WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Brampton Beast forward David Pacan tied the club record for goals in a season with a pair of tallies to help the Beast overcome an early-two goal deficit to defeat their North Division rivals, the Wheeling Nailers, 6-3 at WesBanco Arena on Friday night.
Pacan scored goals number 28 and 29, tying him with Andrew Fournier for the franchise record for goals in a season, originally set during the club’s inaugural 2013-14 Central Hockey League Season.
David Pacan (2G), David Vallorani (1G, 2A), Tim Billingsley (1G, 1A), Willie Corrin (2A), Chris Leveille (2A), Brandon MacLean (2A) each recorded a multi-point night for the Beast, who remain red-hot, having won seven of their last eight games.
It was the Nailers who came out hot to start the contest as Jordan Kwas scored a pair of early goals by the 6:45 mark of the opening period to put Wheeling ahead 2-0.
Later in the first period, the Beast finally broke through Wheeling netminder Sean Maguire as Tim Billingsley ripped a bullet of a slap shot through Maguire, putting the Beast on the board at 12:13.
The Beast were smelling blood and kept on coming. With time running out in the opening frame, David Pacan notched his first of the night, a dramatic tally with six seconds remaining to tie the game at 2-2 heading into the intermission.
Brampton had all the momentum going their way heading into the second and they wasted no time taking advantage. With the Beast on the power play, Vallorani picked the top corner over the glove of Maguire, giving the Beast their first lead of the game just 1:52 into the middle stanza.
Pacan gave the Beast a two-goal lead at the 9:52 mark of the second period, using his big reach to tuck in his record-tying 29th tally of the season, pushing the Brampton lead to 4-2.
Brampton kept pushing and added its third goal of the period as Mike Folkes let loose a howitzer of a slap shot that was too much for Maguire to handle, pushing the lead to three heading into the final period.
Garrett Meurs made it interesting with a third period tally at 6:01 but the Beast played the remainder of the third period flawlessly to keep the Wheeling offense at bay.
Brandon Marino sealed the deal for the Beast at 18:42 with an empty net goal, sending the Beast away with a big divisional victory.
Andrew D’Agostini earned his eighth win of the season with a 22-save performance, while Maguire allowed five goals on 33 shots and settled for the loss.
Notes: Molson Three Stars: 3) David Pacan (BRA) 2) Garrett Mears (WHL) 1) David Vallorani (BRA). With a pair of assists, Chris Leveille extended his point streak to eight games. The Beast return to action tomorrow night to complete their five-game road trip as they head to Fort Wayne to take on the Komets. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 PM.