The Newfoundland Growlers are in the ECHL playoffs for the first time in team history! Okay, this is their first season of operations, but it’s great news for them and the Maple Leafs prospects playing in the ECHL this season, AND it’s good news for anyone in the GTA!
The Growlers first round playoff opponent is the ECHL affiliate of the Ottawa Senators, the Brampton Beast. This is your last chance to see 2018 draft pick Semyon Der-Arguchintsev play live this season, unless you’re willing to travel far from home.
Round one schedule:
Game 1 – Friday, April 12 at 7 p.m. NT at Newfoundland
Game 2 – Saturday, April 13 at 7 p.m. NT at Newfoundland
Game 3 – Tuesday, April 16 at 7:15 p.m. ET at Brampton
Game 4 – Thursday, April 18 at 7:15 p.m. ET at Brampton
Game 5 – Saturday, April 20 at 4 p.m. ET at Brampton (If Necessary)
Game 6 – Tuesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. NT at Newfoundland (If Necessary)
Game 7 – Wednesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. NT at Newfoundland (If Necessary)
The Growlers playoff roster is below:
Eric Levin, Michael Garteig
Ilya Nekolenko, Sam Jardine, Adam Pardy, Garrett Johnston, Alex Gudbranson, Evan Neugold, James Melindy
Marcus Power, J.J. Piccinich, Matt Bradley, Todd Skirving, Zach O’Brien, Brady Ferguson, Josh Kestner, Derian Plouffe, Giorgio Estephan, Scott Pooley, Semyon Der-Arguchintsev
Also Playoff Eligible:
Kyle Cumiskey, D; Griffen Molino, F; Hudson Elynuik, F; Kristians Rubins, D; Eamon McAdam, G; Ryan Moore, F; Gabriel Gagne, F
The eligibility rules are a bit convoluted, but to summarize, anyone on the eligible list that is currently with the Marlies can be sent down to the Growlers before the Conference Finals and play on the team in the playoffs.
Tickets for the Brampton games range from $12 to $34 with Club Deck tickets available for $56.50. If you’re in Newfoundland, or are in the mood for a flight or overnight ferry ride, you can buy tickets online, but there are only single seats left. Prices range between $19-$31.