Justin Brazeau enjoyed a two-point game with a goal — his 20th on the year — and an assist, and forward-turned-defenceman Evan Neugold also scored once and picked up a helper as the Newfoundland Growlers trimmed the Maine Mariners 4-1 Sunday afternoon in Portland, Me.
The win snapped the Growlers’ four-game losing streak, the second-longest losing skid in the team’s two-year ECHL history; the team had dropped five straight in March of last year.
North Division-leading Newfoundland (36-15-1) is eight points up on the Reading Royals, who had defeated the Growlers 4-3 in Reading, Pa., Friday night.
Reading has a game in hand on Newfoundland, but lost a chance to get closer with losses to Brampton and Adirondack Saturday and Sunday.
On Sunday, Newfoundand’s Zach O’Brien and Maine’s Jeff Taylor had the other goals, while goaltender Angus Redmond, making his first appearance in seven games, stopped 16 shots for the win, his 13th in as many decisions since joining the Growlers.
Newfoundland had Colt Conrad back in the lineup after he was returned to the team by the AHL’s Toronto Marlies Saturday. Conrad rejoined a forward group that now also includes for St. Francis Xavier X-Men captain Mark Tremaine, who signed with the Growlers after the conclusion of his collegiate career.
Tremaine made his ECHL debut in Reading and picked up his first pro point with an assist Sunday.
The Growlers’ five-game road trip continues Friday night in Estero, Fla., against the Florida Everblades.
They’re back at Mile One Centre March 4 against the Adirondack Thunder.
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