Newfoundland Growlers (10-4) at Florida Everblades (8-5)
Newfoundland leads series 2-0
Saturday, May 11th – Hertz Arena – Estero, FL
|0 - 1||1||1st||FLA||10:17||B. Winiecki (9)||M. Downing, A. Tonge||PP|
|1 - 1||2||2nd||NFL||3:04||S. Pooley (5)||J. Kestner, H. Elynuik|
|2 - 1||3||2nd||NFL||4:39||J. Kestner (4)||G. Estephan|
|3 - 1||4||2nd||NFL||11:30||M. Power (3)||S. Jardine, B. Ferguson||PP|
|4 - 1||5||2nd||NFL||18:17||J. Piccinich (1)||S. Pooley|
|5 - 1||6||3rd||NFL||17:24||H. Elynuik (3)||EN|
The Newfoundland Growlers took game two of the Eastern Conference Final 5-1 Saturday night in Hertz Arena in Estero, Florida.
After shutting out the Everblades in game one, Florida found the back of the Growlers net to open the scoring at 10:17 of the first period. Blake Winiecki jumped on a rebound to tuck the puck past a sprawling Michael Garteig, on the powerplay, to record the first Everblades goal of the series. The Everblades outshot the Growlers 14-6 in the first period and the Everblades took a 1-0 lead into the dressing room to end the first period.
The second period was all Newfoundland Growlers, Scott Pooley got the dogs on the board with a one-time blast to beat Callum Booth just three minutes into the second frame. Just over a minute and a half later, Josh Kestner gave the Growlers the lead after scoring through the five-hole of Booth off a partial breakaway. Kestner's tally would end up being the game-winner.
Newfoundland added three more goals. Marcus Power redirected a point shot for a powerplay tally at 11:30 of the second period, J.J. Piccinch made good on a 2-on-1 play with Scott Pooley and Hudson Elynuik scored an empty netter to secure the 5-1 victory.
The third period saw a frustrated Everblades team try to get under the skin of the high flying Growlers as 15 penalties were handed out including 7 misconducts, with 4 going to the Growlers (Melindy, Pardy, Pooley & Ferguson)and 3 to the Everblades (Masella, Perkovich & Thompson)
- Michael Garteig shined bright as the games second star, compiling 35 saves
- Pooley , Elynuik and Kestner all had multi-point games, each with a goal and an assist
- The three stars were 3 – B. Winiwcki (FL), 2 – M. Garteig (NFL) and 1 – J. Kestner (NFL)
The Newfoundland Growlers continue their quest to the Kelly Cup Wednesday night at Mile One Centre against the reigning Eastern Conference Champions, the Florida Everblades. Puck drop is 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Mile One Centre Box office and online at mileonecentre.com