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Evaluating the Growlers Season, Month-to-Month

ST. JOHN’S, NL – With the ECHL season ending earlier than usual, so did the Newfoundland Growlers chances of becoming back-to-back ECHL Champions.

Evaluating the Growlers Season, Month-to-Month

ST. JOHN’S, NL – With the ECHL season ending earlier than usual, so did the Newfoundland Growlers chances of becoming back-to-back ECHL Champions. But, before the cancellation, were they staying on course for another Kelly Cup? In order to find out, I dug back into The Sin Bin archives and evaluated their season on a month-to-month basis.

OVERALL RECORD

Beginning with the basics, Newfoundland was on pace for a stellar March. Going 5-0 in their only games of the month, the Growlers proved they weren’t ready to take their foot off the gas.

MONTH GP WINS LOSSES %
OCTOBER 8 4 4 50%
NOVEMBER 13 9 4 69.2%
DECEMBER 11 9 2 81.8%
JANUARY 11 9 2 81.8%
FEBRUARY 12 6 6 50%
MARCH 5 5 0 100%
TOTAL 60 42 18 70%

 

HOME AND AWAY RECORD

In the 2019-20 ECHL season, the Growlers also broke the league record for consecutive home wins. Spanning from mid-October to the beginning of February, the Growlers were able to string up just south of 20 straight W’s.

MONTH GP AWAY RECORD HOME RECORD
OCTOBER 8 1-2 3-2
NOVEMBER 13 5-4 4-0
DECEMBER 11 1-3 8-0
JANUARY 11 4-2 5-0
FEBRUARY 11 4-3 2-3
MARCH 5 3-0 2-0
TOTAL 60 18-14 24-5

 

TRAVEL DISTANCE

It’s no secret that Newfoundland has one of the highest travel distances in the ECHL. Surrounded by water, the Growlers are often forced to travel by air in a predominantly bus-driven league. In this table, I calculated the Growlers’ monthly distance totals. For comparison, the Growlers AHL parent affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, had a season total of 15,906 miles (25,598 km), a number close to what Newfoundland traveled in January alone.

MONTH GP DISTANCE MI/KM RECORD STARTING LOCATION
OCTOBER 8 2,627 mi. (4,227 km) 4-4 St. John’s, NL
NOVEMBER 13 6,873 mi. (6,873 km) 9-4 Reading, PA
DECEMBER 11 14,565 mi. (14,565 km) 9-2 Portland, ME
JANUARY 11 12,992 mi. (20,908 km) 9-2 St. John’s, NL
FEBRUARY 11 8,241 mi. (13,262 km) 6-6 St. John’s, NL
MARCH 5 5,852 mi. (9,417 km) 5-0 Orlando, FL
TOTAL 60 51,150 mi. (82,317 km) 42-18

 

TEAM PLUS/MINUS

Sparked in the 1950s by the Montreal Canadiens, the plus/minus stat has become commonplace among many hockey teams and leagues since the 1960s. In this chart, the Growlers found themselves with a negative team plus/minus just twice in 2019-20:

MONTH HOME +/- AWAY +/- OVERALL +/- MONTHLY TOTAL
OCTOBER +5 -2 +3 (36-33) 36-33
NOVEMBER +8 +6 +14 (49-35) 49-35
DECEMBER +14 -5 +9 (47-38) 47-38
JANUARY +16 +3 +19 (42-23) 42-23
FEBRUARY +3 +4 +7 (38-31) 38-31
MARCH +7 +9 +16 (38-12) 28-12
MONTHLY AVERAGE +8.83 +2.50 +11.33 Total: 240-172

 

GOALS FOR AND AGAINST AVERAGES

Backed by Parker Gahagen, Angus Redmond, Maksim Zhukov, and more in the crease, Newfoundland finished the 2019-20 season with a goals against average (GAA) of just under 3.00. Meanwhile, the Growlers had a goals for per game average (GFA) of just under 4.00.

MONTH GP GOALS FOR GOALS AGAINST GFA GAA
OCTOBER 8 29 34 3.62 4.25
NOVEMBER 13 49 39 3.76 3.00
DECEMBER 11 47 37 4.27 3.36
JANUARY 11 42 23 3.81 2.09
FEBRUARY 11 35 33 2.91 2.75
MARCH 5 28 12 5.60 2.40
TOTAL/AVERAGE 60 230 178 3.83 2.96

 

GAME-WINNING GOALS (BY MONTH AND NATIONALITY)

As for game-winning goals, the Growlers found themselves with 42. On last season’s roster, Newfoundland had 14 Canadians, seven Americans, one Belarusian, and one Russian. With the forwards comprised mostly of Canadians, it was no surprise they dominated the game-winning goals chart.

MONTH GP GAME-WINNING GOALS CANADA USA
OCTOBER 8 4 3 1
NOVEMBER 13 9 4 5
DECEMBER 11 9 5 4
JANUARY 11 9 7 2
FEBRUARY 11 6 3 3
MARCH 5 5 4 1
TOTAL 60 42 26 16

 

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A native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Zack Power covers the AHL’s Toronto Marlies primarily and also periodically covers the ECHL’s Newfoundland Growlers. Follow Zack on Twitter for all the latest Marlies (and occasional Growlers) news and notes!
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