BRAMPTON, ON – After winning their first game after the Christmas break in Greenville, SC, the Brampton Beast continued their three-game road trip to finish out 2017.
December 29: at Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Score: Beast 3 – Swamp Rabbits 4
The Beast came out to play, but the Swamp Rabbits came to win and used a tired Fucale for the lead. In the first period. they scored two one-timers and took advantage of an out of place Fucale to get a solid 3-1 lead after 20 minutes.
In the second period, the two teams repeated the first period from the game before and had a goalie clinic as both Fucale and Brandon Halverson combined for another 31 saves. A David Vallorani hooking call seemed to be the required wake-up call for Brampton, who only had three shots on net in the period at the point of Vallorani’s penalty, while the Swamp Rabbits had 11. This was at about the seven-minute mark. In the final 13 minutes, the Beast outshot the Swamp Rabbits 12-5. They just couldn’t solve Halverson.
The third period continued as the second period ended with the Beast mostly in control, until captain Bretton Cameron got the game-winning goal with eight minutes left in the game. The Beast fought back, and about 30 seconds later Jacklin put it in to make it 4-2 with just over seven minutes left. A very short time later, Jack Nevins got five minutes in a game for a boarding call on Jordan Henry. Henry would leave the game as well, and would be a scratch for the next game too. With a five minute major, and a Beast squad on the hot power play, the lead was in sight as Fournier put in Traccitto’s broken stick shot in the net. The Beast got all the remaining shots on net, but like the first period, could not beat Halverson.
Beast goals scored by Fournier (1), Jacklin (1) and MacLean (1). Assists from Luc-Olivier Blain (1) and Doornbosch (1), Fournier (1), Marino (1), Traccitto (1) and Vallorani (1).
Swamp Rabbits goals scored by Basaraba (1), Bretton Cameron (2) and Derek Sutliffe (2). Assists from Cameron (1), Houk (1), Evan Jasper (2), Prapavessis (2), Carter Sandlak (1) and Joseph Widmar (1).
December 31: at Cincinnati Cyclones
Score: Beast 1 – Cyclones 2
Coming into this game there was no clear favorite to win this game, as they had split games at the start of the month.
Partway through the first, the Beast scored first to take a 1-0 lead. However, on review by the ref, the goal was disallowed due to high sticking. No goal and no lead. This didn’t change until almost to the 1:40 mark of the first period as Justin Danforth put in a slapper from the high slot to get the first goal of the game. The first was a rather tame affair as both goalies only faced a combined 15 shots on net. While the Cyclones got two quick shots in the first minute, the Beast didn’t get their first shot until the 5:30 mark of the first, and the Cyclones didn’t get their third shot until the 6:48 mark of the first. Not a lot of shooting by both teams, and no penalties in the first.
While the Beast only got penalized four times in the game, it didn’t really impact the game as they had two in the second and two in the third. Nor did it help when they got their one power-play chance when Winston Day Chief got two for charging late in the second period. Shooting improved for both teams slightly in the second period as they combined for a game-high 23 shots. The only two goals of the period were clustered in the 11-minute mark of the second. First, Brandon McNally scored with one that just made it through the glove side, and then less than a minute later, Todd scored for the Beast. Todd’s goal came as the Cyclones left Todd all open in front and he sunk the pass into the open net.
In the final period, there were only seven shots each on net, with five from the Beast coming in the last five minutes. This proved to be too little, too late, as Jason Kasdorf kept the pucks out of the net for the final period, including an empty Beast net for the final two and a half minutes. In the end, the Beast did not get enough shots on net, and they completed 2017 with a two-game losing streak and a 14-13-1-2 record for fifth in the difficult North division.
Beast goal scored by Todd and assisted by Paul Cianfrini and Vallorani.
Cyclones goals scored by Danforth (1) and McNally (1). Assists from Rob De Fulviis (1) and Eric Knodel (1).
Week 13 Games:
This coming week the Beast have their first 3-on-3 in 2018 with the first two played on the road, and the last at home. The Beast and Thunder will both have a tough go at it as they are both on a 3-in-3 this week.
January 5: at Reading Royals
January 6: at Adirondack Thunder
January 7: vs Adirondack Thunder
This Week in Player Movements:
The big news this week came that Henry would be out for at least the next three weeks on the injured-reserve list after being hit by Nevins on December 29. While a lot of attention was spent on the pre-game fight in Allen, no attention was spent on Nevins’ hit and he had no further punishment.
December 28: Cody Donaghey (D) was activated from reserve
December 28: Matt Petgrave (D) was returned from loan to Toronto (AHL) and placed on reserve
December 29: Matt Petgrave (D) was activated from reserve
December 29: Cody Donaghey (D) was placed on reserve
December 31: Cody Donaghey (D) was activated from reserve
December 31: Jordan Henry (D) was placed on reserve
January 2: Zachary Fucale (G) was recalled to Laval by Montreal
January 3: Vincent Dunn (F) was assigned from Belleville by Ottawa
January 3: Jamie Doornbosch (D) was loaned to Belleville
January 3: Stefan Fournier (F) was placed on reserve
January 3: Jordan Henry (D) was placed on injured reserve (effective 12/30)