The Newfoundland Growlers return to home ice with their eyes set on clinching a postseason berth when they host the Worcester Railers for a three-game set this weekend at Mary Brown’s Centre.
Newfoundland are back on the rock after concluding a seven-game road trip which they finished with a 4-3-0-0 record — the most recent game a 6-4 loss to the Maine Mariners at Cross Insurance Arena where the Growlers scored four unanswered in the third period in a spirited comeback bid.
Worcester have played their last five contests away from home and despite their 2-3-0-0 record during that stretch, they remain in third place in the North Division, one spot behind Newfoundland.
These two have met on six previous occasions this season where the Growlers have enjoyed a slight advantage, winning four of the six meetings in 2021-22. Newfoundland last played Worcester on March 20 at DCU Center where Riley McCourt scored the game winner in a 3-2 road victory.
As it stands, the Growlers and Railers would face one another in the opening round of the Kelly Cup playoffs in the 2 vs. 3 series in the North Division. While there remains plenty of room for adjustments to the final divisional standings, this potential postseason preview should provide no shortage of entertainment.
Puck drops is set for 7:00 pm on Friday and Saturday evening, while the action gets underway at 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. Tickets for all three games can be purchased at nlgrowlers.com/tickets.
WHO TO WATCH:
NFL – Orrin Centazzo (F): The Growlers leading goal scorer with 24 tallies in 45 games played, the rookie sensation should get plenty of opportunity to keep finding the back of the net on the team’s top line this weekend.
WOR – Bobby Butler(F): A former NHL player with 100+ plus appearances at the top level to his name, Butler has racked up 14 points in just 12 games since joining the Railers midseason.