BRAMPTON, ON – After the Beast took five out of a total six points last weekend, they returned home for a midweek game with the Quad City Mallards. This is their first and only game this season against the Mallards. The Beast have the better record so far this season and were favored to continue their four-game point-streak.
The period ended almost 30 minutes after it started in a period that can be described as fast, but not necessarily action-packed The Beast got an early power play chance as Jake Bolton got called for interference. However, the Beast failed to get a single shot on net during that time. The Mallards, pushing the attack got the opening score on the opening shot as Alex Globke got his fourth goal of the season. The Beast then went on a little shooting spree, but could not get the puck past an impressive Ivan Kulbakov. Jamie Tardif then got a weird bounce on a shot and beat Andrew D’Agostini on the third Mallard shot of the game.
Things were not looking good for the Beast at this point as their thin defensive line was showing problems early. Two minutes later, Brandon Marino opened the scoring for the Beast on a nice pass from David Ling to make it a 2-1 lead for the Mallards. This assist also meant that Ling has averaged a point per game in seven games with the club. With the Beast finally pushing hard for equalizing goal, Brayden Low was called for hooking with 1:15 left in the first. At the end of the first, the Beast had outshot the Mallards 11-6 and were down 2-1.
The Beast came out to start the second with a 45 second power play from Low’s penalty. They were looking to score early to tie the game. They didn’t score on that power play, so Low came out of the box and shortly got a second penalty. While they got some shots on net during the power plays, Kulbakov was having none of that. Once the teams were evened up, the Beast got their turn in net as Matt Petgrave was called for tripping.
The game then went 4-on-4 as the Mallards found themselves with another penalty to kill. Just as the Beast were to get a power play, Marino got called for hooking. Moments later, Willie Raskob got his second of the season and D’Agostini got pulled after three goals on nine shots. That brought in temporary backup Carmine Guerriero for his second ever pro game. The remainder of the period was marked by chances for both teams, but Kulbakov let in no goals in the second period.
With both teams at even strength, and the Beast down by two goals, it was do or die time for the Beast. If they scored early then the game was far from over. If they did not score early then the Mallards were likely to sit on the puck and just worry about holding the lead which is exactly what happened. Although the Beast were gifted many more power plays than penalty kills, they only managed to capitalize on one power play with a Reggie Traccitto bullet from the blue line with 6:30 left in the game.
While the Beast pushed hard and put 34 shots on net, they could only get those two goals, which was not enough to beat the Mallards. Mike Folkes made the save of the game with a diving save to keep the Mallards lead to a single goal. This is the Beast’s first loss this season when the opposing team got less than 20 shots on net.
Score: Mallards 3 – Beast 2
Shots: Mallards 18 – Beast 34
Penalties: Mallards 6 – Beast 3
Mallards goals scored by Globke (1), Raskob (1) and Tardif (1). Assists from Globke (1), Triston Grant (1), Chris Izmirlian (1), Low (1), Ryan McGrath (1) and Kyle Novak (1).
Beast goals scored by Marino (1) and Traccitto (1). Assists from Daniel Ciampini (1), Cody Donaghey (1), Ling (1) and David Vallorani (1).
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