12/06/2016 11:30 AM
NOTE: Live commentary will not begin until 15 minutes before puck drop.
TODAY'S GAME: The Brampton Beast, the ECHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, are looking to earn their second consecutive victory when they face off with the Indy Fuel for the first time this season. The Beast have registered two wins and one loss so far during their eight-game home stand to kick off December.
ELITE SNIPERS: David Pacan and David Vallorani are proving on a game-by-game basis that they are top flight players in the ECHL. Pacan is currently tied for seventh in league scoring with 23 points in 19 games on the strength of 11 goals and 12 assists, and Vallorani is tied for 13th in points with 11 goals and 11 helpers for 22 points in 19 games.
DIFFERENCE-MAKING NETMINDING: Brampton has fared well with picking up victories in games where they receive a strong performance from their starting goaltender. The Beast own an impressive 5-1 record in games where their keeper records a save percentage of .900 or greater. Keep a look out for Zach Fucale in the next game he plays. His next victory will be his seventh of the season, which will tie him with Trevor Cann's team-leading total for the 2015-16 Beast season.
SHARP PK: The Brampton Beast penalty kill has gone a perfect nine for nine in the month of December. The Beast are 6-2-0-0 in games in which they do not surrender a power-play goal.
TIGHT-GAME EXCELLENCE: The Brampton Beast have shown a knack for coming out on top in close affairs. The Beast possess a record of 9-4-1-2 (0.656) in games where the difference between the teams are two goals or less. Contrastingly, the Beast are 0-3 in three-or-more goal games.
HIGHER TERRITORY: Scott Jacklin's two-goal peformance against the Jackals lifts him to 11 points in 17 games this season. He is well on his way to shattering last season's career-high point total of 21 points in 46 games. The 26-year-old split last season with the Elmira Jackals and the Beast.
A NEW VISITOR: This matinee encounter is the first ECHL meeting between the Beast and the Indy Fuel at the Powerade Centre. These two teams have only played one regular season game against each other: The Beast earned a 3-1 win at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on March 19, 2016.
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