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, will attempt to end their six-game home winless skid as they face off against the Fort Wayne Komets on Superhero Day at the Powerade Centre.
LAST TIME OUT: The last time the Beast and the Komets squared off was on Dec. 23, 2016. Six different players scored a goal (Corrin, Marino, C. Leveille, Auger, MacLean, Vallorani) as the Beast walked all over the Komets 6-1. Luke Pither chipped in with three helpers and netminder Andrew D'Agostini stopped 11 of the 12 shots he faced to earn the 'W'.
SOLID SEASON RECORD: The Beast and the Komets have met only twice thus far in the 2016-17 ECHL season and the Beast hold the series edge, winning both contests. David Pacan was the overtime hero in a 5-4 win at the Powerade Centre on Nov. 6, while Chris Auger earned the game-winner in Fort Wayne on Dec. 23 in a 6-1 Beast victory on Dec. 23, 2017. Today's game will be the first between these clubs in 2017.
POTENT KILL: The Brampton Beast penalty kill continues to be one of the best in the ECHL. Their 87.0% kill rate is the second-highest PK percentage in the league, trailing only the Manchester Monarchs (87.4%)
TIGHT NORTH DIVISION: The Beast are currently sitting in third place in the North Division with 44 points, 10 points behind the first place Manchester Monarchs and only two points back of the second place Reading Royals. The Wheeling Nailers and Adirondack Thunder are tied for fourth place in the division with 43 points, just one back of the Beast.
ONE MORE ASSIST: Beast Captain Brandon Marino enters today's game with 51 assists — a mark that ties him with forward Jason Pitton for the all-time franchise lead in that category. The 30-year-old will attempt to break the deadlock in this contest.
BURNING HIS FORMER TEAM: Beast Captain Brandon Marino appears to love playing against his former club, the Fort Wayne Komets. In two games played against the Komets this season, Marino leads all skaters with five points (2G, 3A) in two games played this season.
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