FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12TH, SATURDAY OCTOBER 13TH (7:00 PM NT)
Newfoundland Growlers (0-0-0-0 | 0.000) vs Florida Everblades (0-0-0-0 | 0.000)
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The Newfoundland Growlers kick off their inaugural season with a pair of games against the Florida Everblades, the ECHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes. The Everblades are the reigning Eastern Conference Champions.
Scott Pooley had a pair of goals, including the game-winner with 1:09 left to play as the Growlers edged the Brampton Beast 6-5 in dramatic fashion to wrap up their preseason at the Clarenville Events Centre. Zach O’Brien, Matt Bradley, Brady Ferguson, and Marcus Power also tallied for the Growlers.
Oct. 10: D Carter Struthers acquired from Orlando for future considerations; Oct. 9: D Kyle Thacker released from contract; Oct. 8: G Brad Barone released from tryout
The Growlers were 2-1 on a three-game preseason trip across Newfoundland against the Brampton Beast. Scott Pooley led the team in scoring with four points (2G, 2A). Erik Gudbranson was tied for first in goals by defencemen with two. Zach O’Brien was a point-per-game player in the ECHL last season before being recalled by Bakersfield (AHL).
The Everblades split their preseason series with state rivals Orlando Solar Bears. John McCarron led the Everblades in goals last season with 29, and played three games for the St. John’s IceCaps in the 2016-17 season. Jordon Southorn is a veteran of 275 ECHL games. Joe Cox led all Everblades rookies in scoring last season with 54 points, and added 16 more in 21 Kelly Cup Playoffs games.