Piacentini Records First Pro Point in Beast Loss to Railers
WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS - Worcester Railers goaltender Mitch Gillam was almost perfect on Saturday night, stopping all but one of the 36 shots he faced to lead his club to a 4-1 win over the Brampton Beast at the DCU Center in Worcester.
Beast assistant captain Brandon MacLean edged closer to the 20-goal plateau with his 18th tally of the season early in the third period.
Beast goaltender Chris Dreidger was busy to start the contest and kicked out 16 shots in the first period alone, but for the second straight game, the Railers scored the only goal of the period to lead 1-0 after 20 minutes.
Dylan Willick cut in on Dreidger on a shorthanded breakaway and beat the goaltender with a perfect shot to open the scoring at 11:20.
The Beast turned in a solid effort in the second period and outshot the Railers 12-7, but the opportunistic Worcester squad would strike for a pair of goals to carry a 3-0 lead into the second intermission.
Matthew Gaudreau finished off a pretty passing play for a power play goal to make it a 2-0 game at the 10:15 mark of the second period.
Barry Almeida pushed the Worcester lead to 3-0 just over two minutes later, finding the top corner on a shorthanded breakaway at 12:21.
Worcester kept their foot on the gas and struck again early in the third as Nick Saracino lit the lamp just 47 seconds into the period to push the Railers' lead to 4-0.
As good as Gillam was in goal for the Railers throughout this contest, the Beast were determined to break his shutout. Brandon MacLean found some room in front of the crease and potted home a rebound off a Brandon Marino shot to get the Beast on the board at 3:27 of the third period.
The secondary assist on MacLean's goal belonged to Beast newcomer Patrick Piacentini, giving the rookie his first professional point in just his second game with the club.
The Beast peppered Gillam with 14 shots in the third period alone but couldn't squeeze another goal by him as the Railers cruised to victory.
NOTES: Molson Three Stars: 3) Willick (WOR) 2) Almeida (WOR) 1) Gaudreau (WOR). The Beast finished the game 0-for-5 on the power play and 5-for-6 on the penalty kill. The Beast will return home to the Powerade Centre for their final weekend of the season, starting with a matchup against the Wheeling Nailers on Friday at 7:15PM.
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