NORFOLK, VIRGINIA – David Vallorani had a pair of goals and Andrew D’Agostini made 19 saves as the Brampton Beast knocked off the Norfolk Admirals 7-3 on Wednesday night.
The Brampton Beast made their way to Norfolk for the first of three in a row against the Admirals. The two clubs have met sparingly throughout their history and Wednesday night’s contest marked the first time at Scope Arena for Brampton.
The Admirals struck first and beat Andrew D’Agostini upstairs with a goal from Alex Tonge. The forward gave Norfolk the 1-0 lead at 5:08 of the first.
The Beast stormed back and tied the contest with a goal from Matt McLeod. TJ Melancon sent the puck to Brenden Miller who found McLeod heading to the front of the net. His tip in front beat Jake Theut at 6:38.
Brampton continued their push and it was Lindsay Sparks banking in a goal. The forward took a puck up high and found twine off a pair of plays from Anthony Nigro and Francois Beauchemin.
The Beast took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission and would be up in shots 16-12.
The Admirals got the first goal of the second period and tied the contest 2-2 with a power play marker from Mitch Vandergunst.
The Beast reloaded and fired back with a goal from David Vallorani. Jordan Henry fired the pass up the gut and sprung Vallorani on a breakaway. The forward deked and then fed the puck through the pad of Theut for the go-ahead goal at 10:36.
Brampton then extended their lead on the man advantage with a goal from Francois Beauchemin. Erik Bradford fired the puck to Melancon and he crept down the win and found Beauchemin for the tap in and 4-2 Beast lead at 16:21.
Brampton took a 4-2 lead into the final frame and would be up in shots 28-15 after 40 minutes of play.
The Beast continued their assault in the third and it was Jackson leef find the back of the net on the power play. That goal gave Brampton a 5-2 lead at the 4:42 mark of the third.
Dan Leavens, Pacan and Vallorani then hooked up for another goal, as Brampton extended their lead once again, this time to the tune of 6-2 at the 9:12 mark.
The Admirals got one in the last minute of play with Brady Fleurent finding twine, but the Beast fired right back with Bradford scoring on a partial breakaway to make it 7-3.
The Beast took the win 7-3 on Wednesday night, with D’Agostini taking the victory and finishing with 16 saves. Theut was hit with the loss and ended with 37 saves.
Notes: Molson Three Stars 3) Tonge (NOR) 2) Vallorani (BRA) 1) Melancon (BRA) The Beast ended the contest two-for-five on the man advantage. The Admirals were one-for-one. Brampton will take on Norfolk again this coming Friday, March 6th. Puck drop is at 7:30 PM.