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Newfoundland Growlers (2-3) vs. Reading Royals (3-2)
Thursday, May 12 – St. John’s, NL

2022 North Division Finals: Reading lead series 3-2


Game Story

The Newfoundland Growlers fought off elimination in style in Game 5 of the North Division Final as they topped the Reading Royals 5-1 on Thursday evening at Mary Brown’s Centre.

Jeremy McKenna opened the scoring for Newfoundland with 30 seconds remaining in an otherwise quiet first period as he one-timed home from the slot with the man advantage to put the Growlers up 1-0 after the first 20 minutes.

Reading notched a power play goal of their own early in the middle frame as Thomas Gooch tapped in from close range past Keith Petruzzelli to level things at 1-1 with 17:38 left in the 2nd.

Orrin Centazzo restored the Growlers lead six minutes later as he roofed a tight angle shot following a great deke and ensuing set-up by Isaac Johnson to make it 2-1 Newfoundland heading into the third period.

Pavel Gogolev provided some insurance for the Growlers six minutes into the third period with a tight angle powerplay snipe to put Newfoundland up 3-1 with 13:29 left to go in the 3rd.

Tyler Boland made it 4-1 just 30 seconds later with a man advantage marker of his own, beating Pat Nagle glove side from the top of the circle.

Gogolev scored a second in similar fashion for good measure to ice the game midway through the third as Newfoundland stay alive with a 5-1 Game 5 victory.

Quick Hits

  • Ben Finkelstein notched three assists.
  • Keith Petruzzelli turned away 24 of the shots he faced.
  • Newfoundland head to Reading for a must win Game 6 vs. the Royals on Saturday night.

Three Stars:

1. NFL – B. Finkelstein

2. NFL – P. Gogolev

3. NFL – N. Hoefenmayer

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