The Newfoundland Growlers head south of the border for six road contests in nine days, beginning this weekend with a doubleheader versus the Worcester Railers at DCU Center.
Newfoundland has seen very little of Worcester in recent memory, last playing the Railers way back on November 28 where the Growlers walked away 6-0 winners on the road — a night where Zach O’Brien grabbed five points including four goals and an assist.
With the Reading Royals not in action last night and the Growlers grabbing a 4-1 win over the Trois-Rivières Lions, Newfoundland gained some ground on Reading with the victory but remain in second place in the North Division.
Trois-Rivières fell to the fourth and final postseason spot in the division on Wednesday 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 an up and down month of March for the Railers as they opened with four straight losses but have since strung together four straight wins against four different opponents in the Lions, Adirondack Thunder, Maine Mariners and South Carolina Stingrays.
Finding themselves in the midst of a four-game win streak, the Growlers should be in for a good test when they face a highly motivated Railers team in back-to-back contests this weekend.
Puck drops is set for 8:35 pm on Saturday evening and 4:35 pm on Sunday afternoon. Growlers fans can watch both 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 – Riley McCourt (F): The natural defenseman turned winger and scoring sensation, McCourt earned ECHL Player of the Week honours last week where he put up four goals and five assists across four games against the Trois-Rivières Lions. After notching another goal against the Lions on Thursday, the 21-year-old is quickly becoming a reliable source of offence for this Newfoundland group.
WOR – Jordan Smotherman(F): Ringing in a career milestone by playing his 900th professional game earlier this week, the 35-year-old hasn’t shown signs of slowing down this season as he leads Worcester in points with 44, including 25 goals and 19 assists.