Florida Everblades (9-7) at Newfoundland Growlers (12-5)
Newfoundland wins the series 4-1
Saturday, May 18th – Mile One Centre, St. John's
|V-H||#||Per||Team||Time||Goals||Assists||Type||On Ice (+/-)|
|0 - 1||1||2nd||NFL||18:03||S. Pooley (7)||Z. O'Brien, S. Jardine||V||12 17 25 41 47||H||10 12 21 22 24|
|0 - 2||2||3rd||NFL||7:43||H. Elynuik (4)||G. Estephan||V||6 11 20 21 44||H||16 26 29 43 48|
|0 - 3||3||3rd||NFL||12:35||G. Estephan (7)||H. Elynuik, M. Bradley||V||5 19 27 39 41||H||16 21 24 27 29|
The Newfoundland Growlers are Eastern Conference Champions after defeating the Flordia Everblades 3-0 at Mile One Centre on Saturday night.
The Growlers opened the scoring late in the second period as Scott Pooley backhanded in a rebound past Everblades goalie Callum Booth.
In a series where penalty’s and physical play were common place, game five was tame. The teams combined for only 2 minutes of penalties, as Everblades Joe Cox was nabbed for interference in the first period.
Both teams kept the pressure on into the third period but the Growlers pulled away, Hudson Elynuik made the Everblades pay after a neutral zone turnover by snapping the puck between the legs of Booth to give the Growlers the 2-0 lead. Giorgio Estephan landed the insurance goal at 12:25 of the third period while Growlers goaltender Michael Gartieg posted his second straight shutout and finished with 36 saves.
The Kelly Cup Finals will start on home ice at Mile One Centre, games one and two are slated for Saturday, May 25th and Sunday May 26th, Both games will start at 7 p.m.
- The Newfoundland Growlers will play with either Tulsa or Toledo in the Kelly Cup Finals.
- Micheal Gartieg earned his second straight shutout, his third of the playoffs
- The three stars were 3 – H. Elynuik (NFL), 2 – G. Estephan (NFL) and 1 – M. Garteig (NFL)
The Newfoundland Growlers continue their quest to the Kelly Cup Saturday Night at Mile One Centre against either the Tulsa Oilers or the Toledo Walleye. Puck drop is 7:00 p.m. Tickets will be on-sale soon at the Mile One Centre Box office and online at mileonecentre.com