|Kelly Cup Playoffs | First Round
Game 6 | Monday April 24, 2017 | Beast win series 4-2
Santander Arena, Reading, PA
Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]MacLean – Pacan – Marino
[one_half_last]Corrin – Henry
Scratches: David Ling, Mike Folkes, Chris Leveille, Corey Durocher, Andrew D’Agostini
What a night for the Brampton Beast! After winning Saturday night’s double overtime game to take a 3-2 lead in the series against the Reading Royals, the Beast hit the road for Pennsylvania for Game 6.
The first period was admittedly not Brampton’s best showing. The Royals were skating fast, controlling the puck, and getting shots on net. Goaltender Zach Fucale performed well, making big saves and not giving Reading’s shooters any daylight in the net. Fucale even stopped some breakaway shots after bad turnovers in the neutral zone.
The home team registered the first goal of the night with less than four minutes remaining in the opening frame. Brampton would have to dig deep to keep the game close and give themselves a chance at winning.
In the second period, the penalty boxes each seemed to have a revolving door. At one point the Beast found themselves on the short side of a 5-on-3 advantage, but the penalty killing units did their job well on this night. No goals were scored on the man advantage, and Fucale continued to stand on his head.
With only six shots on goal in the second period, the Beast needed to come out firing on all cylinders in the final 20 minutes of play and that’s exactly what they did. Luke Pither potted his first goal of the postseason to tie the score at 1-1. He was assisted by Willie Corrin and Jordan Henry.
The Beast dominated the third period and matched the intensity the Royals had been dishing out all night. They continued to chip away at Reading netminder Mark Dekanich until finally Brandon Marino found mesh to give the Beast their first lead of the game. With 15 seconds remaining, Marino scored an empty-netter to seal the victory, and the series, for Brampton.
The team now heads back to Ontario to wait for news of who they’ll face in the North Division Final: the Manchester Monarchs or the Adirondack Thunder.
▲ Brandon Marino, Zach Fucale, Jordan Henry, Luke Pither, Willie Corrin, Luc-Olivier Blain
|0 for 3||Power Play||0 for 4|
|AHL Three Stars|
|Post-game interview with Colin Chaulk
Post-game interview with Zach Fucale
Post-game interview with Brandon Marino
Post-game interview with Connor Crisp
Post-game interview with Luke Pither
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