The Newfoundland Growlers finish up a seven game homestand with four straight contests against the Trois-Rivières Lions, beginning on Wednesday night at Mary Brown’s Centre.
Newfoundland have been in fine form on home ice in recent memory, winners of seven straight in St. John’s. After snatching four in a row over the Maine Mariners last month on the rock, the Growlers followed that up with a trio of victories over the Adirondack Thunder this past weekend — concluding the series on Sunday afternoon with a 6-2 win.
Even with their strong play of late, Newfoundland remain in second place in the North Division as they continue to trail the Reading Royals who’ve strung together seven consecutive wins, their last loss coming way back on February 22.
Trois-Rivières currently still hold onto the third spot in the North Division despite dropping their last four contests.
As the only team in the division with less games played than Newfoundland, the Lions can alleviate some of the pressure those chasing teams have applied of late with a few road wins against the Growlers.
Facing off on nine occasions already this season, Newfoundland holds the head-to-head advantage over Trois-Rivières, boasting an overall record of 6-2-1-0 in the fixture in 2021-22, the most recent triumph a 10-3 win at Colisée Vidéotron back on February 27.
Despite having the upper hand in their previous meetings, the Growlers won just one of three meetings against the Lions during their only visit to Newfoundland back in December.
As the team continues their efforts to regain top spot in the standings, a strong series on home ice against a budding rival in Trois-Rivières is a perfect starting point.
Puck drops is set for 7:00 pm on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday and 4:00 pm on Sunday afternoon. Growlers fans can watch all four 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 – Isaac Johnson (F): After starting the season in Newfoundland, Johnson has spent the majority of the past three months in the AHL with the Manitoba Moose. Picking up 4 points (1G, 3A) in 11 games for the Moose, the 23-year-old should bring plenty of confidence and offensive threat to the Growlers lineup this weekend.
TR – Olivier Archambault(F): The leading scorer for the Lions this season, Archambault is also the only player on their roster averaging more than a point per game (45 points in 38 games played). If Trois-Rivières are to play spoiler in the series, expect to see Archambault on the scoresheet.