11/04/2016 1:07 PM
NOTE: Live commentary will not begin until 15 minutes before puck drop.
TODAY'S GAME: The Beast will look to attain points in six straight games for the first time in their ECHL history — and record back-to-back wins — as they host the Kalamazoo Wings at the Powerade Centre on Friday night. The Beast are 1-0-0-1 two games into their four-game homestand.
LET'S KEEP ROLLING: Due to playing less games than most of their North Division rivals, the Beast are currently tied for third place in the division. However, the Beast's winning percentage of .700 is second best amongst North teams, only trailing the Adirondack Thunder (0.714) heading into Friday's game.
LIGHTING IT UP: 2015-16 Beast Offensive Player of the Year Luke Pither is leading the way for the Beast with eight points in five games so far this season. Pither (3G and 5A) trails Rapid City's Lindsay Sparks by six points for the league scoring lead. Sparks has played four more games than Pither. Pither's 1.60 points per game average is tied for second best in the league with Stephen Perfetto of the Alaska Aces.
POTENT PENALTY KILL: The Beast PK units have shown great form so far by shutting down 29 of 34 opposition power plays (85.3 per cent). The Beast killed off an impressive 10 of 12 penalties in their win over the Missouri Mavericks on Sunday.
ATTACKING DEPTH: The Beast have made it clear through five games that they are more than a one-line club. A total of 12 players on the roster have lit the lamp this season. Only four teams in the league have had more players with a goal. Five players on the Beast are averaging at least a point a game.
FAMILIAR FOE: The Beast faced off with the Kalamazoo Wings 10 times during the 2015-16 season. The Wings did get the better of the Beast in seven of those on-ice showdowns. However, the Beast did win three out of the five matchups at the Powerade Centre.
FUCALE ACT TWO: Zach Fucale, the 2013 second round (36th overall) draft pick of the Montreal Canadiens, will look to build off his strong 31-save performance in the Beast's shootout win over the Mavericks. The Memorial Cup Champion and World Junior Champion was named the first star of last Sunday's game.
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