BRAMPTON, ON – The Brampton Beast hit the road Tuesday against their new divisional rival. Would their trip to Worcester prove to help or hinder their 2017-18 campaign? The Beast arrived at DCU Center ready to play hockey against a new opponent for the second time in a week.
They certainly made an impression as Matt Petgrave got a slashing call in just a short 2:26 into the game. With one second left on the penalty kill, veteran Mike Cornell scored his first goal in a Railers uniform, as his wrister went five-hole through a screen. Just 11 seconds later, the Railers would get the next penalty as Cornell got two for holding the stick. The Beast power play challenges continued as they failed to capitalize on the extra man. It would be halfway through the period before Kevin Dufour found the back of the net with his fifth goal of the season. The goalies were not tested very many times in the first period as there were only a total of 15 shots between the two teams. However, the teams made most of those shots count as the goalies both had to make some nice saves to keep the game at a 1-1 tie.
The period started similarly to the start of the first. 31 seconds in and Alex Foster got two for interference. The Railers spent a lot of time shooting in the second, firing 16 shots on the net, including some short-handed chances, but could not get any past D’Agostini. Meanwhile, Eamon McAdam was beaten by a Reggie Traccitto breakaway shot to give the Beast the one-goal lead almost halfway through the period. Traccitto’s goal came on a Railers’ power play, as he was fed a beautiful pass from Chris Leveille. Leveille forced the turnover at the Beast blue line and passed it to the open Traccitto.
Period three started well enough until Brandon Marino was called for slashing, although it also could have been a tripping call. Shortly after coming back to the ice, Marino put a slow backhanded shot in for the third Beast goal of the night.
With the Railers now down two, they put the engine into overdrive and came on strong. While the Beast continued to outshoot the Railers, the Beast had to block a lot of shots, so it is not fair to say that the Beast truly outshot the Railers. Two minutes after Marino’s goal T.J. Syner got his first as a Railer, and this was followed four minutes later by Jeff Kubiak’s first professional goal.
With just under seven minutes left the Beast found themselves struggling to keep up with the Worcester pressure and there were tied at three as both goals were coughed up pucks by the Beast.
With five minutes to go, the Railers seemed to be in charge as Petgrave got two minutes for tripping. That was quickly negated as Patrick McNally for two for hooking only 24 seconds into the Railers’ power play. Petgrave pulled a page from Marino’s playbook as Petgrave scored with seconds left on McNally’s penalty just after getting back on the ice. This gave the lead back to the Beast, which they never gave up.
The Railers pulled their goalie, which was risky as they had given up empty net goals in three straight games before this. To their credit, the Railers never really gave the Beast a chance to score on the empty net as the action was almost exclusively in the Beast end. Thus ended the first Beast school day win of the season, and the Railers tasted defeated in their first match with the Beast.
Score: Beast 4 – Railers 3
Shots: Beast 32 – Railers 28
Penalties: Beast 8 – Railers 4
Railers goals scored by Cornell (1), Kubiak (1) and Syner (1).
Beast goals scored by Dufour (1), Marino (1), Petgrave (1) and Traccitto (1).