BRAMPTON, ON – Heading into a busy 3-in-3 weekend, the Brampton Beast needed to bring their A-game to keep their winning ways going. The Cincinnati Cyclones headed to Southeast Canada on a four-game winning streak where they have outscored their opponents 12-4. Adirondack entered the weekend on a three-game losing streak.
December 1: vs Cincinnati Cyclones
In came the Cyclones on a winning streak versus the Beast having lost a tough one to the Toledo Walleye. Both teams were ready for this and the action started quickly. Unfortunately for the home crowd, it was the Cyclones who scored as Jesse Schultz put in his sixth of the year behind returning Beast goaltender Zach Fucale on just the third shot of the night. That goal was scored only 3:21 into the game on a bad give away in the Beast end and would be the last goal for almost 38 more minutes.
The second period was more of the same as the first, with one minor difference. The physical play of both teams was stepped up, probably due to that late first period fight. The only penalty related to that was the boarding call on Stefan Fournier. Surprisingly when the Cyclones’ player was taken out hard in the corner there was nothing called on the play, and it was only whistled down as the puck left the rink. The Beast definitely had pressure on the Cyclones as the Beast out shot them 14-6 in that period, but the majority of the shots were poor quality and easy for the goaltender to stop.
The third period needed to be the period like it was recently in their win over the Reading Royals. A weak breakaway shot on Fucale went in easily at the 1:12 mark of the third period. 2-0 was not the way the Beast wanted to start the period. Four minutes later, Chris Leveille one timed the pass from Alex Foster for his third goal in as many games. Four minutes after the first goal, Shawn O’Donnell put Tommy Kelley’s rebound into the net to give the Cyclones a 3-1 lead.
Following this up the Cyclones really notched up the physical play and got themselves into some penalty trouble. Dominic Zombo got the first penalty for interference, which had barely ended when Nick Trecapelli got two for holding. The Beast finally started to shoot at the net in their third power play of the night and were rewarded by a nice tipped in goal from Stefan Fournier on a shot from Foster.
With 1:53 to go Chris Leone dumps the puck from behind his blue line and it goes in the empty net to ensure the win. This is also Leone’s first goal as a Cyclone. The Cyclones escaped with a 3-2 win.
Score: Cyclones 4 – Beast 2
Shots: Cyclones 33 – Beast 36
Penalties: Cyclones 5 – Beast 6
Cyclones goals scored by Justin Danforth (1), Leone (1), O’Donnell (1) and Schultz (1). Assists from Kelley (1) and O’Donnell (1).
Beast goals scored by Fournier (1) and Leveille (1). Assists from Foster (2) and Brandon Marino (2).
December 2: at Adirondack Thunder
After beating the Worcester Railers in OT the night before, the Thunder broke their losing skid. In came Brampton, fresh off a hard loss at home the night before. As Fucale had played the night before, the Beast started Marcus Hogberg in net. For the Thunder, Drew Fielding drew the match, who has been much of a thorn in the side of the Beast.
As division rivals, they have seen each other a lot over the years. This is the third match this season with the Beast losing the Thunder’s home opener (5-4) and winning their previous match (2-1 SO) in Brampton. With this in mind, the game started with both teams playing a similar style, which led to a lot of end to end action. The Thunder got their first shot on net after more than three minutes, while the Beast took a solid six minutes to get there first shot. And then the action picked up.
Both teams continued wave after wave of attacks, but when the Beast coughed up the puck at the blue line, Ben Murphy took it at center-ice for a breakaway and buried his own rebound off the back wall to bring the shower of teddy bears onto the ice. Traccitto would put the puck in the net from the goal line a few minutes later and then Leveille got his fourth goal in four games almost 40 seconds later. For the second game in as many nights, Folkes got into a first period fight, this night it was with Vytal Cote. This one likely went to Folkes as Cote seemed a little unfamiliar with the process of fighting.
For the final six minutes of the period, the Beast were outshot 10-1. It was then no surprise that MacLean was sent to the box for slashing, which occurred as the fighting majors were about to end. Up a man and with less than a minute to go, Pierre-Luc Mercier tied the game up 2-2 at the end of the first.
In the second period, the shots increased and the Beast pounded Fielding with 19 shots in the period, to the Thunder’s 12. Almost halfway through Scott Jacklin scored just after Dylan Olsen’s slashing penalty ended. Jacklin buried Colin Martin’s rebound to give the Beast their second lead of the game. Not to be outdone, Andrew Radjenovic buried his own, in a repeat of Traccitto’s first period goal, beating Hogberg low on the glove side from the goal line. This would prove to be the final goal until the shootout.
Things proved to be action packed in the third period and culminated about halfway through when the penalty fun happened. First Folkes got two for interference making it a 5-on-4 for the Thunder. About 20 seconds later, Tim Harrison got called for holding the stick, making it a 4-on-4. Finally, a minute after that penalty Jacklin got two minutes for slashing making it a 4-on-3 for the Thunder for about 30 seconds. During that entire penalty time, the Thunder put 10 shots on Hogberg and could not get the puck past the goalie.
For the second game in a row, the Beast and Thunder would go to a shootout to determine the winner. After the first three rounds they would still be tied as Mercier and Leveille both scored for their teams. The two goals then remained perfect until the ninth round as Murphy made a nifty move to beat Hogberg through the five-hole and win the game for the Thunder. In the end, Hogberg made 48 saves on 51 shots in the game, which would normally have put him in the win column, but not Saturday night.
Score: Beast 3 – Thunder 4 (SO)
Shots: Beast 35 – Thunder 51
Penalties: Beast 5 – Thunder 3
Beast goals scored by Jacklin (1), Leveille (1) and Traccitto (1). Assists from Foster (1), Jacklin (1), Marino (1) and Martin (2).
Thunder goals scored by Mercier (1), Murphy (1) and Radjenovic (1). Assists from Kevin Lough (1), Murphy (1), Olsen (1) and Terrence Wallin (1).
December 3: vs Cincinnati Cyclones
The Beast arrived in at the Powerade Centre around 6:30 Sunday morning from Glens Falls, NY. The Cyclones had a rest day on Saturday and stayed in Brampton. The expectations were high, especially after Friday’s game, that the Cincinnati team would have the upper hand this game.
Perhaps it was the presence of lightsaber wielding youth, or just the general air of the Star Wars themed game, but the Beast started with some vim and vigour and got the first shot on net. Danforth snuck the puck in on a quick Schultz pass from the goal line. Both teams battled hard for the next goal, but it would not happen in the first period.
Earlier in the day, Ottawa Senators prospect Vincent Dunn was sent down to play the game in Brampton. He would register three shots on net in the game, but is most notable for getting the game’s first penalty for slashing about five minutes into the second period. The Beast 84.5% penalty kill was hard at work again, and kept the Cyclones to a single shot in that penalty situation.
With seconds left on the Dunn penalty, Zombo got sent off for holding. Once it changed to a power play, the Beast setup in the Cyclones’ end and started cycling the puck. Almost a minute into the penalty, Marino fake shot a pass to the open MacLean who put it blocker side of Johansson to tie the game at one a piece. This tie lasted almost 10 minutes until Albertan Winston Day Chief kept jabbing at the loose puck to get it behind Fucale and take back the lead. The remaining two minutes of the second period saw most of the action in the Cyclones’ end as the Beast put four shots on net and allowed none on Fucale. The period ended as it started with the Cyclones up by a goal.
At the five minute mark of the third period, the Beast again tied up the game as they kept the play in the Cyclones’ end. Leveille passed it across ice to Marino, who one-timed it to the net and Nathan Todd was open on the glove side to tip it past Johansson.
With 3:39 left in the third, penalties started flying. Brandon McNally got a 10 minute misconduct call, and Zombo got two for a kneeing incident that stopped the play. Eight seconds later, on the power play, Foster tripped his man and got two in the box for his troubles. Now the game was a 4-on-4 even man game again, for about 40 seconds. Folkes got an interference call putting the Beast down 4-on-3 for about 20 seconds, during which no one got a shot off. Until a short time later when MacLean blocked the pass in the Beast end and skated hard for a near breakaway. With an even two minutes left, down 4-on-3, MacLean regained control of the puck with just enough time to lift the puck to the glove side top corner to score.
The short-handed goal was the third for the Beast this season, and it gave the Beast the lead for the first time in the game.
In the end, both of MacLean’s goals came on penalties: the first when the Beast were up a player, and the second when they were down a player. This brings the Beast back to .500 and they now lead Worcester in the standings, although Worcester has two games in hand. This game ended Foster’s seven-game point streak. It also ended Leveille’s four-game goal streak, but he is now on a six-game point streak with the assists.
Score: Cyclones 2 – Beast 3
Shots: Cyclones 34 – Beast 33
Penalties: Cyclones 5 – Beast 3
Cyclones goals scored by Danforth (1) and Day Chief (1). Assists from O’Donnell (1), Schultz (1), Devante Stephens (1) and Zombo (1).
Beast goals scored by MacLean (2) and Todd (1). Assists from Leveille (2) and Marino (2).
Week 9 Preview:
Brampton only has a single game this week before playing their second 3-in-3 in December the following week. Worcester comes to town having last played on December 2.
December 10: vs Worcester Railers
This Week in Player Movements:
November 28: None
November 29: None
November 30: Zachary Fucale (G) was assigned from Laval by Montreal
December 1: None
December 2: None
December 3: Vincent Dunn (F) was assigned from Belleville by Ottawa
December 3: Marcus Hogberg (G) was recalled to Belleville by Ottawa
December 4: Zachary Fucale (G) was recalled to Laval by Montreal
December 4: Vincent Dunn (F) was recalled to Belleville by Ottawa