Beast Weekly Wrap | Brampton With Four-Game Win Streak

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(Photo by Robyn Iwaskiw / Brampton Beast)

by Mike Ries, Staff Writer, AHL Report

(Photo by Robyn Iwaskiw / Brampton Beast)

BRAMPTON, ON. — Coming off of a short losing streak in the state of Florida, the Brampton Beast strung together four victories, including three this week. This was the first time in franchise history that the Beast have compiled a four-game winning streak.

On Sunday, the Beast came back from a two-goal deficit in the opening period to sweep the two-game series with the visiting Wheeling Nailers. David Vallorani was the hero, as he collected four points that afternoon.

Vallorani has been the best offensive player for the Beast in this winning streak, adding at least two points per game. Additionally, Vallorani is currently the leading the Beast in points this the season. As has been the trend all season, the Beast continue to have a balanced scoring attack, with all four lines contributing regularly.

With the pair of victories over the Nailers, the Beast have sole possession of the final playoff spot in the North Division, three points up on the Nailers. With the three games played this week, the Beast have continued to average over four goals per game on the season.

The most noticeable improvement has been the play of starting goaltender and former first round NHL pick of the Montreal Canadiens, Zach Fucale. The Beast struggled defensively, allowing over 30 shots on goal in the four games. Fucale’s strong play was the primary reason for the franchise record winning streak.

On Sunday, Fucale allowed two goals on the first 11 shots in the opening period. However, he shut the door the rest of the way. He stopped the remaining 27 shots, including 17 in the final period by the Wheeling. Fucale has recorded five consecutive victories for the Beast and seems to be regaining his form.

Fucale’s rebound control has improved immensely, as he rarely gives up the second chance on a shot on goal. His communication with his teammates always has been good, but his defencemen seem to be on the same page now, and the Beast have improved their ability to clear the zone effectively.

The Beast will welcome one of the top teams in the North Division for a two-game home stand this week. The Adirondack Thunder will play in Brampton on Thursday afternoon and again on Friday night. The teams will then head to Adirondack to complete the series.

The Beast will then head out for an extended road trip that will see them finish off 2016 on the road. They will play six games and return home on January sixth to face the Kalamazoo Wings.

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