12/22/2016 1:55 PM
#10 - Beast Capture First Ever Preseason Victory
One of the lessons taught through the annals of sports history is that the success enjoyed by sports franchises in exhibition matches does not necessarily carry over to the games that truly matter.
However, with the benefit of hindsight, we can make the case that the Brampton Beast’s first ever preseason victory was a strong signal to the rest of the league that Canada’s lone ECHL team would provide much more staunch opposition than the previous two iterations of the club.
Bryan Pitton and Scott Jacklin were the main heroes for the Beast in this historic preliminary game — a 3-2 road triumph over the Kalamazoo Wings on October 9, 2016. Pitton, a local product, stymied the Wings’ top snipers by turning aside 28 of 30 shots. Jacklin, a native of Kimberley, B.C., potted the game-winning goal — scored with 3:28 remaining in regulation time — and added an assist.
David Pacan and Nick McParland scored the other goals for the Beast.
In addition to this seminal win serving as a predictor of the Beast’s regular season success up until now, it also portended that this Brampton crew will have a penchant of thriving in tight, closely-fought affairs. To date the 2016-17 Beast are 11-4-1-2 (.694) in games where the margin between them and their opponent is two goals or less.
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