BRAMPTON, ON – Entering the weekend the Brampton Beast were over .500 and were fourth in the North division and riding a six-game winning streak. The Walleye were coming in for their fourth game in five nights having lost the first two and winning Friday night in Worcester. Where this would end was anyone’s guess.
With to Beast often losing to the Walleye (5-17-1-2 lifetime) you never know what kind of hockey you will get when these two teams play. It became clear very quickly that the game was going to be a chippy game from both sides. Surprisingly, there were only six penalties called (14 PIM) the entire game, with none called in the third period.
With the tone set early, both teams alternated between pressing the attack and defending their end. The Beast ended up with the early chances as both first period penalties were called on the Walleye. The Beast were not able to capitalize on their shots and the period ended in a scoreless draw. They also both ended the period with 11 shots each, which would be a game high for the Beast. Both Pat Nagle and Marcus Hogberg looked good in the opening frame, but they did both get some help from their posts as well.
The second period was about a quarter of the way through when Alex Foster finally connected with the buzzing Chris Leveille to put the Beast up 1-0 on the game. Less than a minute later, Scott Jacklin got caught putting his stick in his opponent’s face and was shown to the box to sit for two minutes.
One would think that this would set the Walleye on fire, but that bake-out was saved for later. The Beast actually attacked more, down a player, than they were on either of their first period power plays. This remained true during the Walley’s last penalty of the game and for the final two Beast penalty kills. With under a minute to go, former Beast Connor Crisp tips in the tying goal. The period ends in a 1-1 tie after 16 shots from the Walleye and only seven from the Beast.
The third party started the same way as the second: as if they never stopped playing. The Ref put his whistle away for this period and just let the two teams play. Much of the third period felt exactly like the first period, except that both teams were blocking more shots than they had in the first period. This doesn’t show on the score sheet as the two teams combined for 22 shots in each period (23 in the second), but it was obvious to those watching.
This was definitely a hockey game worthy of these two combatants. At least it was until Kyle Bonis scored with a wrap-around to give the Walleye the lead, and then the Beast seemed defeated. A minute and a half later, the coffin was shut as Erik Bradford gave the Walleye a two goal lead with only 1:14 left in the game. For unknown reasons, with the play in the Toledo end, coach Colin Chaulk pulled Hogberg for the extra attacker. The Beast never got a single shot on net and their six game winning streak came to an end. Except for that last three minutes, there was some excellent hockey from both teams. The Beast now sit sixth in the North and have a 5-18-1-2 record versus the Walleye.
Score: Walleye 3 – Beast 1
Shots: Walleye 40 – Beast 27
Penalties: Walleye 3 – Beast 3
Walleye goals scored by Bonis (1), Bradford (1) and Crisp (1). Assists from Bradford (1), Vili Saarijarvi (2) and Dylan Sadowy (2).
Beast goal scored by Leveille and was assisted by Foster and Reggie Traccitto.
Week 8 Games:
The Beast have three games in three nights. Interestingly, The Beast play the first and third game at home and have to travel for their second game, while their opponent stays in Brampton.
December 1: vs Cincinnati Cyclones
December 2: at Adirondack Thunder
December 3: vs Cincinnati Cyclones
This Week in Player Movements:
November 22: Eric Ylitalo (F) was activated from reserve
November 22: Colin Martin (F) was placed on reserve
November 23: Maxime Lajoie (D) was assigned from Belleville by Ottawa
November 24: Colin Martin (F) was activated from reserve
November 24: Maxime Lajoie (D) was recalled to Belleville by Ottawa
November 24: Willie Corrin (D) was loaned to Laval
November 25: None
November 26: Macoy Erkamps (D) was assigned from Belleville by Ottawa
November 27: Macoy Erkamps (D) was recalled to Belleville by Ottawa
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