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Newfoundland Growlers (2-0) vs. Reading Royals (0-2)
Sunday, May 7 – Reading, PA

2023 North Division Final: Newfoundland lead series 2-0


Game Story

The Newfoundland Growlers took game two of the North Division Final with a thrilling 5-4 overtime win over the Reading Royals on Sunday evening at Santander Arena.

Mason Millman and Evan Barratt struck in the first 13 minutes of the to give Reading an early 2-0 lead before Pavel Gogolev and Nolan Walker scored 82 seconds apart late in the opening period to make it 2-2 after 20 minutes.

Mikko Kokkonen gave the Growlers their first lead of the game with 4:57 left in the middle frame but Barrett’s second the night just 15 seconds later ensures things got back to level heading into the third period at 3-3.

Devon Paliani restored the Royals lead 1:47 into the third with a shot right off the faceoff to make it 4-3 Reading.

Kokkonen joined the two-goal party with a 4-on-4 snipe with 12:05 left in regulation to level things up at 4-4 and force overtime to decide game two.

Zach Solow provided the heroics for Newfoundland as his powerplay blast 12:25 into the overtime period gave the Growlers a crucial 5-4 victory and a 2-0 series lead.

Quick Hits

  • Five Growlers had multi-point games.
  • Dryden McKay remains unbeaten in the postseason with a 6-0 record.
  • Game Three and the final road game of the series takes place on Tuesday night at Santander Arena (8:30pm NL time)

Three Stars:

1. NFL - Z. Solow
2. REA - E. Barratt
3. NFL - M. Kokkonen

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