Newfoundland Growlers (17-12-3-0) vs Reading Royals (21-9-5-1)Saturday, February 5 – St. John’s, Newfoundland
OFFICIAL GAME SHEETGame Story
The Newfoundland Growlers fell to the Reading Royals for the third straight day as they lost 5-1 on Saturday night at Mary Brown’s Centre.
Reading opened the scoring through Frank DiChiara for the second straight night, this time 12 minutes into the first period as he found space alone at the backdoor make it 1-0 Royals after the opening frame.
Newfoundland would have no better fortune in the second period as the Royals riddled off three goals in quick succession to extend their lead to 4-0. Jackson Cressey, Brad Morrison, and Mason Millman found the back of the net to give the visitors a four goal cushion after 40 minutes played.
After Reading added a fifth in the third period through Millman, Newfoundland managed to spoil the shutout bid for Royals goaltender Kirill Ustimenko. Gordie Green got the Growlers on the board midway through the 3rd with Evan Neugold and Tristan Pomerleau providing the assists.
That was as close as the Growlers would get as the Royals held on to take the win with a 5-1 final score.
- Alex Horawski made his professional debut in goal for the Growlers.
- Gordie Green moved into 5th place in goalscoring for the Growlers with his 8th of the season.
- The Growlers return to the Mary Brown’s Centre on Wednesday night to open a four game set with the Maine Mariners.
Three Stars1. REA – M. Millman2. NFL – J. Cressey3. REA – G. Green