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SERIES PREVIEW | FEBRUARY 25-27 VS. TROIS-RIVIÉRES

Friday, February 25th
SERIES PREVIEW | FEBRUARY 25-27 VS. TROIS-RIVIÉRES

The Newfoundland Growlers finish up a congested eight game road trip with a weekend tripleheader against the Trois-Rivières Lions, beginning on Friday night at Colisée Vidéotron.

Newfoundland head back over the Canadian border fresh off two straight losses in Glens Falls vs. the Adirondack Thunder — the most recent defeat a 7-4 victory for the Thunder on Wednesday night at Cool Insuring Arena.

Prior to this current two-game skid, the Growlers enjoyed a seven-game winning streak, one which saw them temporarily shoot back up to first place in the North Division.

With the Reading Royals picking up three points in their last two outings however, Newfoundland now once again reside in second place in the division, trailing Reading who’ve regained top spot this week.

Trois-Rivières currently sit in third place in the North Division and come into the series in similar form to Newfoundland. After stringing together four wins in a row, the Lions have since dropped two straight contests — their last game a 6-1 loss on home ice to the Maine Mariners.

Facing off on six separate occasions so far this season, Newfoundland holds the head-to-head advantage over their Canadian counterpart to date. Boasting an overall record of 4-1-1-0 against the Lions, the Growlers are a perfect 3-0 on the road against the Lions heading into this weekend.

With the top two seeds in the final North Division standings securing home ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs, Newfoundland will be hoping to hold off the four teams trailing them in hopes of starting a potential Kelly Cup run on home soil.

As the team in pole position to catch them, the Lions will have had these three games circled on the calendar as their opportunity to do just that.

Puck drops is set for 8:30 pm on Friday, 4:30 pm on Saturday and 5:30 pm on Sunday evening. Growlers fans can watch the two 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 – Marcus Power (F): Fresh off a goal last time out against the Thunder, Power has often scored in bunches in the past. Suiting up on the top line with Zach O’Brien and Orrin Centazzo, the 28-year-old St. John’s native is a top candidate to catch fire on the tail end of this road trip.

TR – Olivier Galipeau (D): Only two Lions forwards have more points than Galipeau’s 32, while the 24-year-old sits second in shots with 107. On a team with just one point per game player in Olivier Archambault (42 pts in 35 games), Galipeau could be a crucial X-factor for Trois-Rivières from the backend.

Upcoming Home Games

Full Schedule
Kalamazoo Wings
Newfoundland Growlers
Friday, March 1st
Kalamazoo Wings @ Newfoundland Growlers
Puck Drops:
7:00 PM NST
Mary Brown's Centre
Kalamazoo Wings
KAL Kalamazoo Wings
at
Newfoundland Growlers
NFL Newfoundland Growlers
Mary Brown's Centre
Kalamazoo Wings
Newfoundland Growlers
Saturday, March 2nd
Kalamazoo Wings @ Newfoundland Growlers
Puck Drops:
7:00 PM NST
Mary Brown's Centre
Kalamazoo Wings
KAL Kalamazoo Wings
at
Newfoundland Growlers
NFL Newfoundland Growlers
Mary Brown's Centre
Kalamazoo Wings
Newfoundland Growlers
Sunday, March 3rd
Kalamazoo Wings @ Newfoundland Growlers
Puck Drops:
4:00 PM NST
Mary Brown's Centre
Kalamazoo Wings
KAL Kalamazoo Wings
at
Newfoundland Growlers
NFL Newfoundland Growlers
Mary Brown's Centre

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