BRAMPTON, ONTARIO - The Brampton Beast gave a determined effort to extend their season-opening point streak to six games, but the Kalamazoo Wings ultimately prevailed by a score of 5-3 at the Powerade Centre on Friday night to hand the Beast their first regulation loss of the season.
David Pacan, Chris Leveille and David Vallorani scored for Brampton in a contest that at one point was tied at two, before the Wings exploded with three consecutive goals to put the game out of reach.
It was Brampton that started this on-ice showdown like a team possessed. The Beast recorded the first nine shots of the game, and they kept Kalamazoo off the shot clock until the 12:58 mark of the opening frame.
After withstanding this early barrage of scoring chances, the Wings responded with some pressure to draw a power play chance. Justin Taylor capitalized on this man advantage opportunity by deflecting the puck past Beast starter Zach Fucale at 17:59 of the first period.
The Beast knotted the score with 21 seconds remaining in the first period. David Pacan potted his third goal of the season by ripping a perfectly placed wrist shot from the left circle past the blocker of K-Wings starting goaltender Joel Martin.
The Wings took their second lead of the game seven minutes into the second period as Tyler Shattock knocked the puck into the net on a man advantage.
Once again, the Beast had an answer. Some great skating by Leveille opened up the ice for Vallorani to rip a shot on goal from the high slot. Martin denied the Beast sniper, but Leveille cashed in on the juicy rebound to net his first career ECHL goal and tie the game at 15:50 of the second.
Anthony Camara restored the Wings advantage just over a minute later with a wraparound goal that beat Fucale at 17:05 of the second.
The K-Wings came out flying in the third period and extended their lead. Camara struck again at 4:44 of the final period with his second goal to give his team a two-goal advantage.
Scott Henegar made the score 5-2 for the visiting team a mere 21 seconds later at 5:05.
David Vallorani energized the 3,107 fans at the Powerade Centre with 1:47 remaining in the game by hammering a one-timer into the net to make the game 5-3. With a goal and assist in this game, the first-year member of the Beast now has a team-leading nine points in six games, including four goals and five helpers.
The Beast continued to press for a comeback, but their best efforts were denied by Martin, who was rock-solid in stopping 33 of 36 of the shots he faced.
Beast starting goaltender Zach Fucale made 22 saves in his second game between the pipes for the club. Despite allowing five goals, the Laval, Quebec native did display flashes of brilliance. He made two larcenous saves on breakaway chances to keep his team in the game.
The Beast will attempt to bounce back from this loss as they face the Fort Wayne Komets on Sunday afternoon at the Powerade Centre. Puck drop is at 2 p.m.
Notes: The Beast were 0 for 3 on the power play and four for six on the penalty kill…David Pacan also registered a goal and an assist in the game. He has three goals and five assists for eight points in six games and extended his point streak to five games.
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