10/15/2016 8:00 AM
NOTE: Live commentary will not begin until 20 minutes before puck drop.
TODAY'S GAME: The Beast will open the 2016-17 ECHL season on the road as they head to WesBanco Arena to face the reigning Kelly Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference finalists, the Wheeling Nailers. The Beast posted a 2-5-2-0 record against the Nailers last season. The two Beast wins against the Nailers last season came on the road at WesBanco Arena.
SUCCESSFUL FIRST PRESEASON: This October, the Beast played their first ever preseason games in franchise history against the Elmira Jackals, Kalamazoo Wings and Fort Wayne Komets, finishing with a 1-2-0-0 record with a 3-2 win over the K-Wings on October 9.
GREAT MIX OF PLAYERS: The 2016-17 Brampton Beast roster features a strong mix of new high-end players and a strong returning core. 14 players on this year's Opening Day roster suited up for the Beast at some point during the 2015-16 season, including the entire leadership core of Brandon Marino, Jeremie Blain, Mike Vernace and Jordan Henry, as well as goaltenders Bryan Pitton and Andrew D'Agostini. The roster also includes big-name new recruits, such as David Pacan, David Vallorani and Brandon MacLean.
SEASON OPENER ON THE ROAD: For the second straight year, the Brampton Beast will open the season on the road. Last season the Beast dropped a close 2-1 decision to the Manchester Monarchs on October 16 to open the campaign.
AFFILIATE'S INFLUENCE: The Beast will start the season with four players coming from the team's NHL affiliate, the Montreal Canadien via the club's AHL farm team, the St. John's IceCaps, including former Beast defensemen Dalton Thrower and Jeremie Blain, as well as the previously signed Justin Baker and forward Yannick Veilleux.
HOPING FOR A HOT START: This season's slate of preseason games was designed to allow the club to find a rhythm before the season begins in an effort to get off to a hot start. Last season, the club did not play any preseason games and started the season 0-5-1-1 in its first seven contests before picking up their first win against Toledo on November 1.
GET USED TO THE NAILERS: This season, the Beast will face the Wheeling Nailers more than any other opponent in the 2016-17 season. These two teams will meet 11 times, including five games at the Powerade Centre in Brampton and another six times in Wheeling at WesBanco Arena.
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