12/16/2016 1:15 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 franchise record winning streak to six games and to take a 2-0 lead in their three-game series with the Adirondack Thunder.
DYNAMIC DAVIDS: David Vallorani and David Pacan's electric play over the past month has earned them both a spot among the top scorers in the ECHL. Vallorani is tied for fifth in league scoring with 15 goals and 15 assists for 30 points in 23 games. Pacan is close behind in seventh place on the strength of 17 goals — the second most in the league — and 12 assists for 29 points in 23 games. Pacan recorded a natural hat trick yesterday against the Thunder.
RISING GOALIE: Beast goaltender Zach Fucale has been providing the Beast some stellar netminding over the past few weeks as he has won each of his past six starts to push his win total to 10 games — he ranks fourth in the league in this statistical category. The Laval, Quebec native has recorded a 2.19 GAA and a .934 save percentage during this impressive run.
SPECIAL TEAMS CLICKING: The Brampton Beast power play and penalty kill is white hot right now. The man advantage has struck for seven goals on 18 chances (38.9 percent), and the shorthanded units have shut down 16 of 18 (88.9 percent) opposition power-play chances.
ELECTRIC STREAK: Sophomore Beast skater Luke Pither has recorded an astonishing 11 points — nine of which are assists —during his current five-game point streak. The 27-year-old leads the team with 18 assists. He has notched at least two points in every game of this streak.
SO FAR AHEAD: The Beast enter tonight's matchup with 13 wins on the season. It took the 2015-2016 Beast until January 22 to reach this number of victories. Brampton is also well ahead of their goal scoring pace of a season ago: This year's Beast has 90 goals after 23 games, which is 32 more than the 58 goals scored by last year's lineup.
LOOKING TO LEAPFROG: The Beast could potentially end tonight in a tie for second place in the North Division if they beat the Thunder in 60 minutes and if the Reading Royals suffer a regulation-time defeat at the hands of the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.
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