Report from the Rock: Growlers bend but refuse to break in second round

It sounds like something out of fiction, but this statement is very real: in 2022, a hockey team under the MLSE banner is going to the Eastern Conference Finals.
There were times when it looked like the train had run out of track, and it came down to an unprecedented show of determination to get it done, but the Newfoundland Growlers have emerged from the ECHL North Division victorious over the Reading Royals in seven games.
“It could’ve went either way,” said coach Eric Wellwood after Game 7. “The series was a bit of a coin flip and we were fortunate to get through (Reading).”
The Growlers’ already strong forward group was strengthened before the series began via the Toronto Marlies assigning Pavel Gogolev back to the team. Gogolev was loaned to the Growlers in March and put up an impressive 20 points in 14 games before he was recalled to Toronto and spent most of the Marlies’ remaining games scratched, though whether that was a coach’s decision or due to injury is unknown.
The Growlers also got another welcome boost with Orrin Centazzo stepping back in after a lower-body injury took him out of a few games near the end of the first round series. Despite those addition …

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Author: Dylan Murphy / The Leafs Nation

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