12/20/2016 9:35 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 capture their eighth victory in their past 10 games and to improve to a 2-0 record on their seven-game road trip as they face off against the Indy Fuel.
DANGEROUS DAVID DUO: David Vallorani and David Pacan's have proven to be irrepressible scorers for the Beast a third of the way through the ECHL season. Vallorani is tied for fifth in league scoring with 15 goals and 17 assists for 32 points in 25 games. Pacan is close behind in 11th place on the strength of 17 goals — the third most in the league — and 14 assists for 31 points in 25 games.
IN THE ZONE: Zachary Fucale is at the top of his game heading into this showdown with Indy as he is coming off the first shutout performance of his ECHL career. He made 26 saves against the Adirondack Thunder to claim his first perfect victory. He has recorded a sctintillating .931 save percentage in his last seven appearances, and he has not been credited for a loss since November 24. His 11 victories positions him fourth among league netminders.
HOT VS COLD: Brampton and Indy are trending in opposite directions coming into this matchup. The former is red hot with seven wins in its last nine game while the latter is riding a 10-game winless skid (0-9-0-1).
STREAK AT SEVEN: Sophomore Beast skater Luke Pither has recorded a staggering 14 points — 10 of which are assists —during his current seven-game point streak. The 27-year-old leads the team with 19 assists. He extended his streak to seven games by notching an empty net goal against the Adirondack Thunder on Saturday night.
DECEMBER TO REMEMBER: The Brampton Beast set a new franchise record on Saturday night for most wins in a calendar month. Prior to beating Adirondack for their seventh conquest (7-2), the most victories this franchise recorded in one month was six in November 2015. The Beast still have five games to play in December 2016.
EYEING SECOND: After claiming third place on Saturday, Brampton is looking to continue its ascent up the North Divison ranks. The Beast could pull into a tie for second place with the Adirondack Thunder with a win over Indy combined with a regulation time loss by the Thunder to the Reading Royals.
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