The Newfoundland Growlers saw their ECHL record home-ice win streak come to an end Saturday night at Mile One Centre in St. John’s, where they lost 3-1 to the Maine Mariners.
It was the Growlers’ first loss at Mile One since mid-October. After that, Newfoundland (36-12-1) had won a league record 19 straight on home ice, setting the new standard with a 5-1 victory over the Mariners Friday night.
Saturday’s rematch was decided in the late stages of the contest.
Second-period goals by Maine’s Michael McNicholas and Newfoundland’s Riley Woods had the score 1-1 entering the last three minutes of the third period when the Growlers’ Aaron Luchuk picked up a delay-of-game penalty at 17:40, leading to a Maine power-play that produced what would be the game-winner by Mason Adams-Moisan just over a minute later.
The Mariners (28-21-3) added an empty-net by Greg Chase with 27 seconds remaining in the game.
Maine netminder Francois Brassard, the game’s third star, stopped 22 shots. Growlers’ rookie netminder Maksim Zhukov, who made 31 saves, was the second star.
Adams-Moisan was named the first star.
McNicholas added two assists for a three-point game played before a crowd of 4,735.
Saturday’s contest was part of a scheduling anomaly that has the teams playing four straight games at Mile One. The final two matchups are Tuesday and Wednesday.