Toledo Walleye (7-5-1-0) at Newfoundland Growlers (9-5-0-0)
Saturday, November 16th – Mile One Centre – St. John’s, NL
|V-H||#||Per||Team||Time||Goals||Assists||Type||On Ice (+/-)|
|0 - 1||1||2nd||NFL||1:54||T. Bradley (1)||A. Luchuk, M. Kapla||PP||V||7 12 19 27||H||14 17 26 27 36|
|0 - 2||2||3rd||NFL||17:02||Z. O'Brien (6)||M. Bradley, J. Duszak||V||7 12 17 22 39||H||3 9 10 21 27|
The Newfoundland Growlers broke out the brooms Saturday night at Mile One Centre in a 2-0 win against the Toledo Walleye to sweep their four-game November homestand.
A scoreless first period saw the Walleye outshoot the Growlers 7-5, but was highlighted by James Melindy taking exception to a hit on Aaron Luchuk with 3:04 remaining in a spirited scrap with Michael Moffat, much to the delight of Growlers Nation.
Trey Bradley opened the scoring 1:54 into the second period after his shot re-directed off a Walleye skate and in the back of the net marking his first pro goal and giving the Growlers a 1-0 lead. Bradley’s goal was the only scoring in a second period that saw the Growlers fire 17 shots on net.
Zach O’Brien doubled the lead to 2-0 with 2:58 remaining in the game going after a beautiful pass by Matt Bradley sent the St. John’s native on a breakaway that he made no mistake on.
The Walleye pulled the goalie for an extra attacker with two minutes left, but Maksim Zhukov stood tall between the pipes to secure a 2-0 win and make 27 saves en route to his first professional shutout.
- Mike Crocock suited up in his ECHL debut
- Zach O’Brien has a goal in four straight games
- The three stars were 3 – M. Kapla (NFL), 2 – P. Nagle (TOL) and 1 – M. Zhukov (NFL)
The Newfoundland Growlers embark on a seven-game road trip beginning Wednesday night in Glens Falls, New York for a mid-week matchup against the Adirondack Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the New Jersey Devils. Puck drop is 8:30 p.m. Newfoundland time. Fans can tune into Chris Ballard’s call of the game at mixlr.com/nlgrowlers.