BRAMPTON, ON – Sunday, the Beast broke their pointless streak by picking up a point in Jacksonville in overtime, twice coming from behind to force overtime. Tuesday, the Worcester Railers made their second and final trip to Brampton this season, for a chance to pick-up two points in their hunt for the playoffs.
Marcus Hogberg returned to the Beast for the first time since December 22, 2017, when the Beast beat the Nailers 3-1. However, this game started with a twist as Barry Almeida’s dump the puck in and it bounced off a glass stanchion, catching Hogberg unprepared. Only 24 seconds into the game, the Railers were leading 1-0. The goal was the fastest first goal for both teams this season.
Hoping to take a lead early in the period, Brandon MacLean picked up his second slashing call in the game only 22 seconds into the second period. The Beast remained on the offensive though, getting two shots on the penalty kill, although they were easily handled by Mitch Gillam in the Railers net. When the penalty ended, neither team could get the upper hand as they both went six minutes without any shots making it to their netminders. This wouldn’t last though, as the Beast collected the rebound off a shot onto Hogberg and took it to the other end where Jeff King buried his first goal as a Beast. This fourth goal of the year by King gave the Beast a 2-1 lead that would stand the rest of the period.
Not to be outdone by Langkow, Vincent Dunn started his own fight with Connor Doherty, but Doherty would have none of it. Dunn would get two minutes for roughing about 30 seconds after the Beast got the lead. To make things more interesting, Paul Cianfrini earned a slashing call to make it a 5-on-3 for 1:24. During this two-man power play, the Railers only managed a single shot on net. In the final five minutes, it was all Beast as they got six shots on net, but no more goals.
The third period started with neither a goal nor a penalty, marking this as a completely different period. The Beast took control of the game in the third and got the only penalty of the frame. The Beast went a perfect 5-for-5 on the penalty kill and they have not allowed a short-handed goal in three straight games. In the second half of the period, the Beast held the Railers to only three shots on net while getting six of their own.
Back at the six-minute mark, Chris Leveille brought the puck out on a rush, passed it to Dunn who almost had it stolen, and passed it back to the open Brandon Marino coming down the slot to give the Beast the go-ahead goal. However, Leveille and Dunn were not finished for the net yet. In the last minute of the period, with Gillam pulled for the extra attacker, Dunn shoveled the puck up to Leveille who worked for the empty net goal with pressure on him by the Railers’ defense.
Score: Railers 1 – Beast 4
Shots: Railers 31 – Beast 31
Penalties: Railers 3 – Beast 6
Railers goal scored by Almeida with assists from Ben Masella and Kyle McKenzie.
Beast goals scored by Doornbosch (1), King (1), Leveille (1) and Marino (1). Assists from Cianfrini (1), Dunn (3), Alex Foster (1) and Leveille (2).
In the end, the Beast pick up the two points and have now earned points in back-to-back contests. While the playoffs are looking very unlikely for the Beast, they still have some wins left in them. The Beast next play on Friday in Brampton against the Kalamazoo Wings, as they open March with a 3-in-3 weekend.
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