BRAMPTON, ON – The last time the Rush played the Beast was in the CHL, where the Beast won five of nine games. Now they would find out if this visit to the Mountain time zone would prove to be as successful, or they would be left clutching their chests in defeat.
Game 8: at Rapid City Rush
The game started with a common scene, the Beast on the attack and getting all of the first shots on net. We saw this with the Nailers, and we’re seeing it again with the Rush. After the teams exchanged penalties a few times, Dante Salituro took the puck up the side and centered it to Matt Caito, who buried it in the net. As the period was ending, the Beast made one final push, and with 1.9 seconds left, Jordan Henry was rewarded with his first goal of the season as he slammed home the puck off a nice pass from Petgrave to narrow the score to 2-1.
The second period began with another Beast push that paid off at 3:31 mark when Petgrave knocked in a rebound off Paul Cianfrini’s shot to tie the game. With this goal, Petgrave has managed to earn a goal and assist in each of the last three games. Nine minutes later, Luc-Olivier Blain scored off a centering pass from Nathan Todd for the Beast’s first lead of the game. Scott Jacklin got in on the scoring to make it 4-2 less than 20 seconds later as he put in Willie Corrin’s rebound. With that goal, the Beast had scored four unanswered goals. All period long, the beast hammered netminder Steve Michalek with 17 shots while Andrew D’Agostini only had to face eight. As the period ended, D’Agostini was looking pretty good making 18 saves on 20 shots.
The final frame started with both teams playing good hard hockey as it went from end to end for two solid minutes until the first whistle was blown for offside. Kenton Miller made it a fascinating game as he pulled the Rush to within one. Miller’s goal came on the fifth shot in a sequence that saw D’Agostini first make four excellent saves. With just over two minutes to go, the crowd went nuts as Ian Brady tied the game at four with a nice screened shot. With both teams pushing hard, it was Jordan Murray’s first ECHL goal that sealed the deal with 19 seconds left in the game. Murray went the length of the ice, weaving and bobbing through the Rush players to take the initial shot and sinking his rebound.
Score: Beast 5 – Rush 4
Shots: Beast 30 – Rush 29
Penalties: Beast 6 – Rush 4
Rush goals scored by Brady (1), Caito (1), Miller (1) and Salituro (1). Assists from Gustav Bouramman (1), DeVito (1), Evan Janssen (2), Dylan Labbe (1), Salituro (2) and Riley Weselowski (1).
Beast goals scored by Blain (1), Henry (1), Jacklin (1), Murray (1) and Petgrave (1). Assists from Blain (1), Bryan Cameron (1), Cianfrini (2), Corrin (1), Henry (1), Brandon Marino (1), Petgrave (1) and Todd (1).
Game 9: at Rapid City Rush
Friday night’s game started differently, thanks to the goaltending. Even if the stats don’t say it, the goaltending on both sides was fantastic. Michalek earned the first star by weathering the Beast storm, while D’Agostini did a fantastic job, highlighted by only letting in a single shootout goal. There will be more to come on these two in this recap. Also pointing out that defenseman Petgrave has played four games as a forward and had a goal in each game. He is also tied for fifth in rookie points early in the season.
Back to the start of the game. The Rush came out to play, not liking the result of their Wednesday night contest (lost with 19 seconds left). Jacklin ended up going to the box for slashing, and Bouramman got his first pro goal on a shot from the blue line. A short time later, Corey Durocher was also called for slashing, and on that power play, Miller got his second goal in two games against the Beast. Things were not looking good for the Beast or D’Agostini as the Rush scored two goals on three shots in under five minutes. However, this would be the last goal by the Rush until the shootout.
Almost 10 minutes after the Rush scored; Petgrave sunk his fourth goal in four games. His goal came on a delayed penalty, so there was an extra man on the play. Traccitto kept the play alive long enough to get Marino on the ice and Folkes passed it to Marino who put it in the net. On review, Petgrave was given the tip-in. The remainder of the first period consisted of amazing plays by D’Agostini to keep the Beast only down one. Not to be outdone, in shades of the game before, Michalek made a huge save with 19.3 seconds left in the first.
The second period would be a mostly Beast period as they held the Rush to only six shots, helped by four penalties to the Rush in the period. There was even a 5-on-3 at one point for the Beast, and still, they could not score. The Beast ended up getting seven power-play chances on the night and got no power-play goals for only the second time this season. This is a result of excellent teamwork from Michalek and his defensive core. The second period ended with no goals scored by either team. In fact, there were long stretches where there were no whistles, making for a short 34 minute period.
The fans were cranked for the third period and kept the noise levels well above normal for several minutes into the period. What quieted them down was the goal by Durocher from the side of the boards off a failed clearing attempt. While the Beast only got one more power play late in the second, they failed to capitalize on the chance. About halfway through DeVito gave a huge hit to newcomer Eric Ylitalo, and ended up out for the rest of the game. While both teams played for the win, there were a lot of blocked shots and only 11 registered between the two teams.
The overtime period was played with vim and vigor as both teams had chances and both failed to capitalize to end the game. Things got interesting with 1:44 left in overtime as Marino got two for holding on a play that likely saved the game. 16 seconds later, the power play for the Rush was over as Salituro got two for tripping. When the extra five minutes were done, the game went to the shootout. Here again, the goalies were the winners. While some shots when wide, most made it on the net. The shootout went to eight rounds and only ended because Caito finally got one past D’Agostini. The contest was hard fought and the Beast collected their fifth point in three games, which all came with D’Agostini in net.
Score: Beast 2 – Rush 3
Shots: Beast 30 – Rush 20
Penalties: Beast 5 – Rush 8
Rush goals scored by Bouramman (1) and Miller (1). Assists from DeVito (1), Janssen (1), Pavel Jenys (1) and Salituro (1).
Beast goals scored by Durocher (1) and Petgrave (1). Assists from Folkes (1), Chris Leveille (1), Marino (1) and Todd (1). The Beast shot leaders were Kevin Dufour and Corrin with five each.
Game 10: at Rapid City Rush
The third game in four nights started with D’Agostini in net for the fourth straight game. Not in the lineup was Ylitalo who was scratched after getting hurt in the game the night before. Here is a fun fact, Rush play-by-play guy Mark Binetti sang the Canadian anthem for both Friday and Saturday games.
As the game got going, it seemed like a direct continuation of Friday’s game. At the 1:45 mark, Miller got his third goal in three nights to open the scoring. Almost four minutes later, the Beast would tie the game up on Todd’s first pro goal. Initially, the goal was credited to Leveille off his shot from the point, but later changed to Todd as it was a tip-in. This would prove to be the Beast’s last goal in Rapid City this season as they finished the game with only 23 shots in total, and ended up 0-for-16 on the power play (including five this night). The cause for this appeared to be due to a lack of coverage in front of Michalek and not finishing their passes.
The Rush came out for the second period like there was a fire under their rears and sent 16 shots in at D’Agostini with only one getting through from Miller for his second of the night. The third Rush goal was saved for the third period when Bouramman put in his second pro goal in as many nights. There was little help for D’Agostini, who ended up saving 36 of 39 shots on the night.
Score: Beast 1 – Rush 3
Shots: Beast 23 – Rush 39
Penalties: Beast 5 – Rush 5
Rush goals scored by Miller (2) and Bouramman (1). Assists from Caito (1), Janssen (1), Jenys (1), Salituro (1) and Peter Sivak (1).
Beast goal scored by Todd (first pro goal). Assists from Leveille (1) and Corrin (1). The Beast shot leaders were Marino (4) and Traccitto and Corrin with three each.
Week 5 Games:
This week will see Brampton in town for three games and then off to Worcester for a day game.
November 8: Brampton Beast vs. Jacksonville IceMen
November 10: Brampton Beast vs. Norfolk Admirals
November 12: Brampton Beast vs. Adirondack Thunder
November 14: Brampton Beast at Worcester Railers
This Week in Player Movement:
October 31: None
November 1: Ian Harris (F) was activated from injured reserve
November 1: Ian Harris (F) was released/placed on waivers
November 1: Darik Angeli (F) was claimed off waivers from Rapid City
November 2: Darik Angeli (F) was suspended by team
November 2: Paul Cianfrini (D) was activated from reserve
November 3: Darik Angeli (F) team suspension was lifted
November 3: Darik Angeli (F) was released/placed on waivers
November 3: Eric Ylitalo (F) was signed to a contract and added to active roster
November 3: Michael McNiven (G) was recalled to Laval by Montreal
November 3: Nate Mahle (G) was added as EBUG
November 3: Jordan Murray (D) was recalled by Belleville
November 4: None
November 5: Nate Mahle (G) was released as EBUG
November 6: None