01/27/2017 10:40 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 back on the road this weekend, starting with a visit to the Wings Event Center to face the Kalamazoo Wings. The Beast own a 1-4-1 record against Kalamazoo this season.
GETTING CLOSER...: The 2016-17 Beast are creeping up on several significant team milestones. Both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 Beast squads recorded a total of 23 victories. This season's team already has 21 wins to its credit and will have an opportunity to tie the Beast all-time ECHL single-season wins record with a pair of victories this weekend. They are presently 12 wins shy of the overall franchise single-season wins record set by the 2013-14 Central Hockey League squad.
AND CLOSER...: The 2015-16 Beast squad posted 57 points, the most ever for the Beast in their ECHL history. This year's team looks poised to break that record this season, with 46 points to its credit through 39 games played. With 33 games left in the regular season, the Beast need 12 points to eclipse their previous single-season ECHL points record and 28 points to set the all-time franchise record for points in a season set by the 2013-14 Central Hockey League team.
POTENT KILL: The Brampton Beast penalty kill continues to be one of the best in the ECHL. Their 86.4% kill rate is the third-highest PK percentage in the league, trailing only the Manchester Monarchs (87.5%) and the Greenville Swamp Rabbits (87.0%).
KEEP AN EYE ON…: Beast forward David Vallorani leads the club with five points (2G, 3A) in six games against the K-Wings this season. The newly-reassigned David Pacan has collected four points (3G, 1A) in four games against Kalamazoo. Lane Scheidl (6GP, 4G, 4A) and Justin Taylor (5GP, 5G, 2A) lead the K-Wings against the Beast this season.
EXCLUSIVE GROUP: Brandon MacLean became the 47th player in the ECHL this season to record a hat trick, doing so in the team's 4-3 victory over Fort Wayne on Sunday afternoon. Three Beast skaters (Pacan (Dec. 15, 2016), Pither (Dec. 22, 2016) and MacLean (Jan. 22, 2016) have a hatty to their credit this season.
STREAKY BEAST: A pair of Beast skaters are currently riding three-game point streaks. Reggie Traccitto (1G, 3A) and Brandon MacLean (4G, 1A) will both be looking to extend that streak to four games as the Beast face the K-Wings on Friday.
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