The Newfoundland Growlers conclude a seven game road trip this weekend as they head south to the Lone Star State for a three game set with the Allen Americans.
Newfoundland made a midweek pitstop in Kansas to face the Wichita Thunder for the first time ever this past Wednesday, a contest which they won convincingly by a 3-0 score line.
Keith Petruzzelli made 19 saves against the Thunder for the shutout, his second of the season, while Orrin Centazzo, reigning ECHL Player of the Week, stayed hot with another goal last time out to make it six for him in his last four games.
Allen head into this series with the Growlers on a four game losing streak, their most recent defeat a 3-2 loss against the Rapid City Rush on Wednesday.
Currently sitting in 6th place in the Mountain Division, the Americans will need to turn things around starting this weekend if they hope to climb into the top four divisional spots to secure a postseason berth.
This weekend will mark Newfoundland’s first meetings with the Texas based club, while the Americans will also be the third straight opponent the Growlers are seeing for the first time as they finish up this trip across the unfamiliar Mountain Division.
Puck drops is set for 9:35 pm NL time on Friday and Saturday evening, while Sunday’s action gets underway at 4:35 pm. Growlers fans can watch all three games live on FloSports (subscription required), listen to the call on Mixlr, or follow along on Twitter (@NLGrowlers) for game updates and highlights.
WHO TO WATCH:
NFL – Noel Hoefenmayer (D): Having rejoined Newfoundland during this ongoing road trip, Hoefenmayer has made a good impression in a Growlers jersey in the nine games he’s suited up for. The 23-year-old defenseman has picked up nine points (4G, 5A) to date in 2021-22 and with injuries piling up, his ability to chip in offensively from the blueline could prove crucial once again this weekend.
ALN – Chad Costello (F): A veteran of the ECHL with a production rate well above a point per game in this league, Costello has picked up right where he left off to start the 2021-22 campaign after spending the past three seasons playing in Germany. His 42 points this year are tied for second league wide.