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RECAP : Growlers Clinch a Playoff Spot, Top the Thunder 5-2

Saturday, March 7th
RECAP : Growlers Clinch a Playoff Spot, Top the Thunder 5-2

Adirondack Thunder (22-26-8-5) at Newfoundland Growlers (40-17-0-1)Friday, March 6th – Mile One Centre – St. John’s, NL Goal Summary 

V-H # Per Team Time Goals Assists Type
0 - 1 1 1st NFL 3:33 J. Brazeau (26) T. Bourque, C. Conrad  
1 - 1 2 1st ADK 8:57 J. Edwardh (17) M. Salhany, C. Curti  
2 - 1 3 1st ADK 18:22 M. Salhany (26) M. Sdao SH
2 - 2 4 1st NFL 18:58 T. Bradley (14) M. Bradley, C. Conrad PP
2 - 3 5 3rd NFL 12:08 T. Skirving (4) T. Bradley, M. Gendron  
2 - 4 6 3rd NFL 13:27 M. Bradley (10) E. Neugold, T. Skirving  
2 - 5 7 3rd NFL 18:05 B. Ferguson (22) G. Estephan EN

Game Story The Newfoundland Growlers punched their ticket to the 2020 Kelly Cup Playoffs with a 5-2 victory against the Adirondack Thunder Friday night at Mile One Centre before 4,214 fans. Justin Brazeau opened the scoring 3:34 into the game after taking a pass from Trent Bourque and firing home his team-leading 26th of the season from between the hashmarks to give the Growlers an early 1-0 lead, but just over five minutes later John Edwardh capitalized on a Growlers turnover and backhanded a shot behind Maksim Zhukov to tie the game at 1-1. Matt Salhany gave the Thunder the lead with 1:38 remaining in the period with a shorthanded strike, but off the ensuing faceoff, Trey Bradley fired a slapper five-hole for a 2-2 game after the opening 20 minutes of play. A scoreless second period saw the Thunder outshoot the Growlers 9-7, but Growlers Nation erupted when Captain James Melindy took exception to some pushing and shoving by Michael Sdao and the two dropped the gloves with 1:13 left in the second period. Justin Brazeau looked to have pulled the Growlers ahead 1:30 into the third period, but after review, it was deemed no goal. Todd Skirving re-stored the Growlers lead with 7:50 remaining in the third period after deflecting a rebound behind McAdam for his fourth of the season, and Matt Bradley added another tally 1:44 later for a 4-2 Growlers lead. The Thunder pulled their netminder for an extra attacked with three minutes left, but the gamble didn’t pay off as Brady Ferguson hit the empty net securing a 5-2 victory and a playoff berth for the Growlers. Quick Hits

  • James Melindy returned to the lineup following an eight-game suspension
  • Colt Conrad has five assists in the last three games
  • The three stars were 3 – T. Skirving (NFL), 2 – M. Bradley (NFL), 1 – T. Bradley (NFL)

 What’s Next?The Newfoundland Growlers wrap up their three-game homestand with a rematch versus the Adirondack Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the New Jersey Devils Saturday night at Mile One Centre. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Tickets are available online at mileonecentre.com, by phone at 709-576-7657 or in-person at the Mile One Centre Box Office.

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