BRAMPTON, ON – With the Brampton Beast at the bottom of the ECHL North Division, games versus divisional opponents are crucial to moving out of the cellar. However, all three matches last week were on the road, beginning with two games in three nights against the first-place Manchester Monarchs and a game in Worcester against the Railers the next day.
The Beast scored early in the opening period as David Ling ended up with a stolen puck in the Monarchs end and made the short pass to Vincent Dunn with the puck going into the net. The lead didn’t hold, however, as goals for the Monarchs by Andrew D’Agostini, Daniel Ciampini, and Francois Beauchemin would ensure a 3-2 lead for the Monarchs.
Brampton would strike early in the middle frame. Dunn got his second goal of the game 27 seconds into the second period off a pass from Reggie Traccitto to tie the game, 3-3. The Beast would not be able to break through and regain the lead they lost in the first period. In a game with few penalties – six for Brampton and four for Manchester – the Monarchs’ David Kolomatis would prove to be the difference-maker with a power-play goal at the 4:20 mark of the second period. Matt Schmalz managed a third-period insurance marker for Manchester, and the Beast would drop the road trip opener, 5-3.
It didn’t look good for Brampton early in the rematch with the Monarchs. Twenty-five seconds after the opening puck drop, Spencer Watson puts the puck past Carmine Guerriero to give the Monarchs a very early lead. In a mirrored-parallel of last night’s game, the Beast would find themselves leading 3-2 at the first break on three straight first-period goals from Jamie Doornbosch, Brandon Marino, and Ciampini.
Brampton continued to build on their lead In the second period. The Beast scored on their first shot of the period as Marino got his second tally of the game. At the 11:01 mark, Traccitto got a lucky deflection off Manchester’s Craig Wyszomirski, and the Beast would go into the locker room with a 5-2 lead after 40 minutes of play.
Going into Friday night’s contest, the Beast was 13-1-0-1 when leading after two periods. The Beast would defy the odds this night in a stunning third-period collapse. Beauchemin and Watson scored for the Monarchs in the third period before Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman’s goal with 33 seconds remaining in regulation sent this game to overtime. The bonus hockey period was a formality. Watson would complete his hat trick in the extra frame, giving the Monarchs the sweep in their four-game season series.
Kristin Basnett, our Manchester-based photographer here at The Sin Bin, took some fantastic photos from the two nights in Manchester, you can look at her photo galleries from Wednesday and Friday nights by clicking on the links.
Both teams came into Saturday night’s contest having blown leads the previous night. For the second time on this three-game road trip, the Beast would strike first on Stefan Fournier‘s marker at the 5:05 mark of the opening frame. The Beast lead this night would last four minutes, and 17 seconds before Nick Saracino would score the first of four unanswered goals for Worcester. Tommy Kelley scored his first goal as a Railer during the first period, while a tally from Matthew Gaudreau and Saracino’s second strike of the night extended the Railers lead to 4-1 early in the second period.
Unlike last night heroics by the Monarchs, there would be no epic Brampton comeback, only a trio of second-period fights from a frustrated team. The Beast and the Railers would each trade goals before Brampton’s winless road trip concluded. The Beast losing streak extends to seven games with a record of 0-3-4 and are in sole possession of last place in the North Division and 11th of the Eastern Conference’s 13 teams.
Week 18 Games
This week the Beast will limp home to Brampton for their first home game since January 28th looking to break their losing streak, and win their first match in Brampton since January 14th. This week’s opponents feature two teams from the Central Division sandwiched between a return to Worcester.
February 9: vs. Kalamazoo Wings
February 10: at Worcester Railers
February 13: vs. Toledo Walleye
Last Week’s Player Movements
The big news this week came when Matt Petgrave earned a professional tryout by Toronto Marlies, and later was sent to Laval Rockets with Chris Leveille, also on a PTO. Both have earned chances with the big clubs, and now have opportunities to play in the AHL.
January 30: Carmine Guerriero (G) signed contract, added to active roster
February 1: Matt Petgrave (D) loaned to Toronto (AHL)
February 1: Willie Corrin (D) loaned to Belleville
February 2: Stefan Fournier (F) activated from reserve
February 3: Daniel Ciampini (F) recalled by Belleville
February 5: Chris Leveille (F) loaned to Laval
February 5: Matt Petgrave (D) returned from loan to Toronto (AHL)
February 6: Matt Petgrave (D) loaned to Laval
February 6: Daniel Ciampini (F) recalled from loan by Belleville