The Newfoundland Growlers play their final games before the All-Star break when they host the Worcester Railers for a three-game set beginning on Wednesday night at the Mary Brown’s Centre.
Newfoundland has been rock solid at home this season, boasting a 14-4-0-0 record as hosts. Having welcomed the Trois-Rivières Lions to town this past weekend, they come into this series on a high note having taken down the Lions 6-3 on Sunday evening.
It was an offensive outpouring from the Growlers against Trois-Rivières as they scored 16 goals across the three meetings and leading scorer Zach O’Brien collected nine points (4G, 5A) in the series, also earning ECHL Player of the Week honours in the process.
After an eye-opening start to the year which saw Worcester win 16 of their opening 19 games, the Railers have drastically cooled off since. In the past month, they’ve won just three of the 14 games they’ve played.
What bodes well for Worcester is two out of their three victories amid this ongoing cold streak have come against Newfoundland. In fact, the Railers are 5-1-0-0 against the Growlers so far this season.
A team desperate to right the ship in the Railers gets a chance to take on a Growlers group they’ve had plenty of success against. Meanwhile for Newfoundland, it’s three tries against a Worcester team that have had their number all season.
Puck drops is set for 7:00 pm on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night. 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 – Isaac Johnson (F): Freshly assigned to the Growlers from the Manitoba Moose, it’s been a couple months since Newfoundland fans have seen Johnson in action. ECHL Player of the Month back in October, the 23-year-old will look to pick up where he left off in his latest stint with the club.
WOR – Reece Newkirk(F): In a team that does much of their scoring by committee, Worcester have seven skaters with 20 or more points this season. With 27 points on the year, Newkirk deserves some recognition, particularly with several of his 27 coming against the Growlers.