Atlanta Gladiators (4-4-0-0) at Newfoundland Growlers (6-5-0-0)
Friday, November 8th – Mile One Centre – St. John’s, NL
|1 - 0||1||1st||ATL||11:21||S. Asselin (7)||E. Neiley, D. Nesbitt|
|1 - 1||2||1st||NFL||16:13||S. Pooley (8)||T. Bradley, M. Bradley|
|1 - 2||3||1st||NFL||19:05||Z. O'Brien (3)||M. Power, B. Ferguson|
|2 - 2||4||2nd||ATL||0:28||L. Nogard (2)||C. Corbett, J. Messner|
|2 - 3||5||2nd||NFL||1:18||J. Brazeau (4)|
|2 - 4||6||2nd||NFL||8:26||J. Duszak (2)||Z. O'Brien, R. Woods|
|2 - 5||7||3rd||NFL||9:01||S. Pooley (9)|
|3 - 5||8||3rd||ATL||19:05||J. Thrower (1)||E. Neiley|
The Newfoundland Growlers kicked off their four-game homestand in style Friday night at Mile One Centre with a 5-3 win over the Atlanta Gladiators.
Samuel Asselin, the reigning ECHL Player of the Week, opened the scoring with 8:39 to play in the opening period after capitalizing on a cross-crease pass on a shot Maksim Zhukov couldn’t get enough of to put the Gladiators ahead 1-0. Scott Pooley responded with 3:47 left in the first period showing off his baseball skills and batting the puck out of mid-air and behind Sean Bonar, on a play that needed video review but was deemed a good goal to tie the game at 1-1.
Zach O’Brien gave the Growlers a late first-period lead after slapping home a one-time pass from Marcus Power for a 2-1 game after the opening 20 minutes.
Atlanta tied the game just 28 seconds into the second period as Luke Nogard was wide open in front of the net and banged a rebound past Zhukov, but Justin Brazeau needed only 50 seconds to restore the Growlers lead after sniping a wrister off the crossbar and in for a 3-2 game.
Joseph Duszak doubled the lead at 8:26 of the second period firing home his second of the season to send the Growlers to the dressing room up 4-2 after 40 minutes.
Scott Pooley rifled his second of the night at 9:01 of the third period for a 5-2 game, and Josh Thrower responded with 55 seconds left in the game, but that’s as close as Atlanta would come as the Growlers took a 5-3 victory.
- Alex Gudbranson made his season debut
- Scott Pooley extended his point streak to nine games
- The three stars were 3 – J. Duszak (NFL), 2 – Z. O’Brien (NFL) and 1 – S. Pooley (NFL)
The Newfoundland Growlers continue their four-game homestand Saturday night in a rematch against the Atlanta Gladiators, ECHL affiliate of the Boston Bruins. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Tickets are available at mileonecentre.com and the Mile One Centre Box Office.