FRIDAY, MARCH 8TH (7 PM NST), SATURDAY, MARCH 9TH (7 PM NST) AND SUNDAY, MARCH 10TH (4 PM NST)
Newfoundland Growlers (38-16-4-0, 80 PTS) vs. Orlando Solar Bears (31-20-4-0, 66 PTS)
The Newfoundland Growlers wrap up a seven-game home stand with a three-in-three matchup against the Orlando Solar Bears, ECHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Solar Bears were previously the affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs before Toronto moved their ECHL team to Newfoundland. The Growlers and Solar Bears faced off twice this season in Orlando with the Growlers picking up three of a possible four points.
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Zach O’Brien continued his hot play of late netting the game-winning goal as the Newfoundland Growlers doubled up on the Reading Royals 4-2 Wednesday night at Mile One Centre to complete the mid-week series sweep. J.J. Piccinich, Ryan Moore and Giorgio Estephan also tallied for Newfoundland. Eamon McAdam turned in a first-star performance making 26 saves between the pipes.
Mar. 7: F Zach O’Brien recalled to Toronto (AHL); F Brady Ferguson reassigned to Newfoundland by Toronto (AHL).
- The Growlers are 5-3-2-0 against teams in the South Division
- Scott Pooley has four goals in the last three games
- Giorgio Estephan leads the Growlers with four points against the Solar Bears this season
- The Solar Bears have points in eight of the last 10 games
- Connor Ingram led the AHL in shutouts and was second in goals against average and save percentage with Syracuse before being assigned to Orlando on Wednesday
- Cody Donaghey leads Solar Bears defensemen in points and is from St. John’s
November 24th, 2018 – 6-5 Orlando Solar Bears
The Newfoundland Growlers suffered their first overtime defeat in franchise history against the Orlando Solar Bears in a high scoring 6-5 game. Chris LeBlanc netted the overtime winner for his second of the night for Orlando. Curt Gogol also had a pair of goals for the home team. Giorgio Estephan, Brady Ferguson, Marcus Power, Scott Pooley and Hudson Elynuik tallied for Newfoundland. Michael Garteig turned aside 32 shots.