READING, Pennsylvania – Newfoundland used their best efforts in defense to defeat Reading 4-2 on Monday and win the ECHL Northern Division Kelly Cup playoffs champion at Santander Arena.
The Growlers scored four goals from four different players, but the defense was special: they beat the hosts 35-16 and in the third period kept Reading without hitting the goal, until it was 3:32.
Despite only 10 shots in the first 40 minutes, the royal team was only 3-2 behind after goals in the second period by Patrick Baikov and Brad Morrison. Reading could not equalize, and Isaac Johnson’s goal with a score of 8:16 left Newfoundland in the final minutes.
It was a disappointing few days for the Royal Family, who led in a 3-1 series after winning Newfoundland on Wednesday. The Growlers returned the series to Reading with a victory in the fifth game, followed by the last two meetings at the Santander Arena.
In the final of the Eastern Conference, the Growlers play against the Florida Everblades.