10/28/2016 11:55 AM
NOTE: Live commentary will not begin until 15 minutes before puck drop.
TODAY'S GAME: The Beast will look to start the season with points in four straight games to start the 2016-17 ECHL season as they host the Missouri Mavericks at the Powerade Centre on Friday night. These two teams last faced off on April 11, 2015. The Beast earned a 1-0 home win in overtime.
LET'S KEEP ROLLING: The Beast currently are tied with the Elmira Jackets for fourth place in the North Division with four points recorded through three games. Last season, it took the Beast eight games to record their first four points. The Beast's 0.667 winning is the fourth best in the Eastern Conference.
STARTING STRONG: 2015-16 Beast Offensive Player of the Year Luke Pither and new Beast skater David Vallorani are off to a hot start with five points in three games apiece. Pither (3G, 2A) and Vallorani (2G, 3A) trail Toledo's Kyle Bonis and Tulsa's Emerson Clark by three points for the league lead in scoring.
VERY SPECIAL TEAMS: The Beast are looking good on both the power play and the penalty kill through three games. The Beast PP units have converted on 20% of chances, and the team's penalty killing is at 87.5%.
GOING FOR FOUR: Former Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) sniper Chris Leveille is shining his first season with the Beast with a point in each of the first three games of the season. He is the only Beast skater to record a point in every Beast game thus far this season, picking up three assists in the process.
MISSING MAVS: Last season, the Missouri Mavericks were arguably the best team in the ECHL and recorded 109 points and were the only team to break the 100-point plateau. This season, Missouri has yet to capture the same momentum and have recorded one win in their first five contests.
FUCALE DEBUTS: Zach Fucale, the 2013 second round (36th overall) draft pick of the Montreal Canadiens, makes his goaltending debut with the Brampton Beast this weekend. Fucale captured the 2013 Memorial Cup with the Halifax Mooseheads and the gold medal as the starter for Team Canada at the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championships.
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