MacLean Snipes from Distance as Beast Topple Nailers
BRAMPTON, ONTARIO - Brampton scored two goals while short-handed and the Beast defeated the Wheeling Nailers by a score of 4-3.
The Brampton Beast took on the Wheeling Nailers for the final time in the 2017-18 season. There was a lot on the line for the opposition, as a loss would eliminate them from playoff contention.
Freddie Tiffels got the scoring started for Wheeling when he wristed one past Chris Driedger at 3:13 of the first period.
Brampton fought back to tie it short-handed. With Tyson Wilson in the box, Erik Bradford broke into the offensive zone with speed. The former Walleye forward burned around the Nailers defense and sent a puck across to Brandon Marino, who slid it home at 13:30 to tie the game at one.
Brampton continued their short-handed assault with a long distance strike from Brandon MacLean. Willie Corrin sent the puck to MacLean in the high slot and he sent a long tumbling shot on Wheeling starter Adam Morrison.
Morrison went one way and the puck went the other, with the final result ending up in Brampton's second shorty of the period at 17:39. The Beast took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission and trailed in shots by a 15-11 count.
The second period brought more and more action, as Luc Blain gave the Beast a 3-1 lead by sweeping the puck past Morrison at 1:25.
Reid Gardiner cut into the Beast lead at 7:42 but just as quickly Scott Jacklin restored it at 11:15. Bailey Webster, making his Beast debut, sent a hard shot in on net from the point. Jacklin found the rebound and found twine to give Brampton a 4-2 lead.
As the second ticked down, Wheeling would pull within one once again. This time it was Troy Josephs at 18:49. The Beast would head to the locker room up 4-3 and down in shots by a score of 35-19.
With the Nailers playoff hopes on the line, they mounted a furious third period comeback. The efforts of Driedger and Beast would come through and Brampton would hold on to secure a 4-3 regulation win.
Driedger would finish the game with 41 saves and would tie Marcus Hogberg for the Beast goaltending lead in wins.
Notes: Molson Three Stars 3) Tiffels (WHL) 2) Blain (BRA) 1) MacLean (BRA). Brampton finished the game by going scoreless on the power play. Wheeling was zero-for-six. The Beast take on the Kalamazoo Wings on the road tomorrow night. Puck drops at 7:00 PM.
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