10/04/2016 7:02 PM
KINGSTON, ONTARIO – The Brampton Beast were buzzing from the drop of the puck and outplayed their opponents, the Elmira Jackals, throughout the three periods but the Jackals had the bounces go their way in the second half of the game to edge the Beast 4-2 in the club’s first ever preseason contest held at the INVISTA Centre in Kingston.
It didn’t take long for the dangerous Beast offense to draw first blood. In the first half of the opening period, David Vallorani placed a perfect stretch pass onto the stick of a streaking Luke Pither, who fired a perfect wrist shot behind Jackals netminder and Brampton native Dalton McGrath for the 1-0 lead.
Bryan Pitton started the game in goal for the Beast and played approximately half of the contest without allowing a goal. Andrew D’Agostini entered the game near the midway point of the second frame and was solid in the early going.
The score remained 1-0 for the Beast until the halfway point of the second period. D’Agostini was sharp between the pipes for Brampton but just barely missed on a pokecheck attempt, which gave Jackals forward Joel Wetmore just enough space to score his first goal of the preseason, knotting the game at 1-1.
The Beast were the more impressive team throughout the contest and used their creativity to create numerous odd-man chances and one-time opportunities, but found themselves unable to capitalize.
The Jackals took their first lead of the game early in the third period as Jackals forward Zach Luczyk got his stick on a bouncing puck that hit D’Agostini’s back and tumbled into the net.
It didn’t take long for the Beast to roar back. Newcomer Brandon MacLean located the puck on the right wing circle, turned and fired a blazing shot beyond the outstretched glove of Jackals netminder Tyler Parks for his first tally of the preseason, tying the game at 2-2.
The Jackals took the 3-2 lead later in the final frame as Lou Educate beat D’Agostini with time running out.
With D’Agostini on the bench in the dying minutes, the Jackals’ Luczyk added his second of the game into the empty net to end any hopes of a Beast comeback.
Following the final buzzer, the Beast skaters remained on the ice to salute the fans in Kingston for being such gracious hosts.
Notes: Molson Three Stars: 3) Wetmore (ELM) 2) Marino (BRM) 1) Lucyzk (ELM). The Beast will play their second preseason game on Sunday, October 9 as they head to Kalamazoo to face the Wings at 3:00PM.
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