The Newfoundland Growlers kickstart a seven game homestand with a tripleheader against the Adirondack Thunder beginning on Friday night at Mary Brown’s Centre.
Newfoundland come back to the Rock fresh off a three-game series this past weekend against the Trois-Rivières Lions — the most recent contest an emphatic 10-3 victory on Sunday evening at Colisée Vidéotron.
Prior to taking two out of three in Trois-Rivières, the Growlers were less fortunate down in Glens Falls, New York where they dropped back-to-back outings against the Adirondack Thunder on February 22 and 23.
Thanks to their 5-3-0-0 record across this most recent eight game road trip, Newfoundland remain in second place in the North Division, trailing only the Reading Royals.
Adirondack currently sit in the sixth and final spot in the North Division despite a recent stretch of strong play. The Thunder are winners of four of their last five games, including a 4-3 road victory over the Trois-Rivières Lions this past Wednesday night.
Facing off on nine occasions already this season, Newfoundland holds the head-to-head advantage over Adirondack, boasting an overall record of 5-3-1-0 against the Thunder to date in 2021-22.
With the only three Growlers home games between these two sides this year taking place at CBS Arena, this weekend will mark the first visit to Mary Brown’s Centre for Adirondack.
As a team desperate to start accumulating points before the gap between them and the playoff picture becomes too big to overcome, the Thunder should bring plenty of compete to the table against a Newfoundland group looking to secure home ice to begin their postseason journey.
Puck drops is set for 7:00 pm on Friday and Saturday and 4:00 pm on Sunday afternoon. 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 – Tyler Boland (F): Making his Growlers debut in his hometown, the 25-year-old is still adjusting to the professional ranks after a standout collegiate career at the University of New Brunswick across the past four years. What better time for Boland to find his groove at the next level than right here in St. John’s this weekend.
ADK – Patrick Grasso (F): The leading scorer for the Thunder this season, Grasso was a ‘Growler killer’ in their recent two meetings down in Glens Falls — notching two goals and an assist in each of Adirondack’s back-to-back wins over Newfoundland on February 22 and 23.