The Newfoundland Growlers have packed their bags and are set to play their next seven games on the road, beginning first with a clash against the Trois-Rivières Lions on Thursday night at Colisée Vidéotron.
Newfoundland has seen plenty of Trois-Rivières in recent memory, having played the Lions in seven of their last 10 contests. After taking two out of three in their trio of meetings in Quebec last month, the Growlers hosted their divisional rivals for four games in five days this past week, coming out on top in 3 out of 4 and finishing up the series on Sunday afternoon with a thrilling 5-4 win.
Although the Growlers have found some consistency of late, particularly on home ice where they’ve won 10 of their last 11 games, Newfoundland remains in second in the North Division behind the steady Reading Royals.
Trois-Rivières fell to the fourth and final postseason spot in the division last night after losing 4-3 on home ice vs. the Worcester Railers, with the Railers leapfrogging the Lions and snatching third place in the North Division in the process.
It’s been a tough month of March for the Lions with just one win in their eight games to this point, but despite the rough patch they find themselves in, you can be sure they’ll have plenty of motivation to get the better of the Growlers in their last meeting of the regular season.
Puck drops is set for 8:30 pm on Thursday evening and Growlers fans can watch the game 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 – Ben Finkelstein (D): With the highest point per game average on the Growlers, Finkelstein has been a revelation on the backend for Newfoundland, amassing 38 points (7G, 31A) in 23 appearances. Fresh off a three-point game against this same Lions side, the 24-year-old could be a key performer once again on Thursday.
TR – Cedric Desruisseaux (F): The only skater with more points than Finkelstein last Sunday was Desruisseaux, who played a part in all four Lions goals in a losing effort (2G, 2A), following that up with a pair of goals once again last night vs. the Railers. With several key contributors out of the Trois-Rivières lineup, the first-year pro will be given every opportunity to keep his hot streak going moving forward.