BRAMPTON, ON – The Beast came into this week looking to extend their one-game winning streak as they played four games in the span of five night, including traveling back and forth to Toledo, OH.
January 24: vs. Quad City Mallards
In this fast-paced game, the Beast found themselves on the wrong end of the scoring, as they dropped their only game versus the Mallards this season. While they used to be rivals in the CHL, they don’t face either much in the current ECHL landscape.
While the Beast got an early power play opportunity, they failed to register a shot, and that opened the door for the Mallards to score first on their first shot of the game. While the Beast came back on the attack, the Mallards managed to get the second goal of the game, beating Andrew D’Agostini on the third Mallard shot of the game. 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.
The Beast had almost four consecutive minutes of power play time, but Ivan Kulbakov was solid in net for the Mallards. The only goal of the period came from the Mallards to take a three-goal lead, and caused D’Agostini to be pulled after three goals on nine shots. Temporary backup, Carmine Guerriero, would complete the game and made nine saves in his second ever pro game.
Reggie Traccitto would get the Beast within one part way through the third period, but that was the end of the scoring. Kulbakov hit the zone, stopping 32 of 34 shots in the game. This earned him the first star of the game, in a surprise to no one.
January 26: vs. Toledo Walleye
On Friday night, the Beast hosted the Toledo Walleye in the first of a home-and-home series. Zach Fucale was loaned to the Beast for the weekend, and was given the start in net. 31 seconds into the period, on the first shot of the night, Kevin Tansey scored top corner glove side to put the Walleye up 1-0. The Beast did not play well the first period, but did manage to escape only down that single goal.
While the Beast had some early penalty trouble in the second period, they kept the Walleye from scoring on their chances. Shortly after the Beast penalties ended, Vincent Dunn was awarded a power-play goal after a scrum in front of Matej Machovsky resulted in the puck in the net to tie the game. Both goalies earned their stars in this game as for the remainder of the game there would be no more goals. In fact, when the Walleye got two back-to-back penalties in the third, the Beast were held to a single shot on net.
In overtime, Ryan Obuchowski went top-corner blocker side to win the game. The Beast left a lot of chances on the ice in this game, but gained the point in the overtime loss.
January 27: at Toledo Walleye
The Beast kept Fucale, along with a few other players, in Brampton to avoid fatigue for their next game. Therefore, D’Agostini got the start in net in the daunting Toledo barn. After giving up the first goals in the previous two games, the Beast opened the game on the attack. This lasted until almost the 14-minute mark when Dylan Sadowy got one past D’Agostini on the power play.
In the second period, Dunn got his second goal in two games as he beat Pat Nagle to tie the game. With 35 seconds left in the second period, the Beast gave Kyle Bonis room to work and he scored to put Toledo back on top.
The third period saw a lot of action, but few shots on net as both teams had many blocked shots to keep the game at 2-1 in favor of the hometown team. With three minutes left in the third period, Matt Petgrave made a pass between his feet to Chris Leveille, who put a shot on Nagle. Leveille was able to pot the rebound and tied the game at 2-2.
With the game tied, the Beast and Walleye moved to the overtime period, where Shane Berschbach ended the game 92 seconds into the extra period. While D’Agostini had a much better game than on Wednesday, saving 29 of 32 shots, the team could not hold on for the win and lost their second in overtime in a row.
January 27: vs Reading Royals
Having now lost three in a row, the Beast were looking to get back in the W column. The Beast put a rested Fucale out to play a rested Royals team. Matt Wilkins capitalized on a defensive mistake in the Beast end and opened the scoring less than a minute into the contest. This was the second game in a row that Fucale allowed a goal on the first shot of the game.
Two minutes later, Scott Jacklin buried the rebound through the five-hole on John Muse. With six minutes left in the period, Petgrave came down the slot and one-timed the pass from Leveille to get the first Beast lead in a week.
Things were finally looking up for the Beast, until the middle of the second when Adam Schmidt scored just as their power play had ended. After some stretches of end-to-end action, the second period ended in a 2-2 tie.
With Petgrave in the box for delay of game, Alex Foster picked up a loose puck and scored short-handed to give the lead back to the Beast. With an almost identical shot as Foster’s, James de Haas scored on Fucale to tie the game with 7:31 to go in the third period.
The Beast headed back to overtime for the third game in as many nights. Like the previous two games, the Beast failed to get the final goal as de Haas beat Fucale glove side to win the game for the Royals.
Week 17 Games:
With the Beast having dropped back to sixth place in the North, the next three games versus divisional teams are key to righting the ship. With all three games being on the road, this will be a tough task for the squad. They start with two games in three nights in Manchester, followed the next night with a game in Worcester.
January 31: at Manchester Monarchs
February 2: at Manchester Monarchs
February 3: at Worcester Railers
This Week in Player Movements
The big news this week came when Willie Corrin and Jamie Doornbosch were returned from Belleville to help restore an injury-depleted defense corps. In their first game back, they both made a difference. Corrin was well used in special team situations, while Doornbosch was critical in the 5-on-5 situations.
January 23: Jamie Doornbosch (D) was loaned to Belleville
January 24: Carmine Guerriero (G) was signed to a contract and added to active roster
January 24: Cody Donaghey (D) was activated from reserve
January 24: David Vallorani (F) was activated from reserve
January 25: Mackenzie Braid (D) was signed to a contract and added to active roster
January 25: Matt Petgrave (D) was loaned to Toronto (AHL)
January 26: Matt Petgrave (D) was returned from loan to Toronto (AHL)
January 26: Jake Flegel (D) was signed to a contract and added to active roster
January 26: Zachary Fucale (G) was assigned from Laval by Montreal
January 26: Mackenzie Braid (D) was placed on reserve
January 26: Carmine Guerriero (G) was placed on reserve
January 27: Carmine Guerriero (G) was activated from reserve
January 27: Mackenzie Braid (D) was activated from reserve
January 27: Stefan Fournier (F) was activated from Injured Reserve
January 27: David Ling (F) was placed on reserve
January 27: Brandon MacLean (F) was placed on reserve
January 28: David Ling (F) was activated from reserve
January 28: Brandon MacLean (F) was activated from reserve
January 28: Stefan Fournier (F) was placed on reserve
January 28: Willie Corrin (D) was returned from loan to Belleville
January 28: Jamie Doornbosch (D) was returned from loan to Belleville
January 28: Luc-Olivier Blain (F) was placed on reserve
January 28: Carmine Guerriero (G) was placed on waivers/released
January 28: Mackenzie Braid (D) was placed on waivers/released
January 28: Jake Flegel (D) was placed on waivers/released
January 28: Zachary Fucale (G) was recalled to Laval by Montreal