Atlanta Gladiators (4-5-0-0) at Newfoundland Growlers (7-5-0-0)
Saturday, November 9th – Mile One Centre – St. John’s, NL
|0 - 1||1||1st||NFL||4:28||J. Brazeau (5)||C. Conrad, J. Duszak||PP|
|0 - 2||2||2nd||NFL||4:30||T. Skirving (1)||M. Bradley, S. Pooley|
|1 - 2||3||2nd||ATL||6:31||L. Nelson (1)||A. Peterson|
|2 - 2||4||3rd||ATL||2:06||D. Nesbitt (2)||J. Messner, E. Neiley||PP|
|2 - 3||5||3rd||NFL||2:14||Z. O'Brien (4)|
|2 - 4||6||3rd||NFL||13:47||J. Brazeau (6)||C. Conrad, T. Bradley||PP|
|2 - 5||7||3rd||NFL||17:58||S. Pooley (10)||EN|
|2 - 6||8||3rd||NFL||18:47||B. Ferguson (5)||Z. O'Brien, M. Power|
|3 - 6||9||3rd||ATL||19:29||A. Collins (1)||J. Messner|
The Newfoundland Growlers broke out the brooms Saturday night at Mile One Centre edging the Atlanta Gladiators 6-3 to sweep the weekend series.
Justin Brazeau opened the scoring 4:28 into the game after picking up a loose puck and stick-handling it past Martin Ouellette on the power play for his fifth of the season, and giving the Growlers an early 1-0 lead.
Todd Skirving extended the lead to 2-0 after rifling a snapshot perfectly under the crossbar at 4:30 of the second period for his first of the season, but Logan Nelson cut the lead to one just two minutes later in what was a very chippy second period that had the Growlers ahead 2-1 after 40 minutes of play.
Derek Nesbitt tied the game 2:06 into the third period firing a shot up and over Angus Redmond’s glove, but Zach O’Brien needed only eight seconds to re-store the Growlers lead after forcing a turnover off the ensuing faceoff and squeaking a wrister five-hole for a 3-2 Growlers lead.
Justin Brazeau picked up his second of the night to extend the lead to two after banging home a rebound for a 4-2 lead, and the Growlers got goals off the sticks of Scott Pooley and Brady Ferguson in the final two minutes of play for a 6-2 lead. The Gladiators added a late one from Anthony Collins but that’s as close as the Gladiators would come as the Growlers took a 6-3 decision.
- Scott Pooley extended his point streak to 10 games
- Justin Brazeau recorded his first career multi-goal game
- The three stars were 3 – A. Redmond (NFL), 2 – T. Skirving (NFL) and 1 – J. Brazeau (NFL)
The Newfoundland Growlers continue their four-game home stand Friday night in a Kelly Cup Finals rematch against the Toledo Walleye, ECHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Tickets are available at mileonecentre.com and the Mile One Centre Box Office.