The Newfoundland Growlers are now working on a pair of double-digit winning streaks.
The Growlers downed the visiting Kansas City Mavericks 4-1 Tuesday at Mile One Centre for a 10th consecutive win and their 15th straight on home ice.
Both are the longest streaks in the ECHL this season. The home-ice streak is the third-longest in league history.
Team-leading scorer Giorgio Estephan and defenceman Garrett Johnston each had a goal and an assist for Newfoundland (28-10-0), which has the third-best record in the ECHL. Marcus Power, with his team-topping 17th goal of the 2019-20 campaign, and Matt Bradley also scored for the home side.
Captain James Melindy and Aaron Luchuk both had two assists for the Growlers in the game, played before 2,723 at Mile One.
Bryan Lemos was credited with the only goal for the Mavericks (17-18-2), the ECHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames.
Tuesday’s game marked Kansas City’s first-ever visit to St. John’s.
Newfoundland goaltender Angus Redmond stopped 20 of 21 shots, giving him nine wins in as many starts since joining Newfoundland.
Flames’ 2016 second-round pick and former U.S. world junior netminder Tyler Parsons stopped 29 of 32 shots; Johnston’s goal was an empty-netter.
The teams meet again tonight (7 p.m.) at Mile One in what will be the fifth game in six days for the Growlers, who won three times during a road trip to New England last weekend. After tonigh,t the team will get a much-needed break. With the ECHL about to enter its all-star period, Newfoundland won’t play again until Jan. 24 when it resumes its homestand against the Reading Royals.
Defenceman Joseph Duszak is set to be the Growlers’ representative at the all-star game in Wichita next week, although he was called up by the AHL’s Toronto Marlies earlier Tuesday. With both Duszak and fellow rearguard Michael Kapla promoted to the Marlies over the last couple of days, Tommy Panico and Kyle Froese drew into the Newfoundland lineup versus Kansas City.