The puck is about to drop on the Brampton Beast’s latest season in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).
Expectations will be high as the team looks to build on the success of last year’s playoff run. The Beast will play 36 regular season home games at the Powerade Centre in Brampton. Here are 5 games you should definitely attend.
1 – Brampton Beast vs Manchester Monarchs – Sunday, October 15, 2PM
The home opener for the Beast will be the first chance to see who on this year’s team will try to fill the very big skates of David Pacan or David Vallorani (both of whom signed with teams in Europe for this season,) or if the Beast’s goaltending can match Zach Fucale’s efforts from last season. This is also the Beast’s first opportunity to face the team that eliminated them from the playoffs last spring, so perhaps they will be inspired to victory.
2 – Brampton Beast vs Reading Royals – Sunday, November 19, 2PM
The Beast’s finest moment last season may have been Brandon Maclean’s goal in double-overtime in game 5 of their playoff series against the Reading Royals. This will be the Royals’ first visit back to the Powerade Centre and this game has the makings of a grudge match. Plus, the game on Sunday falls into one of the ECHL’s “Marvel Super Hero” events and may include “specialty jerseys, character appearances, co-branded ECHL/Marvel merchandise and other in-game promotions.”
3 – Brampton Beast vs Atlanta Gladiators – Sunday, December 17, 2 PM
The Beast’s final game of the calendar year will be the one chance to see Boston Bruin’s affiliate ECHL team, the Atlanta Gladiators. The promotional schedule has yet to be released for the Beast, but holidays are often a time for some fun giveaways, or the chance to give back if the team repeats its charitable Teddy Bear toss. Even if nothing else is announced, there will always be the hot dog gun between second and third periods.
4 – Brampton Beast vs Adirondack Thunder – Sunday, January 7, 2 PM
The Beast will return to Brampton after their longest stretch of road games with the second half of a home-and-home series with the Adirondack Thunder. Considering the team is following an evening game on the road with a matinée game at home, their performance in this game may be a good indicator of whether they’re ready another playoff run.
5 – Brampton Beast vs Toledo Walleye – Tuesday, February 13, 7:15 PM
It will nearly be Valentine’s day this Tuesday evening, but love will not be in the air between the Toledo Walleye and Brampton Beast. Last year’s Walleye team went to the semifinals and was eliminated by the champion Colorado Eagles. These teams will meet a few times during the season and should cultivate grudges and rivalries by the time of this game, especially if either team looks to be as competitive as last season.
BONUS GAME – Brampton Beast vs Kalamazoo Wings – Friday, March 2, 7:15 PM
OK. It was tough keeping it to just five games. The Beast will play their conference rivals the Kalamazoo Wings several times this season, but this will be the Wing’s last visit to Brampton for the season. This one’s the bonus game because it starts the series that could be a push for the Beast to end up in the playoffs again like they did last season.