Worcester's Gillam Stops Brampton with 54 Saves
BRAMPTON, ONTARIO - Daniel Ciampini scored in his return to the lineup, but Mitch Gillam made 54 saves as the Worcester Railers defeated the Brampton Beast 3-2 on Wednesday night.
The Brampton Beast welcomed the Worcester Railers to the CAA Centre for the last home game of the 2018 calendar year.
Brampton came into the contest as a team on the rise. They recently acquired three American Hockey League players and were looking to break a three-game losing streak.
The Railers got on the board first, courtesy of a communication breakdown by the Beast. The miscue allowed Dylan Willick to fire the puck past Jake Paterson to give the Railers a 1-0 lead at 9:38.
The Beast had a good response, but Railers netminder Mitch Gillam stood tall and made 18 saves in the frame to keep the Beast off the board.
Brampton headed to their dressing room down 1-0 after the first but leading in shots by a count of 18-6.
The second period saw Worcester add to their lead with a goal by Nick Sorkin. Brampton was attempting to kill off a five-on-three penalty and Sorkin found space in the slot for a wrist shot that beat Paterson high glove side. It was 2-0 Railers at the 3:13 mark.
Brampton found life on a power play of their own late in the second. Brandon Marino sauced a perfect pass to Erik Bradford and the assistant captain made no mistake as he wired a shot past Gillam. That made it 2-1 at 18:49.
Brampton headed to their dressing room down 2-1 after forty minutes of play but ahead on the shots counter 38-20.
The third period saw Brampton tie the game courtesy of Daniel Ciampini. The forward, fresh off a stint in the American Hockey League, flew into the slot and ripped a shot past Gillam at 10:47.
Brampton got into penalty trouble late in the third and the Railers capitalized. Ryan MacKinnon shot the puck past Paterson to give the Railers a 3-2 lead at 15:45.
Despite a furious rally late in the third, the Railers and netminder Gillam were able to hold on for the 3-2 victory.
Paterson made 22 stops and was credited with the loss. Gillam got the win and made an incredible 54 saves in the effort.
Notes: Molson Three Stars 3) Ciampini (BRA) 2) MacKinnon (WOR) 1) Gillam (WOR). The Beast finished the game one-for-five on the man advantage. Worcester went two-for-four. The Beast are on the road in Adirondack for their next game. Puck drops Saturday, December 22nd at 7:00 PM.
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