BRAMPTON, ON – Another disappointing week in Beastville as they lost a home-and-home series to their central division rivals the Kalamazoo Wings. Last season, in eight tries, the Beast only managed to beat the Wings once, with five of those games being decided by a single goal. This is bound to change later in the season as the Beast now have Stefan Fournier this season.
Game 4: October 21 at Kalamazoo Wings
Score: Beast 2 – Wings 5
Shots: Beast 29 – Wings 31
Penalties: Beast 6 – Wings 9
The Beast came to play, as they opened the scoring midway through the first period, only to allow a goal from the Wings later that same frame. After a scoreless second period, two unanswered goals in the third proved to be too much for the Beast to overcome. While they continued to battle, making it a one-goal game with less than five minutes left, a pair of goals two minutes after Brampton scored put the game out of reach. While the Beast earned four power-play chances in the third, they were unable to capitalize on the opportunities. Michael McNiven continues to struggle in net for the Beast, with a save percentage currently at .864.
Wings goals were scored by Kyle Bushee (1), Scott Henegar (1), Eric Kattelus (1), Lane Scheidl (1) and Justin Taylor (1). Assists came from Tyler Biggs (1), Kyle Blaney (1), Bushee (1), Danny Moynihan (1), Scheidl (1) and Peter Schneider (2).
Beast goals were scored by Willie Corrin (1) and Corey Durocher (first pro goal). Assists came from Brandon MacLean (2), Brandon Marino (1) and Cody Donaghey (1).
Game 5: October 22 vs. Kalamazoo Wings
Score: Wings 5 – Beast 4
Shots: Wings 40 – Beast 35
Penalties: Wings 12 – Beast 10
After a long haul through the night, both teams showed up to play. With all the penalties in their first game of the weekend, tensions and frustrations were still high as the backend of the home-and-home set began. Fournier opened the scoring early as they took advantage of the Schneider hooking penalty 21 seconds into the game.
However, things were only just getting started as Fournier got into a pair of skirmishes in the first ten minutes of the game. Fournier had originally taken issue with the boarding on Reggie Traccitto, which was compounded by no call and the play continuing dangerously around Traccitto while he was still down. After Josh Pitt and Fournier were separated, Fournier went to the box and immediately came out again to fight the mouthy Mackenzie Stewart. Once the dust settled, Stewart got five for fighting and a 10 for misconduct, Pitt got two for roughing and Fournier got one of those each, and the game (robbing him of a chance at a Gordie Howe hat-trick). The league later announced that Fournier would get suspended for five more games and fined an undisclosed amount, while Stewart got nothing.
While the game continued with a 4-on-4, MacLean quickly got a penalty for hooking sending the game to a 4-on-3, which the Wings capitalized on and tied the game. Five minutes later, Justin Taylor scored his 150th ECHL goal to take a 2-1 lead into intermission.
In the second and third periods, the two teams combined for another nine penalties. With so many penalties it was no surprise that five of the nine goals in the game came on the power play. The final goal came with less than nine minutes left when Kevin Dufour put it behind Michael Garteig. The Beast pulled Marcus Hogberg with under 2 minutes to go, but had put him back in at 53.7 when Marino got sent to the box for hooking. Undeterred, the Beast pushed hard and pulled Hogberg again for a 5-on-5 with an empty net. There was briefly hope for an attempted tie as Taylor got two for tripping, with 13.7s left. While the Beast pushed, the Wings cleared their end and the game ended in a 5-4 loss to the Beast.
Wings goals came from Biggs (1), Pitt (1), Scheidl (1) and Taylor (2 and 150th ECHL goal). Assists were provided by Blaney (1), Biggs (1), Bushee (1), Aaron Irving (2), Jon Jutzi (1), Moynihan (2), Scheidl (1), and Schneider (1).
Beast goals came from Dufour (1), Fournier (1) and MacLean (2). Assists were provided by Mark Bennett (1), Luc-Olivier Blain (1), Corrin (1), Thomas Ebbing (1), Mike Folkes (1), Chris Leveille (1) and Traccitto (1). Corrin led the Beast with five shots, while Ebbing, MacLean and Dufour each had four shots.
Week 3 Games:
This week will see Brampton at home in two games versus the Wheeling Nailers.
October 27: Brampton Beast vs Wheeling Nailers
October 29: Brampton Beast vs Wheeling Nailers