BRAMPTON, ON – This week, the Brampton Beast opened the season with a record of 0-2-1. While they had a nice total of 10 goals, their goalies were not as strong, allowing 14 goals for an average save percentage of .867. The Beast will need to tighten up the defense and netminding moving into next week.
Game 1: October 14 @ Adirondack Thunder
Score: Beast 4 – Thunder 5
Shots: Beast 36 – Thunder 34
Penalties: Beast 7 – Thunder 8
While the Beast rained shots down on Thunder goalie Nick Riopel, they were only able to get one power play goal in this game. In fact, both teams’ first goals came on the man-advantage. With 15 penalties, there was a lot to choose from, but slashing and hooking were the most common. Michael McNiven (2017 Canadian Hockey League and Ontario Hockey League goalie of the year) was tested often and early, showing that he needs to step up his game to make it in the ECHL and above.
Thunder goals were scored by Ty Loney (2), Troy Burke (2) and Eric Neiley (1). Assists came from Loney (2), J.C. Campagna (2), Kevin Lough (1), Austin Orszulak (1), Pierre-Luc Mercier (1), Desmond Bergin (1) and Burke (1).
Beast goals were scored by Jordan Boucher (first pro goal), Brandon Marino (1), Thomas Ebbing (first pro goal) and Chris Leveille (1).
Assists came from Paul Cianfrini (1), Tyson Wilson (1), Marino (1), Ebbing (1), Kevin Dufour (1), Yannick Veilleux (1), Willie Corrin (1) and Luc Blain (1).
The Beast were lead in shots on goal by Jordan Henry (7) and Stefan Fournier (6).
Game 2: October 15 vs. Manchester Monarchs
Score: Monarchs 4 – Beast 2
Shots: Monarchs 32 – Beast 30
Penalties: Monarchs 7 – Beast 9
The crowd was buzzing for the Beast home opener. While this 2017 second-round playoff rematch was well-fought, but the Beast never gained the lead once the Monarchs’ Sam Kurker opened the scoring halfway through the first period. The Beast didn’t answer that goal until almost exactly 20 minutes later when Boucher scored his second goal in two games. At which point it was 2-1 Monarchs as David Kolomatis had scored a minute and a half earlier on the power play. Marino scored the only Beast goal. Ottawa Senators’ prospect Marcus Hogberg was in net for this game and stopped 28 of 32 shots he faced.
Monarchs goals came from Kolomatis (1), Kurker (1), Joel Lowry (1), and Kevin Morris (1). Assists were provided by Tony Cameranesi (1), Michael Doherty (1), Matt Leitner (2), Zac Lynch (1), Jonathan Racine (1), and Colton Saucerman (1).
Beast goals came from Boucher (1) and Marino (1). Assists were provided by Leveille (1), Brandon MacLean (1), Matt Petgrave (1) and Reggie Traccitto (1). Both Marino and Blain led the Beast with four shots each.
Game 3: October 17 vs. Manchester Monarchs (OT)
Score: Monarchs 5 – Beast 4
Shots: Monarchs 39 – Beast 33
Penalties: Monarchs 4 – Beast 6
Game three was a rematch from Sunday in what is often called the “loudest game in hockey,” as they played a school day game. The seats were filled with screaming students from around the Brampton area for a matinee hockey game. Like Sunday’s game, the first two goals were scored by the same team. This time it was the Beast who opened up the scoring early with a goal at 33 seconds into the game off a simple dump-in from Cody Donaghey, netting his first pro goal. A few minutes later, McNiven robs Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman on the breakaway and then again by Petgrave as he drives across the empty net. After four unanswered goals by the Monarchs, Traccitto got the game-tying with under seven minutes to go in the game. In a wild OT period, Cameranesi eventually scored the game-winning goal with 38 seconds left.
Monarchs that scored were Cameranesi (1), Lowry (2), Saucerman (1), and Cory Ward (1). Monarchs that assisted were Cameranesi (1), Doherty (1), Rob Hamilton (2), Kolomatis (1), Kurker (1), Leitner (1), Lowry (1), Zac Lynch (1) and Ward (1).
Beast players that scored were Donaghey (1), Marino (2) and Traccitto (1). Beasts that assisted were Boucher (three-game point streak), Corrin (1), Henry (2), Leveille (1) and Veilleux (2). Marino was the Beast shot leader with 5, followed closely by Cianfrini and Veilleux, both with four.
Week 2 Games:
This week will see Brampton and Kalamazoo in a home and home series.
October 21: Brampton Beast at Kalamazoo Wings
October 22: Brampton Beast vs. Kalamazoo Wings
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