BRAMPTON, ON – After returning from a three point road trip to Rapid City, the Beast are back home for three games this week. This gives them the chance to climb out of last place in the division, as they play division rivals.
Game 11: November 8 vs Jacksonville IceMen
Outplayed and could not score on the power plays. These were the two biggest problems for the Beast in Wednesday’s game. With a sold-out morning game full of kids cheering for the Beast, the positive atmosphere should have helped the Beast carry off the win. Last season they went 3-1 for the school day games. This season they are 0-1 coming into this game.
The pace of the game was controlled by the IceMen early as Garet Hunt and Stefan Fournier got into a fight 1:06 into the game. Not sure who won that, but both men had stories to tell this day. Eventually, Hunt would achieve the famous Gordie Howe hat-trick as he later got the IceMen’s second goal and two assists in the third. Fournier is notable as this was his first game back after getting a five-game suspension in the Kalamazoo game on October 22nd. He not only got into this fight, but he also received an interference on the goalie penalty in the first and an attempted spearing late in the third.
While Andrew D’Agostini played hard and well, the IceMen put bodies in front of the net, which helped get the puck past the netminder. Hunt’s goal was D’Agostini’s only unencumbered shot that he missed. As Hunt jumped out of the penalty box he received a pass from Cameron Critchlow and scored on the ensuing breakaway. The last goal of the game was an empty net and short-handed goal that Critchlow scored while they were on the penalty kill with about five minutes left in the game. At the other end of the rink, Jamie Phillips stopped all 34 Beast shots to earn the first star of the game, as well as the franchise’s first shutout.
Score: IceMen 5 – Beast 0
Shots: IceMen 35 – Beast 34
Penalties: IceMen 9 – Beast 8
IceMen goals scored by Emerson Clark (1), Critchlow (1), Hunt (1), Jan Kostalek (1) and Bobby Macintyre (1).
Game 12: November 10 vs Norfolk Admirals
The Norfolk Admirals came into the game a point ahead of Brampton in the standings with an equal 11 games having been played this season. The Beast came out guns a blazing with a lot of blocked shots and missed shots, but finishing the first period with the edge of 10 shots to the Admirals’ five. While the Admirals got the first shot on new Beast netminder Chris Driedger, who is on loan from Belleville, the Beast then tallied the next 5 shots on Ty Reichenbach.
The Admirals’ got a single shot on net when Willie Corrin went to the box for hooking seven minutes into the first period. The Admirals got their first and only penalty with 4:26 to go when Rick Pinkston got two for cross-checking. While the Admirals eventually got chippy in the third this was the Beast’s only power play chance, which they failed to capitalize. This makes this a five-game streak without a power-play goal, 21 chances altogether.
In the second period, the Admirals continued to find breakaway chances as some of their few shots. Each time, Driedger made the save look easy. Just shy of five minutes into the middle stanza, the Beast broke the tie with a beauty wrap-around by Fournier. 18 seconds later, former Toronto Marlies captain, Alex Foster netted his first as a Beast and that ended Reichenbach’s night. In came Jamie Murray, and thus ended the scoring in the second period. The Beast completed the period spending most of the last 15 minutes in the Admirals’ end as the Admirals were just not able to keep the puck out of their end, despite the two penalties that the beast got in the period.
The period started with a determined Norfolk team that seemed finally ready to compete and not just play. This resulted in a goal by Darik Angeli off a beautiful pass by Brady Vail. You may remember Angeli from last week as the Rapid City Rush player who refused to play for Brampton and wound up in Norfolk. With that goal, it seemed like the tide was turning for the Admirals, but the Beast would have none of that as they killed their penalties in the neutral and Admirals’ zone. The Beast continued to hammer Murray and they were rewarded with a Chris Leveille goal, which was followed three minutes later by a Scott Jacklin tally.
It was at this point that the tide actually did turn for the Admirals as they started to hammer Driedger themselves getting almost half of their shots in the third period. With almost 5 minutes left, Tommy Schutt put in the rebound from former Beast Angelo Miceli. From there, the Beast defense clamped down and secured the win.
Score: Admirals 2 – Beast 4
Shots: Admirals 30 – Beast 38
Penalties: Admirals 1 – Beast 6
Admirals goals scored by Angeli (1) and Schutt (1). Assists from Miceli (1) and Vail (2).
Beast goals scored by Foster (1), Fournier (1), Jacklin (1) and Leveille (1).
Game 13: November 12 vs Adirondack Thunder
This whole game was defined by fantastic goalies for both teams, as both Connor Ingram (Thunder) and D’Agostini (Beast) stonewalled their opponents for the vast majority of the game. It was a goalie duel in every sense of the phrase as they both put on outstanding performances. In the end, one team had to win and it was Leveille that eventually scored the game-winning goal as he beat Ingram in the fourth round of the shootout.
This game was again tainted as the Beast drew far too many penalties, but managed to keep the Thunder power play to a dull roar as they only scored once in seven attempts. The Beast, meanwhile, scored their only regulation goal on Pierre-Luc Mercier’s holding call with only nine seconds left in that penalty. Henry smashed the puck through bodies as Ingram had no chance to save that slap shot. Ty Loney continued his multiple game scoring streak with his own bullet from the blue line early in the third period, while Fournier was serving his leftover penalty from the second period.
The story of the night might have been all the shots that went off posts and goals that were called off. The Beast was saved several times by the ping of the puck off the various pieces of iron. In the second period, there was that a goal that James Henry will likely insist absolutely went in, but the referee said no goal. In fact, there were overturned goals for the Thunder in the first and third periods as well. The one in the first period was called dead due to a delayed penalty on the Beast as they touched up the puck, and then went in the net. Such was the luck of the Thunder in this game.
The excitement did not stop in this the shortest period of the game. The Beast had a chance at a game-winning goal that pinged off the post. The Thunder were later rewarded with their seventh and final power play of the game as Marino got two for slashing 1:39 into the extra session. However, the Beast power kill continues to improve as they held off the Thunder attack to send this game to the shootout. The game ended in the fourth round as Leveille shot the puck high blocker side to get the win on Sunday.
Score: Thunder 1 – Beast 2 (SO)
Shots: Thunder 44 – Beast 39
Penalties: Thunder 3 – Beast 7
Thunder goal scored by Loney (1). Assists from Shane Conacher (1) and Kevin Lough (1).
Beast goals scored by Henry (1) and Leveille (SO).
Week 6 Games:
This week will see Brampton in Worcester for the first time, and host division rivals Reading Royals in two games for the first time since their North Division Semifinal playoff series last season.
November 14: Brampton Beast at Worcester Railers
November 17: Brampton Beast vs Reading Royals
November 19: Brampton Beast vs Reading Royals
This Week in Player Movements
November 7: Brandon Billie (G) was added as EBUG
November 8: Jackson Leef (F) was signed contract and added to active roster
November 8: Bryan Cameron (F) was placed on reserve
November 9: None
November 10: Corey Durocher (F) was released from his contract and available on waivers
November 10: Chris Driedger (G) was assigned from Belleville by Ottawa
November 10: Brandon MacLean (F)was activated from reserve
November 10: Alex Foster (F) signed contract and added to active roster
November 10: Eric Ylitalo (F) was placed on reserve
November 10: Bryan Cameron (F) was placed on Injured Reserve (effective November 5)
November 10: Brandon Billie (G) was released as EBUG
November 11: J.P. Anderson (G) was picked up off waivers from Toledo
November 11: Brandon Billie (G) was added as EBUG
November 11: Colin Martin (F) was added to active roster (traded from Toledo)
November 11: Cody Donaghey (D) was recalled to Belleville by Ottawa
November 11: Chris Driedger (G) was recalled to Belleville by Ottawa
November 11: Nathan Todd (F) was placed on reserve
November 12: J.P. Anderson, G was released
November 12: Cody Donaghey (D) was assigned from Belleville by Ottawa
November 13: Marcus Hogberg (G) was assigned from Belleville by Ottawa
November 13: Nathan Todd (F) was activated from reserve
November 13: Luc-Olivier Blain (F) was placed on reserve
November 13: Brandon Billie (G) was released as EBUG