BRAMPTON, ON – The last time these two met was a two-game series in Brampton, where they split wins scoring 20 goals. Best to expect another high scoring affair from these two clubs.
December 22: at Wheeling Nailers
The game certainly did not start like the first one in over five days for both teams. It started like it was the second game in a back-to-back as Stefan Fournier and Jeremy Beirnes both dropped their gloves as soon as the puck was dropped, and the fight was on. Beirnes got in a few good hit early, before Fournier took the fight in hand and won it by a close count.
Under two minutes later, the crowd continued to go nuts as Garrett Meurs buried the centering pass from Cam Brown to make it a quick 1-0 game. This would not last as the Beast found back and scored 29 seconds later. Nathan Todd got his first of the night with a beautiful tip-in from a shot by Brandon MacLean. Most of the rest of the period then settled down to a back and forth affair, more in favor of the Nailers than the Beast. The Nailers would go on to outshoot the Beast 14-7 on the period even though they both had another penalty each in the period. Marcus Hogberg showed the skill that he would rely on for the rest of the game. Brandon Marino got the eventual game-winning goal with just over eight minutes left in the first period.
The Nailers would get in penalty trouble late in the second period, and it cost them when Jordan Henry got the puck out of the defensive zone to Todd, who skated down with ice with Matt Petgrave, and took the shot to beat Adam Morrison on the stick side. This short-handed goal was Todd’s second of the game, and only his fourth of the year and as a pro.
The third period saw the Nailers ramp up the pressure, and Hogberg equal to the task. While the Nailers would get the only two penalties in the period, they kept the Beast to only seven shots, while pelting Hogberg with a game-high 17 shots.
Score: Beast 3 – Nailers 1
Shots: Beast 20 – Nailers 45
Penalties: Beast 6 – Nailers 5
Beast goals scored by Marino (1) and Todd (2). Assists from Luc-Olivier Blain (1), Mike Folkes (2), Henry (1), Chris Leveille (1) and MacLean (1).
Nailers goal scored by Meurs and assisted by Brown and Ross McMullan.
The same two teams will rematch tonight in Wheeling. Puck drop is at 7:05 pm ET.