October 12th: The ECHL’s newest start-up franchise, the Newfoundland Growlers, won their first ever game, beating last years Kelly Cup finalists Florida Everblades 3-2 in front of a sold-out home crowd at Mile One Center in Saint Johns, Newfoundland.
Defenceman Kristian Rubins scored the clubs historic first goal, taking advantage of a tangle of bodies in front of the Everblades goal to slide the Growlers into the lead at 17:13 of the first period. It was his first ever professional game.
The score remained 1-0 until the third period. Matt Bradley increased the Growlers lead at 6:58, powerfully roofing the puck at Jeremy Helvig’s near post.
The Everblades struck back with a power-play goal at 10:27; Kyle Platzer tucking it in under Eamon McAdam’s pad.
Two minutes later, the Growlers restored their two goal advantage, Sam Babinstev scoring from an incisive Marcus Powers pass.
The Everblades rallied to set-up a tense finish, Mathieu Foget scoring on the power-play with just 1:14 remaining but the Growlers hung on to win in their professional debut.
The Growlers out-shot the Everblades 31-24.
The two sides face-off once again at the Mile One Centre on Saturday night, October 13th.
Picture Credits: The Newfoundland Growlers, ECHL.