The Newfoundland Growlers play the final three contests of their eight-game road trip in a midweek visit with the Maine Mariners before a weekend doubleheader vs. the Worcester Railers.
Newfoundland took two out of three against the Trois-Rivières in Quebec last week, dropping the series finale on Saturday evening in a tight 4-2 decision. Owners of a 3-2 record through five games away from home, the Growlers remain 14 points clear atop the North Division.
Maine sits in second and serve as the nearest challenger to Newfoundland but after a sizzling start to open 2023, the Mariners have now dropped four straight contests including a series sweep against the league leading Idaho Steeleheads this past weekend.
Worcester opened the season as the hottest team in the ECHL through 20 games but have since come back to reality and sit in 4th in the North Division. Sitting somewhat comfortably in a playoff spot some 11 points ahead of the Adirondack Thunder, the Railers should have ambitions of reclaiming home ice advantage for the postseason.
Two teams who always bring their A game against Newfoundland, Maine and Worcester serve as a tough combo for the Growlers to do battle with before returning to the rock next weekend.
Puck drops is set for 12:00 pm on Wednesday and 8:35 pm on Friday and Saturday. 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:
MNE – Tim Doherty (F): On a Mariners team that often scores by committee, Doherty comfortably leads the group in points with 53 (17G, 36A).
WOR – Anthony Repaci (F): The leading goalscorer for the Railers and a historically prolific option vs. the Growlers, Repaci is one of the main Worcester weapons to keep an eye on this weekend.