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RECAP : Growlers take down the Gladiators 5-3

Atlanta Gladiators (4-4-0-0) at Newfoundland Growlers (6-5-0-0)
Friday, November 8th – Mile One Centre – St. John’s, NL
 
Goal Summary
 

V-H#PerTeamTimeGoalsAssistsType
1 - 011stATL11:21S. Asselin (7)E. Neiley, D. Nesbitt 
1 - 121stNFL16:13S. Pooley (8)T. Bradley, M. Bradley 
1 - 231stNFL19:05Z. O'Brien (3)M. Power, B. Ferguson 
2 - 242ndATL0:28L. Nogard (2)C. Corbett, J. Messner 
2 - 352ndNFL1:18J. Brazeau (4)  
2 - 462ndNFL8:26J. Duszak (2)Z. O'Brien, R. Woods 
2 - 573rdNFL9:01S. Pooley (9)  
3 - 583rdATL19:05J. Thrower (1)E. Neiley 


Game Story
 
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.
 
Quick Hits

  • 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)

 
What’s Next?
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.

 
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