12/14/2016 12:35 PM
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 extend their record winning streak to five games when they face off against their divisional rival the Adirondack Thunder for the first time this season.
ELITE SCORER: David Vallorani's 29 points over his last 22 points ranks him among the top five scorers in the ECHL thanks to his explosive offensive output over the past month. The 27-year-old has scored 11 goals and nine assists for 20 points over his past 13 games. He has only been held off the scoreboard for one game during this span. His 15 goals are second most in the league.
TERRIFIC GOALTENDING: Beast goaltender Zach Fucale has been providing the Beast some stellar netminding over the past few weeks. The 21-year-old has posted an impressive 2.24 GAA and .932 SV% in his last four appearances. He hasn't allowed more than three goals in a game since Nov. 18 and has won each of his last five starts.
TRULY SPECIAL TEAMS: The Brampton Beast power play and penalty kill corps are dominating during this record four-game winning streak. The man advantage has struck for six goals on 16 chances (37.5 percent), and the shorthanded units have shut down 14 of 16 (87.5 percent) opposition power-play chances.
ELECTRIC STREAK: Sophomore Beast skater Luke Pither has notched an eye-popping nine points — seven of which are assists —during his current four-game scoring streak. The 27-year-old is tied for the team lead for assists and power play assists. He has also scored the game-winning goal in each of the past two games.
SO FAR AHEAD: The dynamic Beast offense has lit up opposition netminders for 85 goals in their first 22 games of the season, a total of 30 more than the 55 they scored after the same amount of games in 2015-16. It took the Beast until their 32nd game last season — played on January 8 — to reach the 85-goal plateau.
FORMIDABLE FOE: The Beast will have their work cut out for them against the Thunder. Adirondack has come out on top in five of six previous meetings against Brampton. The Thunder's 0.705 winning percentage is the best of the six North Division clubs.
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