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Newfoundland Growlers (3-1) vs. Trois-Riviéres Lions (1-3)
Thursday, April 28 – Trois-Riviéres, QC

2022 North Division Semifinals: Newfoundland lead 3-1


Game Story

The Newfoundland Growlers sit one win away from advancing to the second round thanks to a comfortable 5-2 road win over the Trois-Riviéres Lions on Thursday night at Colisée Vidéotron.

Ryan Chyzowski opened the scoring for Newfoundland six minutes into the first period with an impressive solo effort as he stripped a Lions defenceman before sniping one over the blocker of Phillipe Desrosiers to make it 1-0 Growlers after 20 minutes.

Marc Johnstone doubled the Newfoundland advantage eight minutes into the middle frame as he finished off a scramble in front of the Lions net to put the Growlers ahead 2-0 with 12:13 left in the 2nd.

Noel Hoefenmayer made it three for the Growlers as he blasted one past Desrosiers from the blueline on the power play with 8:14 to go in the second to bring it to 3-0.

Derian Plouffe ripped one home from the hashmarks just 11 seconds later to give the Growlers a four-goal cushion going into the third and final period.

Justin Ducharme got the Lions on the board moments into the 3rd as he finished off a 2-on-1 pass from Peter Abbandonato to cut it to 4-1 Newfoundland with 18:16 to go in the game.

Thanks to some timely stops from Keith Petruzzelli and a late empty net tally from Todd Skirving, a strike from the Growlers held on for a 5-2 victory to take Game 4 and a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.

Quick Hits

  • Keith Petruzzelli made 31 saves for the victory.
  • Derian Plouffe (1G, 1A) picked up two points in his first appearance of the postseason.
  • Newfoundland stay in Trois-Rivieres for a potential clinching Game 5 on Saturday night at 8:30 pm NL time.

Three Stars:

1. NFL – K. Petruzzelli

2. NFL – M. Johnstone

3. TR – P. Abbandonato

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