BRAMPTON, ON – After breaking their nine-game losing streak, the Beast won three straight to give the Beast faithful a hopeful view of what a playoff run would look like. Coming into Sunday’s game, the Beast are back on a losing streak having lost their previous three. Meanwhile, the Icemen are looking continue their three-game winning streak. The last time the Beast played Jacksonville, the Icemen won their first ever game with their first ever shutout. Both teams need a win, but only one can survive with the two points.
The game started a little slowly as both teams were on their third game in three days. Daniel Spence was starting in his first start since 2015, while Austin Lotz was starting his third game in a row. While Spence played the first period well, very few goalies can stop repeated rebound attempts. Eventually, a loose puck was put in the net by Elgin Pearce to give the Icemen the 1-0 lead about 12 minutes into the period. The Beast had a few solid chances, including one from Stefan Fournier that went just over the crossbar during the first power play of the game. As that power play was to end, the Beast got a penalty to give the Icemen the second power play of the game. Neither team was able to capitalize on their extra attacker, and the period ended with just that one goal. It is worth noting that Vincent Dunn was traded on Saturday from Montreal to Pittsburgh, but was loaned to the Beast from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
When the teams came out to play the second, the Beast wasted no time to pressure the Icemen and trap them in their end. The Icemen very quickly end up on a delayed penalty call, which the Beast use well and Tyson Wilson ends up putting the puck in the net to negate the delayed penalty call. That goal is Wilson’s second of the season although this is only his eighth game so far. A few minutes later Garet Hunt takes exception to Jordan Henry and tries to get things started. The Beast end up with the power play as Hunt is given two for roughing, although the Beast did not capitalize on the extra attacker.
With the Beast on the attack, the Icemen stepped up their game leading to a nice break in by Pearce, who beat Spence to give the lead back to the Icemen. The Beast then stepped it up another notch and kept the puck out of their end, leading to Cody Donaghey burying the pass from a falling Dunn to tie the game at two each. With just under six minutes left in the second period, Fournier and Hunt dropped their gloves as the puck was dropped, and just went at it getting about ten shots each at the same time. That boxing match ended in a draw as both took as much as they got. The period ended 2-2 with some outstanding saves by Lotz.
The third period started in a rough manner as Kyle Shapiro found that Scott Jacklin needed his face washed, and provided that service with Shapiro’s arm into Jacklin’s face against the boards. Surprisingly, the referees gave them both minors, but they were not called as incidentals resulting in a 4-on-4. Five seconds into this situation and Reggie Traccitto gave the Beast their first lead of the game. When the Beast got into penalty trouble, with back-to-back kills, the whole team played well to keep the puck out of the net. Spence made some fantastic saves to prevent some solid scoring chances. With just over a minute left, the Icemen prepared for one final attack as Lotz was pulled for the extra man. This worked out well as Cody Fowlie ends up putting a loose puck in the net to make it 3-3 with 52.5 seconds left, sending the game into overtime.
With the Beast unable to seal the deal, the Icemen had the upper hand in the overtime period. With the extra frame half over, Christopher Dienes get the pass and deflects it into the net for the win.
The Beast have now lost four straight and take the single point on the weekend set.
Score: Beast 3 – Icemen 4 (OT)
Shots: Beast 33 – Icemen 24
Penalties: Beast 5 – Icemen 6
Beast goals scored by Donaghey (1), Traccitto (1) and Wilson (1). Assists from Donaghey (1), Jamie Doornbosch (1), Dunn (1), Jackson Leef (1), Brandon MacLean (1) and Brandon Marino (1).
Icemen goals scored by Dienes (1), Fowlie (1) and Pearce (2). Assists from Tim Daly (1), Dienes (1), Eli Lichtenwald (2) and Bobby MacIntyre (2).
- Dienes 1g,1a
- Pearce 2g
- Lichtenwald 2a
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