The Newfoundland Growlers finish their regular season on the road as they take on the Reading Royals in a Friday-Saturday night doubleheader at Santander Arena.
Newfoundland swept Trois-Rivières in three straight games at the Mary Brown’s Centre last weekend to finish a stellar 27-8-1-0 at home on the year, clinching top spot in the North Division and Eastern Conference in the process.
Sitting in second in the division behind the Growlers are the Reading Royals who continue to scratch and claw with the Maine Mariners for home ice in their inevitable first round matchup.
Reading remains in line to host Maine in round one despite a shaky stretch to start the month of April, winning just once in their last five contests including a 7-4 loss to the Norfolk Admirals on Wednesday night.
Although Newfoundland can’t move in the standings, they have plenty to play for this weekend as they can reach both the 50-win mark and 100-point plateau for the first time ever in franchise history. Additionally, an opportunity to set the tone against a potential second round opponent if both teams advance should only serve as further motivation to finish strong.
Owners of a 5-2-1-0 record against Reading to date this season, Newfoundland will be focused on these final two meetings rather than their past success as they look to roll into the postseason on a positive note.
Puck drops is set for 8:30 pm on Friday and Saturday night and Growlers fans can watch both 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 – Orrin Centazzo (F): Back with the Growlers after spending much of 2023 with the Marlies, look for #29 to find his groove again at this level ahead of the postseason.
REA – Charlie Gerard(F): One of the top skaters in the North Division not on Newfoundland, Gerard has been a key offensive weapon for the Royals all season long, leading the way with 74 points.