Beast ring in the New Year with a 4-3 overtime victory.
Vernace’s Beautiful Deke Gives Brampton its First Shootout Win
Although the Brampton Beast were unsuccessful in their first four shootout attempts of the 2015-16 season, Beast assistant captain Mike Vernace ensured the club’s shootout losing streak wouldn’t extend to five games as his beautiful deke ended the game, giving the Beast their first shootout victory 4-3 on April 1, 2016 against the Elmira Jackals at the Powerade Centre.
Even though this game fell on April Fools Day, this game was no joke for the Beast. They would take control of the game early and jump out to a 3-0 lead by the latter half of the second period with goals coming from David Ling, Jeff Brown and Nick McParland.
This lead was short-lived however, as the Jackals’ Kyle Bushee, Tyler Currier and Zach Cohen each lit the lamp in the third period, forcing the game to overtime.
Starting goaltenders Jordan Ruby and Shane Owen each held down their respective forts in overtime, forcing the game to a shootout.
Through four rounds of the shootout the goaltenders were perfect. Beast goaltender Jordan Ruby made 37 saves in regulation and overtime and stymied shooter after shooter to keep his team in the game. His stellar goaltending opened the door for a Beast victory.
After Tyler Currier failed to score in the fifth round for Elmira, Mike Vernace had a chance to end it.
He would come in down the centre and make a quick and beautiful stick deke, sending Jackals goaltender Shane Owen sliding the opposite way. Vernace buried the puck to give the Beast their first shootout win in five tries.
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To commemorate these Beast moments, today’s Feature Item is a game-used puck used by Brandon Marino to score a goal during the 2015-16 season and is available for only $20.
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