BRAMPTON, Ont. – The Brampton Beast continued their seven-game October slate with a home-and-home series against the Adirondack Thunder this past weekend. The Beast are hoping to improve significantly on their 4-6-0-1 record against the Thunder from one season ago.
Game #3 — Saturday @ Adirondack at Cool Insuring Arena
The Beast quickly silenced a sell-out crowd at Cool Insuring Arena Saturday night, thanks to two quick goals by David Pacan and Jordan Henry late in the opening period. The Thunder would chip into the lead at times, but goaltender Jake Paterson made the lead stand, making 33 saves on the night as the Beast left Glens Falls with a 3-2 win.
Game #4 — Sunday vs. Adirondack at CAA Centre
Prior to the game Sunday, the Beast received a huge offensive boost to their lineup, with the addition of multitalented Russian forward Artur Tyanulin, who had been awaiting immigration clearance. Tyanulin joins the Beast after splitting time between Fort Wayne (ECHL) and Tucson (AHL) last season, putting up 43 points (18G, 25A) in 47 games. Prior to turning pro, he played three seasons with the Ottawa 67’s, collecting 85 points (24G, 65A) in his final OHL season. The slick playmaking right winger adds to a talent-laden forward group. What he lacks on the defensive side of play, he definitely makes up for with his smooth skating and passing abilities.
Also added to the active roster was defenseman Matt Petgrave who returned from a five-game suspension that carried over to the first three games of this season. Petgrave, without a doubt, was the Beast’s most talented defenseman last season. His addition brings some much-needed speed to a defense corps in need of some youth and offensive talent to help push the play up the ice. The current defensive roster lacks the ability to move the play consistently north/south and has often got caught flat-footed, increasing the number of shots Paterson has faced.
In game action, neither team seemed to be affected by the late night travel as speed was the order of the opening period. Each side struck on the power-play in the opening 20 minutes. Jackson Leef scored early in the second period to give Brampton a 2-1 lead, but Adirondack applied constant pressure on the Beast defense and Paterson the rest of the period and early in the third, the Thunder held a two-to-one shot advantage.
The Thunder offense busted out with two goals in a 2:10 span early in the third period to take a 3-2 lead, which held up until David Vallorani tied the score at three with just over four minutes left in regulation.
In the overtime period, Thunder forward Dennis Kravchenko would net the winner, scoring his second goal of the game with just 40 seconds left in the 3-on-3 overtime, to send the Beast faithful to the exits. Once again, the Beast were guilty of not putting together a full 60-minute effort and it cost them as it has done far too often early in this season.
Both defenseman Mike Folkes (lower-body) and forward Brandon Marino (upper-body) remains on injured reserve with no timetable for their returns to the lineup.
The Beast are off until next weekend, when they welcome the only other Canadian ECHL team the Newfoundland Growlers for a pair of games on Saturday and Sunday. The Beast head to Manchester to face the Monarchs on Halloween night.