BRAMPTON, ON – The last time these two teams met was February 28, 2016 in Brampton. Thursday night was the Beast’s first visit to Greenville. While the Swamp Rabbits had the top two scores in the league this season, neither player is currently with the team.
Ty Rimmer was pelted with 20 shots in the first period. Zach Fucale was also pelted with 11 shots in the first period. Both goalies were playing very well in the period and not showing any signs of holiday rust. In fact, the only thing to mar a clean sheet in the first was a tripping call on Matt Prapavessis with about five minutes left in the first. Joe Houk was also given a minor penalty for roughing, but that was right at the end of the period.
The second period was known as the “power play goal period,” as all three goals were scored on the power play. The Beast opened the scoring as Stefan Fournier scored with a tip-in on Jamie Doornbosch’s bullet from the blue line with 30 seconds left on Houk’s penalty. This would mark Doornbosch’s first point with the Beast, having just been traded from the Wichita Thunder.
Four minutes later, Prapavessis got his first goal of the season on Paul Cianfrini’s interference penalty. The final goal of the period came as Brandon MacLean tripping penalty was about to end, when Houk scored with an assist from Prapavessis. Late in the period, Houk would again get a penalty, this time for elbowing Nathan Todd.
The tying goal came midway through the third period as the Beast were again on a power play. Alex Foster got just enough of the puck to send it trickling through the pads of Rimmer and over the goal line for a power-play goal to tie the game at 9:22. A short time later, the Beast ended up on penalty kill as Jackson Leef got two minutes for hooking. The Beast penalty killers held the Swamp Rabbits to zero shots on Fucale in that penalty.
With 26 seconds left on the Leef penalty, the Swamp Rabbits got called for too many men on the ice. Off the resulting face-off, the Beast won the draw and Todd scored on the rebound to regain the lead. Since the goal was scored 4-on-4, it would be the first even-strength goal of the game, and would last to be the game-winning goal.
Two minutes later, with both teams at full strength, there was another scramble in front of the net and Fournier put it behind Rimmer for his second goal of the night and cap off the scoring.
Todd’s goal gives him points in three straight contests, during which time he collected three goals and one assist. This game marked the first time this season that Rimmer has made over 40 saves and lost the game in regulation time. No one can blame Rimmer as he played a fantastic game, but was overwhelmed in the third with a lack of defense from his team. In the end, Rimmer made 44 saves and Fucale made 28 for the Beast’s first win in Greenville. They play again on Friday night.
Score: Beast 4 – Swamp Rabbits 2
Shots: Beast 48 – Swamp Rabbits 30
Penalties: Beast 5 – Swamp Rabbits 6
Beast goals scored by Foster (1), Fournier (2) and Todd (1). Assists from Doornbosch (2), Foster (1), Jacklin (1), Chris Leveille (1), Marino (1) and Reggie Traccitto (2).
Swamp Rabbits goals scored by Houk (1) and Prapavessis (1). Assists from Joe Basaraba (2), Houk (1) and Prapavessis (1).