BRAMPTON, ON – When the Beast entered this past weekend they were sitting at a points percentage above .500, and they looked to improve this record as they played their second 3-in-3. It is interesting to note that this was effectively a 3-in-3 round robin as Atlanta, Brampton, Kalamazoo, and Toledo all played 3-in-3’s versus each other this past weekend.
December 15: vs. Toledo Walleye
Score: Walleye 5 – Beast 2
Coming into this tilt, the Beast versus Walleye were 5-18-1-2 lifetime, and had lost to them again three weeks earlier. While the final score does not show it, this was a very tight and hotly contested match. The first goal of the game came at the four-minute mark of the second period. The Walleye ended the second period with a 3-1 lead with a late goal by former Beast Connor Crisp.
The only power play goal came at the 9:04 mark of the third period as Reggie Traccitto beat Pat Nagle with a nice shot from the blue line. While the Beast pushed, it was not meant to be as first Shane Berschbach scored the empty-netter with less than a minute to go, and then Austen Brassard beat Marcus Hogberg with 12 seconds left on the clock. This left the Beast back at .500 and 0-2 against the Walleye this season.
Walleye goals scored by Berschbach (1), Erik Bradford (1), Brassard (1), Crisp (1) and Christian Hilbrich (1). Assists from Tyler Barnes (1), Bradford (1), Simon Denis (3), Patrick McCarron (1), Charlie O’Connor (2) and Beau Schmitz (1).
Beast goals scored by Daniel Ciampini (1) and Traccitto (1). Assists from Ciampini (1), Kevin Dufour (1), Chris Leveille (1) and David Vallorani (1).
December 16: at Kalamazoo Wings
Score: Beast 5 – Wings 4 OT
After losing to the Walleye, the Beast jumped on the bus for a nighttime ride to Kalamazoo, Michigan. Meanwhile, the Wings were at home for their second game after beating Atlanta 6-3. This season the Beast lost the first two against the Wings but won in overtime almost four weeks before.
The game started with a flurry of action as Brandon Marino put in his eight of the season only 1:31 into the first period. Four minutes later Justin Taylor got his first of the night, which was followed 22 seconds later by MacLean’s first goal of the night. This set the pattern for the rest of the night as the Beast got a lead, and then the Wings tied it up.
The Beast held a 3-2 lead for over a full period, only to see Tyler Heinonen score on Andrew D’Agostini with just under two minutes left in the period. A short time later, Vallorani scored the OT winner only 1:33 into the extra frame.
Of note is the Taylor got two goals and one assist, while Eric Kattelus assisted on three goals, with the fourth goal being unassisted.
Beast goals scored by Paul Cianfrini (1), MacLean (2), Marino (1) and Vallorani (1). Assists from Luc-Olivier Blain (1), Cianfrini (1), Alex Foster (2), Leveille (2) and Matt Petgrave (1).
Wings goals scored by Heinonen (1), Jimmy Mullin (1) and Taylor (2). Assists from Tyler Biggs (1), Kyle Bushee (1), Kattelus (3) and Taylor (1).
December 17: vs. Atlanta Gladiators
Score: Gladiators 1 – Beast 3
The first time these two teams met was February 6, 2016 when the Beast traveled to Atlanta and lost 4-2. This game is Atlanta’s first ever game in Canada and only game against the Beast during the regular season. The Gladiators were coming into Brampton on a seven-game losing streak and were none too pleased. The game very quickly got chippy after Petgrave nailed Alex Gacek with a hard, but clean hit early in the first period. Gacek was taken off the ice very shaken up and did not return until the second period. The two teams combined for 26 shots on net in the first with only Darby Llewellyn’s shot getting past Hogberg.
The Beast owned the second period as Vallorani scored for his fourth point in four games at the 57-second mark of the second period. The Beast out-shot the Gladiators 16-4 in that period, which included a several penalties, including some roughing (one-sided fight) and a double minor for high-sticking to Luke Sandler.
The Beast got another two double minors as Colin Jacobs got four for spearing, and Josh Atkinson got four for a butt-ending attempt, which led to a short 5-on-3 opportunity for the Beast.
Eventually, the Beast got a bunch of penalties too, but the only goal of the third period came when Jordan scored on a 4-on-4 situation about six minutes into the last period. In the end, the Beast took four of a possible six points on the weekend and ended up at .540 on the season.
Gladiators goal scored by Llewellyn with assists from Alexandre Carrier and Colin Sullivan.
Beast goals scored by Henry (1), MacLean (1) and Vallorani (1). Assists from Foster (1), Stefan Fournier (1), Petgrave (1) and Traccitto (1).
Week 11 Games:
The Beast visit WesBanco Arena for two back-to-back games before they get time off for the Christmas holiday.
December 22: at Wheeling Nailers
December 23: at Wheeling Nailers
This Week in Player Movement:
December 12: Colin Martin (F) was traded to Reading for future considerations
December 16: Brandon Billie (G) was signed to a contract and added to active roster
December 16: Scott Jacklin (F) was activated from reserve
December 16: Kevin Dufour (F) was placed on reserve
December 17: Kevin Dufour (F) was activated from reserve
December 17: Jackson Leef (F) was activated from reserve
December 17: Nathan Todd (F) was placed on reserve
December 17: Cody Donaghey (D) was placed on reserve
December 18: Brandon Billie (G) was release/placed on waivers