Brampton's Third Period Comeback Falls Short in Greenville
GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA - The Brampton Beast scored back-to-back goals late in the third period but were unable to find the equalizer as the Greenville Swamp Rabbits held on to claim a 4-3 victory at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville on Friday night.
Stefan Fournier stayed hot with a goal and a helper for the Beast while Scott Jacklin and Brandon MacLean each recorded singles for Brampton.
The scoring got started quickly in this one and it was the Swamp Rabbits who struck first for the second straight night as Derek Sutliff found the back of the net with a hard one-timer at 8:44.
Joe Basaraba made it 2-0 less than two minutes later at 10:39 but the Beast quickly regrouped and found a way to get on the board.
With the Beast on the power play, Brandon MacLean's quick wrist shot from the high slot off a great feed from David Vallorani eluded Greenville's starting goaltender Brandon Halverson to make it a 2-1 game at 12:07.
Greenville got the last laugh before the end of the opening period as Bretton Cameron took a goalmouth pass and tapped in the 3-1 goal at 16:12.
Both teams fought hard in the second frame but it was the goaltenders who stole the spotlight. Beast starting netminder Zach Fucale made 16 saves in the second period alone to give his team a chance to win heading into the final frame down by two goals.
The third period didn't start as Brampton had planned as Cameron netted his second goal of the night at 11:52.
The Beast would not give up. Fournier gave the Beast life in the final half of the third period as he cut in on goal on a partial breakaway. The initial shot was stopped by Halverson but the rebound was tucked in by Scott Jacklin, cutting the lead to two at 12:25.
The Beast, energized by Jacklin's late goal, continued to pour it on late into the third. With Jack Nevins ejected from the game for an ugly hit on Beast defenseman Jordan Henry, the Beast went to work on a five-minute power play and were quickly rewarded. Reggie Traccitto parked at the top of the right wing circle and fired a puck toward the goal. Fournier got just enough of the puck to send it beyond the reach of the Greenville netminder, cutting the deficit to 4-3 with just more than five minutes remaining in the third period.
With the play in the Greenville zone, the Beast pulled their netminder in an attempt to secure another tally but Halverson weathered the storm to help the Swamp Rabbits take the victory.
NOTES: Molson Three Stars: 3) Halverson (GRN) 2) Basaraba (GRN) 1) B. Cameron (GRN). The Beast outshot the Swamp Rabbits 45-40. Brampton finished the game 2-for-5 on the power play and 5-for-6 on the penalty kill. The Beast will return to action on Sunday, December 31 for their final game of 2017 as they head to Cincinnati to face the Cyclones at 6:00PM.
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