Fucale Stands Tall But Beast Fall in Overtime
BRAMPTON, ONTARIO - Reggie Traccitto scored a power play goal late, but the Brampton Beast would be defeated 3-2 at the hands of the Quad City Mallards.
The Brampton Beast took on the Quad City Mallards from the Powerade Centre on Wednesday night. It was the first time that the two teams had met this season.
The Mallards got the scoring started with a goal from Alex Globke at 3:10. Chris Izmirlian found Globke in front off a turnover and the shot from the slot beat Andrew D'Agostini in net. Six minutes later Quad City increased their lead to 2-0 with a goal from Jamie Tardiff. The puck was left lying in front and with D'Agostini facing the other way, Tardiff sent it into the mesh of the net.
Brampton wouldn't go down quietly and found twine off the stick of Beast captain Brandon Marino. Cody Donaghey sent the puck to David Ling who fired a shot on Mallards netminder Ivan Kulbakov. Marino got in front and got his stick in perfect position to tip it between his pads. That cut the Mallards lead to 2-1 at 11:27. Brampton woud head to the locker room down 2-1 but up in shots by a 11-6 count.
The second period saw the Mallards reclaim their two-goal lead. This time it was Willie Raskob at the 7:14 mark. That goal chased Beast goaltender D'Agostini from the net. Into the game came Carmine Guerriero, who has played one ECHL game to date. The Laval native stopped every shot he faced and led the Beast to the locker room down 3-1 but up in shots by a 26-15 margin.
Brampton needed to find some sort of spark to begin the third. Down by a goal and on the power play, Reggie Traccitto delivered. The play started with Daniel Ciampini flipping the puck over to David Vallorani. The slick forward sent the pass to Traccitto who launched a howitzer past Kulbakov to pull Brampton within one at 13:30.
Despite a furious flurry of chances late, the Mallards would hold on to win the game by a score of 3-2. Guerriero finished perfect in relief with nine saves in 31:30 of work.
Notes: Molson Three Stars 3) Marino (BRA) 2) Globke (QCM) 1) Kulbakov (QCM). Brampton finished the game one-for-six on the power play and was perfect on the penalty kill.
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