12/17/2016 10:23 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 bounce back from their Friday night loss against the Thunder at the Powerade Centre and to win the rubber match of the three-game series between these two North Division clubs.
DOMINANT 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 16 assists for 31 points in 24 games. Pacan is close behind in 11th place on the strength of 17 goals — the second most in the league — and 12 assists for 29 points in 23 games.
FINDING A GROOVE: In spite of Friday's tough loss to the Thunder, goaltender Zach Fucale has been providing the Beast some stellar netminding over the past few weeks as he has won six of his past seven starts to push his win total to 10 games — he ranks fourth in the league in this statistical category.
POTENT POWER PLAY The Brampton Beast power play continues to roll over the past games as the man advantage has struck for nine goals on 25 chances (36 percent). The Beast have gone 3-for-9 (33.3 percent) on the power play against the Thunder through two games.
STREAK MARCHES ON: Sophomore Beast skater Luke Pither has recorded an astonishing 13 points — 10 of which are assists —during his current six-game point streak. The 27-year-old leads the team with 19 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 93 goals after 24 games, which is 30 more than the 63 goals scored by last year's lineup.
CHANCE TO CLIMB: With a victory in tonight's game against Adirondack, the Beast will pass the idle Reading Royals to earn sole possession of third place in the North Division. Brampton will also only trail the second-place Thunder by two points if this win is nabbed in regulation time.
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