2019 KELLY CUP PLAYOFFS – ROUND 1
Newfoundland Growlers (1st North) vs. Brampton Beast (4th North)
GAME 1: Friday, April 12th (7:30 PM NST) – Mile One Centre
GAME 2: Saturday, April 13th (7:30 PM NST) – Mile One Centre
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The Newfoundland Growlers begin their quest for the Kelly Cup this weekend in an All-Canadian series with a familiar foe, the Brampton Beast, ECHL affiliate of the Ottawa Senators. The two clubs battled it out 13 times in the regular season, with the Growlers winning the season series 8-5.
The Growlers enter the series on a three-game losing skid, while the Beast have lost two of their last three games.
The Newfoundland Growlers clawed their way back to score three unanswered goals after being down 3-0 after the first period, but Wade Murphy netted the shootout winner for the Maine Mariners as they took a 4-3 win to close out the ECHL regular season Sunday afternoon at the Cross Insurance Arena. Scott Pooley, Zach O’Brien and Evan Neugold scored for the Growlers, who went 0-for-2 in the shootout. Michael Garteig made 21 saves.
- Scott Pooley netted his 31st of the season against the Mariners to lead the Growlers in goals for their Inaugural Season
- John Snowden is making his first appearance in the Kelly Cup playoffs as a head coach after a 16-10-6 record behind the bench since taking over for Ryane Clowe
- Sam Jardine won the Kelly Cup in 2017 with the Colorado Eagles, marking him as the only Growler to have won the ECHL title
- The Beast have made the playoffs in two of the last three seasons, sporting an overall record of 6-6
- Matt Petgrave had 40 points in 50 games this season on the blue line for Brampton, and led the club in plus/minus with a +25 rating
- David Vallorani led the Beast in points against the Growlers during the regular season with 16 in 13 games
March 2nd – 7-5 Brampton Beast
The Newfoundland Growlers came out of the gates flying with a 3-0 lead early into the second period, but the Brampton Beast rallied back for a gutsy 7-5 win at Mile One Centre. Both Zach O’Brien and Scott Pooley had a pair of goals and an assist for the Growlers. Marcus Power had the other Growlers tally. Nathan Todd led the way for the Beast netting a hat trick. Eamon McAdam and Etienne Marcoux made 22 saves in their respective creases.